Cup - Third Round
lost the New Year's Day game, Spurs will be out to try and get something
on SCBC in this Cup tie. It depends who will be available, as
injuries have struck and the mysterious non-appearance of Simon Davies
is hopefully explained by saving him for this match.
Neither side probably
wanted to show their hand in the Bank Holiday game, but Beattie's
prowess in front of goal and Niemi's good form in goal are not news to
anyone. How to overcome those players' performances is the
The return of Davies
could see more of a hard running Tottenham performance, rather than the
passing style that Bunjy employs. Fernandes was not in the match
that much on New Year's Day, but can influence play given space and
time. The pitch is likely to be heavy again, after all the rain at
the end of December and more predicted for the rest of this week.
Finishing is what will
win this game for Tottenham, as they will be able to create chances
against an attacking SCBC side that leaves room to manouevre for their
opponents. I doubt if anyone will have been brought in by Saturday
to partner Keane, so Sheringham and Robbie will lead the line as Les is
still suspended, just when he might have been needed. If we are to
get rid of him, we should do so while he is suspended so that the Irons
pay for him sitting around doing nothing.
The Spurs defence will
need to sharpen up a bit too. Perry has been doing OK, but Ledley
has looked a bit out of sorts and with Deano coming back after a couple
of games out, he needs to get back to mach sharpness too.
With Beattie looking the
only one likely to score, as all the other chances were long range
efforts and those close in were well off target, keeping him shut out
will give Tottenham a great chance. If we can get one on target
and past the keeper, then I believe that the score will end up as ...
: - SCBC 0 Tottenham 1
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the opponents and their history, including full result history of
matches between the two teams, click here.
Tottenham 0 (Half-time score : 1-0)
|FA Cup Third Round
|Saturday 4th January 2003
|Venue : - The New Dell
|Kick Off : - 17.45 p.m.
|Weather : - Cold
|Referee : - M. Dean (The Wirral)
|Crowd : - 25,589
|Teams : -
SCBC : - Niemi; Bridge, M. Svensson, Lundekvam, Delap;
Telfer, Oakley, Marsden (A. Svensson 27), Fernandes ; Beattie (Ormerod 87),
Tessem (Davies 79)
Unused subs. : - Jones, Williams,
Tottenham : - Keller; Perry (Anderton
46), King, Thatcher; Carr, Davies (Doherty 73), Poyet, Freund (Iversen
65), Taricco ; Keane, Sheringham
Unused subs. : - Sullivan, Bunjevcevic
|Colours : -
SCBC - Red and white striped shirts, black shorts, white
Tottenham - Navy blue and black
shirts, white shorts, navy socks with black turnovers
|Scorers : -
SCBC - M. Svensson 12, Tessem 50, A. Svensson 55, Beattie 80
Tottenham - None
|Cards : -
SCBC - None
Tottenham - None
|Tottenham turned in one of their worst
performances in years which coincided with a very good one by the hosts
and the result was a humiliating and emphatic exit from the FA Cup.
To say that the match was one-way traffic
does not do the nature of the play justice. Having dominated the
league match three days earlier and come away with a 0-1 defeat, this
match was as complete a reversal of fortunes as you could wish to see
(or rather wouldn't wish to see ... ever again).
Presenting the home side with a goal
after 12 minutes set the tone. Firstly, Bridge was allowed to run
at the Tottenham penalty area without being challenged until Perry
brought him down on the left hand corner of the area. Beattie took
it and it was obvious he was going to shoot. Being in such good
form, he believes he will score every time he touches the ball (unlike
our players). He hit the free kick well around the wall, but
Keller was behind it as it sped off the turf. But it did so with a
nasty kick and the ball hit Kasey on the chin and as Perry and King
rushed in, Michael Svensson got there first to prod the ball over the
line from a couple of feet out.
