Cup Round 3
6th November 2002
good few years since Burnley came to White Hart Lane and beat us 4-1
with a couple of own goals and a penalty. Graham Roberts had a
'mare that night and Spurs will have to make sure that none of their
players replicate that performance at Turf Moor.
Burnley did very well
last season in their first season back in the First Division. Finishing
in a play off place was denied them on goal difference and they had to
let Paul Gascoigne go as a result. Then the ITV Digital fiasco hit
them hard and they struggled to find form when the current season
began. However, a recent
12 match unbeaten run was ended by leaders Portsmouth 0-3 at Turf Moor, then
the Clarets lost 5-6 at lowly Grimsby Town and then last weekend they went down 1-3 away to local rivals Preston
North End. Their defence had looked all at sea, so there might be
some joy for Tottenham to attack them down the flanks. Not sure if
Matthew Etherington played against Burnley when on loan with Bradford
City last season, but he will need to make them count if he
For my liking, I would
put either Rohan Ricketts or Jonathan Blondel in the side for this
match, as they have been consistently playing well in the reserves and
it would be an opportunity to test them out in the heat of battle.
Both are the sort of players that Burnley will not have come across in
the Nationwide and they could produce a devastating effect on the home
team. I am not suggesting that we take the game lightly, as Hoddle
said that Spurs will approach it as professionally as a Premier league
match. It is just that sometimes, a different type of player can
make a big effect on the match.
Burnley do have some
players with some top level experience. Ian Moore, the striker was
with Forest, while Gareth Taylor had a spell at Manchester City.
Even Mitchell Thomas is still there, albeit on the transfer list
!! The one star in their side, not counting the Greek keeper, is
winger Glen Little, who has a neat turn of pace and a trick or two to
beat players. He also has a really good shot on him. Spurs
will need to pay close attention to him.
However, Spurs should be
more than a match for the Lancashire side. I don't think that
there will be a lot in it, as Spurs will have to be on their mettle to
make sure there are no slip ups. A 0-0 draw there in the same
competition a few years back (that saw Carr's debut) should tell them
that. However, it will be a test of the side's determination to do
well in all competitions and they should be strong enough (even with the
current crop of injuries) to overcome the Turf Moor side ...
: - Burnley 1 Tottenham 2
For more information on
the opponents and their history, including full result history of
matches between the two teams, click here.
As a Spurs fan of
25 years living in Burnley I would just like to pass on a bit of
information to fellow Spurs fans travelling up here for the
Worthington Cup game, (apart from Blackburn this is a 'Home' game for
Anyone fancying a beer
before the game, a good place to go is the 'Burnley Cricket Club' its
right outside the away end and I've been in there prior to many
Burnley home games where away and home fans have mingled ok. Never
seen any trouble but have I put the kiss of death on it.
A word of warning,
don't try any of the town centre pubs or those on Yorkshire street,
Burnley does have its fair share of idiots and I should know I've
lived here 40 years!!
Hope this helps, and
lets hope for a convincing win.
Come On you Spurs !!!!!
|Burnley 2 Tottenham 1
(Half-time score : 0-1)
|WORTHINGTON CUP - ROUND 3
|Wednesday 6th November 2002
|Venue : - Turf Moor
|Kick Off : - 19.45 p.m.
|Weather : - Wet, chilly
|Crowd : - 13,512
|Referee : - D. Gallagher
|Teams : - Burnley :
- Beresford; Briscoe (P. Cook 90), S. Davis, Gnohere, West;
McGregor (Little 26), Weller, Branch; Taylor, Blake (Papadopolous 85)
Unused subs : - A. Moore, I. Moore
Tottenham : -
Keller; Carr, Perry, Gardner, Bunjevcevic; Davies, Clemence, Poyet,
Etherington (Anderton 60); Iversen (Doherty 81), Ferdinand (Keane 46)
Unused subs : - Hirschfeld, Acimovic
|Colours : - Burnley - Claret
shirts with light blue sleeves and claret trim, White shorts, white
socks with claret turnover.
- White shirts, Navy blue shorts, Navy blue socks with black turnover.
|Scorers : - Burnley - Blake
58, S. Davis 62
|Cards : - Burnley - Briscoe
(foul) 24, West (foul) 44
Tottenham - Carr
(unsporting behaviour) 13, Bunjevcevic (foul) 72
|With a number of changes in the line-up
from the previous Sunday's game against Chelsea, Tottenham crashed out
of the Worthington Cup to a determined and deserving Burnley team.
The introduction of Clemence, Iversen,
Ferdinand and Etherington was meant to rest some of our first team
regulars. What happened was Clem was caught out in his lack of
match fitness (and that was not just leg fitness, but mind fitness too),
Ferdie lasted 45 before getting injured, Matty got crocked after a few
attempts to kick him out of it and Iversen ... well, he was just
But they all started well, with the
Burnley goal under pressure and the goal coming eventually from Gus'
head. The corner from Carr had some pace on it and Poyet met it
well enough to leave the defenders standing and the keeper diving too
late. He had almost done that earlier, but managed to catch
Iversen's header between his legs and just be in front of the
line. Etherington was tearing up the right back and Davies was
getting the ball in from the right. The only problem was that Les
and Ivo failed to finish the chances they made. It was the same
for Robbie Keane in the second half, but the lack of a natural
goalscorer is becoming a necessity. Keane gets into good
positions, but his touch let him down twice when he chipped over the
diving keeper but wide and then when he tried to lob the ball over
Beresford, with the keeper right on top of him.
