sides are quite familiar with each other already this season ,with yet
another League meeting to come at the Reebok in April. However,
which side Spurs will face is another question. The home league
match saw a full strength Bolton; the Worthington Cup tie a shadow side
drawn from the reserves as they were not keen to qualify for
Europe. Allardyce's reasoning was that they needed to concentrate
on the League, but then where does this leave the status of this game in
the Wanderers' priorities ? Rumours are already circulating that
another weakened Bolton side will be fielded in this tie, so it could be
another easy win for Spurs. I think the Bolton boss is being a bit
ingenuous and playing a mind game or two. These are some of the
players who might make it onto the pitch.
Jussi Jaaskelainen is good in the air and a fine shot-stopper, but like
all keepers, he is vulnerable to the low ball played in between him and
the defenders. Spurs have experience of sticking the ball past him
,so hopefully that will come in handy for our part. In reserve, Kevin
Poole is most likely to take a place on the bench or inexperienced
Finnish loan keeper Jani Viander, as Steve Banks is on loan at Rochdale,
may be called in.
Former Spurs defender Gudni Bergsson
is the mainstay of the Trotters defence, but he could get caught
out by the fleet of foot in the Tottenham side. As previously, Les Ferdinand's fitness
will determine how Spurs line up and what trouble he can cause.
Iversen could provide different types of problems for the Bolton
defence. With Mike Whitlow likely to replace Simon Charlton, there
will be a tough tackler in the defence, but Simon Davies proved a
hadnful for him before and with the Welshman on top form, he could run
him ragged this time too. Having signed permanently, Bruno N'Gotty has improved and looks
comfortable in the middle of the back four, while Anthony
Barness may get a chance if injuries dictate.
The hard working Gareth
Farrelly has a strong shot, as does Per Frandsen, but the Dane will be
out injured for quite a while. Kevin Nolan has been making a name
for himself, but in the previous games against Spurs the only name he
made was in the referee's notebook. He likes to moan and although
a strong youngster, he is a bit rash on occasion. Now that Paul
Warhurst has returned from suspension, he might be on the bench -
depending on his fitness after taking a knock in the reserves, but for
me, the outstanding midfielder for them is Ricardo Gardner, the Jamaican
international, who is fast, has two good feet and, if he is given the
support, could cause problems to the Tottenham defence. Similarly,
his countryman Jermaine Johnson is quick off the mark and very skillful
too. Probably on the bench, Nicky Southall is a dogged midfielder,
who works the right side. Formerly a winger, he is a good crosser of the
Rod Wallace and Dean Holdsworth
are the two old hands up front, with Michael Ricketts providing the
brawn and finishing ability. The young forward has scored quite a
few goals this season in the top flight and has impressed with his skill
on the ball too. Wallace is still quick despite his advancing
years and as he showed in the League game, can still finish, if he gets
a sight on goal. Holdsworth plays for the foul quite often and
Perry did a good job on him previously, so expect more of the same
should he shake off a calf injury he picked up in midweek. Bo
Hansen and Henrik Pedersen are both fringe players, but they are capable
of scoring, although they are not prolific. One new name in the
forward line is Fredi Bobic, the Borussia Dortmund striker who is on
loan until the end of the season. A regular scorer for club and
country, he is probably a bit rusty, but needs to be watched as he is
experienced and moves well off the ball.
Bolton prey on
set-pieces, although with Frandsen out, this may limit their options and
corners could be particularly dangerous for Spurs with our penchant for
letting markers go.
I think that following on
from their good win on Wednesday, Spurs will carry on their winning run,
coming out on top ...
- Tottenham 2 Bolton Wanderers 1
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Tottenham 4 Bolton Wanderers
(Half time score: 2-0)
|FA CUP 4th ROUND
|Tuesday 5th February 2002
|Kick Off : 7.45 p.m.
|Weather : - Light
rain at start, cold and then dry
|Crowd : - 27,093
|Referee : - Mr. S.
