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Programme: Chris Perry

Posted on 19 November 2000  - 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 Perry in conversation with <I>Jon Rayner.</I><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">Are you happy with you form so far this season?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">No, I&rsquo&#59;m not to be honest. I don&rsquo&#59;t think I&rsquo&#59;m playing as well as I can do and I&rsquo&#59;m trying to put things right. All I can do is work as hard as I can on the pitch and start to do the right things. Certainly, a couple of goals this season could be put down to me and that&rsquo&#59;s just not good enough. Even after a season here, Tottenham fans haven&rsquo&#59;t seen the best of me. I go out and give 100 per cent every week and sometimes things come off, sometimes they don&rsquo&#59;t.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">And what about the team as a whole?<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">I&rsquo&#59;d have to say it&rsquo&#59;s been a mixed bag, really. Our home form in the league has been fantastic, we&rsquo&#59;re looking unbeatable at home. People will point to the Birmingham game but that was just a blip, a one-off. We showed against Sunderland what our true form is like here. I think we can beat anyone at the Lane. However, we&rsquo&#59;ve got to start picking up points away from home and if we can do that we will obviously start moving up the league. Look at us at the moment, we are in 11<SUP>th</SUP> place just five points off fifth and if we picked up more away points, we would be right up there.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">What do you think is the reason behind such contrasting results for us here and away from home?<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">Obviously it&rsquo&#59;s easier at home to go out and attack, the crowd is behind you and everyone&rsquo&#59;s comfortable with the surroundings. We play a style of football where we like to attack and we can do that at home because teams are more defensively minded, whereas in away games, the onus is on the opposition to attack. That makes it more difficult for us, we have to be more defensive and that&rsquo&#59;s not really our style of play.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">What are your thoughts on our change of formation in recent matches?<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">Something needed to be done to try and stop us conceding goals and it worked to a certain extent against Sunderland because they hardly had a chance apart from their goal. Whether it curtails our style going forward, I'm not sure. We could have scored more against Sunderland so it didn't in that game. If we can strike the right balance between defence and attack then it should be good.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">Were you personally happy to play in a three-man defence?<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">Yes, I don't mind, I'll play in whatever style the manager wants. Put me man-to-man with someone and I would look forward to and enjoy it because it gives me the task of stopping that player from playing which is something a defender needs to be able to do. But there are different systems and you'd be foolish to think you could play the same way throughout an entire season. If you have got the ability and the players who are able to adapt and switch formations during a game then that could be the difference between winning <o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">and losing.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">You've been with us a while now, do you think you have adapted well after your move from Wimbledon?<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">A few people thought I wouldn't be able to settle at a bigger club but the lads here are brilliant. They helped me to adapt and to be honest, it's just the same as being anywhere else except a lot of things are done more professionally.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">Were the players pleased with the support they received for the Sunderland match, after what happened against Birmingham?<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">The crowd were great, when we are doing well they are fantastic. There have been times in matches though when it's 0-0 and they start getting frustrated, but if they could just stay behind us for another 15 minutes or so, it could make all the difference. Our fans have been brought up on success and it's been a lean time for them recently, but everyone at the club is the same, we all want success, it's just a case of how long it's going to take.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">Moving away from Spurs for a moment, do you have any thoughts on the new England manager, Sven-Goran Erikkson?<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">I don't know too much about him but wherever he's gone he's done really well. He has never managed a national side before but most international managers come from clubs these days. At club level he has won plenty of trophies and he has certainly got a winning mentality. Hopefully he can bring that through to the England team.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">You don't mind that an Englishman is not managing the England team?<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">I think it would have been better if we'd found an Englishman, but if we get to the World Cup and do well, everyone will forget his nationality.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'"></SPAN>&nbsp&#59;