Burnley realised that hero Glen Little
would have been a good player to have in the team and it took half an
hour to get him into the action and from there Burnley didn't look back.
Spurs just could not adapt their game to
count the threat of one player. Sad, but true and therefore,
Burnley deserved everything they got out of the match. Their
attacking was not slick nor continuous, but they did not resort to route
one and they kept the ball on the floor. Their first after the
break, came when Blake steered his shot past Keller with the aid of a
deflection. The same player nearly wrapped it all up with a
rasping drive that bounced out off the woodwork, but that was after they
had gone ahead. Another corner and another header unopposed, which
beat Kasey on the line.
Spurs had the chances to get back into
the match, but too many crosses failed to beat the first man and were
easily cleared. Too many players were content to play within
themselves and the missing players made their absence felt.
Freund's willing work was missed in front of the back four, while
Redknapp's guile and industry was noted as not being there ! There
were almost as many players missing as members of the crowd, so many
empty seats were there.
What Hoddle and Gorman must think of the
side, who, at 1-0 up at half-time, went down and out of the Cup by the
end. There was a final flourish at the end of the game for
Tottenham, but by then it was too late. The introduction of Gary
Doherty up front was a desperate and frightening move. Although
not entirely at his peak fitness, he came on and ran around, but his
first touch is still heavy, while he moved around quite well, I am sure
his future lies in defence.
But this is what we are reduced to.
The seriousness of Hoddle's approach must be questioned, although he did
say he was trying to win and that was why they were locked in the
dressing room afterwards, thrashing some things out. It all goes
to show that although our squad is getting better, the club is still not
in a healthy enough condition to opt out of playing our first choice
team and still go through a cup round, such as this.
MEHSTG TOP MAN : - CHRIS PERRY
|How can one player so drastically
change a game ? Spurs were cruising to an easy victory with the
upper hand held with haughty
disdain, until Stan Ternent decided to introduce Glen Little into the
action. Then it all went pear shaped.
Spurs had started looking very
good. Etherington was getting on the fullback down the left wing
and even though he was producing little he was forcing West into rash
challenges and also managed to strike a ball that bobbled just over the
bar, when he meant to cross it. Tottenham could have gone ahead
through Ferdinand and Iversen (whose header was caught between the
keeper's legs very close to the line), before Poyet stole in to head a
Carr corner powerfully past Beresford. Iversen had two more good
chances to nick a goal in the first half, neither of which hit the
target with any conviction. Les was pout through by Poyet and
could have done better when trying to round the keeper and chip it over
his diving body.
Burnley were up against it and
their sole effort of note came from Taylor, who got the ball as it
dropped just over Gardner's head and volleyed across the six-yard box
with no-one there. It was the culmination of about 10 minutes
since Little had been brought on to stem Tottenham's domination of the
game. And it worked a treat for Burnley. For some reason,
Spurs stopped playing the way they had begun and started giving the ball
away and chasing shadows.
The home side pressed towards the
end of the half and started the second like a steam train. Blake
who got onto a knock down by Taylor and his shot was well baulked by
Gardner at the near post. Shots flew in on goal and over, as
Tottenham were put on the back foot by good attacking play by the
Clarets. However, Poyet did manage to get a long range shot in
that skidded off the turf more than Beresford thought and he was
grateful to grab it to his chest.
The goal for Burnley had an air
of inevitability about it. The ball was played in from the right
to Blake on the edge of the box and he had got a yard to fire in a shot
that came off Anthony Gardner and deflected past Keller. I'm not
sure if the touch made any difference as Burnley deserved to be on level
terms. It nearly didn't last for long as Robbie Keane could have
restored the lead immediately with a dink over the keeper, but it went
way wide. Two other one on ones he had, each was spurned. I
thought that was what we bought him for ? His best effort was
reserved for the last minute, when a stunning volley from 25 yards
cracked against the crossbar and flew off the woodwork and into the
crowd. It was the hardest chance he had and the one that came
closest to going in !!
By then Tottenham were chasing an
equaliser themselves. 62 minutes in and just like Tottenham's
goal, Steve Davis arrived on cue to head home from a corner. A
carbon copy and poor defending by Gus, who was with the scorer, but
failed to get a telling jump in on him. The damage could have been
worse, as Blake also hit the post as Tottenham left wide open spaces at
the back and twice got caught playing the ball across the front of the
defence, when it was intercepted. Late on, one of these gave
Little the chance to beat Keller from an acute angle, but Kasey denied
him and was happy to find the ball bouncing off Taylor into his hands.
Spurs failed to get through this
round because Burnley played very well for longer in the match than
Spurs did. Spurs failed to cope with one simple substitution and
that tactical failing was seized on, with Little preying on Bunjy at
left back, who looked all at sea. Keane's misses exacerbated the
situation, but the failure to take our chances when we were in the
ascendancy cost us dear again.
So, no return to Cardiff in
Spring. Even the consolation of other Premiership teams crashing
out had no solace. They will all be concentrating on the League as