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Star Man - Matt Holland

Posted on 21 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).

Gary Doherty does not hide his admiration for his Republic of Ireland team-mate Matt Holland.

The Ipswich captain will lead out his side at the Lane as they attempt to start putting some points on the board to climb away from the relegation mire.

According to Doc, Holland is the complete midfield player who deserves the respect of those around him - not least for his amazing appearance record.

The Bury-born Holland arrived at Portman Road from Bournemouth for a value £800,000 ahead of the 1997-98 season and has notched up an incredible 193 league appearances since then, chipping in with a healthy 30 goals.

"He brings everything to a team that a midfield player can," says Gary. "He brings goals, is strong in the tackle, creative.

"He is a regular as well, the amount of games he's played is phenominal. There is not another player in the Premiership who's like that to be honest. He went two or three years without missing a game.

"He's a leader too, an inspiring player for his team mates. He's such a nice lad off the pitch, I'm sure all the lads respect him - I know all the Irish lads do. I'd like to think the Ipswich lads do because he is a top player. And a top man."

Doc believes that Holland is playing his way into Mick McCarthy's World Cup starting line-up and feels that he will be the one to form a midfield partnership with Roy Keane.

"Keane is the obvious mainstay really, it's a case of whoever is going to play with Roy. I think Matt is just a little bit ahead of Mark Kinsella at the moment, he's played the last few games and played to a high standard so Mick's going to find it hard to leave him out."