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Positive vibes from Chris

Posted on 21 March 2001  - 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).

Chris Hughton's emotions have travelled full circle in eight days.

Our reserve team boss admitted he was 'embarrassed' last Monday when when his side were hammered 7-0 by Southampton.

But that feeling was replaced by one of pride after his young charges had the better of a goalless draw in the FA Premier Reserve League encounter against Derby County at the Lane on Tuesday night.

Chris commented: "All I asked for was a positive reaction and I certainly got that against a very resilient, albeit young, Derby side.

"Sometimes you look at games and you can get more out of it when you haven't won than when you have. That was certainly the case on this occasion.

"The nice thing is, if I look at the side, we've Neil Lacy who is going to be released and knows that, we've Ben Bowditch, only his second reserve game, Maurizio Consorti in midfield, his first reserve game, John Piercy in central midfield, Dave McEwen, who is not a right winger, so it was not so much a patched up side because these are professional players, but we had to move players around.

"John Piercy was excellent, especially as they had three midfielders centrally which made it very difficult. We restricted them to half-chances. Ian Walker was excellent again, he had a good tempo to his game. We just lacked a bit in the final third.

If Steve Ferguson's early chance went in it might have been a bit different. Perhaps they were a little happier with the draw than us. But it was good, a very, very competitive reserve team game."