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Matchday Xtra - Harry's column

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).


Firstly, a big thank you to all of those that have sent me get well wishes in the past few weeks. The messages of support I have received have been overwhelming, there are just so many thoughtful people out there.

I cannot appreciate your kind gestures enough and now I am just looking forward to getting back in the dugout.

We have managed to continue our great run of form since last time out here at White Hart Lane. When you look at the league table it just shows you how tight it is going to be at the top. There is still nothing between us, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man United and Man City, although they have perhaps pulled away a little bit.

It has been a fantastic run of results for us since the start of September. In my opinion, any side with top four aspirations needs to try to maintain that kind of form for the majority of the season, as much as maybe two points a game over the course of the campaign.

We were fantastic in the first half against QPR in our previous home game. It is just how I like to see the game being played.


QPR had a real go at us in the second half and when they scored it changed attitudes, they were back in the game. Fortunately, Gareth Bale popped up and it took a great goal to finish them off.

I watched the Fulham game on TV and it was obviously more nerve wracking than it was actually being there. I certainly wouldn't want to go through that again too often.

It was a tough second half but it was nothing more than I expected. Even though we were 2-0 up at half time you always know Fulham will come back strong. We hung in there after the break and it was a great performance from Brad Friedel in particular.

This afternoon we welcome Aston Villa to the Lane. Alex McLeish was a great player and he is doing an excellent job with Villa. It was a big move for him moving across the city from Birmingham City.

You look at the players he has and it is a strong team. They will be a threat, there is no doubt about that in my opinion, and, for me, if any side was going to break into the top six it will be Villa. I think they are capable of being bang in there at the end of the season. They have as good a chance as anyone when you look at their forward line and they are strong at the back too.

Finally, I would like to offer a special welcome to the troops that will be leading the sides out before the game this evening.

I know the Club do a great deal to support the armed forces and tonight we are delighted to be supporting Tickets for Troops, a fantastic initiative that enables clubs like Spurs to give something back to those people that risk their lives defending our country.

We will also be presenting a cheque on the pitch at half-time to the Royal British Legion from the money raised following the auction of the poppy shirts worn by our players at Fulham. It is a great cause and I am delighted that everyone is behind it.

Enjoy the game.