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Praise for Kelly

Posted on 13 April 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).

David Pleat reserved a special mention for young defender Stephen Kelly following the draw with Manchester City on Monday.

The 21-year-old replaced his countryman Stephen Carr after 30 minutes with the senior man suffering from a locking of the knee after a collision. Kelly took the chance to stake a claim for a starting place with an assured performance and is likely to be favourite to replace Carr, who now begins a three-match suspension.

The acting boss revealed the the pacy Kelly was detailed to shackle Steve McManaman in the second period, with the former England international and Real Madrid player proving a menace in the first half.

"I was very pleased with our right back who played a good game in his natural position - that was a bonus for me," said Pleat of Kelly, who operated in the left back position in his start at Everton and substitute appearances against Southampton and Chelsea.

"It was a pleasure for me to see Kelly come through 60 minutes of the game and do very well. At half-time we told him to get tight to McManaman and stop him.

"City were dangerous on the counter attack in the first half with McManaman and we quelled it at half time, we got tight and Kelly did a good job.

"Other plus points I think was Fredi Kanoute playing well and Simon Davies playing after his fitness problems - he is so important to us," added David, who was impressed with Jermain Defoe's leveller five minutes into the second half.

"I saw the goal as good skill and Jermain scores that type of goal, he is an elusive little character in the box, while Robbie Keane did well when he came on."