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The Hughton View

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).

OUR GAME ON Saturday against Middlesbrough was certainly our poorest performance for a good while. I think the fact that Boro scored goals against us was bad enough, but the overall display was not what we expect.

If I look at the problems that we've had with losing players, the different combinations that we've been forced to put out each game in defensive areas - we've had so many - I think it simply caught up with us and we came unstuck.

Our performances have been up and down - the high for me being Charlton, I thought that was our best. We've obviously done well enough to win our three home games before Middlesbrough while possibly not playing as well as we'd have liked.

So we've got enough going for us in the team, but when you're having to change the side so often and play players out of position, on the odd occasion you're going to get caught out. We felt that happened to us on Saturday.

We had to quickly turn our attention to Cardiff on Tuesday and, even in the team talk after the Boro game, we said to them that we were looking forward to it.

Having said that, it can go one of two ways. Tuesday was either going to be a great confidence booster for us because we're playing a team that we should do well against at home and could possibly get a lift. It could also have been an embarrassing stumbling block for us against a team playing with a lot of confidence that came here and put a performance on.

We ended up putting on the performance and we set our stall out early. The first five minutes, I thought, set the trend for the rest of the game.

The team were boosted by the return to action of Steffen Freund and Mauricio Taricco. Firstly, I thought their presence game them a lift, but also, and more importantly, was their actual performance.

Steffen, for the period of time he was on, was excellent and Tano, particularly in the first half an hour, was very instrumental in a lot of good things down the right flank.

Their presence and also their performance gave us a big lift.

We travel to Blackburn on Sunday to face a good side who we had difficulties playing against last season.

They are a side that play. At times they have been quite similar to us; if I look at last year, even in games they have lost you probably couldn't argue with their performance. They are a footballing side and there have been times when results haven't matched the performances.

We're on the back of a good performance on Tuesday - they had a game on Monday and another on Thursday. We've got to take some heart from our away performances - at Everton, certainly Charlton and, even though we lost, Manchester United. We've got to draw from that.

Blackburn are an exciting side with some very good players. They have added to it with the arrival of Thompson from Coventry who has started very well for them - he is playing in the division now that he deserves to play in.

They play good football and that showed in the cup final last season. Most people felt that we were going to win the game with our form going in and what we had on paper - but they won on the day.

They've got a lot of good footballers, Tugay in midfield is an excellent passer of the ball and they can get width with Duff, who is back in the frame after missing a few games.

On their day they can beat most sides, but we have to get our league form back on track. The most important thing for us is that we've been able to stay in the top six.

What we've felt all along is, as time goes on and we get some players back from injury, if we can stay in contention in the meantime then that has got to be good for us.

It is about being consistent. Our aim is to be a consistent side and to be one we've got to be able to go to places like Blackburn and pick up something.

At Blackburn a draw is a good result and, if we want to maintain our position, we've got to go there and get a result.