After some of the results we’d had in the weeks before the Boro game, we knew a lot of people expected us to win but quite often it is those sort of matches that teams slip up in.
But we went out with the right attitude and knew that we would have to put on a good performance to beat Steve McClaren’s side even though we were expected to, but that’s exactly what we did.
They made it very difficult for us in the first half, but we had a chat at half-time and the manager changed one or two things around. We came out and played a lot better in the second half and got the win we felt we deserved. It was certainly a pleasing result on everybody’s behalf.
Going up to Leeds, it was a difficult game in the making and I think we could have done better really. We knew they had played a tough European game on the Thursday night and it was an ideal time to play them but having taken a good lead it was soul destroying to see them come back and win.
They had a couple of chances which you would have expected from a side like Leeds playing at home, but to come away with nothing was hard to take. However, we’ve no complaints, it just showed us that we need to be better in all departments if we want to take points from these kind of matches.
When you play the big teams away from home, they will put a lot of pressure on you. We played some good football at Leeds but the pressure told in the end.
Last Saturday, England played a friendly against Sweden and it was great news for Tottenham and especially for Darren Anderton to see him get called up.
Obviously, I was pleased myself to get selected again because you never know what is going to happen from month to month in international football. No way do I ever take a place in the England squad for granted.
Once I was in though, I looked around elsewhere and to see Darren there as well was brilliant for me. Everyone knows I love playing alongside him and to have him with me in the England set-up was great.
Darren has been outstanding for us since the start of the season. He’s still worrying about his injury but once he gets four or five months of football under his belt you’ll really see the best of him. I’m expecting a lot more from him even though he’s been exceptional.
If he keeps up his current form and stays fit, he’ll be in that squad for the World Cup and even in the team, you can’t put it past him. I rate him that highly, and I just hope the England manager views him the same way.
On a final note, I would like to welcome Sol Campbell back to the Lane today. He gave 10 years great service to Tottenham and was an outstanding player for us, he was one of the best players in the side every week. I wish him well in his future career but perhaps not his team!
We’ve had mixed fortunes since my last column, having beaten Middlesbrough here before losing at Leeds United.