are two schools of thought on this game.
One is that we can beat
the Pensioners again and the 5-1 will act as a psychological boost for
Second is that the 5-1
will fire up Chelsea for this game, as it looks unlikely that they will
win anything if they don't win the FA Cup (the same going for Spurs).
So, where does that leave
Spurs ? We know that the main threat will come from the boots of
Hasselbaink and Zola. Both are potential match-winners, with
Forssell waiting on the bench to come on and get a late goal, which has
become something of his speciality lately. Gudjohnsen has also
been getting in on the act, with a few goals in the last few games, with
strength and skill to pose enough problems to the Tottenham
defence. His contribution to the semi-final second leg was not
significant and you can bet that he will be better this time.
De Goey will be in goal
replacing the injured Cudicini and although he is a very tall keeper who
specialises in shot stopping, he is suspect on crosses, so Les' presence
might make a difference. Defensively, Chelsea are
not great. A penalty and slack defending of Saha saw them
let two in in midweek and we will have to hope that any opportunities
that present themselves are stuck away this time. I get the
feeling that they might be at a premium on Sunday. Melchiot looks
good going forward, but is not the best defender, although quick, with
Le Saux an irritating little jerk on the other flank or the quicker
Babayaro as another option. Gallas and Desailly are both big lads,
but there is a glimpse of hesitation among their actions sometimes and
Spurs will need to take advantage of any slip they might make.
Both like to play a bit too much football near their own goal and if
Tottenham can close them down quickly, then they might give the ball up.
The midfield that
conceded space and time to Tottenham will make sure that there is no
repetition of that this time around. Lampard and will be up for
it. Jocanovic is a slow runner, but can use the ball if given the
chance, while Petit looked sluggish in the previous meeting of the two
sides. Perhaps he didn't like playing in the cold !!
Hopefully, he will be in similar form, but coming back into the side is
Jesper Gronkjaer, who is a fast and skillful winger/midfielder. He
could give our defence a bit of a roasting if they push up too far and
not many of them could match him for pace. Dalla Bona works hard,
but his passing in the semi lacked accuracy and he looked like a player
who wanted out.
The forward line is a bit
daunting on paper. Hasselbaink always gives up problems and his
partnership with the Icelander Gudjohnsen has been profitable for the
manager, who has got the best from both players.
With Zenden still out
from the tackle with Sheringham in the Worthington Cup tie and John
Terry out with a toe injury, the only light on the horizon could be that
Mario Stanic is missing, as he had a stinker in the White Hart Lane Cup
game. Spurs obviously have their own injury problems, but they
should be able to put out a decent side. It just depends on how
they play on the day, but on recent form and not having played that well
since Christmas, the outcome might not be the one we want and we can
then start looking to next season ...
: - Tottenham 1 Chelsea 2
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Tottenham 0 Chelsea 4
(Half time score: 0-1)
|FA CUP SIXTH ROUND
|Sunday 10th March 2002
|Venue : White Hart
|Kick Off : 4.00 p.m.
|Weather : - Windy,
|Crowd : - 32,896
- Mr. A. D'Urso (Billericay)
Scorers : - Tottenham - None
Chelsea - Gallas 12, Gudjohnsen 49, 66, Le Saux 54
(foul) 4, Richards (foul) 8, Ziege (foul) 15, Sheringham (unsporting
behaviour) 55, Sherwood (foul) 58
Saux (foul) 52, Desailly (unsporting
, Le Saux (second yellow
card - foul) 77, Lampard
: Sullivan; Gardner, King, Richards (Rebrov 62); Davies,
Anderton (Taricco 75), Poyet, Sherwood, Ziege; Sheringham, Ferdinand
Unused Subs : - Keller, Perry, Etherington
: Cudicini; Le Saux, Gallas, Desailly, Babayaro; Lampard,
Gronkjaer (Dalla Bona 80), ; Hasselbaink (Forssell 89), Gudjohnsen (Jakanovic
Unused Subs : - De Goey, Zola
: White shirts, navy blue shorts, navy blue socks
: Blue shirts, blue shorts, white socks
For a referee to lose
control of the game within the first five minutes takes some doing, but
Mr. D'Urso made a point of being inconsistent the whole game. His
decisions left one either reaching for the expletive or dumbstruck by
the sheer incredulity of his whistling.
