Memory Lane for Jamie
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).
The visit of Liverpool to the Lane this weekend will stir happy memories for young striker Jamie Slabber, who made his Spurs first team debut in the corresponding fixture last season.
It was mid-March and we were suffering from a senior striker shortage when the Anfield outfit came to town and the now 19-year-old was drafted into the 16 as back-up for Teddy Sheringham and Gary Doherty.
Jamie entered the fray on 79 minutes with us 2-1 down and set about imposing himself on the towering figure of Liverpool centre-half Sammi Hyypia. Steven Gerrard then increased the lead for the visitors before, with three minutes remaining, Jamie chipped in with a direct assist for Teddy to reduce the deficit. Despite the spirited late rally, Liverpool held on for the three points.
The Academy product remained the group of 16 for the following game away at Bolton before a nagging ankle injury put paid to his season.
Jamie admits that further small injuries, along with the recruitment of three strikers during the close-season, did dent his confidence and he has struggled to maintain his usual prolific goals tally this term.
However, two goals in his last two reserve outings have boosted his morale and he is now seeking a strong second half of the season.
"My confidence is good at the moment, although it has been an up and down season with more downs really. It was nice to score for the reserves and I've just got to build on it now.
"Now I feel I am getting there. When they signed the big-name strikers, I thought 'this is it', but I need to keep my confidence and it is a confidence thing. I've just got to be patient and it will come," he added, before reflecting on the niggling injuries that have held him back.
"It's been little things - toe and hip - and I am glad to be back from them. I am feeling sharp at the moment and looking to move on.
"I've just got to work hard now and take my chance when I get to play in the reserves."
Pat Holland took charge of the second string against Coventry on Monday and reserved a special mention for Jamie in his post-match summing up.
"I was pleased for him, he has been going through the doldrums a little bit, the kid, and I was also happy with the way he set up the last goal for Rohan," praised Pat. "He deserved his goal on the night and it was nice for him.
"You have spells where it doesn't always go your way and the only way to get out of it is to try and keep working hard and retain your good habits. He had lost his way a little bit and this is a bonus for him. He has got to build on it now."