3rd August 2003
Tottenham 0 PSV Eindhoven 2 (Half-time score :
|Sunday 3rd August 2003
|Venue : - White Hart Lane
|Kick Off : - 15.00 p.m.
|Weather : Very hot &
|Crowd : - 22,861
|Referee : - D.
|Teams : -
Tottenham : - Keller; Gardner, Perry, Taricco; Carr, Redknapp (c)
(Marney 76), Anderton (Bunjevcevic 46), Davies (Ricketts 29), Acimovic (Poyet
Unused subs: Burch, S. Kelly, Jackson, Slabber
: - Waterreus; Begelund, Hofland (Vogel 46), Colin, Lee; Van
Bommel, ver der Schaaf; Rommedahl (Hoogstrate 46), Park (de Jong 75),
Unused subs: Rob van Dijk, Jan Vennagoor of Hesselink, Theo Lucius,
Jan Wuytens, Michael Jakobsen, Daniel Guijo Velasco, Tim Janssen,
|Colours : -
|Colours : -
PSV Eindhoven -
|Scorers : -
Tottenham - None
- Sung-Park 9, Robben 89
|Cards : -
Tottenham - None
Some sloppy marking and some high
temperatures made this a pre-season friendly with the emphasis on
'friendly'. Played at a snail's pace most of the time, by
Tottenham at least, it was only some spite that ver der Graaf generated that sparked Spurs into life.
For all the caustic comments that Kezman
made about the club in midweek, he was portrayed as the villain by the
Spurs fans, but if this is an example of his finishing prowess, then he
is welcome to stay away from White Hart Lane. On this evidence, we
would be better going for someone like the Korean Park, who caused all
sorts of problems with his darting runs and fine headed goal.
Of course, the one player we would really
do well to capture would be Mark van Bommel. Scorer of a scorching
goal for Holland against England at this ground, he strode around the
midfield like he owned it. You have to go back a long way before
you can remember a Spurs player doing the same. Every Spurs move
foundered at his feet. He's not always spectacular, he's not
flash, he just gets on with the game and does what is necessary.
Getting a foot in here and intercepting a pass there, his work makes it
difficult for others to play against. Having bolstered the forward
line and bringing in another defender, van Bommel is exactly what is
required in the Tottenham midfield.
Spurs were troubled by the pace of the
PSV attack, with Park, Robben and Rommendahl all showing a swift turn of
speed against our defenders. Robben was first up to pull a sharp
save at Keller's near post, before Kezman got on the end of a Rommendahl
raid, but Kasey got a foot in the way to deflect the ball wide. It
only delayed the inevitable, as an unmarked Park headed in off a
post. The defending of set-pieces really was rank in the first
half. Kezman had already been granted a free header, which he put
straight at the keeper and later had another he put over the top.
The Serb also hit two hopeful shots way over the bar and looked tied
down every time Chris Perry closed in on him. All you could say is
that he was in the right place at the right time, but his goals to
efforts ratio was very low.
Perry also managed to get up the other
end and from a cleared corner, Treacle put in a pacy low cross and
Chris' flick of the head took it against the angle of post and goal, but
away for a goal kick. Acimovic was showing his passing ability and
set up attempts by Postiga and Keane, but both were off target. I
can hardly remember Wattereus having a serious save to make, with a dive
at Keane's feet the nearest to it after a neat exchange of passes with
Milo and Postiga. He did need to get behind a Redknapp free-kick
just before the break, but the hardest thing about that was holding on
to the ball to prevent the on-rushing forwards seizing on any slack
Ricketts had come on to replace Simon
Davies early on and he made a good fist of showing what he is capable
of. Strong tackling and ambitious running at the opposition showed
a determination few others shared in the team. He is still a
little loose in possession on occasion, but his skill is obvious and the
more first team experience he has might mean he has a good chance of
being a regular squad member in the short term. Bunjy came on for
Anderton at the break and nothing really changed because of that.
He shows some good passing touches, but as a defender or defensive
midfielder, he just doesn't cut it.
Kezman continued to miss chance after
chance, while ver der Graaf managed to get something on target, when he
clearly elbowed Taricco in the face in a scramble for a corner. He
had already punched the Argentinian in the mouth - neither incident seen
by the officials - and when he went right through the back of Robbie
Keane late on, Gallagher only deigned to speak to him, rather than show
him a yellow or have him substituted, as is the practice in
'friendlies'. Taricco got himself involved by pulling the Dutch
defender's hair and it is something that I wish someone at the club
would talk to him about. There is no place for such petty
squabbling at the club and if he can't cut it out, then please show him
Gus Poyet's introduction made an impact
on the play as he had a header that went wide and his forays into the
box did cause some unrest for the PSV defence. However, too often
the final ball in was poor and the task of defending for the visitors
was simple. The final flourish in an attempt to grab a draw saw
Keano fire over a free-kick from the left corner of the box and Poyet
lay back for substitute Dean Marney to drive wide. Marney had
showed great effort and demonstrated that he is able to get from box to
box quickly, but not quickly enough to stop Robben when he broke a
couple of minutes from the end. He got into the Spurs area and hit
a low shot that was stopped by Carr's leg, but it returned to him and
with Keller still getting up from covering the first effort, the Dutch
winger slipped the ball under him to make it 0-2.
It was probably a fair reflection of the
game, despite the fact that Keller wasn't unduly troubled by the
Eindhoven strike-force. I can't wait for the real action to start
though. Then I might be rid of people returning from half time
fifteen minutes late, pointing out that our 'number 6' is quite good and
the slow hand clapping that echoed around a 2/3 filled ground. It
was a pre-season friendly for goodness sake. Keep that for the
home defeat by Wolves !!
