Programme: Stephen Carr
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).
John Fennelly talks to Stephen Carr.<P class=MsoNormal>Did you feel that the recent speculation surrounding your contract negotiations put added pressure on you?<P class=MsoNormal>I was lucky, I didn't let it affect me. The worse thing that could have happened is that I could have let it upset my game, but I think it has still been going OK for me on the pitch.<P class=MsoNormal>The situation did drag on a bit and there was some bad publicity as well, which didn't help matters. I was linked with other clubs, which does your confidence no harm, but at the end of the day I never said I wanted to leave Spurs.<P class=MsoNormal>Unfortunately the media blow everything out of all proportion, the press get hold of one or two little quotes and all of a sudden all hell breaks loose. <P class=MsoNormal>It's all sorted out now though and I can concentrate on what I'm getting paid for, playing football. I'm pleased, it's a big weight off my shoulders and the club has rewarded me for doing well.<P class=MsoNormal>Are you happy with your personal form so far this season?<P class=MsoNormal>Things have been going OK for me, but could be better. It can always be better. There have been some situations in games recently that, defensively, I've not done as well as I should and I have to put that right. I must keep working hard.<P class=MsoNormal>It doesn't matter how well you are playing you can always progress. I know there are parts of my game that I need to work on and I will try to improve them to become the complete player.<P class=MsoNormal>How about the performances of the team as a whole?<P class=MsoNormal>Our home form has been one of the best around, if we could just take that away with us it would be unbelievable. If we could get a couple of good away results then we could be up there, well in the top six. <P class=MsoNormal>It has been so disappointing, especially earlier on in the season when we lost games we should never have lost. I thought we were playing well in matches like Charlton, where we battled hard and had loads of chances, at Middlesbrough, where we got a point and should have easily won. At Newcastle we deserved to get beaten, but the Coventry game was another tight one.<P class=MsoNormal>Why do you think it is happening and what is the answer?<P class=MsoNormal>We just have to learn to be more solid away from home. We are not going to get a lot of the ball, the home team always has a lot more possession as we know, that is how our home record is so good. But you just have to get through the rough patches in a game and when you do have your good spells you must take your chances and punish the opposition.<P class=MsoNormal>Do you think the recent match away to Manchester United was our toughest test so far this term?<P class=MsoNormal>Without a doubt, they are the best team in Europe. They were superb, in the first half especially they were absolutely awesome. The passing and movement was great and they have the ability to just step it up when they want to. They toy with you, wait for the right opportunity and attack with such pace. They have shown the way for the rest of the League and they are out there on their own at the moment. It may be a bit early to say but I think the title is United's, I can't see anyone else at the moment who will come near. When we play against them here we do OK, but at Old Trafford their record is unbelievable.<P class=MsoNormal>Is a European place a realistic aim for us this season?<P class=MsoNormal>Yes, I think it is. If we can pick up a few good results away from home we will be up there. Our home form is good. We have dropped a lot of away points but we are still in ninth position, not too far off the chasing pack. We shouldn't be four points off fourth place after dropping over 20 points, but everyone else has been doing the same and that is why it is so tight. Despite what people have been saying, I don't think a European place is that far away from us. It is going to be difficult and we have to maintain our home form, because we still haven't played against the likes of today's opponents Arsenal, Chelsea and obviously Manchester United here at White Hart Lane.<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>