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Reserve reaction

Posted on 27 August 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).

Colin Calderwood could not find fault with the application of his players following the reserve defeat to Fulham on Tuesday evening.

The coach has been fairly critical of his charges after their previous two games, but adopted a positive tone after an entertaining encounter at Stevenage, in which the boys were unfortunate to come of as the losing side.

"I think I said before the game that our performances haven't been great, but we've had two draws," said the Scot. "Here our performance was much better but we ended up getting beat.

"That's the nature of football. When it becomes really competitive and results mean everything it becomes harder to take.

"The benefit for these boys at the minute is, while results are lovely to get, the manner and basis of their game has got to be good. I was fairly happy with the way they went about it."

A Facundo Sava goal after just four minutes gave Fulham the lead, with Spurs levelling just three minutes later through a Johnnie Jackson penalty. Andrejs Stolcers scored what turned out to be the winner on 49 minutes.

"For long periods, apart from the opening salvo and maybe a little bit at the start of the second half, the game was with us and the majority of the things we tried to do came off," added Colin.

"Numerous crosses, a number of shots on goal, more bodies getting forward, more forward passes than normal - I thought we were pretty progressive.

"They know themselves that they've performed better and have been more in the game."

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