Scorers : - Tottenham - Anderton
(pen) 21, Iversen 35, Etherington 56, Barness (o.g) 76
Bolton Wanderers - None
Spurs : None
(foul) 23, Nolan (foul) 59
Spurs : Sullivan;
Thatcher, Richards, King, Taricco (Leonhardsen 75); Anderton (Thelwell
75), Poyet, Sherwood, Etherington; Rebrov, Iversen
Unused Subs : - Keller, Sheringham, Ferdinand
Bolton Wanderers : Jaaskelainen;
Southall, Whitlow (Buchannan 46), Bergsson, Barness; Farrelly, Nolan
(Johnson 64), Gardiner, Hansen; Ricketts (Holdsworth 62), Pedersen
Unused Subs : - Poole, Norris
: White Shirts, Navy Blue shorts, Navy Blue Socks
Bolton Wanderers : Dark
Blue shirts, White shorts, Dark White socks with Dark Blue turnovers.
It is no lie to say
that Tottenham could easily have reached double figures if they had
taken all their chances and had not been denied by the athletic saves of
came, not to praise Tottenham, but to let them go simply through to the
next round of the Cup. The few opportunities they had were a
trickle against the flood that headed towards their own goal. It
must have been one of the poorest efforts in a Cup tie in a long
time. I fully realise that Bolton's priority lies elsewhere, but
they were woeful.
the off, Tottenham looked like ripping them apart every time they
advanced. Within the first ten minutes, Poyet had hit a shot too
near the keeper, who did well to keep it out and he denied his fellow
Scandinavian Iversen with a save low at his post. Rebrov headed
the resulting corner over the bar, when he was trying to get it back
into the far corner of the net. Iversen was looking for a goal as
soon as he could get one and a drive from the edge of the box was well
turned around by Jaaskelainen.
just when it looked like it might be one of those nights, Gus headed
neatly into Anderton's path and as he collected the ball, was
unceremoniously bundled over by Barness. The ref pointed straight
to the spot and Anderton himself drilled the ball past the keeper to
open the scoring.
Anderton and Iversen went close again before Spurs notched a second
goal. Richards dinked a delicate ball into the right hand channel
just inside the area and Anderton, running towards the line, managed to
pull the ball back for Iversen to get a deft touch on the ball and steer
it slowly past the goalie. It was a well taken goal and one that
might give Iversen some confidence, especially as it was his third in
consecutive home games.
Spurs were attacking almost non-stop, Bolton did break away and Pedersen
got behind the Tottenham defence to head past Sullivan, but turned to
find that he had been adjudged offside and the goal was wiped out.
Spurs finished the first period with a stunning display of passing,
stringing together about 20 passes, before Gus Poyet was put in just
inside the area and his shot bounced back off the post and was
cleared. What a goal that would have been !!
it was, the half-time break brought only the change at the back for
Bolton, but there was no change really, as they were soon under more
pressure from the Spurs attack. They soon succumbed to a third
goal, when Taricco found Iversen in the box from a short
free-kick. Stef's touch put in Dazza and his low shot was sharply
saved by Jaaskelainen, but racing on from the left corner of the box,
Etherington struck the ball firmly past the Finn for his first Tottenham
goal. Bolton appealed in vain for offside against Anderton and
their commitment cannot be questioned as Farrelly went absolutely
ballistic at a linesman when he gave a throw-in to Tottenham that the
Bolton man thought should have been his !!
chances came and went. Rebrov failed to get a shot in when in the
box and the ball wouldn't come down for him; Poyet missed the target
when nicely set up on the edge of the box; Anderton played Etherington
in and he looked as thought he was pulled back, but this time there was
not a whistle from the ref. Even Ledley King charged forward into
the box after running with the ball from midfield, but the return pass
to him was picked off. Another fine save from a Iversen header
denied the Norwegian, but when Matty ran at the right side of the their
defence, his low cross caused panic and Barness just beat Gardiner to
the ball and scored his second own goal at White Hart Lane this season.
it ended, but it could have been many more. Spurs contented themselves
with keeping the ball for long periods of the second half, and the game
was finished as a contest when Allardyce took off Ricketts and Nolan,
their two shining stars. Saved for another day no doubt, but will
they be saved from relegation ? Not on this showing and you would
hope that they put more effort into their League games. But,
losing becomes a habit and they have plummeted down the League
recently. They need to break that run soon.
for Spurs, a Fifth Round tie at home to Tranmere Rovers awaits.
