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Brownie on the banter

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).

Michael Brown revealed his goal against Norwich on Boxing Day was the culmination of a long spell of banter with Head Coach Martin Jol.

With only one goal coming from midfield so far this season - Thimothee Atouba against Newcastle - Martin has been urging the combative Brownie to push up and get some shots in.

He did that in some style against Norwich, picking the ball up from Robbie Keane some 25 yards out and smashing it past Robert Green into the top corner.

"He has, it's been ongoing banter that he's been giving me to try and get me to score," reflected Michael of his coach's promptings. "He says to get forward and it has been a few games now. I do my best, it is five wins in a row now and that is really pleasing.

"It was nice to get a goal but the most important thing was to get a win for the team. After we went one up I thought we would shut up shop, but it fell to me and luckily it came good.

"I've been itching to get on the scoresheet and didn't have any shots in the game until then."

It is now Crystal Palace at the Lane and Michael admits games that carry a winning expectation do concern him slightly.

"We're not going to stop here, we'll try to keep going and hopefully carry on against Palace. It is a good place to be at the moment.

"I'm always a bit scared about these type of games at home. People are expecting to you win and it worries me, but that is the way I'll always be.

"We'll graft it out but I'm sure Palace will be no pushover."