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THE HUGHTON VIEW

Posted on 26 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).

WE HAD A very satisfying win against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday and I think, if I look at the five League games we've had at home, it was certainly our best performance with the ball.

It was obviously frustrating when they got back to level at 1-1 and they were a good enough side, even given the position they are in, to cause us problems. We were delighted to get the second, and the third that we eventually did.

We are just past the quarter stage of the season gone and, if you said to me before that after ten games that we would be in third position in the League having had the injury problems we've had, then I would have been absolutely delighted.

I think that's the way we have to look at it. We assess after every game, every day we assess, taking into account the fitness of players and how we are doing.

Probably the most pleasing aspect is our form away from home. I think each team, even ones that don't have a particularly good season, are always going to win a certain amount of games at home. It is about how many games you can win away from home as that tots up the points.

For me, personally, that is the most pleasing aspect so far.

We head to Liverpool in third place and it is certainly nice to be in that position. Being involved in the team and the club, I speak for everybody when I say it is always exciting. Every game is exciting now in the Premiership.

Going up to your Old Traffords or your Anfields is definitely something you look forward to - irrespective of how things are going. Of course, when things have gone quite well, you look forward to it even more.

We will, and have before looked back on our performance there last season. Although we lost the game it was one of our better away performances and it was a day that we could have come out with some sort of result. Unfortunately we didn't.

We're better off going up there in the position we're in now than being adrift in the table and chasing.

Anfield is a special arena. I was fortunate enough to be in the side that won there after 73 years of trying. I can remember going there and it is such an incredibly difficult place to get a result.

I also remember going there one year where we went 1-0 up and played ever so well in the first half. It was the best performance we'd had for years - but we ended up going in at half-time 2-1 down, with them scoring two late in the first half.

You thought 'what more have you got to do?' We lost 3-1 and it is always a very difficult place to go.

Jamie Redknapp makes his first return to Anfield this Saturday and I'm absolutely sure Jamie will get a great reception there.

There are a couple of factors. One, on the football pitch - and that's where Liverpool's support are very, very good - they appreciate what you do for them. Secondly, as a person, I think Jamie was very popular with everybody there.

You try not to pre-empt things in case it doesn't happen, but I think, deep down, Jamie will want a good reception and I'm sure he will get one.

We are looking for a positive result and, the way things are at the moment, I don't think there is anywhere we should go without being confident of a result. What we have to remember is that a draw would be a good result.

If we travel back having not lost the game we should be satisfied with our day's work.