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Deano on the run

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).

Dean Richards reflected on a now five-match unbeaten run and reasoned that a tightening up at the back was essential in order to climb up the league.

In the three games prior to the run the team conceded ten goals in straight defeats that saw us plunge into the Premiership danger zone. Just one goal has been conceded since then - Kasey Keller's uncharacteristic slip against Leicester - and three wins (one in the Carling Cup) and two draws have been recorded.

The latest clean sheet came on Sunday against Middlesbrough at the Lane when the team came under some sustained second-half pressure from the visitors but still emerged with a point from the tricky encounter.

Dean says that it was vital that the team came out of the game with a least a point to continue the unbeaten run to enable confidence to grow and a more expressive game to develop. He considered a solid base is essential towards this aim.

"It is, although I think people might look at the Middlesbrough game and say we should have won," he pondered. "But, at the end of the day, we are still unbeaten and still keeping clean sheets.

"Last season they turned us over twice so there is obviously some improvement on that.

"We've got that belief within the team that we have players who can win games - to conjure up a bit of magic or take chances. We've got people like Robbie who is always capable of doing something or Fredi when he is fit - Bobby and Helder will take off once they get a goal.

"We just know that we've got to keep it solid first and foremost. It's not always going to be pretty and it's not always going to be great football but, as defenders, we are there to do a job and keep a clean sheet - that is our main aim.

"Sometimes it might not be pleasing on the eye, but that is what you've got to do."