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*Steo on the week that was

Posted on 8 April 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).

Last week was not one that young defender Stephen Kelly is likely to forget in a hurry.

He topped up his Premiership experience against Southampton at St Mary's as a second half replacement for Christian Ziege and, later that evening, received a call from Republic of Ireland boss Brian Kerr promoting him to the senior squad for the midweek international against the Czech Republic. Three days later and he was back on the Premiership beat with a 30-minute appearance against Chelsea at the Lane.

It has been a rapid climb to prominence for the 20-year-old defensive quickie, who spent the opening phase of the season on loan at Watford following successful stints last term at Southend and QPR.

"It was a great week for me, I got on against Southampton, got called up to international squad and then got another run out against Chelsea," he reflected with a smile back at Spurs Lodge, recalling that he initially wondered whether the international call was a wind-up.

"It was a bit of a shock, I was trying to work out if it was one of my friends winding me up, but it turned out to be real. It was panic stations, getting ready and getting over to Ireland."

The Ireland camp must be something of a home from home for the Spurs contingent at the moment, what with Stephen Carr, Robbie Keane and Gary Doherty being mainstays of the squad and Chris Hughton the assistant boss.

"It was a comfort having all the lads there, coming into the squad would have been more difficult had I not known anybody. It was easy for me to relax having Chrissie there as well.

"The training was not that different having worked with Chrissie before, it was just the thrill of knowing everybody in the country would be looking at the game - just a brilliant experience.

"It is just a big, big build-up. You imagine what it would be like to get on, but didn't expect to. It was a fantastic result, a great scalp for Ireland and should bring us up in the world rankings."

Back to domestic duties and Stephen feels that the team just needs a lucky break at the moment with us being on the wrong end of three 1-0 scorelines in the last five games.

"I think we've been unlucky really as the last few results have been really narrow. We've had good play and a few opportunities to score, we just need one result to go for us and it will turn it around. Maybe a lucky goal will do it - I think it is going to come."