3rd January 2004
Since last the two teams
met, the Crystal Palace side have had more than their fair share of
troubles. Chairmen who have had designs on the club for differing
reasons, players who have not been up to scratch and managers who have
had their own agenda. This has currently left them flirting with
the bottom of the league, although ex-striker Iain Dowie has been
installed in the boss' office and might be able to instill some of the
spirit that he got the Oldham side playing with despite all the
financial difficulties he had to manage with there. And that is
probably one of the big reasons why chairman Simon Jordan has taken him
on, as there will not be a lot of cash available to him at Selhurst
As loan keeper Thomas
Myrhe has extended his time at Crystal Palace from Sunderland, he is
likely to be the keeper in residence, while Cedric Berthelin is more
used to being on the bench - having been there for the majority of
his career at Lens, Berthelin might have relished the opportunity to get
the gloves on in anger.
The first among the
defensive choices are Danny Butterfield, a former Grimsby Town defender
has proved that he can get forward and score a few with a fine
shot. Ex-Boro defender Curtis Fleming is still knocking around,
with his greatest asset from his days at the Riverside - his pace -
decimated by injury and age, but still a player who reads the play
well. Shaun Derry started with Notts. County, then passed through
Sheffield United and Portsmouth before ending up at Selhurst Park.
Can play midfield or defence and although rash in the tackle, earning
him a card or several, his infectious enthusiasm has captured the
imagination of the Palace faithful. Dangerous from set-pieces with
his foot or head. A regular Australian international, Tony Popovic
is well experienced - having played over 100 games for Sanfreece in
Hiroshima. His uncompromising style is useful in a side where the
need to add some steel to the back line is necessary. Alongside
him, Kit Symons is reaching the veteran stage. Recently in charge
of the side after Steve Soppell went to Reading and before Iain Dowie
arrived from Oldham Athletic, he is an experienced central defender and
could be a difficult player to get past, although a pacy forward could
prove tricky for him to keep up with. Breaking into the side this
season has been Garry Borrowdale, who has established himself in the
left back berth. Don't know much about him apart from the fact he is
Welcoming Julian Gray
back to the fold was something Eagles fans thought would not happen
after Jordan said Gray would never play for the club again, but managers
and other things change. A silky runner with the ball, this former
Arsenal youth product and more recently loanee to Cardiff, Gray has
skill and pace and needs to be watched as his runs on the left wing
might cause problems. Finnish cult midfielder Aki Riihilahti is
industrious in the engine room and runs from box-to-box, but has a bit
of trouble with his tackling (and his English !!). Ex-Wimbledon
and Northern Ireland wide man Michael Hughes has been a stabilising
influence in midfield for Palace on the opposite wing to the mercurial
talents of young Wayne Routledge. Both are short in stature, but
powerful in shot and blessed with pace. It will be a hard task for
the player up against Routledge as he is strong on the ball and is one
of the main suppliers to the front line.
In that forward line is
ex-Birmingham City striker Andy Johnson, who is small but determined in
the air, while nippy in and around the box. He is partnered in a
typical little and large pairing with Neil Shipperley, who scored at
White Hart Lane last time the teams met. Burly striker Shipperley
has been around and has scored almost everywhere he has played and will
use his experience to give Gardner a tough time in this tie. Other
options up front come in the form of Dougie Freedman and Tommy
Black. Black is another ex-Arsenal youngster, who made a name for
himself last season at Palace with a number of goals in the early stages
of the campaign. Can also play in midfield if required.
Freedman is another long time favourite of the Palace fans and his
return coincided with a run of goals, which have dried up of late.
A striker who knows where the goals are, he will test Keller if the ball
falls to him in the area. Will always be revered for scoring the
goal that kept Palace up in the First Division a few seasons back.
So, what can Tottenham
expect ? Certainly, Palace will be out to foremost give a good
account of themselves. This will mean they will be fired up for
the match and with Spurs' current poor form, it could be a tough tide
that they have to weather in the early stages. A good performance
will buoy the South London side for the rest of the season and that
should alert Tottenham to the risk of taking this match too easily ...
not that they can afford to do that against any side at the moment.
Spurs will need to settle
into a pattern early on with a firm hold on midfield, which will depend
on who they are able to field. Some strong running at the Place
defence might cause the most damage, with the pace of Kanoute and
trickery of Keane getting the better of the central defenders.
A tight match as you
might expect from a local derby, with the outcome a narrow win for
- Tottenham 2 Crystal Palace 1
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matches between the two teams, click here.
VIEW FROM THE OTHER
How do you think your team
have played this season ?
Palace started off the season well, but then went in to their usual
slump, at one stage even ending up in the relegation zone. A change of
management seems to have reversed this situation, and hopefully we can
now start to climb up the table, keeping us well above the danger zone.
