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Star Man - James Beattie

Posted on 24 December 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).

In mid-October last season, Southampton reserves took to the field at the Lane with a slightly out-of-sorts James Beattie leading the attack.

Chris Hughton's side recorded a 2-0 win and Beattie did not look a player who would be threatening Premiership defences for some time to come.

A couple of weeks later Beattie's season came to life when the big striker scored two goals in Southampton's home win over Chelsea and, under the guidance of Glenn and John Gorman, the former Blackburn frontman really started to look the part scoring ten goals in as many games - including one against Spurs.

A similar pattern has emerged this season, Beattie found himself sidelined at the beginning of the season but has forced his way back in and contributed seven goals to the St Mary's cause.

He is a player John Gorman thinks very highly of and is well aware of the threat he poses in the Boxing Day encounter.

"He's a great player, a good lad and a hard working boy," said John. "He never let's his head drop and even when he was out of the first team when we were there he kept plugging away.

"He was disappointed, because he just felt he needed a chance. When he got his chance he took it and he had a wonderful run for us.

"Funnily enough, the game against Spurs last season was one his highlight games, so I'm sure he's got that game on his mind. We won 2-0 and James was very much at the forefront of that game and he was up for it very much."

Looking ahead to Wednesday's game, John and Glenn have studied a video to remind themselves of threat of Beattie and his sidekick Marian Pahars.

"Obviously we're going to have to keep him quiet. We've just seen the tape of his last home game and him and Marian are a good partnership, they are a little and large pair.

"James chases everything - lost causes, he runs into the corners, a good crosser of the ball a bit like Alan Shearer when he gets out wide.

"You cannot underestimate him because he does silly things, he'll lash one miles over the bar, but then he'll get one like he did for us against Sunderland from 35-odd yards into the top corner.

"Big James, yup, he is one all our defenders will have to be aware of. He is a big robust boy and we'll definitely have to be on our toes for him."

Beattie will encounter a familiar face when he leads the Saints' attack - his former skipper Dean Richards.

"That will be a nice battle whenever they confront each other," predicts John. "It'll be a real battle with Marian there as well. Marian is a wonderful player, he's nippy and sharp and, again, we'll have to make the lads very aware of that."