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Posted on 19 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).

The performance of debut-making midfielder Rohan Ricketts was certainly a high-point in the narrow opening day defeat at Birmingham City.

After impressing in pre-season, the 20-year-old was given his chance to shine in Premiership combat and Rohan took his opportunity at a noisy St Andrews. It was only the final outcome that took the gloss off his special day.

"It wasn't the result we wanted, at all - we should have won the game," he reflected. "All I can take out of it is my performance and it is good to be involved."

The Clapham-born midfielder appeared to thrive in the intimidating atmosphere created by the home support and enthusiastically points out that this is what he has been striving towards since beginning his playing career.

"I love football, I live for it. Without football I don't know where I would be. I've been in situations similar before in youth cups where there has been about 16-odd thousand, but nothing quite like that," he added before thinking back to his first period half-chance from just outside the area.

"I thought 'this is it' but snatched at it - one of the things I've got to work on is my finishing. I think if I can do that I'll be a better player for it. I'll be doing extra training every day practicing my finishing."

Rohan now hopes to be involved against Leeds at White Hart Lane on Saturday and feels the game will provide a difficult assignment that can be successfully overcome.

"Hopefully I'll be in the squad again and I'll take it from there. It will be hard test, they are a big club and have players who want to win.

"They've got England internationals and others, but so have we. I think it will be a good game and we will win."