11th February 2004
Having met Charlton only
six weeks ago, the meeting of the two sides might be regarded as a
familiar one. However, the teams will be a bit different in terms
of personnel and in form.
Spurs were on a downer at
that time and since then have won four league matches pulling them away
from the Premiership basement. Charlton have just been edged out
of fourth place after a draw, two wins and two defeats in the league
since the turn of the year.
Without Scott Parker, the
Addicks might lack a little drive in midfield, but Matty Holland is
capable of providing that role, while Claus Jensen has the ability to
notch goals from that area of the pitch. Upfront Di Canio might
lack the service he previously received, but there are options with
Graham Stuart being in the veteran class, but still able to trouble
Premier League defences. Curbishley might prefer the more muscular
approach of Shaun Bartlett to Di Canio's artistry, with Jonathan
Johansson a beacon to aim for up front. With Jason Euell looking
ready to come back after a foot injury, he is a powerful and mobile
forward with a knack of scoring against us !!
Paul Konchesky is a
familiar face to Spurs fans and while Johnnie Jackson's emergence might
have snubbed out the opportunity Konch had of coming to Tottenham, he
plays a similar role, although I think his best position is at left back
rather than left midfield. Ex-Gooner Jerome Thomas is a strong lad
who plays wide and is another powerful runner with the ball, so he will
need close attention if he makes his first appearance against Spurs.
The defence is
particularly strong with Chris Perry having settled down there and he is
playing well alongside South African central defender Mark Fish.
While Perry reads the game well, Fish might be vulnerable to the
movement and nippy skills of Keane and Defoe (who will be returning to
his first club). If Fish is not fancied after bringing Hasselbaink
down for a penalty in their match on Sunday against Chelsea, Jonathan
Fortune can come in, bt he also is not the most mobile of defenders, so
Perry might be stretched in covering others. Herman Hreidarsson
must be the tallest full-back in the country, but he can forage forward
from that position and make an extra man in midfield or up front if
required. Bulgarian Radislav Kishishev is an old fashioned left
back, who is keeping Chris Powell out and he can get caught upfield when
overlapping, while Luke Young is another option in defence now that he
has regained full fitness.
Behind all of these is
Dean Kiely and he hardly ever has a poor game against Spurs. A
great shot-stopper, he might be up against a different type of attack
now with our two little men up front and they might cause him different
Much will depend on the
Tottenham defence and with Doc perhaps coming in to replace Anthony
Gardner, that means Richards will play and his ability to keep up with
Johansson (hopefully he will not have to pick up Euell) will be
key. We got caught out the season before last by Lisbie's pace and movement,
but this season, the midfield should pick up runners a bit better and
leave the forwards sated with chances, as the supply appears to be
getting better these days.
Having not won a London
derby this season, this could be the time to break the duck (as we won't
get much joy for the others we have left this season) ...
PREDICTION : -
Charlton Athletic 1 Tottenham 2
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FROM THE OTHER SIDE
Any changes in fortune on the pitch since you beat us on 28th Dec ?
yeah, everything is now taking its traditional second-half-of-season
slide. Getting knocked out the cup by Gillingham, and then all the
fuss and bother surrounding Scott Parker. We are now doing our
best to grind out results but if things carry on the way they are
we might be lucky to finish top ten.
do you think is your best player at the moment ?
it has be Chris Perry. He just seems to be in the way of a lot of
attackers and regularly makes decisive tackles in the penalty area.
Total bargain, so thanks.
player is under par recently ?
- Jonatan Johansson... can't control the ball, can't stay onside,
you missing Scott Parker and what is the long term effect of his
really, although he battled well, I think the general lack of good
performances would not have improved had he still been at the club.
The long term effect is that we've got a nice little transfer kitty for
the summer. We are all disappointed to see him go, particularly in
what might be one of our best Premier seasons. After Charlton had
stuck by him when he wasn't such a shining light one might have hoped
he'd have shown a little loyalty and stayed with us at least until the
end of the season.
transfer window newcomers we should know about ?
Jerome Thomas, a young winger from the Woolwich rejects for £100K.
