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Posted on 27 November 2003  - 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).

Part Two of our Question & Answer session with big defender Dean Richards...

From Tom Pinnell: There has been some bad press recently about Helder Postiga and I want to know do the lads get on with him, what is his attitude like in training and what is he capable of?
DR:
Helder has all the attributes but it is difficult for a foreign player to come over here and have an immediate impact. You only have to look at other players to see that, a lot struggle in their first season because it is a different game. His application in training is first class and all the lads like him, he's a nice lad with a good sense of humour. He's fitted in fine.

From Matt Wheeler, Oxfordshire: What was your initial reaction to having a big money move to Spurs? Did you feel a great pressure to perform after the move?
DR:
I did a little. It was a well-publicised move and everyone said initially that I was coming in as Sol's replacement, so it was bound to play on my mind a bit. That's all forgotten now. I'm much better when I'm relaxed and playing my normal game. I feel last season and this I'm performing more consistently.

From: Laura, London: What's it like playing in front of 36,000 people or more, especially when they are having a moan!
DR:
The fans have been frustrated and at times, rightly so. It's great when we run out and it's a full house and it's a great stadium as well - the atmosphere really stays inside it. We appreciate the support though. I had the same scenario at Wolves where we under achieved in my time there but the stadium was sold out week in, week out. It's the same here.

From Shamin: With so many talented defenders around I find it strange we concede so many goals. Is there a reason?
DR:
We conceded far too many goals especially at the back end of last season. It's down to the way we look to play. We try and play good football, go forward and attack and when you do that, you will leave yourself open defensively. You might have good individuals but you have to defend as a team. We want to play entertaining football and the fans want to see it but sometimes you can't have it both ways. Look at teams who are tight defensively, usually they won't play the best football. We have to find the right balance between attacking and defending and I think we're getting there.

From Darren Raffe: Is it true you were a boxer?
DR:
No. It's funny this one, I was talking to my mate about it the other day. The school I went to in Bradford was a big sports school. We had a football match and there were a few handy lads in there and we came off the pitch one day when there were boxing trials on. We all went in there, whacking a few lads about and that's all it was. No, I was never a boxer.

From Pete Thomas, Kent: How does it affect the players when you read some of the stuff in the newspapers?
DR:
I think the best thing is not to read it. The press can twist things and you have to be careful of what you say. I would say just ignore it.