Spurs were all over the place right from
the start. We were giving the ball away and knocking it straight
up in the air, with the defence especially guilty and looking to
drastically miss the presence of Richards. Beattie should have
added to the score after 18 minutes, when he headed down a cross against
Perry rather than go for goal and Keller managed to beat Delap to the
Spurs players were not moving to receive
the ball and nobody was able to hold on to it. It was 20 minutes
before Spurs got a corner and then it was knocked too long. Two
minutes later, Keane had the first effort of note and his shot was wide
of the goal. Poyet then had a shot charged down by a defender from
a Davies long throw. Straight from that incident, the Saints broke
away, with Beattie feeding Tessem, who turned Perry, but as he fell he
got just enough on the ball to knock it out for a corner as the striker
was about to shoot.
The lack of effort being put in showed
every time Saints broke and no Spurs player put in a challenge.
Telfer strode forward and hit a low drive that Keller had save, then
minutes after he dived to push wide a Anders Svensson drive from 30
yards out. Tottenham's best moment of the first half came with
seven minutes to go until the break. Davies fed a high ball in to
Gus Poyet, who tried to chest it down, only resulting in it dropping
back outside the box for Robbie Keane to run on to and his shot was
going well wide until it struck a defender. With Niemi stranded
for once, the ball arced up and towards the goal, but missed going in by
about two feet. From the corner, Sheringham had the ball headed
against him and it went wide.
The half ended with an unseemly touchline
tussle between Thatcher and Beattie, in which Thatch seemed the
victim. However, the next time the ball was played up to the
Saints forward, Ben paid little attention to the ball and went straight
through him from behind. Surprisingly, the ref contented himself
with a talk to the Spurs hard man.
Tottenham had been shut down to such an
extent that they were happy to belt the ball anywhere and hope that a
colleague might pick it up. To redress this, Hoddle brought on
Anderton for Perry and the team switched to a 4-4-2. It made
little difference, despite Dazza making a few tackles, which had been
obviously missing from our first half display. Within five minutes
of the restart, Tessem had taken Beattie's pass on the left, having
drifted in behind King and shot low past Keller.
Robbie Keane tried to take on the whole
home defence on his own, but still managed to get a shot in that Niemi
got a hand to and diverted to the far post. Sheringham came in to
hit a shot that was blocked (even though a square ball to Poyet might
have been a better option) and Taricco's follow-up was similarly charged
down. There seemed no desire to take the game to the hosts, let
alone win the match and on 56 minutes, sub. Anders Svensson picked the
ball up in his own half and ran forward to shoot the third goal from
inside the area. No Spurs player had thought to try and get in
front of him; they all just backed off further and further.
Funnily enough, Robbie Keane had two good
chances in five minutes shortly after the goal. One came his way
at the far post, when Davies headed on a Sheringham cross, but Robbie
snatched at it and it soared over the bar. The second was
self-made, when he took Anderton's through pass and rounded the keeper,
but went too wide, ending up pulling his shot across the face of the
Fernandes had been having a running
battle with Taricco, but made him look foolish on the right wing,
crossed into the six yard box, where defender Michael Svensson
was. He hit a volley that Keller did well to save from close
range. Spurs were under great pressure, with clearances just aimed
away form the goal, leading to the ball coming straight back. When
Spurs did get the chance to move out, Sheringham and Anderton were
conceding possession far too readily.
There were brief moments of respite, as
the showboating didn't pat off and Spurs were allowed to break
upfield. Stephen Carr got past his man, but instead of picking out
a blue shirt, he fired the ball in which ended up as more of a shot than
a cross and Niemi had to clutch it at his near post. The ball was
deflected up into the air just after this and a weak header fell to
Teddy, but his weak effort was comfortably saved.
As the game neared the end, Saints
pressed forward with Spurs tiring and their passing making inroads into
the side. Fernandes brought a save from a fierce shot and Beattie
shot well over when well placed. He made up for it a couple of
minutes later, when Davies crossed to find his head, but KK palmed the
ball out. It fell straight back at the feet of the forward who is
on such a hot streak at the moment and he popped it back past the keeper
into the net for 4-0. Keller had more work to do in the last ten
minutes, keeping out Fernandes again with a low save.
