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Tactical tweak reaps reward

Posted on 20 November 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).

A spot of tactical tweaking was credited by Colin Calderwood for sparking Monday night's reserve win over Fulham at Stevenage.

A goal down with twenty minutes remaining, a touchline conference between Colin and former reserve coach Chris Hughton resulted in Simon Davies moving to a central position, Leo switching to the right and Yannick Kamanan heading left.

This allowed Sergei Rebrov to push up after playing in a withdrawn role behind the strikers and Bingo - a 1-0 deficit was transformed into a 2-1 victory.

Colin, however, deflect praise of the switch onto the first team coach.

"Credit to Chrissie Hughton," said Colin. "He came down and said do you fancy making a switch. The way it was set out, we weren't in control of the game really.

"We pushed Sergei up a bit and, whatever happened, we scored pretty soon after that and it gave us a lift. Then we scored off a set piece three minutes later.

"When you look back at it, it was a very good reserve game. Two teams that were probably nearly equal in quality and experience and I would imagine it was fairly enjoyable for the people watching.

"We made mistakes, they made mistakes, but overall they played the way their first team play and we played in a way that Tottenham would want to play.

"I'm delighted we won in the end, but it definitely flatters us that we ended up winning. I thought our performance was fairly good and a lot of things were done right, and we deserved to get something.

"I was delighted when we scored and if had ended up a draw I would have thought that was probably fair."