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Star man: Patrick Mboma

Posted on 1 March 2002  - 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).

Niall Quinn has welcomed a helping hand from Sunderland loan signing Patrick Mboma.

The Cameroon international made his Black Cats debut in the 1-0 defeat by Newcastle, where he gave away the free-kick from which Nikos Dabizas - the man he was picking up - scored the winner.

But the 31-year-old showed enough in the other half of the field after replacing Quinn at half-time to suggest that he can play a major role for the Wearsiders in the remaining Premiership campaign.

And no-one will be more delighted than the 35-year-old Irishman, who admits to feeling the effects of playing week in, week out.

"The signing of Patrick is a big help to me because what I hope to do now when I come on and play for Peter Reid is that I'll be in tip-top form and I won't be dragged through the mill a little bit," he said.

"At the start of the season, I was feeling great about myself because Lilian Laslandes was playing a few of the games and I was playing one or two and coming off the bench, and I was scoring goals.

"I felt really good. I felt like I could play on forever at the start of the season.

"But then Lilian didn't work out and I was playing and playing. I had five games in two weeks over Christmas and it kind of knocked the stuffing out of me a little bit.

"I took me a while to get over that, but I feel now I can give Peter a really strong finish when and wherever wanted."