bookings for Tottenham in the first quarter of an hour told a tale that
the play didn't. The ref seemed to book anything that had a white
shirt on. If he was supposed to set the tone with Ferdinand's
early yellow card for pulling a defender down, then how Petit got away
with raised hands on a Spurs player in the melee that he instigated
after Richards had fouled Gronkjaer (although who could tell the way he
plummeted to earth with such consummate ease), is a mystery to us
all. He misses Hasselbaink almost taking Rebrov's foot off with a
studs up challenge, but spots a bit of handbags between Desailly and
Sheringham, giving them both yellow cards.
of this helped the Spurs way of playing, but most of all they didn't
help themselves. They started with Anderton, who looked unfit
again (like Cardiff), Ferdinand (looking reasonably fit, but no better
at finishing) and Gardner instead of Perry. Davies came in for
Taricco, which proved a more sensible change.
started better than they had in the Worthington Cup game at the
Lane. However, the early cards for Spurs restricted three players
in their efforts for the rest of the game. Adequate opportunity
was given to the ref to curtail the Chelsea players too, but he chose to
ignore them. The early goal also went the way of the visitors and
a sloppy one it was too. A corner swung in, Sully palmed it out,
it hit Melchiot and bounced back across goal for Gallas to toe poke it
little Tottenham could do right, as Teddy, trying too hard to lead by
example, gave the wrong impression, by turning the ball over to the
other side on a regular basis. We just couldn't hold the ball and
when Hasselbaink linked with Gudjohnsen, the Dutchman ran on and looped
the ball over the on-rushing keeper (who collided with Richards) and was
lucky to see the ball bounce off the top of the bar and over.
Tottenham's only hope in the first half came when Poyet turned Babayaro
in the box and his shot had the pace taken off it before it went into
Cudicini's midriff. Then with about five minutes left in the first
half, Anderton's cross found Les unmarked and his header hit the post
and bounced back out. For Tottenham, that was as much a crucial
point in the game as the one just after half-time, when Gudjohnsen was
sent clear and scored past Sullivan, even though he looked obviously
offside. But he couldn't have been as the linesman didn't give
it. Not that he was up with play to be able to judge.
killed the game. Spurs threw themselves forward, but were
haphazard and when Davies was pulled back by Babayaro, the advantage
that was played did not help Tottenham, the ball ended up with Gardner,
who's square ball saw Sherwood fall over the ball and Le Saux slotted it
past the goalie for 0-3. By this time the ref had forgotten that
he should have gone back and booked Babayaro for the initial foul.
Richards was taken off and Rebrov introduced in a last throw of the
dice. And for that, Spurs got Snake Eyes.
pass out of defence and Gudjohnsen, in his own half, ran through to get
the fourth. Sullivan was left exposed. Spurs did press
forward, but there was nothing in the armoury to pierce the Chelsea
defence. They got a bit rattled and started to foul, which, when
Hoddle brought Taricco on, was the sign for Le Saux to see red. He
couldn't resist the chance to get some retribution on Taz and hit him
late and high. He saw red again, but even with ten they
comfortably held Tottenham. Sheringham's late glancing header
brought a good save from Cudicini, but it didn't matter.
did the disallowed goal for a foul on the keeper or the turned down
penalty appeals for a Gallas climb on Poyet that was given the other
way. In the end, Spurs were not good enough.
many players have played their best games this season and have nothing
left to give. The manager has lost the passing style that the team
had but a few months ago. Players are injured and not in the team
or are in the team and shouldn't be. What to do to put it right
? Ask the board, who want success. That takes money and it
will have to be money well spent and not frittered away as it has been
in the past.
|MEHSTG TOP MAN :
- SIMON DAVIES
|So two consecutive games end in
0-4 defeats and two consecutive games involve a dodgy decision by the
ref to make the score 0-2. Not that I am saying that it affected
the outcome of the game, but there is little that can be done when the
odds are stacked against you. It was no surprise when I got home
to switch on Sky TV's football soap opera "Dream Team" to find
the very same ref, Andy D'Urso, sending off a player in the
tunnel. Not many refs could claim to have dismissed two different
players in two different games on the same day. But then, D'Urso
is no ordinary referee.