Haven't seen him in Charlton colours yet, but the one game I did see him
in for the Arse against Boro he wasn't anything outstanding.
the match against Chelsea on Sunday, I saw Luke Young on the pitch.
Is this an unusual sight of late ?
is. Unfortunately he has been injured but his performances before
the lay off were encouraging, showing some of the promise that we were
expecting from early on. Can't help think central defence is his
best position though.
how is Chris Perry settling in now ?
Total bargain and another superb signing by Curbishley. I didn't expect
too much from him when he arrived but he has to be one of the front
runners for Charlton's player of the year.
the weekend press carrying stories about Curbishley walking
away and Tottenham's interest in him as the new manager at White Hart
Lane, do you think there is any truth in it ? He was at WHL on
Saturday (obviously spying for this match) and is regularly seen in the
East Stand there.
heard it all before. Given the money he has to spend and the fuss
he made over Scott Parker's lack of loyalty I couldn't see Curbs leaving
for anyone other than one of the top sides or a National post.
is your line-up expected to be ?
Kishishev, Perry, Fish, Hreidarrson
Stuart Euell Holland
Di Canio Bartlett
you think Jermain Defoe will get a warm welcome ?
in a million years. Even though he's no longer with the club that
poached him his total lack of loyalty to either club shows exactly who
he remains most loyal to. The only pleasing thing I found
about your own departure from the FA Cup was the fact that he wouldn't
get a chance to play in the next round.
do you think he might affect the result ?
course he will. He's an outstanding talent. But he should be our
outstanding talent, but for the illegal approach made by Wet Sham.
do you reckon the score will be ?
away form is better than our home form and we really are struggling to
score, whereas you perhaps have now started to find the target.
Feeling pessimistic so soon after the Bolton and Chelsea defeats so I'm
gonna say 2-0 to you lot. Plus I always get these predictions
wrong so I just couldn't go for a home win.
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CHARLTON ATHLETIC : - Gary
Rowett (knee); Richard Rufus (knee); Jason Euell (foot)
Jamie Redknapp (not match fit); Frederic Kanoute (on
international duty); Darren Anderton (suspended); Mauricio Taricco (foot);
Helder Postiga (hamstring); Mark Yeates (suspended); Danny Foster
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|Charlton Athletic 4
Tottenham 2 (Half-time score :
|Wednesday 11th February 2004
|Venue : - The Valley
|Kick Off : - 20.00 p.m.
|Weather : -
|Crowd : -
|Referee : - G. Barber (Hertfordshire)
|Teams : -
Charlton Athletic : - Kiely; Kishishev (Stuart, 34), Fish, Perry,
Young; Konchesky, Hreidarsson, Holland, Jensen; Bartlett (Di Canio 56),
Cole (Euell 72)
Unused subs: Royce, Fortune
Tottenham : - Keller; Carr,
Doherty, Richards, Taricco; Brown, Davies, King, Jackson; Keane, Defoe
Unused subs: Burch, Bunjevcevic, Dalmat, Barnard
|Colours : - (kits
courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)
|Scorers : -
Charlton Athletic - Stuart
48, Perry 81
Tottenham - Davies
10, Defoe 43, King 46, Jackson 85
|Cards : -
Charlton Athletic -
Fish (foul) 36,
Young (foul) 57,
Perry (foul) 73
Tottenham - None
Never ones to take the simple route to
victory, Tottenham had the edges of the Valley seats worn out tonight,
as they let Charlton back into the game, before Johnnie Jackson slammed
the ball in and the door shut on the home side's revival.
The chance in the early stage of this
match fell to Paul Konchesky, who just put too much on his lb to take it
over Keller, but also over the bar. Then Keane and Defoe played a
nice one-two in the box but it was blocked and fell out to King, who had
a shot just wide.
It was end to end
stuff, with Kiely keeping out Defoe's effort with his legs and then,
with Spurs trying to play an offside trap, it was left to Doherty to get
a foot in to take it away from Cole, just as it looked like we might get
caught out. Then in the next minute, Paul Konchesky set up Simon
Davies with a poor back-pass. Taking the ball down neatly, he
finished past Kiely as he came out to match his goal of last season.
