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West Brom Photos 12 Feb 05

Posted on 22 February 2005  - 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).

You could excuse Clive Allen for the somewhat bewildered look after our reserves lost at Charlton on Monday night.

We hit the woodwork three times, dominated the second half and missed numerous clear-cut chances before Lee Barnard slotted home from the spot to make it 1-1 five minutes from time.

A point was the least we deserved but it wasn't to be as Lloyd Sam whipped the ball in from the left in the last minute, it deflected off Barnard's head and looped into the far corner.

"I thought it was one of our best performances of the season against a team who I believe will go on to win the league," said Clive.

"They were strong, we also had a good side out and the game was played in the right way.

"I said to the boys at the end 'excellent, we deserved something out of that' because we should have been in front, we've hit good shots, hit the woodwork, kept going and picked it up even more in the second half.

"Their boss Glyn Snodin even said to me afterwards that we were excellent.

"We didn't get what we deserved, but that's the game. It's all about learning and players understanding that sometimes, things don't work out however well you play."

Clive Allen had nothing but praise for his reserve side after the unlucky defeat aagainst league leaders Charlton on Monday night.

Up against a strong Charlton side, we hit the woodwork three times at The Valley, forced home keeper Stephan Andersen into some fine saves, missed chances and then conceded a last-minute own goal in the 2-1 defeat.

Development coach Clive reflected: "I thought we defended well against experienced Premier League strikers in Johansson and Jeffers and limited their chances.

"Our build-up play from the back was good, Sean Davis came through 90 minutes without a reaction, Dean Marney looks to have grown, he controlled the game.

"Rohan Ricketts looked lively, both wingers did, with him and Mark Yeates getting crosses in and causing their full-backs problems.

"Lee Barnard and Mounir El Hamdaoui up front did everything asked of them, hit the targets, hit the woodwork and they didn't get what they deserved, a goal apiece. They both hit the post and both deserved to be on the scoresheet.

"We didn't get what we deserved, but that's the game. It's all about learning and players understanding that sometimes, things don't work out however well you play."

Clive Allen praised the work ethic of Sean Davis after his first 90-minute stint since October for the reserves on Monday night.

The midfielder - back from knee surgery - covered every blade of grass against a strong Charlton outfit at The Valley.

In only his second comeback game, Sean was bombing up and down from the first to last whistle in the somewhat harsh 2-1 defeat.

Development coach Clive stated: "Sean looked stronger and stronger as the game wore on and that's all credit to the hard work he's put in and the medical staff who have worked with him.

"He needs games and that was a good game for him. He knew that.

"You saw in flashes what he's about. He controlled the ball well, linked play up and it was a solid performance from him. He will only get better for it."