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So far so good!

Posted on 30 August 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).

Next in our feature for the new campaign, taking a considered and occasionally offbeat look at our games - continuing with Birmingham at home...

ARE YOU WATCHING Eriksson? Boomed out the massed ranks of the Park Lane end in a gentle reminder to the national team coach that Jermain Defoe is a must for England selection.

Slightly cruel was the same chant when Emile Heskey ballooned an effort over in the second half, but funny all the same.

But our little dynamo is on fire and looking every inch an international player - as is Ledley King and Paul Robinson, the defender rewarded for his awesome performances this season with the skipper's armband in the absence of Jamie Redknapp.

All three are in the squad for Austria and Poland so Mr Eriksson must have been paying attention.

The contribution of Defoe, of course, was the thrilling chapter in the story of the hard fought game - although a parade of a new boy is an ideal scene-setter.

Michael Carrick was introduced to the fans and it always offers a comforting feeling when, even though the squad is looking strong and results are positive, there is further strength in depth for the Head Coach to call on when he sees fit.

The player pool here was juggled slightly from midweek with Johnnie Jackson coming in for the injured Thimothee Atouba, Michael Brown for the rested Redknapp, while a return for Robbie Keane will always be well received. Perhaps Jacques decided to protect Fredi from another encounter with Muzzy Izzet after their painful meeting at the Walkers Stadium last season.

Pity about Atouba missing out that as you suspect he is the ideal player for contests against the Premiership's more rugged outfits.

Grabbed a word with Stephen Clemence before the game and went through a now familiar ritual... The story goes, a little while ago now I lent an old video to the midfielder containing some footage of his dad's playing days.

Low and behold, a couple of days later, Clem was sold to Birmingham and was not seen again at Spurs Lodge. "Must give you that video," he has said every time we have played Birmingham since. "Will bring it next time!"

"Okay Clem, no worries," I generally respond, although this time he said to give him an address to send it to after the game. So we'll see... The moral of the story is, make sure a player is on a long contract and in the team before lending anything!

Even though Birmingham were supposed to be decimated by injuries, it looked a pretty strong side that took to the field at the Lane - Heskey and Forssell is a decent strike pairing in anyones book.

The contest was settled with Defoe's stunner on 34 minutes and there was then further strong evidence that this team have got something about them. They can certainly defend as a group and never really looked like wilting. The same as up at Newcastle, when the pressure is really being piled on, you remain confident in them standing firm.

It was not a classic, there is still plenty of time for that as they develop as a team, but points are being gathered. Last season it took until October 4 and eight games to bank eight points.

We enter the international break with a healthy balance in the account and look forward to collecting some interest.