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Tony misses the cut

Posted on 13 December 2001  - 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).

Anthony Garnder was a happy man after coming through his first senior start since the end of last season, but discovered he was playing too late to get a haircut.

The promising defender usually sports a close-cropped hair style, but emerged at the Lane with a wavy look a good couple of inches longer than he likes to be seen in the public eye.

The fact is that Tony was unaware of his starting role until lunchtime and didn't have time to hit the salon, but plans a trim very soon.

"Next week," he laughed. "I wasn't expecting to be playing so I wasn't worried about it being a bit longer. After I found out I didn't have time to get to the barbers before the game!"

Tony might be booked in for a close shave, but his first outing of the season was nothing of the sort - an ideal way for the former Port Vale man to ease his way back into action.

"Very pleased. First of all the result was what we wanted, that helped me with coming back from the injury that I got at the end of the season. The result was the most important and my performance was a bonus.

"I found out about 12 o'clock, Goran got an injury doing set pieces, the gaffer called me in after training and said I would be playing."

Tony revealed that Glenn's half-time instructions with being four goals to the good was not to let any in at the other end.

"We needed to keep a clean sheet, the gaffer said that after all the goals in the first half the most important thing in the second was not to concede. Scoring more was a bonus.

"It was a nice one to play in. Everyone was enjoying themselves, knocking it about - it was nicer to play in than just a battle.

"The players around you help you, so when the team is playing well it is better for you to show what you can do. You can go out and just play."

Tony has been in sparkling form for the reserve side and, while he does not expect to remain in the side against Fulham on Saturday, he is prepared to wait for his next chance.

"It has been difficult, the team has been playing well and there are a few defenders at the club. The gaffer's just said to me that I've got to keep playing and if I do that and play well I'll get a chance in there.

"There will be injuries, I don't want players to get injured, but that's what happens during a season. The gaffer said last week that over Christmas there is a lot of games so you could be in there when you don't really expect it.

"I don't expect to be starting on Saturday, Deano is a top class player who was cup-tied for this and I expect him to be back in the middle of the defence.

"I'll wait for my chance again."