I can't see us gaining promotion this season, but we all live in hope
Who do you think is your best player at the moment ?
Without a doubt Andy Johnson is our best player at the moment. With 15
goals from 23 starts so far this season he never stops for the whole 90
Which player isn't playing as well in recent games ?
Dougie Freedman has lost his position in the side. after being our top
scorer for a number of seasons. He is likely to be on the bench though,
and will have a lot to prove should he get on the field with any decent
amount of time left on the clock.
Any exciting players in the squad that we should look out for ?
Wayne Routledge is, probably, the most exciting prospect that is likely
to play on Saturday. Gareth Williams is, I guess, our best prospect for
the future, but is unlikely to be seen at White Hart Lane,
What is the line-up expected to be ?
Can't see Iain Dowie changing the line-up that beat Ipswich Town 3-1 at
Portman Road on Sunday, though Thomas Myhre is due to return from his
loan spell, which could see Cedric Berthelin back in goal unless we
bring someone new in. Expect to see:
Cedric Berthelin (kept a clean sheet against Liverpool and could do the
same again, though I somehow doubt it)
Danny Butterfield (likely to take a pot shot at goal if played out wide)
Tony Popovic (Australian defender, very strong in defence)
Kit Symons (heading towards the end of his career, filled in for the
managerial role between Steve Kember and Iain Dowie)
Gary Borrowdale (handy youth product, made a first team place his own
Julian Gray (wants to leave, scored on Sunday, and likely to be playing
well, as he wishes to showcase his talent)
Michael Hughes (probably our best off-season signing - bosses the
Aki Riihilahti (coming good again after a lean patch - handy player)
Andy Johnson (most likely to score if Palace do)
Wayne Routledge (very nippy, could give your defence a run for their
Neil Shipperley (disappointing form of late, could well come good for
On the bench?
Lance Cronin (Reserve keeper - young, full of confidence)
Tommy Black (ex-Arsenal youngster, capable of scoring from midfield or
behind the front runners)
Curtis Fleming (solid defender, no-nonsense kind of player)
Shaun Derry (highly under-rated player, likely to take a shot on goal
when one least expects it)
Dougie Freedman (has a point to prove if he gets a run)
What do your fans think
of Tottenham ?
Spurs are not on our "most-hated" list (are you on anyone's?).
Given the boost to our confidence on the appointment of Dowie, and the
recent headlines that Tottenham are "still in the FA Cup" (who
have you played?), most are looking forward to a good game.
Which Spurs player do you
Kasey Keller - can we "borrow" him?
What do you reckon the
score will be ?
Much as it pains me to say so, I think the home side (your lot) will
just edge it. 2-1 as a final scoreline would be a good reflection of the
game, I feel, though with confidence high in our camp we could crash to
a worse defeat than that!
I don't expect you will wish to be reminded of the last time we met at
White Hart Lane? On 24 November 1997 Neil Shipperley scored the only
(Ed : - I think that was the game prior to Gross taking over and Chris
Hughton's only game in charge of the team !!)'
Thanks to Colin Pryce
Crystal Palace International Supporters Association -
(thigh and illness); Jamie
Redknapp (knee); Dean Richards (calf); Darren Anderton (calf); Jonathan
CRYSTAL PALACE : - Thomas
Myrhe (refused permission to play while on loan); Darren Powell (thigh)
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Crystal Palace 0
(Half-time score : 2-0)
|FA Cup Third Round
|Saturday 3rd January 2004
|Venue : - White Hart Lane
|Kick Off : - 15.00 p.m.
|Weather : - Cold, dry
|Crowd : - 32,340
|Referee : - A. D'Urso
|Teams : -
Tottenham : - Keller; Carr, Doherty, Gardner, Taricco;
Jackson ( Zamora 74), King (Davies 63), Poyet, Dalmat; Keane,
Unused subs: Hirschfeld, Postiga, Kelly
Crystal Palace : - Berthelin;
Butterfield, Symons (J. Smith 70), Popovic, Borrowdale (Granville
81); Routledge, Watson, Hughes, Gray; Neil Shipperley, Johnson
Unused subs: Black, Fleming
|Colours : - (kits
courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)
|Scorers : -
- Kanoute 15,
|Cards : -
Tottenham - Jackson
(foul) 45, Doherty (foul)57, Poyet
(violent conduct) 80
Crystal Palace - Watson
(foul) 10, Hughes (foul) 14, Freedman (foul) 80, Butterfield
A tricky FA Cup tie on paper turned into
a farce in actuality, thanks to one man and one man alone. Poyet
dismissed, when he had been trampled all over and then the ref balanced
things up nicely by sending a Palace player off ... and he wasn't too
worried about who it was, just as long as he was a Palace player.
