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Smith frustration

Posted on 21 August 2001  - 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).

Everton manager Walter Smith revealed his frustration after watching his side fail to break down a resolute Spurs rearguard.

"I'm disappointed we didn't capitalise," said Smith. "But it's difficult to get behind a team who sit on the edge of the area.

"We could have maybe looked for other routes but it's difficult when they have everyone back. But credit Tottenham - they defended well."

Glenn was not the only won to question referee Elleray’s decision making, Smith was disappointed that Niclas Alexandersson’s effort was cancelled out before half-time.

"I'm aggrieved we had a goal disallowed. The ref must be the only one in the stadium who saw an infringement. He said there was a push but wasn't quite sure who the push was from - so if he wasn't sure he shouldn't have blown.

"I felt we played well in the first half, we created a number of opportunities but I'm disappointed to lose the goal just before half-time."

Alexandersson added: "It's a bit disappointing at home when they are two men down not to win the game - we played almost better when it was 11 against 11. I think our last ball was a bit poor, we never got good delivery into the box - but they made it difficult for us with nine behind the ball."

"I couldn't see anything wrong with the situation," said the Swede on his ruled-out effort.

"I asked the referee and he said I pushed one - but that can't be true because I wasn't near anyone, so it's a bit disappointing. The game had almost everything. We really were up for it in the first half but it feels a bit like two points lost rather than a point gained."