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Sleepless in Wolverhampton

Posted on 17 May 2004  - 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).

Mark Yeates admitted that sleep was at a premium on Friday night as the news of his Premiership debut began to sink in.

The 19-year-old was named in the side to take on Wolves on Saturday, filling in for the missing Simon Davies on the right of midfield in the 2-0 victory to close the season at Molineux.

He certainly made an impact in his shiny silver boots, the most crucial being his threaded pass that enabled Robbie Keane to break the deadlock with 34 minutes on the clock.

Naturally beaming after the game, Yeatesey revealed the sequence of events that led to him discovering his first team debut was looming.

"I found out yesterday and it was Keano that said to me that I might be starting and am I ready for it sort of thing," reflected the Republic of Ireland under-21 international.

"I said, 'ah, you're having me on', then we went into the meeting and David said 'will you be okay to be on the bench?" I said yes and he replied it should be the same if I was starting. I was like, whoa.

"I didn't have the best of sleeps on Friday and I was rolling round all over the place. I was just eager to get out there.

"I have to be a bit patient, but I suppose people think I'm really young to be playing anyway. It was brilliant though, I couldn't have asked for any more."

Mark is now hoping he can catch the eye of the new manager in pre-season, but is first looking forward to a Dublin summer.

"Hopefully I will get a few more games next season, that's all I'm aiming for at the moment. I would like to be involved through the pre-season.

"I'm going to go home now and have a really good summer. I'm just delighted, my grandad was over here, my Ma's back at home and they are all so happy with what's happened."