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Reserve reaction

Posted on 24 April 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).

Coach Colin Calderwood rued the defensive lapses that led to the conceding of two goals against Arsenal in the final reserve outing of the season at Barnet.

Despite a pretty even game throughout with both teams enjoying periods of pressure, a capitalised on mistake in each half saw to it that the home side emerged from the contest with the points.

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"It was mistakes that gave them the lead, but their front two were very bright and inventive, causing us one or two problems," reflected Colin afterwards.

"The midfield has got to protect the back four when the ball is played in and they've got to follow runners.

"There was a period where we looked alright, a period when they had the better of us and then we came back into it at the start of the second half.

"I thought we were beginning to control the game - without being too threatening. You've got to have a foundation for your game and, if you have the ball, you might eventually pick a gap, have a shot or get a corner or a free-kick. You get your reward from there.

"You have got to match them, you've got to physically run up and down against them. If your man runs you are entitled to run with him, if ten of them run ten of us have got to run - mistakes gave them the goals.

"Some of it was alright, but some of it was poor. We gave them the two goals - that's the disappointing thing.

"When we had opportunities it wasn't because of a mistake by them, whereas we gave them the two goals.

"We've got to look at our own team and say 'don't think you're good, show us you're good'. I've got enough confidence in them and feel that they should do better, that is what disappoints me."