1 Tottenham 2 Keith Stevens
Testimonial - Saturday 4th August 2001
Weather : - Warm, dry, little
Crowd : - 16,250
Referee : - Mr. Paul Taylor
Scorers : - Millwall - Nethercott 64
Tottenham - Rebrov 17, Ferdinand 48.
Sullivan, Perry, Taricco, King, Bunjevcevic, Clemence, Leonhardsen,
Sherwood, Davies, Iversen, Rebrov (Ferdinand 45).
Subs not used : -
Warner, Neill, Ryan, Cahill, Stevens (Ifill), Nethercott, Dyche, Livermore,
Sadlier, Reid, Bull (Savarese 55).
Subs Not Used:
- Gueret, Odunsi, Bircham, Constantine, Bancarel
A London derby and one which was always
going to be a hard fought match. The missing Spurs forward
Teddy Sheringham made it a bit of a shame, as rumours were that he was
going to play a half for both sides, but his Achilles injury picked up
at Portsmouth must have ruled him out of a place on the pitch.
Things started pretty lively considering
that Millwall had played a friendly at Cambridge United after their
German tour was cancelled because of the threat of violence. They
were a bit off the pace and this showed in their tackling (I'm giving
them the benefit of the doubt here), which saw a number of Spurs players
felled during the first half. Rebrov looked lively and when Davies
set him up, he got his shot over the bar and then he was beaten to a
through ball by Sherwood. However, it was only about five minutes
after this that Spurs crafted a move down the right with Leonhardsen slinging
in a long far post cross. Iversen managed to get his head around
it and nod it back towards Sergei, who swivelled and smashed a powerful
shot past Warner in the Lions goal. It was a goal-scorer's goal
and Rebrov is looking sharp in these pre-season matches.
Much of the play did not produce goal
scoring opportunities, but Iversen took a long shot that went wide and
Reid hit a free-kick over for the home side from distance.
At the break, Sergei was taken off and
Les brought on to partner Ivo up front. The move soon paid off,
when another shrewd pass by Davies through the defence and into Les'
path saw him slip the ball past the on-rushing keeper to double Spurs'
lead. It was a pass that Hoddle would have been proud of, played
with the outside of his right foot, so it is not surprising when the
Spurs boss says this boy could save the club £10 million. For all
the raving about Joe Cole, I would rather have someone like Davies in
the side who produces some end result to his artistry. Les let a
long range effort go at the end of the match and that was as close as
Spurs came to scoring again along with two Iversen shots, one which was
lobbed over the keeper, but not past Nethercott, who knocked it away
from the goal-line.
In the last half hour, Millwall came back
into the match and a long cross from on trial Venezuelan striker
Savarese was dropped by Sullivan under pressure from the Millwall
forward Sadlier. The ball dropped, the whistle didn't blow and
former Spurs defender Stuart Nethercott was on hand to pop the ball
across the line form a couple of yards out. The player was always
angry about Spurs letting him go, so he probably enjoyed the moment.
With the hosts now having the taste for
the game, the same player had a header cleared off the line by
Nethercott, while both Livermore and Lucas Neill drove shots just wide
of the post. A corner found Tim Cahill's head and he hit the bar,
while he and Nethercott both had efforts smuggled off the line by Leo in
the last ten minutes. It was backs to the wall stuff as the Lions
tore towards the Spurs goal, but in the end they couldn't break down the
Spurs looked good in the first half,
during which they knocked the ball about confidently, but there was
little incisive movement in the last third to hurt the home side.
In the second they settled down after the second goal went in, but let
the Lions roar onto them towards the end, a worrying trend if it is to
be maintained. Davies was outstanding and Leo played a full part
in the match, a bonus if he can reproduce such performances in the
Premiership. Both Sergei and Les looked effective again and it was
a little worrying that there was little aerial dominance in their own
box by the spurs defence. Perhaps that centre half that Glenn is
looking for might be vital in the success of the coming season.
MEHSTG TOP MAN : - SIMON DAVIES