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Programme: Teddy Sheringham

Posted on 16 October 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).

It's been something of a roller-coaster ride for me since my last column, experiencing the whole range of emotions, although our win at Tranmere Rovers last Tuesday was a more straight-forward result.

It could have been a tricky tie had we not approached it in the right manner but we did, and came through with a good performance and satisfying scoreline.

Our last game here against Manchester United was very difficult to accept for everyone. When we came in 3-0 up at half-time we were in control and everyone expected us to go on and win from there. But it just shows the capabilities of this United side, for them to come back the way they did was soul-destroying at the time, but we were taught a lesson by a great footballing team.

When Cole scored in the first minute of the second half, the whole mood of the game changed and as a team, we found if very difficult to do anything to stop United. That was very frustrating and hard to deal with afterwards.

Hopefully that will now hold us in good stead for the future and if we find ourselves in a similar position again, we won't let it slip.

Once again, we were unable to sit down as a squad and discuss the United game because we had an international week immediately afterwards and that didn't help. It wasn't until everyone returned from playing for their countries that we were able to talk it through, but once we did, we all felt a lot better about the situation.

Talking of internationals, the England game against Greece was another day of high emotions for me and I'm sure most of the country too.

Everyone expected England and Germany to win their games and it would be a formality but football isn't like that. Our game played exactly into Greece's hands.

They knew we would be a little bit nervous and threw things forward and the Continental teams are very good at soaking up a lot of pressure.

They had good players who frustrated us by keeping possession and that's when we lost our shape by chasing the ball. The Greeks then exploited the gaps we left and had a few chances to kill us off, but Nigel Martyn made some great saves and kept us in the game.

The sticky pitch didn't help our passing game and the likes of Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard, who are usually excellent at banging in quick, one-touch passes, found it difficult.

But we hung in there and kept going for it and with our captain David Beckham leading by example we got the result. David was superb, he never gave in and I don't think I've seen him play better. His work-rate was incredible although he has been like that ever since he was made captain. He doesn't shout and scream at people but his enthusiasm inspires those around him and he thoroughly deserved his goal, it was fitting he received all the acclaim.

On a personal note, it was great to score our first equaliser. As I was running on I shouted to David to wait until I got in the box and that I was going to make a run to the near-post. I made the run early and he put the ball exactly where I wanted and I got a good touch to send the ball in. It was such a buzz and I would say that moment was up there with the great highlights of my career. I've heard it was the fastest ever goal by an England substitute, so that's another nice record to have.

Finally, a word on tonight's opponents. Derby will make it difficult for us, particularly with a new man in charge. They parted company recently with Jim Smith who was a great servant down the years to Derby and to football and I wish him well. Good luck as well to Colin Todd in his new job, but not too much tonight.