for Spurs, the player who could have turned out to be the villain of the
piece - Fredi Kanoute - showed his scoring prowess with a hat-trick and
stole the headlines, but it was Stephane Dalmat who excited the crowd
and was responsible for the best things Tottenham did today. The
French wide man looked like he was intent on bringing some joy to the
depressed ranks of Tottenham fans and he produced more step-overs than a
Phil Neville training session. He probably knew that he could turn
it on against a First Division side, but the fact that he was trying to
do it on the edge of his own box when we were 1-0 up was not good for
Luckily, Fredi was in
good heart and with a cold winter's day in front of him, went about
warming the cockles of our hearts for a more successful 2004. His
first effort was ruled offside, which was just as well, as he missed the
target after the ball had been played back into the box after a blocked
Keane free-kick. Fredi then made a run on the left and brought the
ball inside to shoot wide, which was just a range finder. A minute
later, he gave us the lead when Poyet made a run to the edge of the area
and was alert enough to slip a pass with the outside of his right foot
to Kanoute just inside the right corner of the box. He took a touch and
blasted the ball between the keeper and his near post. It was a
fine finish after a quarter of an hour.
Dalmat was mesmerising the Palace right back Borrowdale and his trickery
took him free on the right to produce a dangerous low cross into the
box, which Jackson just failed to get on the end of. In his next
attack, he made more of the ball. He ran directly at the Palace
defence and once inside the area, they couldn't touch him as he
pirouetted and drag-backed his way past four players and slid the ball
across the face of the six yard box. It eluded some visiting
defenders, but Kanoute was on hand at the back stick to put the ball
away to make it 2-0 on 20 minutes.
this stage, Palace looked dispirited and Tottenham were going ahead at
the Paxton Road goal like there was no tomorrow. Jackson, who had
another sound match, and Fredi were both denied by stand-in keeper
Cederic Berthelin, before the Spurs youngster was booked for a lunge
that failed to connect with ball or Routledge a few minutes before the
ref produced the card just prior to the break.
goal just after the interval killed the tie and it was Kanoute who
wrapped up his hat-trick when Ledley King scooped the ball over the
defence and Fredi was left alone in the penalty area to control and
drill home past the French goalie. The lead should have been four
when Dalmat ran through the middle of the field and produced a fine ball
through to Robbie Keane, who went for power and fired over the top
rather than find the net with a less vicious drive.
had a spell of about four minutes when they put Tottenham under a little
bit of pressure. Watson, Butterfield and Freedman hit shots on
goal that Keller had to grab, but they didn't truly extend the Spurs
keeper. Dalmat was not tiring and his run on the right and shot
from an angle flew narrowly over the top as he let fly with his left
peg. Unfortunately, that was all that was left of the football
action, as the next twenty minutes fell into a black hole thanks to the
man in black.
Poyet was running
after the ball straight towards the West Stand, when he was tripped by
Freedman, who then proceeded to walk over his back as the ref blew for a
free-kick. Poyet put his head down to Freedman, who walked away
with his hand to his face. It did not look like a butt, but when
the ref consulted with his linesman, the Palace man got a yellow, while
Gus was looking at a straight red !! Everyone was stunned and a
member of the Spurs bench threw a water bottle to the floor in
disgust. Palace reacted to Spurs going a man down by replacing a
defender with a defender and they obviously were settling for a loss of
3-0 and no more.
The match looked
like it was really going to kick off. D'Urso had lost it and some
of the players had too. When he decided to even things up by
sending off a Crystal Palace defender, he couldn't even get that
right. A ball was played forward to Zamora and he was cut down
from behind by a high challenge from substitute Jamie Smith.
Instead of the offending player, he chose to send Butterfield off after
consulting his linesman. He didn't want to go and the play was
held up for some time. All the players knew who it was and told
D'Urso, but why should he listen to them ? After all they are just
names in his book to him.
Tottenham were still trying to score and Dalmat took a short corner to
Keane, who returned the ball to him in the area. He ran across the
face of the area and picked out a shot that was heading just inside the
post until a Palace player - Hughes - stationed there kicked it out,
with the keeper beaten. At the other end in added time, a corner
produced Palace's best opportunity with Popovic heading the ball low,
but straight into Keller's arms.
game was over as a contest within twenty minutes and it was good
practice for Tottenham to defend a lead, although truthfully, Palace
hardly threatened during the ninety minutes. From 18th in the PL
to 18th in Division One looks to be a wide gap and the way that Spurs
went about the victory showed that they are able to hold a performance
together for the majority of a match, but they will find that they will
not be afforded such respect by Birmingham on Wednesday, when they must
start getting some points on the board in 2004. The mercurial
talents of Dalmat will be needed to open up Premiership defences and
King played a solid holding role in midfield, while Keane and Doherty
did well at the back. Robbie needs another goal soon and Fredi
just keeps on scoring.
this will instill some confidence in the team for the battles ahead.
