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Hughton's Irish diary

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).

In a special diary feature, our first team coach and Ireland's assistant boss Chris Hughton gives us the inside view into how the Republic prepare for crucial Euro 2004 qualifiers against Albania and Georgia.

Capped 53 times by Ireland, Chris is preparing the squad - including Stephen Carr and Robbie Keane - for crucial Euro 2004 qualifiers against Albania and Georgia.

Speaking last night from Dublin, he now talks us through Thursday...

WE TURNED to more tactical training on Thursday and having worked hard earlier in the week, dropped down the intensity with the Albania game approaching.

We ended with a few finishing exercises and that's something all the lads like to do that at this stage of the week.

We're at home for these games and it's very much a case of being about us and how we approach the games. We're also aware of the potential threat Albania could have - we played them a couple of months ago and we know how they might play.

So it's about organising ourselves tactically and being aware of their strengths but, as I said, it's about how we approach these games.

We're all off to the cinema as a group on Thursday night. We'll all go on the coach together and come back together. I'm not sure what we'll see, but the Matrix seems to be favourite. We don't tend to get too mobbed on these nights, it's generally very well organised. We go straight in, get the popcorn, watch the film and straight out. It's something we've always done even going back to my days as a player and something the lads enjoy.

Looking ahead to Friday, training will be much the same as today. It will be about set-plays and keeping the lads ticking over. Obviously, by this stage, we've done a lot of work and it's now about getting it right for Saturday.

The next instalment of Hughton's Irish diary will be on Monday...