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Reserve reaction

Posted on 2 September 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 did not feel that the suggestion of re-hashing last week's match reaction was too far off the mark.

Very similar to the game against Fulham last time out, the reserves put on an excellent first half display against Chelsea at Aldershot, lost their way slightly in the second period and ended up with no reward for their efforts.

A penalty just before the break scored by Sebastian Kneissl separated the teams at half-time and the same player secured the points with a second on 65 minutes. The result, however, really doesn't tell the story of the game.

"It's almost the same, isn't it?" agreed Colin. "The first half was decent and there was a lot to be pleased with. In the second half Chelsea did better and, in that period they did better, they scored the second goal.

"It made it very hard for us and difficult to come back. The game was pretty even in the second half but I thought we were nothing more than average, when you are chasing the game you've sometimes got to change your philosophy a wee bit.

"Some of them became a bit insular and went into their shell when we lost the second goal and it shouldn't be like that. You've got to drive on, be aggressive, win the ball back and have a togetherness in the team. I think we've got to improve on that."

One thing that Colin feels would help his young side is to go ahead in games which, in turn, would force out the opposition and allow more space to create more decisive attacking movements.

"We haven't scored the first goal in any game this season and that would change it. The other team would have to chase and it would make a difference.

"I wouldn't change the way we played in the first half for anything. The thing I would change, with an eye on results, is slightly in the second half.

"That goes along with what we said last week, the manner in which we play has got to have a good method. Again it was good here - not so good in the second half - but I think we'll sit and suffer that a bit."

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