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Posted on 27 August 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).

Anthony Gardner on...

Last-ditch tackles...

It's a difficult one because often it's a spur of the moment thing.

It's when a forward has got into a position you don't prepare to see him in, so it can be instinctive.

You are the last man, you see the ball and your sole aim is to get something on that ball without fouling the man. You have to get it right otherwise you know you are off.

It's a risky one and you almost think don't go for it but you know if you don't, the opposition might score, so, as I said, instinct comes over.

If the forward is in the box, you have to take the ball clearly. I would say if you don't think you can make that tackle, don't go for it. You have to use common sense.

It's about thinking about where you are, look at your position and make that decision. It's a hard one. If you get there and go for it, it's all about eye on the ball and timing.

You have to watch the ball. If the forward shifts it, you can still work it out. If you are watching the player the likelihood is that you'll end up taking the player.

So summing it up, make your decision and if you go for the tackle, keep your eye on the ball, time it and take it clean.