The turning point of the match
was really Hoddle's substitution of Richards to bring on Rebrov.
It was tactically naive as, although Spurs had to try and save the game,
it left the defence open to the counter attack ... and that was what
With Teddy playing another
stinker, yet still insistent on taking all the free-kicks (badly), Spurs
lacked the link play that had been a notable part of the teams
approach. Anderton was not fit again and the crossing from all the
players was woeful. Les did get on the end of one cross from
Shaggy, but it hit the post, when he should have hit and empty part of
the goal from five yards out.
Chelsea are an objectionable
bunch. La Saux consistently mouthed off to the ref the whole game
... and this is when they were getting every decision going.
Jesper Gronkjaer hit the floor more readily than apples falling off a
tree. He should have his own laws of gravity. In one
incident, he managed to dive no less than three times. Perhaps he
has been room sharing with JFH ? Desailly was annoying in his
arrogant attitude. If he is such a great player, why does he act
like a sulky twelve year old. Then there is Hasselbaink
himself. "In the box, go down" must be an old Dutch
adage, as he likes a tumble more than a zealous
circus performer. Petit never misses a chance to push someone when
there is an argument to be had. He's more Pony Club than
So it wasn't easy for the ref,
but he didn't make it easy for himself. Or Tottenham.
The yard (at least) that
Gudjohnsen was offside for the second goal, was obvious to more than
half the crowd, so how comes the people in the best position didn't see
it ? Also the elbows that Jokanovic perpetrated on Sherwood
and the persistent late challenges that Lampard and Petit were getting
away with in midfield. It was as though there was a blue colour
blindness going on.
The game had to be chased and
Spurs were unable to do it. They certainly didn't chase back when
the Icelander went through for his second, but by then they were 0-3
down with La Saux scoring after Sherwood stepped on the ball and left
him with a clear run on goal. Luckily for Spurs, the little
erudite one blotted his copybook by raging into Treacle and receiving
his second yellow card for his troubles. The sweetest thing was
that it was right in front of the West Stand, where England manager Sven
Goran Eriksson was seated. Graeme ... wave goodbye to your World
Cup hopes, even after what you had said in all the papers. Mind
you, Ted will be sitting at home watching the games from Japan in the
comfort of his own sitting room too. He has faded away quicker
than a Leeds United title hope. Anderton didn't do much to inspire
aspirations for a place on the plane to Japan either.
Chelsea wanted the win more than
Spurs and that was all there was too it. They had willing allies
in the officials, so it made it harder than it should have been, but
having won once and won well, it was unlikely that that particular bolt
of lightning would strike twice.
Another season when high hopes
are dashed and as such, the team have failed on the big occasions.
There are things that need to be done between now and next May, but will
they be the things that make a difference. It's not just the
assistant referees seeing what a player going the final yard means in
terms of a borderline decision. It is whether the board are
willing to go that distance too.
Where do we go from here?
We are rubbish, Hoddle has got
massive problems. Simon Davies is probably our best player, but at
which position? Get Iverson and Rebrov going up front and f**k Sheringham
& Ferdinand off now. They aren't the future for us.
Off load Sherwood, Anderton,
Ziege, Tarrico, Perry, Richards and then get the board to put some
money up to buy the Quality we so dearly need.
I believe that Freund still
offers us some protection, as we give to many goals away. So what do
we need ?????
Once again our
complete lack of ambition as a club (continued from Sugar's days) have
come back to haunt us. Just as in '95 when the lack of vision
allowed a promising team, of which Klinsmann was the inspiration, to
disappear into oblivion. When, oh when will we learn? I don't
think anybody believed we would beat Chelsea again, but the manner of
the defeat is embarrassing.
ENIC must put up
or **** off. To compete we must spend money. Since November,
when a Champions League spot was still achievable, I have been saying
we must buy a quality midfielder and goalscorer. This is
identical to our situation in 1995. Spending money does not have
to be reckless, but without key quality players we will continue this
The way Hoddle and
ENIC have treated Rebrov is unjustifiable. In my opinion they
are playing 'silly buggers' and holding on to him until after the
World Cup, so he can be used as a bargaining tool. Well lads,
this was always too clever by half; we do not have the luxury of time
and once again our management team have proven themselves to be naive.
now? Slagging off individual players is a waste of effort but I
have to say that I am now wondering if we will ever return to our
'glory days'. The damage is tangible.
