Hughton points to schedule

08 April 2007 07:43
Tottenham Hotspur assistant-manager Chris Hughton admitted their recent hectic schedule had taken its toll on the players during Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Chelsea. Spurs were forced to play their second game in the space of just over 48 hours after being in UEFA Cup action with in Seville on Thursday night Martin Jol's side had asked for the Stamford Bridge clash to be put back 24 hours but the approach was rejected as Chelsea are in Champions League action against Valencia in Spain on Tuesday evening. And Hughton, speaking at the post-match press conference in place of the ill Jol, admitted the fixture list had done Spurs no favours in recent weeks. "There is no doubt that the schedule had an effect. How you gauge that effect though is almost impossible," he said. "We certainly would have been grateful and happy with the extra day with regards to our preparation. "But what I can say is that the players who did play were certainly a credit to us and the fact we finished strongly is a testament to them."

Source: ESA