There is little to say about the
Tottenham performance. They certainly didn't look like a side who
thought that they could win this match. There was no pattern to
the side's play and the players looked like they did not understand
their role in the team. Opponents ran past Poyet and Sheringham
like they weren't there, with Freund and Davies both having completely
ineffective games. The defence played without any co-ordination
and Keane ran hard, but did so without little support.
You would normally say that we can
concentrate on the league now, but personally, I would say that Hoddle
has to concentrate on who he is going to bring in. Sheringham
showed that he is no longer the player he was and his days must surely
be numbered. Gus cannot be expected to last the pace of a Premiership
match. Other areas of the team also were exposed as being lacking
when it comes to performing on a regular basis. Spurs have gotten
away with it until Christmas, but once again the season looks like
falling apart in front of our very eyes. Now is the test of the
manager and the resolve of the board to take the team on by bringing in
The last ten days have told us a
lot. The days until the transfer window closes will reveal
|Out-run. Out-tackled. Out-thought.
Out-passed. Out-manoeuvred. Out-paced. Out-on-our-feet.
No wonder we are out.
someone please tell me what is happening at Spurs? I don't know how much
the likes of Mr. G. Hoddle or Mr. J. Gorman are on, but I'm damn sure I
could field a team that could produce the performance's of the current
team, don't you think it's time that Teddy gave up the captain's arm
band if not the game ? I believe that Dean Richards should be captain.
performance against Southampton was diabolical, there was not one minute
when they were not on top, why are we always led to believe that we are
so much better than we really are ? We are just a run of the mill
middle league team and this comes from someone who has supported them
for 34 years, since I was 7, please reply and give me your thoughts ?
P.S. If the
rumour about Steve Carr turns out to be true and he follows the Judas
that will be it for me, I couldn't take anymore, and I think I speak for
a lot of fans.
What a disgraceful performance, we
had players not knowing what position they were expected to be in, and
where was the defence, no passing, Teddy & Gus looking like OAP's?
If Robbie insists on playing as a winger, we
would do better to have Rebrov in the middle to try and convert any
chances that come his way from Robbie's skills ? (but Glenn doesn't
like Rebrov, he'd rather lose £11m...good business eh?)
This was as bad a performance as the
Middlesbrough game at home, but it was coming if we're to be
Well season over then, and mid-table
finish ... AGAIN!
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I know you agree from your reaction but
last night's ritual dismantling and humiliation live on the Beeb by a
"big" club (although we made them look like Real Madrid) was
the worst I have ever seen. I genuinely thought we were in there
with a shot at the cup this year - on our day we can be a match for
anyone - but the players clearly didn't agree. I guess they fancy
taking it easy for the rest of the season cos there's nothing much left
to play for now and its only Jan 5th ... Oh dear. And I've got 2
colleagues at work who support the "big" club who I've got to
face tomorrow ........... Happy new year !!
As I feared another debacle.
I sat down on Sat p.m. organised the kids
to be quiet for 90mins. Sat back with a cold one, and instructed the
Mrs. :"Now pay heed woman you are about to watch the next winners
of the Football Association Cup".
Oh dear! Pride cometh and all that.......
I will tell you how badly Spurs played. My
3 year old asked sagely, "why does your team never get the ball
When your son and heir asks these things
and your wife whose main interests lies in sewing patchwork quilts.
When even she says - "How can they score with that
Irish one away out on the edge (wing) and nobody near the
I am naturally optimistic believe it or
not - but really when you start to think about the season being over
in January it is really quite depressing.
It really is time to bite the bullet.
Either change or die. Mind you if we did go down to the First Division
ticket prices would come down and we could all look forward to big
glamour fixtures at Rotherham and Walsall. I have even heard it is quite
pleasant playing on a wet Wednesday evening at Grimsby! - Believe
me, on that performance Grimsby would fancy their chances.