Not as straightforward as perhaps it might appear, with the Worthington
Cup final seven days after and the team from the Wirral having nothing
to lose. Let's hope that the team can shine again on that day.
|MEHSTG TOP MAN : - MATTHEW
|What was the turning point in this
game ? The point when Bolton decided to put off the inevitable by
wanting the original date moved because of the heavy rain. It might not
have been a good match a couple of weeks previous, but they might have
stood more of a chance standing up to their waists in water than the
insipid performance they turned in tonight.
As for the hundred or so Trotters
fans who made their way down for the re-arranged game, they must have
been very disappointed that there was little sparkle from their
side. They did keep their spirits up by singing through the second
half despite the pasting they were taking.
With few hopes and few grains of
effort, Bolton went about their task barely going through the
motions. Apart from their disallowed goal in the first half, I
can't recall Sullivan having a shot to save until half way through the
second half. And that was the story of the game. Poor fare
from the visitors, but Tottenham did manage to play all the football,
even though they left players out of their line-up. Ferdinand,
Sheringham, Perry and Davies all failed to start ... mainly to preserve
them from being booked, but some players needed the rest and really,
this match was the ideal one to do so. It is slightly questionable
as to whether they would have been any less rested had they been on the
pitch though !!
Spurs had already had two good
chances by the time they scored goal number one. The keeper
displayed his agility as he had in the previous games against us and
prevented a string of Spurs players from making the score embarrassing
He was beaten though when
Anderton powered his penalty past him, after Barness had bumped into
him, in what looked like a harsh penalty decision. However, it
balanced up the one Spurs didn't get in the second half, when
Etherington had his shirt pulled back as he broke into the box.
With Spurs passing and moving
well, they opened up the Bolton defence as they wanted and Jaaskelainen
saved very well from Poyet, Iversen and Anderton, before the latter
latched onto a clever pass down the right from Richards and squared the
ball for Iversen to flick past the keeper. It was a nicely worked
goal, but could have been knocked into a cocked hat by the passing
sequence that lead to Poyet hitting the post, instead of directing it
into the goal.
Into the second half and nothing
changed. Spurs continued to attack, Bolton continued to allow them
to play and the keeper kept on keeping Tottenham out. Ricketts had
one moment of frustration in front of the East Stand, where he swore out
loud to a team-mate and brought "oohs" from the Spurs fans
!! As did Ledley, when he powered forward, but couldn't get a shot
in as he shaped up to fire in a drive from the edge of the area.
The third goal came from a ball into the box that Iversen laid on for
Anderton, who's shot was saved and Matthew Etherington took the
opportunity as it fell for him to score his first goal for the
club. He was also involved in the last goal, which his tantalising
run down the left wing set up for Barness to score another own goal in a
match against Spurs. It might have come off Gardiner, who was
there too and also Jaaskelainen, but it counted for Tottenham and that
was al that mattered.
It was a professional performance
by Spurs against a team who might rue their one chance of success this
season. Thatcher came in for Perry and did OK, without setting the
world alight, but what he did he did well. Etherington was a
breath of fresh air and he now looks as though he has the belief to do
well after his loan spell at Bradford. He took players on and
hopefully, he might get to keep his place on Saturday. Rebrov came
in for Teddy and his performance was not the best, although he did show
some better examples of link play than perhaps he had done
recently. While it has been along time since they played a full
game together, he seems to play best with Iversen and that was borne out
today, as Steffen looked like he some spring back in his step too.
Richards did well against nothing much and King was passing and reading
the game well. Sullivan had a couple of late efforts to field, but
apart from that it was nothing more than a light work-out for his
Taricco played and did well in
keeping out of trouble to avoid another booking and everything that
Sherwood tried on Saturday that didn't work, today seemed to come
off. Leo came on and did some good running, while Thelwell looked
a bit nervous when he replaced Anderton, who had sparked most of what
was good about Tottenham tonight. Gus had been quiet ...
contributing in passing moves and getting forward, but lacking that
clinical finish on a couple of occasions, but maybe he is saving it for
Spurs will hardly face an easier
Cup tie, even against non-league opposition, so they made the most of it
while they could. Bolton will now be left with a battle against
relegation and with young players who have no experience of that, they
could find that hard.
Barness' own goal was the
thirteenth that Bolton had conceded against Spurs so far this season ...
and there is still one fixture to fulfill against them !!