Carrick refuses credit
Sat 18 December 2004, 12:00|Tottenham Hotspur
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Michael Carrick modestly refused to accept any individual credit for his part in the keeping of three clean sheets in our last three Barclays Premiership games and insists there is much more to come from the team.
The summer recruit from West Ham United has been assigned to the midfield holding role in recent games, sitting in and protecting the back four while his central partner Michael Brown has been given licence to bomb on and support the attack.
Both players have been doing their bit, with Brown chipping in with notable assists against Blackburn and Manchester City and Carrick seeing to it that our rearguard has not been unduly exposed - which, we proposed, makes all the difference in the results business...
"It's not for me to say that!" responded a sheepish Michael. "I just think, as a unit, we've been really solid. When we have gone ahead in games we've defended really well and, even though teams have had a lot of possession, they've not been able to create much.
"It is the whole team, the two front lads have been working their socks off and getting goals as well, which gives us something to go on."
While the anchor role is a little short on glory, Michael is carrying it out to great effect and insists he will play wherever required.
"I don't mind it, I'll play anywhere. There is still more to come from us, we haven't played fantastic football but what we've done is win games. That is what it comes down to, after the run we had, if you can keep clean sheets with the forwards we've got they are going to score goals and win games for us. That has been the case in the last few games."
The run of six Barclays Premiership games without a win, thankfully, is becoming something of a distant memory now. Michael says he can't nominate a particular turning point, but believes with the quality possessed in the squad fortunes were always going to take a upward swing.
"It's hard to say. I think it was a matter of time before we started winning anyway. With the quality of players we've got it was incredible to go that six matches without winning.
"Obviously the new Head Coach has come in with his own ideas and stuff, but I think we were due to start winning and it was always around the corner.
"It's come now and we are on a bit of a roll."