Bartlett looked suspiciously offside when he burst into the area, but he
tried to put the ball on a plate for Carlton Cole and Keller anticipated
the pass to stop the danger. The Ginger Pele was a dominant
feature in the Tottenham defence, with a determination to win aerial
challenges and getting his interceptions in when a strike on goal looked
on the cards.
curled ball picked out Keano's head, but his effort was directed up and
over the bar. Spurs were showing good movement within the penalty
area and Keane and Defoe both were ready to turn their markers and one
such turn drew a foul by Fish on Defoe outside the box.
Unfortunately, the free-kick from Brown hit the end of the wall and then
Charlton broke away, only an over-hit pass stopped Holland getting in on
Keller's goal. Kasey was the main barrier between Charlton and an
equaliser three minutes before the break, as substitute Graham Stuart's
shot from outside the box got a deflection and looked destined for the
net, but Keller dived to touch it onto the post.
broke with great pace seconds before the break, started by a great throw
out to Simon Davies by KK. His ball into the box was not cut out
by Konchesky and Defoe got in on Kiely, who saved it but the ball flew
up into the air and Jermain got a head to it and it dropped into the
net. A 2-0 lead with the whistle waiting to be blown, Tottenham
conceded a corner with King putting the ball out to safety. It
wasn't really safety because the ball ended up rebounding off the
crossbar after Carlton Cole crashed an effort at goal. Then there
was still time for Jackson to concede a free-kick outside the box, that
Jensen hit against a defender on the six yard box and yet another dead
ball kick in the D, which was smacked into the wall by Jensen, but the
ball was dinked back in for Stuart to hit it home, who was given offside
in the last action of the first half. The red shirts surrounded
the ref on the way off to the tunnel, but Tottenham rode their luck at
the end of the first period.
Charlton had the bad luck just before the interval, Tottenham profited
from their fortune after the fifteen minute rest. A long throw
into the Charlton box fell to Keane, who tried to run, but the ball was
knocked out to the edge of the area and Ledley King returned it with
interest to make it 3-0 just seconds into the second half. His
left footed shot was buried in the bottom left corner of the goal from
about 18 yards out and Tottenham pressurised Charlton's players, who
were looking nervous.
looked decidedly happier just six minutes later when Keller got nowhere
near a corner and the ball was hit in by Graham Stuart from a similar
position that King scored from. This precipitated a spell of
Charlton pressure, with Tottenham needing to get bodies in the way as
they tried to get the ball near the goal. Perry also went close
with a header from a corner, but couldn't keep it down later in the
half. So when a corner was taken short with ten minutes left,
Perry got up and this time got it past his former team-mate Keller to
make the difference one goal.
Canio came on and with a typical piece of magic constructed a chance for
Jason Euell (also on as a sub), but the former Wimbledon man could only
plant a weak header goalwards that Keller could hold after adjusting his
dive. It looked like groundhog day when Charlton piled forward,
but a strike of great power and accuracy from Johnnie Jackson flew past
Dean Kiely that bulged the net from 28 yards and put Spurs 4-2 up with
his left foot as the Addicks defenders stood off the midfielder. A
first goal for the club by Jackson could not have come at a better time.
then, Poyet could have added a fifth with a snapshot from the edge of
the box and only Kiely's save put the ball around the post, while
Doherty's defensive header drifted just wide of his own goal as the ball
was played in with pace.
heart-stopper and much more of this and they will have to extend the
Season Review video to take in all the goals we are scoring in the
second half of the season !! It is just as well we are getting
four now, as three never seems enough and I am not sure how many too
many would be ? Perhaps we might find out against Leicester ??
MEHSTG TOP MAN : - JOHNNIE
The Heathrow Spur
|With ten minutes left, it looked
comfortable ... well, as comfortable as you can get. They say a
three goal lead is the most dangerous in football, but at the moment any
lead is capable of slipping out of Tottenham's grasp ... even though the
reason it was there in the first place was through some good fortune.
Recently returned to the Valley
on loan, Paul Konchesky showed that he is still a Spur at heart, by
heading a long ball forward on for Simon Davies to take the ball into
the box and bury past Kiely. Davies' return to the side has
coincided with the good run and while he might not be 100% back to his
old form of last season ,his presence has made a difference in the
midfield area of the side. That early goal should have been the
signal for a breeze of a Tottenham victory, but that was never going to
happen was it ??
