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Video special: Segers on Sully

Posted on 4 June 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).

Last season was a case of mission accomplished for Hans Segers. Our goalkeeping coach was determined to help make Neil Sullivan the best in the Premiership - many pundits, including himself, would say he's achieved just that.

Sully was actually rated third in the Premiership according to Opta's scoring system although, more noticeably, he made the most saves with 142.

He could arguably have won best performance award, if there was one, for his heroics against Arsenal in December's 1-1 draw at the Lane - described by Hans as the most complete goalkeeping display all season.

Han revealed: "I had a chat with Neil recently said to him that my target at the start of the season was to make him the best goalkeeper in the Premiership and looking at it I think we have reached that target.

"The standard he played for the last four of five months has been outstanding so for that part I’m really pleased. It took some time for Neil to adapt to Tottenham and the training sessions but he’s done remarkably well and I’m delighted for him."

Hans said a move of house had helped Neil blossom. "At the start of the season he was travelling two hours to and from training. Now he's moved locally he has no such problems. I think that made a difference."

Hans also heaped praise on Ian Walker, who lost his role as first-choice goalkeeper but remained the complete professional throughout - including fine displays in the handful of Premiership matches he featured in.

"I've been in that position as well and mentally it's very, very tough," he said. "Ian has stuck it out and perhaps proved a few people wrong. He's been very professional in difficult circumstances."

Meanwhile, Hans described Gavin Kelly's improvement as 'a real bonus'. Gavin, our third-choice keeper, grabbed the headlines with some outstanding performances during a loan spell at Kingstonian that coincided with the non-league outfit's FA Cup heroics.

Hans added: "That loan period worked wonders for him. He was a little boy when he went there but three months later he came back a man. He's only 19 and, in a few years, who knows?"