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Paul on starter's orders

Posted on 30 September 2003  - 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).

Three weeks into an eventful month's loan spell at the club, Paul Konchesky made his first start against Manchester City and is eager for more of the same.

Paul joined from Charlton in an initial one-month deal that saw Chris Perry head in the opposite direction. He was straight off on England under-21 duty after signing and returned just before the Chelsea game in which he was a second half substitute.

He was an unused sub in the defeat to Southampton, which preceded the departure of Glenn Hoddle. Due to an agreement between the clubs, Paul and Chris were deemed ineligible for Carling Cup duty and it was at the City of Manchester Stadium that Paul finally got to make his full debut for Spurs, featuring on the left side of midfield.

"I did enjoy it," reflected Paul back at Spurs Lodge. "It was just good to get my first start as a Tottenham player. That's what I came here to do - to play football - and hopefully I can stay for longer and play some more games.

"It was a battle and I think when you go away from home against teams like that, with their front men, it is always going to be harder. We defended well as a team and I think whoever goes there is going to struggle - we did well to grind out a result and get a point."

The once-capped England international provided plenty of running down the left flank and eased the pressure on the team with his sorties upfield.

"The manager wanted energy from me, to use what I've got. I haven't played for a little while so I've got a bit of energy in me and I just wanted to do well for the team.

"For me, it is a good sign because the manager put me straight into the team. Hopefully he will want to keep me and I can show what I can do.

"I'd love to play a home game now and hopefully I can start at White Hart Lane against Everton and show all the fans what I can do."