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WTPS: Daz and Gus

Posted on 25 January 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).

Friday's newspapers continue reaction to Wednesday's stunning 5-1 win against Chelsea with Gus Poyet quoted in the Sun and Mirror.

Meanwhile, Glenn Hoddle's thoughts on Darren Anderton's form are captured in John Ley's piece in the Daily Telegraph.

THE Tottenham players have a new nickname for Darren Anderton. For `Sick-note' read `Well-note' - and the England international is living up to the sobriquet with his longest spell of unbroken games for seven seasons, a run which is inspiring Spurs to new glories and could earn him a summer in the Far East.

A man who has become over-familiar with the decor of the Chigwell treatment room is now gracing the White Hart Lane pitch with regular performances which are fulfilling the potential he promised in his early days at Tottenham.

On Wednesday night in the rain of North London the 29-year-old offered conclusive proof that when his body is strong, his spirit is stronger, helping Spurs in their 5-1 Worthington Cup demolition of Chelsea.

Glenn Hoddle, who picked Anderton for England, inherited a player whose confidence was not helped by irregular runs. That has changed this season with the player boasting an ever-present attendance record going back to the second game of the campaign.

Hoddle said: "For me, at the moment, there has not been a more consistent midfield player in the country than Darren, in all aspects of his game.

"He covered every blade of grass against Chelsea and his passing and his workrate have been superb. He's popped up with important goals, and he has certainly created things for us. You cannot ask for more than what we are getting from Darren."

Anderton, almost modestly, said: "I have always said that once I am fit I can play like I have been. It is not just a case of getting fit medically, you have to play lots of games to get like this.

"I feel I am at my best when I am running forward and I am able to do that at the moment - that is my strength."

Wednesday's victory, one which exorcised the ghost of Chelsea's 26-match unbeaten hold over Spurs, only increased Anderton's satisfaction. He added: "We had been threatening to do that to a team, so it was nice to finally do it - especially against Chelsea. It is sweet because it is a semi-final, rather than the fact we ended a bad record against them. But now we have done it, it feels very good. It is a great feeling to reach a final and I am looking forward to it."

Hoddle has lost key figures such as Steffen Freund and Christian Ziege so the re-emergence of Anderton as an international-class player has come at an important juncture.

Hoddle added: "He's started all but the first game of the season and he's been fine, which is wonderful to see. He's nailed his nickname that people have given him once and for all and I'm delighted to see that he has."

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson sent assistant Tord Grip to White Hart Lane and Hoddle added: "Whether he fits into the system England are playing is a question for Sven Goran Eriksson, not me. He certainly fits into our system.

"If Sven is looking for a player who can create, keep the ball and be involved for 90 minutes then Darren is your man.

"There are a number in this country who are doing a similar job so it is up to Sven to decide.

"But Darren's positive and delighted to be able to be playing as he has for that length of time without getting any injuries and long may that continue."

Alongside Anderton last night was Simon Davies, a young Welshman from Haverfordwest, who has been given the chance of a return to Wales. He revealed how Hoddle made certain that Spurs would reach the final.

"At half-time Glenn told us not to sit back, but to go at them again - I think we'd learned our lesson from the Manchester United game. We did just that and got another early goal which helped us along."

Hoddle's job, for now, is to bring his players back to earth in time to face Bolton tomorrow in the fourth round of the FA Cup. As the former England coach pointed out, Spurs have won nothing yet.

"Getting to the final means absolutely nothing to me. The style in which we won the semi-final was great, but it means nothing to me and it will be drummed into the players that it means nothing to them until we actually go there and we have got to win the game."

Looking ahead to the final, Spurs will do well to ignore a growing superstition. To win the Worthington Cup, Tottenham will need to overcome the Millennium Stadium's `South Stand hoodoo'.

All seven domestic finals held in Cardiff last season were won by the teams whose fans occupied the North Stand and Spurs supporters have been allocated the South Stand on Feb 24.