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The Hughton View

Posted on 7 September 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 came through a tricky game against Southampton on Saturday with the three points to see us hit the top of the table.

I have to say it was not one of our better performances but afterwards, when you analyse it and look at the chances that we had, it was not perhaps as fortunate as it might have appeared.

If you take into consideration the three headers, Teddy, I thought, did ever so well to get up and hang up there. I think you've got to look at that as a chance. Of course, there was Dean Richards' header and also one from Gary Doherty. Then there was Simon Davies' chances.

Everything taken into consideration it wasn't one of our better performances, but we did have opportunities to go further ahead in the game.

A lot of our work during the week was about relaying to the players any fears we had regarding complacency, the fact that we've done well in the previous three games and not letting that go.

In the first 20 minutes everything seemed very good and any fears looked unfounded. For some reason we weren't able to sustain it, but Southampton grew a little bit as the game progressed and got more confident. It then becomes difficult to alter the course of a game.

We went top on Saturday and it was smashing for the fans that results went our way over the weekend to keep us top, very much so.

We don't want to look too much into it because it is still very early days but, if you can't be happy and proud that you're top of the league at any stage during the season then perhaps we shouldn't be playing.

It's where we want to be for as long as we can possibly stay there. We all know the difficulties of a long season but, at this particular moment, we've had a very good start and I think we've got to be proud of that.

As coaches we are delighted to have Robbie Keane here. He's a wonderful and very infectious player.

Robbie is certainly a 100 per cent player and anywhere that he's played he has always been a crowd favourite - and I see no different here.

He will bring something different to the team, absolutely. Like I say, he is a quality player and, for me if I look at his qualities, he's become a better international player than at any other stage. I think he will be regarded anywhere in the world as a good international player.

That shows the quality of the individual.

Our next game takes us to Fulham, who lost to West Brom at the weekend but, to my mind, are a good side.

We did well to beat them twice at Craven Cottage last season and they were both good performances there. That will give us confidence, but we will be facing a good team, there is no doubt about that.

They haven't had too many injuries and, if I look at the sides they played in their first four games, there haven't been too many changes. So they are a side that have played together a lot and were together earlier than we were because of the Inter Toto games.

We've got to look to maintain, particularly with our away form, which was very, very good against Charlton.

Against Fulham it will be two sides that very much want to play the passing game. Fulham will have evaluated last season and seen where they want to push on - one thing I think they did identify is that they needed to score more goals.

That's something they will look to put right and something that we've got to be aware of. On paper it does look to be a very attractive game for the fans to look forward to.

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