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Positives for Pat

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).

Pat Holland was counting the plusses after our Academy's third place in the Eurofoot tournament.


The lads were unbeaten in the group stages in Belgium before losing out to eventual winners Anderlecht in the semi-final. They picked themselves up to beat Beerschot in the third/fourth play-off.


But the trip was more than just matches and results, as coach Pat explained.


"John McDermott (Academy manager) has brought in a 4-3-3 formation that he used with England and we’ve worked hard on it in pre-season, bedding in new ideas," said Pat.


"The fact that we had seven games in three days established the system with the kids and we’re now looking to polish up a little.


"We had a good opportunity to look closely at the system and that was one of the big plusses.


"You also look at certain players who did well — Leigh Mills had an excellent tournament and Richard Heller did well in certain games, to mention two.


"Generally, it was a good four days for everyone to get to know each other. The tournament was tough but lots of plusses came out of it and the lads were a credit to the club."