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TOM RELISHING EURO NIGHTS

Posted on 1 November 2006  - 12:00

Tom Huddlestone is enjoying the European experience and looking forward to our second UEFA Cup group stage fixture against Club Brugge at the Lane.

Tom Huddlestone is enjoying the European experience and looking forward to our second UEFA Cup group stage fixture against Club Brugge at the Lane.

The stylish midfielder was in at the start of our European adventure in Prague, a 1-0 win in the first leg against Slavia and then an unused substitute as we wrapped up the tie at the Lane.

He was back in the starting XI in the fantastic win and performance against Besiktas in Istanbul, a 2-0 victory courtesy of Hossam Ghaly and Dimitar Berbatov.

The fanatical support and sheer noise of the home fans in the Inonu Stadium will live long in the memory and made quite an impact on Tom and the rest of the lads.

"The atmosphere at Besiktas was phenomenal and for their fans to applaud us off at the end of the game showed great respect on their behalf," reflected Tom. "It was a fantastic experience.

"In European games you have to be patient and away from home especially you have to try and silence the crowd.

"That was hard in Besiktas but we did a great job out there. It was the first time I've seen one fan orchestrating to the rest of the crowd. In the warm-up there was a fan in the middle of the pitch and I spoke to some of their lads and during the game that fan was back in the stand with a megaphone and whatever he said, everyone else repeated.

"As a young player, it's hard to block that out but we got the goal and that helped, even with two minutes left and 2-0 down they were still going crazy.

"The crowd will get behind us at White Hart Lane and the atmosphere is always fantastic for these night games."

Tom has started our last three games but takes nothing for granted - not least with Didier Zokora approaching ftiness again after illness.

He added: "Every time you step on the pitch you've always got a point to prove to either try and stay in the team or try to claim a place for the next game."

'For the Besiktas fans to applaud us off at the end of the game showed great respect on their behalf'