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Posted on 24 February 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).

LES ON DEFOE

Les Ferdinand is in little doubt that Jermain Defoe should be on his way to Euro 2004 with England this summer.

The 21-year-old has made an immediate impact since his switch from West Ham, bagging four goals in three starts to add to his 17 in Division One with the Hammers.

He was there when it mattered against Leicester City on Sunday, crashing home a late equaliser after Foxes had turned around a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead.

Les - on target for Foxes as the game ended 4-4 - spent the last six months of last season with Jermain at Upton Park and

"Jermain's an exceptional talent and if he goes to the European Championships England will be all the better for it," said Les, capped 14 times by England.

"His goalscoring record in the Premier League is better than some of the strikers in there at the moment so he must be disappointed that he hasn't had an opportunity on the biggest stage.

"His second goal against us summed him up - give him a chance and he'll take it.

"I saw a lot of him last season and it was a case of give him half-a-chance and he'll take it.

"He keeps improving all the time and I'm sure he'll continue to do so. He's got some great players around him and I'm sure he can only go from strength to strength at Spurs."

DIGGERS
Everyone was disappointed and it's just individual errors. The own goal, Jacko could have cleared the second, we could have picked up Thatch better, Doc's back pass. I don't think we can say they opened us up or passed through us, every chance they had was handed to them on a plate. It's something we've got to get out of our game. Whenever a team scores the defending side will look at a mistake somewhere along the line but when they are so blatant it will always be difficult to keep a clean sheet and win games. We all know it. No-one means to do it but we've been getting edgy and mistakes happen. Football is all about decision making and sometimes you get it wrong.

WE HAD a meeting on Monday and without giving too much away, we talked about being brighter and making the right decisions. Throughout the team at the moment when it comes to certain things we're making the wrong decisions. Maybe we're trying to pass it back to Kasey when we should just clear it into the stands. Doc said perhaps he should have done that rather than pass back to Kasey and then we'd deal with the corner. He didn't and that's the way it goes, that's football.

IT WAS all the more disappointing because we knew a win could have lifted us up to seventh or eighth in the table. You can look at it that way but as Kasey said in the meeting, six or seven games ago we were in the relegation zone in the bottom three and now we've won five of our last seven games and if anyone had offered that to us at the time, I'm sure everyone would have taken it. You have to look at the positives out of it but we know where we could be and that we're capable of pushing on.

CERTAINLY one of the positives at the moment is that as a team we look so dangerous going forward and our strikers are on fire. It's all about the balance now. If we can continue how we are going forard and try to clear up the individual errors I'm sure we'll be alright.

WE HAVE a long break now between fixtures until we travel to Middlesbrough on March 9. It's not ideal but quite a few of the players are carrying little knocks here and there so when we get back we should be fresh and it will be like a mini-season for the rest of the season. I'm sure we'll all be ready for the rest of the season.

EVERYONE in Welsh football was saddened to hear of the death of John Charles. He was a legend. I was luckily enough to meet him just after I moved to Tottenham when I went to a dinner in Wales and he was a guest speaker. I had my photo taken with him and he had a real aura around him. It's sad he's passed away and he'll be fondly remembered.


FA PREMIER ACADEMY LEAGUE

Southampton U19s 1-0 Spurs

Pat Holland had plenty of positives as his young U19 side went down fighting at high-flying Southampton.

Saints, top of the division, won it thanks to a cracking strike in the second half.

Coach Pat reflected: "I was pleased with how the we approached the game.

"We played five in midfield because Southampton are top of the league and they are very strong physically and a very experience side.

"We had a younger side and I thought for 35 minutes we played some good stuff. The strength factor came into it after that.

"Anyway, it was 0-0 at half-time, so that was pleasing but their manager changed it around a little to counter how we'd set out.

"The second half was basically played in our half and we were hanging on a bit.

"The goal came when the ball was set up for the left-back and he crashed it into the top corner, so it was a good goal to beat us. In fairness, Nicky Eyre didn't have too much to do.

"There were some pleasing performances - Charlie Lee did well in the centre of midfield, Stuart Lewis made his debut and Simon Dawkins came on for the last 15 minutes, so if we're looking at the future, it was very pleasing."

Spurs U19s: Eyre, McKenna, McKie, Lee, Ifil, Dobson, Malcolm, Lewis (Dawkins, 80), Slabber, O'Hara, Barcham (Francis, 75). Unused sub: Forecast.

FA PREMIER ACADEMY LEAGUE

Millwall U17s 3-3 Spurs

Schoolboy Joe Martin grabbed a point for Jimmy Neighbour's very young U17s side at Millwall.

Three Under-15s were involved with David Button in goal, Martin coming on as subtitute after 47 minutes and scoring and Jamie Davies, who had 20 minutes off the bench.

Millwall stormed into a 2-0 lead, Claude Seanle and Chris Riley levelled it up, Millwall went ahead again only for Martin to strike for 3-3 with five minutes left.

Coach Jim said: "Millwall were a big, strong side and experienced for that age, they had a lot of Under-17s out.

"We played a very young side just as Pat Holland did with the Under-19s and give the lads credit because we went 2-0 down, deservedly so, but worked hard as a unit and started to get back into it.

"We eventually levelled it up at half-time at 2-2 and I was pleased with that because it could have gone the other way, the heads drop and end up losing five or six. That didn't happen.

"The first goal we got back was through Claude Seanla when we were on the attack, the ball was bobbling around and he threw himself in there, it's hit his body and gone in. A little fortunate but I was pleased for him.

"The second goal was from a corner, the ball went to the far post and Chris Riley was there to strike it home.

"They took the lead just after half-time with a good header from a corner but our equaliser was scored by Joe Martin, an Under-15 player who had gone on as substitute.

"He's a big lad, a strong lad, good left foot and he struck into the corner from the edge of the box.

"The good thing about it is we had young David Button in goal, an Under-15 player, two more U15s on the bench with Joe coming on and scoring and the rest were all schoolboys.

"It was a very young side. In the end it was a good game to get a point out of. I was delighted for the boys because they showed a lot of character on the day."

Spurs U17s: Button, Kyriacou, Wright, Maghoma, Riley, Peprah, Heller (Davies, 69), Mascarenhas, Seanle, Thyer (Martin, 47), Stevens.