The Spurs back line held firm
during this spell, although Keller was called on to bail out the
defence, who played square for offside - I wish they wouldn't do that,
because they can't play the offside trap - and grab a ball intended for
Cole from fellow striker Shaun Bartlett. Tottenham were passing
the ball nicely and Charlton were finding it hard to get into the game,
but they did have a couple of shots at goal, although only one troubled
Keller, as he fielded Perry's volleyed effort.
With half-time on the horizon, a
square ball by Davies landed at the feet of Defoe racing in on Kiely.
The Irish keeper dived at his feet and Jermain was lucky that the ball
popped up and went in off his head, when he knew little about it
really. he knew enough to indicate to the crowd that it had gone
in off his head as he ran off patting himself on the forehead !!
The move had been a good one, with Keller actually throwing the ball out
to Davies, who ran half the length of the pitch to feed Jermain.
This is the football we like to see from Tottenham.
What happened in the next few
minutes was what we don't like to see. A left wing cross by
Konchesky nearly made up for his earlier error, as he landed it on
Carlton Cole's head and the ball bounced back off the bar. With
injury time being played, the ball fell to Bartlett, who's fierce shot
was beaten out by Keller, but was stuck back past him by Graham Stuart
from close range. Only the mad waving of a flag by the assistant
referee caused the strike to be erased from the scoreline, with Stuart
being adjudged offside, perhaps harshly after TV pictures showed he
might just have been onside.
Still, the nature of winning and
losing can often be a thin line. And that was proved straight
after the interval, when a throw-in on our right wing went it to Keano
in the box. As he tried to run Fish, the ball ran back to the edge
of the area and as King took it into the box, he hit it through a forest
of legs and into the net to make it 3-0. This is when most people
associated with Tottenham started to get a cold sweat on.
Especially when Keller went
flailing at a corner five minutes later, leaving the ball to go beyond
him and out to Stuart, who hit a shin-high drive past a forest of shins
to leave Spurs helpless to stop it and to put Charlton back in with a
chance. The majority of opportunities in this half came from dead
ball situations, with Richards and Fish exchanging headers over the bar
at each end, while a piece of skill by Di Canio provided Euell with the
chance to get closer to Spurs, but his header never really caused any
worry to KK, who took it comfortably.
Then ten minutes from time, it
happened. The Spurs fans had been roundly abusing Chris Perry, as
he had been booked for a rash (perhaps that is where he got his nickname
from ?) challenge on Michael Brown, who had another steady game.
His hand cupped to his ear when he wheeled away after glancing a header
in low at the far post from a cross from a cleared corner showed what he
thought of our chances of hanging on.
The jitters set in and suddenly,
for the first time, Charlton voices could be heard amongst the
noise. Not that it lasted long, with the ball being played to Johnnie
Jackson and the young midfielder strode forward with nobody keen to
close him down. When he got within striking range (25 yards), he
hit a bullet of a shot that rifled past the Charlton keeper and low into
the left hand corner. It was a fitting goal to win a match and to
grace Tottenham's first London derby win of the season. His joy at
his first Spurs goal was obvious and the relief from his team-mates was
just as evident.
Gus Poyet had replaced Defoe with
minutes remaining and he hit a long range effort low down and the
keeper's got to it and just managed to tip it around the upright.
That should have been it, but you know Spurs !! Gary Doherty, who
had a fine game, got a glancing forehead to a cross from Stuart and the
ball flew wide of the goal. Oh, the Ginger Pele !!
Then that was it. Relief,
rejoicing, revenge, respect. All things that ran through my mind
as the final whistle blew. Getting back on track after the Cup
defeat has been traumatic, but with towering performances by King and
Keane and Doherty and Davies has given the team a tough spine. Not
strong enough to hold out for a whole match, but then that wouldn't be
Spurs would it ?
So, a week off, just when things
were picking up momentum and then we host Leicester at the Lane.
Another four goals ? Knowing Tottenham Hotspur, it will be a
roller-coaster all over again, with probably the odd goal in one
settling things against, what should be, one of the weaker sides in the
this midweek :