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The Hughton View

Posted on 20 October 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).

THE DOMESTIC BREAK for internationals is drawing to a close and our players will have returned, hopefully unscathed, shortly before you read this.

One thing about the international break is that it does give us, as a staff, a period of time to reflect on the season so far and to look at the amount games players have played, weights, performances and so on. It gives us that opportunity because it does get very hectic normally.

What you do tend to find is that after games, where you might want to reflect on the last match, you are very quickly onto the next one. It gave us time to do that and, what it also allowed, was to give players who have played a lot some time off.

The big minus is sweating on whether or not players will come back fit from their international games.

I am not a great one for having time off from football-related activity. What I would say is that, if I looked at Monday and Tuesday of last week, they were days where I was able to switch off to a certain degree. You never totally switch off because you are always planning and thinking of things that you've got to do.

I have recharged the batteries a little bit though.

We now have a few more players out on loan. John Sutton has gone to Carlisle and Shwan Jalal to Woking, while another keeper, Gavin Kelly, has joined Kettering on loan.

It is even more important for Gavin at his age, he desperately needed to get out and play games. This is a big plus for Gavin.

Shwan has a difficult assignment at Woking, who have had troubled times of late. It can go either way, you know he will have a busy time with regards to the volume of work he will have to do. He could grow in strength from that.

He let in five against Southport last week, but reports say it could have been ten. He can gain something from that and what he can't say is that he's not going to get enough work - that's for sure.

Out of all of the loans, John Sutton's switch to Carlisle is perhaps the most difficult one. Credit to the lad, as soon as he was given the opportunity to go up there he wanted to go.

It's a tough one. Not only the division they are playing in, but the fact that it is an awful long way away and it will be completely different from what he's used to. We've got no doubts that it will make him stronger as a person and as a player.

Bolton are next for us on Sunday and they certainly haven't enjoyed the start they had last season. But, as with any team in this league, if you don't go into games and give any team the respect they deserve you will come unstuck.

If I look at our last home performance against Middlesbrough it wasn't one of our better performances. We've got some work to do, that we know, and if we don't apply ourselves properly we could suffer.

What Bolton have got is a system of play that worked very well for them last year and they've stuck to the same system.

In their team talk their games here last season will certainly be mentioned and they won't want a repeat. We've got to make sure that our application is as good as it was in our last game at Blackburn, which was a wonderful result.

The big plus, of course, is that we've got players coming back from injury that will be part of that squad.