MEHSTG TOP MAN : - ROHAN RICKETTS
is wrong with Tottenham Fans ?
signing Helder Postiga and Bobby Zamora, and Glenn Hoddle clearing out
some of the dead wood George Graham brought into the squad, I have been
feeling very good about the future at Tottenham. I know that we
are not world-beaters and doubt that with these two players we would be
challenging for the Premiership, but I felt we had an exciting season
ahead of us and maybe something we could build on.
So as soon as the PSV game, came up, I knew I had to go to
welcome the new boys in and to see a bit of European Football, which the
Lane hasnít seen for a while.
the way up to the Lane, I was thinking to myself that it would be a
small crowd today. A quiet affair, not too many knee high challenges or
handbags at ten paces, I didn't expect too much commitment and passion
from our boys, as it is only a friendly after all, but maybe we will get
to see a bit of European class that all us supposed "Die Hard Spurs
Fans" are looking for. After getting to Liverpool St and
noticing how many Spurs shirts were about, I realised that this maybe a
good turn out from the fans. There seemed to be loads of families
all itching to get to see their team, maybe the first time some of these
youngsters have ever been to the Lane. You could see the excitement in the kid's faces, wearing
their colours with pride, with there idol's names on their backs.
The train to White Hart Lane was packed and my thoughts of a
quite affair diminished, it just seemed like a normal Saturday afternoon
we got into the ground and took our seats, behind the goal in the South
Stand (the cheap seats!), we could see the turn out was great. A
few empty seats around the ground, plenty in the PSV section.
Although the ground was busy, it was eerily quite.
My Eyes Have Seen The Glory, and a few other Tottenham Classics
were being played, whilst our greatest moments were played out on the
big screen. No singing, no
chanting from the rest of the crowd.
were announced over the tannoy system. The Spurs line up were mentioned
player by player. Cheers at last, but they didn't last long ! One
by One, Keller - Cheers, Carr - Cheers. After the announcer got
past Robbie Keane, it started to get quieter and quieter. I
believe Acimovic was last, and I donít think the poor lad even got a
greeting. The cheers had faded out and we hadnít even kicked off
! What's the matter can't you cheer 11 times ?
the eerie silence again. All of a sudden the PSV fans were chanting, all the crowd
around me seemed surprised, and were looking over at them as if to say
"What are they doing ?" There was only about 100 PSV
fans, if not less and they were echoing around the ground. Hold on
a minute, arenít we supposed to be at home ?
after five minutes of the game, you could see PSV were a solid team.
It was going to be very difficult to break them down, and very difficult
the get the ball from them. By
this time, two chants had gone around the stadium. "Stand up
if you Hate Arsenal", and "We hate Chelsea" ... and that
was it. No singing players names, no welcoming Helder Postiga home
or anything. The only time
we sang to Postiga was to call him "Yiddo" and that was it,
but that soon faded away ! Anthony Gardner looked quite
comfortable on the ball in the first 15 minutes of the game, picking up
the ball at the back, coming forward with it, linking up with Redknapp
well. Then one awful pass from the youngster and there were boos
and taunts from our own fans. After that Gardner couldnít do a thing
all day. Talk about knock the poor lad's confidence.
This carried on throughout the game, and at some points, there
was arguing amongst Spurs supporters themselves.
By the time we went down 2-0, although late in the game, many
fans were walking out.
point I am trying to make from all of this is that maybe instead of
getting on the backs of our team for not performing, as we would have
liked, maybe we should get behind them and give them some encouragement,
give them something to play for. I
know it's frustrating when they are not playing as well as we all know
they can, but instead of making them worse, lets give them a boost!
are going every Saturday and are getting on their backs if they donít
do what we want them to do in the first 10 minutes, why the hell are
they going to play out of their skin ??? Let's give them a set of supporters that they want to win
things for. At the end of
the game the Spurs players do not even acknowledge the crowd that had
turned out to watch them today. They
just wandered back to the changing room without a wave or
anything. At first I thought that was rude, and I felt that the
players should give something back to the fans. I think this is
when it really hit me. Why would they want to acknowledge us, all
we have done is put them down and taunted them for the last 90 minutes.
on let's get behind our lads and SPUR them on to Europe this season. Let's
get behind our youngsters and give them the confidence to shine and let's
get handing out those song sheets on match days !
to the PSV match on Sunday. Here are a few observations:
1. £30 for a friendly
fixture is a joke. I will not be going to one of these 'prestige'
2. Now that Steffen Freund
has gone, who will be doing the tackling ? Maybe Glenn doesn't
think we need to tackle.
3. How can Simon Davies be hobbling
in agony on Sunday and be passed fit to play for Wales within 24 hrs
4. Where is the
midfield pace ?
5. Why can't Acimovic play
like that every week ?
6. The defence is still
sh*t. They can't mark and they keep getting pulled out of position.
I can see another season of Carr shouting at everybody else coming our
way. Gardner still looks good though.
7. Where is the leadership
? Where is our Mabbutt, Roberts or Perryman. We
need a CAPTAIN!!!
8. Ricketts and Marney
looked good. I'd play Ricketts from the start next week.
9. Great to see us signing
people. Great to see promises being kept. When I heard Hoddle say
that there will be more signings before the start of the season, I was
elated. I actually believed it - now there's a change!
10. Roll on the new