MEHSTG TOP MAN : - STEPHANE DALMAT
|This game turned on the actions of
You would have liked to say it
was those of Frederic Kanoute, but unfortunately for all concerned they
were of Andy D'Urso. How he makes the FIFA panel of refs, I have
not got a clue.
D'Urso decided that he was in a booking
mood and had two Eagles players in the notebook before 15 minutes were
out, with a liking for making himself the centre of attention, he must
have been relishing this London derby. Setting his stall out early, the
ref made his intentions clear with a ninth minute booking for a first
foul of the game by Watson. Admittedly, it was a late scythe on
Keane, but it was sending off material when compared to what came
afterwards. The main surprise was that D'Urso failed to book
Julian Gray of Palace as he showed dissent at every decision he didn't
get and generally failed to live up to his billing as an ex-Gooner who
was as good as Rohan Ricketts.
His real piece de resistance came
nearing the end after he had sent off Poyet for reacting with his head
to a foul by Freedman. Zamora won the ball off Butterfield and and
went through only to be tackled by Jamie Smith. The ref appeared not to have given a
free-kick and pointed to a throw to Spurs, but as players charged in
from both sides, the ref moved in to restore order. But from that
order came chaos. He missed the fact that the player who had
tackle Bobby was not the man he was trying to dismiss. Everyone
was hooting their derision and the players were telling him he had made
a mistake, but he is a proud man, so don't expect him to own up to his
error. All he was concerned with was his decision to head
Butterfield off towards the changing rooms.
The lack of attention to detail obviously
spread to the fourth official who only added a minimum of two minutes
added time, when the sending off took about five minutes.
Still, it mattered little to this
match, although the absence of Poyet will limit Tottenham's options for
three weeks when he is suspended. The good side of the match was
Kanoute's ability to be in the right place at the right time. His
first goal on 15 minutes was a result of good movement and passing
between him and Poyet. Starting off the move, Gus picked the ball
up from Carr, exchanged passes with Kanoute' taking his back-heel and
slipping the ball wide to his right where Fredi was moving
forward. One touch and then he bent the ball around the advancing
keeper to put Spurs ahead. It was two within five more minutes,
Dalmat's ability to move the ball from one foot to another bamboozled
the Eagles back line and left Popovic in his wake as he made for the
dead-ball line. Realising that others were better placed, he drove
the ball into the six yard box and with defenders aware that a touch
might result in an own goal, his good work was finished off for a simple
goal by Kanoute.
Dalmat was showing off his full
repertoire of tricks and seemed to be enjoying himself. The Spurs
fans in the crowd certainly were and they lapped up every step-over and
drag-back. One incident in the second half summed up his technical
superiority over the Palace players. A long ball was played up to
him in the right wing position. He took the ball by letting it
run, thus sending one Palace defender sliding past him and then as
another approached at speed, switched it to his other foot and the
latest blue and red shirted player went sprawling in the other
Everyone did well today.
Even Gus, before the blood rushed to his head and his head rushed to
Freedman's. Ledley had a comfortable afternoon and set up
Kanoute's hat-trick goal nicely. After Dalmat had wriggled along
the right touchline and then dug the ball out from under his feet,
Ledders produced a neat little lifted ball over the heads of the Palace
defenders. Fredi took it on his chest and buried the ball past
Berthelin, who had stopped him getting his treble inside the first 45
minutes with a low save to his volley.
Palace were poor going forward
and produced only a couple of long range efforts that Keller held well,
a free-kick that kicked up in front of him making his sprawling save
look ungainly and a header from the subsequent corner that Popovic
landed right in the pit of Keller's stomach ... yet another free header
from a corner though. Doherty had played well in defence, doing
what he does best and perhaps picking up an undeserved booking, when
Shipperley fell over under challenge. It was interesting to see
incidents of a similar nature that received differing judgment from
D'Urso depending on their time in the match and their location (inside
or put pf the penalty area/a dangerous position).
Taricco wound Palace fans up a
bit by "buying" some free-kicks with dramatic falls and
otherwise did well, while Gardner was not troubled and he and Carr both
had licence to take the ball forward out of defence. Davies made a
late appearance and showed he is coming back to fitness, while Johnnie
Jackson showed that he has the ability to get back and defend as well as
surge forward on the left side. The one worry was that the chances
that fell Robbie Keane's way were not converted, with his insistence in
trying to score the "great" goal rather than punishing the
Anyone who thinks the corner has
been turned is very wrong. All this showed is how good we might be
in next year's First Division.
Round ties played this weekend :
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