Thanks Spurs for Humiliation in
front of my family
PS. My 3 year old thinks he might
quite like to support the red team. It wouldn't be that bad if he was
referring to Man U or even Arsenal - but he means Soton!
Good summary, lot of use of the word
"out" when so many others were needed
to. That was probably the worst team performance I think I have
ever seen by any team anywhere, ever.
The thing is, when your team lose, you at least want to be able to say
they gave it their all, tried their best but that was a disgrace.
mates played like that I'd coat them off, let alone someone on about 20
a second or whatever they get paid now.
I mean you have to stick by Hoddle (long term and all that) but after a
performance like that we need to see some changes. The
performances shouted out "SELL ME" and the only ones to come
out with any credit were Robbie Keane (at least he run for things 'cos
no one else did) and Dean Richards 'cos he was injured!!!
If Davies was carrying an injury why play him ? King seemed off
form too, but
will the other reserves ever get a chance? Ricketts, Blondel,
even Barnard ? As for Rebrov, well I agree with the other comments above. It's a
Hoddle really doesn't like him and wont play him. I like him, but
doesn't really matter ! When he moves it will be interesting
to see what he
says about Hoddle and Spurs as a whole.
What's going to happen ? Are we going to keep hearing about all
talent we've got then don't play it. Let them go to places like Norwich
frees like we've done in the past, then watch them come back and haunt
a few years ?
Where was the pride in the shirt boys ? You let us all down big
I know I'm not alone in saying that I was totally unsurprised
by the humiliation meted out by So'ton. I believe we've
just gone through the motions all season, (the motions being full of
number twos), with the exception of the Arse at the Lane,
and Liverpool away. Our expectation continues to outstrip our
Hoddle is not a god, let's finally be
honest, he's just a manager with a wonky track record.
Without big money the reality is no Premiership club can
deliver. But the club is cynically milking fans for every penny,
knowing that we hang on in the desperate hope that we'll return
to our glory days. Fat chance. You can talk about
investing in infrastructure 'til the cows come home, but look across
North London and you'll see a side that did it right. Build a
great team, win, and then surf the wave of success into increased
investment in infrastructure.
I feel more disappointed this season
than at any other time in supporting Spurs (26 years). It's due
to the grim acceptance that we're not making any true progress
and having my face rubbed in our mediocrity week in, week out.
The very fact that we view men at the end of their careers as key
players, says it all. Has-beens for a has-been club? The
latest rumour that we might offload Davies, our one true asset, for
a passive, lumbering ox like Heskey is just absurd. We need to
BUY a predatory, proven goal scorer and someone who can finish
consistently ... unlike Keane. We deserved to lose to So'ton
because they showed guts and hunger. We showed that we remain a
ghost of what we were. Hoddle can't distance himself from rock
bottom performances like these. Blaming the team is a cop
out. At what point does it become his team ? Next season
? The one after ?
Interesting that Leeds are knocking on
our door in the Premiership and the press has had a
field day about their crisis, but we can occupy a similar
position in the table and nobody goes to town on us.
Is it because they now expect little more from THFC ? All
these comparisons with the big clubs, especially you know who, are
pointless. We're not in their league and without money for
players, we won't be for years to come. It's that simple
and we all know it.
So should we be so shocked when an
average side gets spanked by a slightly less-than-average side ?
No. The fact that we are is just because we can't stop
hoping. We are great supporters. We deliver. The
club doesn't. I'm sick of it. Loyalty repaid with prices
ramped until we squeal, performances that disgrace our
name, and platitudes and excuses trundled out every time we demand
more from our team. Mid-table anonymity is not what the Spurs'
spirit is about. But that's our destiny without radical
change. Somehow, though, I don't think 'radical' is part of
Levy's vocabulary. Silver linings don't come cheap, and until we
shell out we can look forward to getting pissed on with heart-breaking
Click here for
Alan Thatcher's reaction on the events.