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Pat's happy

Posted on 20 January 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Pat Holland was delighted that our young reserve side succeeded in imposing their football on a physically stronger Leicester City at Stevenage on Monday evening.

The Foxes gave run-outs to a number of players with Premiership experience including Frank Sinclair, Matt Elliott, Junior Lewis, Keith Gillespie, Lilian Nalis and Craig Hignett - adopting a rugged approach against our more diminutive attacking threat.

The Leicester powerplay secured an early lead from a set piece with a headed goal from Lewis before the boys settled into an effective patten of play and were rewarded with second half goals from Jamie Slabber - a third in three reserve games - and a spectacular winner from Rohan Ricketts.

"They had a lot of experience, were a tall side and we were a little bit concerned facing corners and free-kicks," commented Pat afterwards. "We chatted about that and, after a few minutes, they got one over the line from a corner!


"Their heads went down I thought for a little spell before they picked themselves up. In the last 20 minutes of the first half the boys showed signs of playing a bit more and getting round the back.

"At half time we told them to calm down and their luck would come. We then got the little break with Jamie and I please pleased with him because he looked a bit out of sorts in the first half and the goal picked him up. The second goal was terrific from Rohan - a great curler.

"It was a young group and Stephen Kelly and Goran Bunjevcevic really shored us up at the back and kept it nice and tight. We had a lot of boys who were prepared to do the simple things, work hard and win the little battles. At the end of the night I think we deserved it."