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*The Hughton View

Posted on 23 August 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).

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Our campaign is now underway and I think it was always going to be a tough trip going up to Everton on the first day of the season. Obviously, David Moyes is a very, very good manager who hasn't been there that long - so we knew it would be a very difficult task.

We also knew that there was a possibility of the lad Rooney playing - a young, very exciting prospect who would perhaps give the crowd a little bit of a lift. So we knew any sort of result up there would be a good one.

Possibly the most disappointing thing was, having gone 2-1 up, we felt we could hold on to that lead and win the game. So we were quite disappointed in the end to draw but I think probably, overall, it was a fair result.

It is that classification between reflecting on whether it was a point won or two lost, if you spoke to their manager he would look at it as finishing the game quite happy because they scored a goal near the end.

The most important thing we spoke about is not losing sight of the fact that it was a good result. Sometimes you have to take results in the same package as other games. Going into our next game against Aston Villa, if we win that at home, four points out of six would be a good start.

If we don't get the result against Villa then possibly we would look back on the Everton game and feel that it was one that was there for the taking.

Jamie Redknapp attracted much praise on his Premiership debut for the club - his actual performance, we felt, was excellent.

He is also a lad that did not have a full 90 minutes in pre-season and it was his first Premiership game since October. If I look at the pre-season games, generally we've tended to limit the amount of games they played earlier in the pre-season and build up to a full game.

Jamie hasn't played one 90 minutes so we were always mindful of that. Even watching Jamie from the sidelines, as the game developed he seemed to as well.

Possibly part of that is the fact that he enjoyed being out there again - relishing it. Maybe part of that was because the game was up there where, I presume, he's got stick in the past and got a bit on Saturday.

He was enjoying it. The very pleasing aspect for us is that he came through 90 minutes.

It has been an early international week and our new signing Jonathan Blondel received the call into the full Belgium squad for their match against Poland.

I've got to say we've been delighted with Jonathan since he arrived. It's quite a daunting task for a young man like him to come into a club the size of this - and that's even forgetting his age and that fact that he speaks another language and has no family here.

In the period of time he's been here we've been delighted with him, that that he's been elevated into the full squad, of course, has something to do with the fact he's now a Tottenham Hotspur player.

It is something that over the years hasn't changed and I don't think will change.

He is a good player and that's why we've bought him in and made the investment we've made in him. How long it will take him to really settle down, we don't know. Each individual is different, you'll find some lads are very quickly into their stride and look as though they've been at a club all their lives and others take longer.

I don't think it means anything whether you are one or the other - it's just the circumstances at the time. It's also the opportunities to be involved, which will depend on his progress, injuries and so on.

With regards to his development we're very optimistic. Which way, or how quickly it will be, is down to a lot of factors.

Aston Villa is next on the menu for us on Saturday and, for me, the most exciting prospect is that it is our first home game.

We've had the two pre-season friendlies, which I thought were very well attended. But, if anything, this is the serious stuff now. Having got what we regard as a good result at Everton, it is an opportunity to get back to the home form of last season.

We've had a new surface laid at the Lane which we are all very excited about and, again, it is just the prospect of a home performance and, hopefully, a home win.

We are looking forward to welcoming Peter Crouch back to the club on Saturday; I did a lot of work with Peter during his time here.

There was always the strong possibility that he was going to develop. With Peter, we felt that we weren't sure how long it was going to take.

I've got no doubts that the fact that he's now playing in the Premiership is due to going to two clubs and being able to play in their first team - both at QPR and Portsmouth.

It would be interesting to see the amount of games he's played since leaving us and joining Aston Villa - he wouldn't have missed many games. No doubt this is why he's playing in the Premiership and starting games.

I think the difficulty with him here was, as a young lad, he would have struggled to get the amount of games that he got by moving on.

Everybody here is absolutely delighted for him. Not only was he a good trainer, but he was also a smashing lad to have around.

With lads like that, you look at their progress and want them to do well. Apart from Saturday that is!