I'm also absolutely gutted after
To be honest, if some of the senior players could not get out of bed and
perform in a Worthington Cup Final or an FA Cup Quarter Final then you
wonder just what does the future hold.
Maybe we all had rose tinted specs for most of the season. It
looked good but were we kidding ourselves? Looking at the team at
Cardiff, at Man U last week and against Chelsea on Sunday leaves me with
major doubts. Is there really light at the end of the tunnel?
Senior (for that read old) players no longer at their best, young
players with much to learn, serious gaps in quality and no Europe so no
new players of any quality to come in during the summer. I hate
being pessimistic but will it ever get any better? It just seems
every year is another wasted season, looking for scraps of comfort while
the mob down the road just keep on going. During
the inevitable slagging I got today, one Gooner reckoned not one Spurs
player would get in the Arsenal team. I didn't admit as much but
at the moment he's probably right isn't he? And how I hate it!
What is wrong with Sullivan? Through his legs and weak hands at
Cardiff, flapping at the corner on Sunday - he's a real Dracula (afraid
of crosses) if ever I saw one. Point for discussion -
we've seen Ferdinand with two one on ones recently, both missed.
We've seen Sullivan facing a couple of one on ones, both no effort at
all for the opposing striker. Says it all?
At least Les seemed to be trying
on Sunday. Another appalling miss - why try that corner and why
telegraph it so much the keeper knew where to go? Still, as I say, a few
marks out of ten for at least making some effort.
Sheringham doesn't deserve to go to Japan on that or recent showings.
What has happened to him? Goals have dried up, lazy passes, caught in
possession, and so on. Can't believe his sudden loss of form .
It looked as if he wasn't even bothered but I'll give him the benefit of
the doubt. The inevitable mocking chants have started - heard one
on Gooner Gold (aka Capital Radio) this morning.
Turning to defence, maybe we've relied on the youngsters at the back too
much. Most teams rest young players and nurse them along.
We've relied on Ledley all season and now he's crumbling. The
Cardiff goal was criminal and he seems a shadow of his former self.
I actually liked Gardener as much or more, but he was another absentee
on Sunday, while Richards has looked anything but an £8 million
player. Hopefully Doherty will be back soon to fill the gap.
Perry has tried but needs to improve his distribution. And
what has happened to Bunjevcevic?? Not in the team, not on the
bench, not mentioned in the injury list on the web site? Is he AWOL
like the rest of the defence? Is there a problem? Another
Korsten in the making? Another injury we cannot solve?
Will Carr ever be fit? Another triumph for the medical team!
Oh how we need his commitment. It would allow Taricco to go
back to the left side where he belongs. He's tried hard on the
right, even though he's out of position and is one person I at least
blame less than the rest for our predicament. Thatcher on the
other hand is never Premiership class. Ziege too just wasted every
crossing opportunity on Sunday and was one of the senior players who I
would have expected much more of.
And midfield. Sherwood should be taken out and shot for that third
goal. Hoddle should have taken him off immediately. It was
criminal. What was he thinking of? I don't know about giving
his win bonuses to charity - it hasn't cost him much has it? I
think he should be ashamed to take any wages at all for that diabolical
shambles. Come back Freund - you were player of the season
until that injury.
Anderton's was another can't be bothered to get up display, just like
Cardiff. Time to give up here I wonder? If he can't do it on
those stages he'll never do it for the club. Japan?
Disneyland Tokyo maybe but not the World Cup!
Poyet tried I suppose but another anonymous display - maybe the season
is just too long for a player his age. We're going to be stuck
with some golden oldies who'll be worse next year but we won't have the
money to replace them even if decent players would come, which they
Finally, Rebrov!! When is Glen going to give up. Let's take
anything we're offered. I heard the Gooners were
interested!! What a laugh if they'd give us what we paid for him!
He looks worth about £10,999,999.98 less though.