With only three weeks passed
since the previous meeting, there will not be too much difference
between the sides. However, it is a differing Ipswich Town side,
as their victory at White Hart Lane set them off on a nine point
Christmas and a win over Dagenham & Redbridge, in a tricky FA Cup
With the return of Marcus
Stewart in the place of Finidi George, who is in Africa on international
duty, there is alike for like swap. However, Stewart might lack in
the unusual that George supplies, although he is a classy finisher and
notched on his return to the team in last week's cup tie.
With Spurs without
Sheringham for the whole match this time, it will be interesting to see
if Rebrov is paired up front with Les. If not, it is only a
question of time before he departs, as we have no other striking option,
unless Hoddle decides to play Iversen alongside Ferdinand.
Richards returns to add experience to the back line, while Sherwood will
come in to replace the injured Freund, who is ruled out for the rest of
the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury.
The match in December
turned on the Sheringham sending off, although Spurs played valiantly
with ten men. The problem that Spurs had was that too many players
had an off day up until then and Ipswich worked hard to keep Spurs from
playing their passing game. Matt Holland was particularly
effective in this respect, but they were restricted to few opportunities
Spurs had a poor
Christmas and the week off when the FA Cup tie was postponed might have
helped. A tough match against Chelsea on Wednesday should not have
a great effect on the team, but they must ensure that, like they did
against Chelsea, they work to earn the right play their own game.
It should be a more workmanlike team anyway, without Sheringham, but
they still have to create chances. Compared to Wednesday, they
also need to get someone on the end of them too.
Ipswich will be
confident, but are just one place off the bottom of the table and need
to pick up whatever points they can. If Tottenham concentrate
better than they did in the December 22nd match and pass the ball around
to make Ipswich do a lot of running, they could manage a result like
- Ipswich Town 1 Tottenham 2
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|Ipswich Town 2 Tottenham 1
(Half time score: 1-0)
|Saturday 12th January 2002
|Kick Off : 3.00 p.m.
|Weather : - Cold,
|Crowd : - 25,077
|Referee : - Mr.
M. Messias (York) (replaced by Mr. R. Styles in the 71st
Scorers : - Ipswich Town - M.
Bent 12, King (o.g.) 80
- Poyet 58
Ipswich Town : Marshall;
Venus, Hreidarsson, McGreal, Makin; Holland, Wright, Magilton (Peralta
64), Reuser (Clapham 46); Bent, Armstrong (Stewart 57)
Unused Subs : - Sereni, Naylor
Spurs : Sullivan;
King, Perry, Richards; Taricco (Etherington 85), Anderton, Poyet,
Sherwood, Ziege (Davies 46); Ferdinand (Iversen 30), Rebrov.
Unused Subs : - Keller, Gardner
Ipswich Town :
Blue shirts, white shorts, blue socks
Spurs : White
shirts, Navy shorts, white socks
|MEHSTG TOP MAN : -
|Losing for the second time to
Ipswich in a matter of weeks was like deja vu all over again.
Having had most of the game in terms of possession, losing our star
striker and getting done twice at our own end, meant this was like some
bad Groundhog Day experience.
There was a complete lack of
learning from the first corner after 12 minutes that led to Bent heading
in after gaining a couple of yards away from Ledley in the box.
Albeit 68 minutes later, but McGreal was unmarked by Spurs players
(perhaps for fear of getting sent off if he went near them) and his
header cannoned off King past Sullivan.
Spurs had their chances.
Mostly through Sergei Rebrov, who looks like a player desperately
lacking confidence. When he poked Iversen's cross wide from five
yards out, it looked like it would have been easier for him to
score. Especially a player of his skill. Other opportunities
that came his way were spurned with weak shots mainly straight at
Marshall. With a keeper only playing his second League game for
the home side and always dodgy, we should really have tested him with
more efforts that made him work harder to keep out. The closest we
came was through Anderton's drive that went just wide, which was matched
by Bent's curler at the other end. The former Blackburn striker
also forced Sullivan into a terrific one handed save to keep out a close
Ipswich aren't the worst team in
the Premiership, but we should have had had at least four points from
our two games against them and that would have helped us keep in touch
with the top six. These dropped points are really going to cost us
in the long run. What is the worst thing about Ipswich Town is
that bloody awful music that they run out to and it doesn't stop until
the teams are just about to kick off. "Singing the
Blues" might be the title, but it is more like giving everyone the
blues, the volume it is played at.
With Sheringham out, Hoddle
showed his intentions in this match by starting with Rebrov up with Les,
but more importantly than losing the game, the loss of Ferdinand and
Ziege with injuries could determine the success of our season.
Les, for all his faults, was just starting to find some form and now
Christian is out, one of the supply lines into the forwards has been
removed. Options are limited, with Carr still on his way back to
full fitness, so Ben Thatcher might be recalled to replace Ziege.
Undoubtedly, Poyet was
Tottenham's best player. Apart from scoring the Spurs goal, when
he was expertly put in by Rebrov's astute pass to drill home past
Marshall at his near post, he was everywhere. He popped up all
over the field and in defence too, but his vision is amazing. He
sprayed the ball around and when he tried a shot from just inside the
Ipswich half, the ball dropped just a foot over the bar with the keeper
struggling. He was also unlucky when his cross-cum-shot was headed
in by Rebrov and was disallowed for offside against the Ukrainian.
Fortunately, Rebrov righted the matter within a minute to set Gus up for
Other good performances came from
Sullivan, returning in place of Keller; Richards, getting his long legs
in just in the nick of time and Perry, who stuck to his man like glue
and looked more like the player who played for Wimbledon. Also, an
honorable mention for Tim Sherwood, who usually gets stick, but moved
around well and passed to keep moving the ball between Spurs
players. While we will miss the "nutty" Freund, Sherwood
might put a bit of crunch in the midfield.
As for the rest, they did well,
but, as so often as happened in recent weeks, failure to make the
superiority we had in the first half pay cost Spurs in the end.
One thing that showed up clearly, was that we need a goal-poacher, who
can put away the half-chances in the box more often than not.
Such a player, whoever it is, could make a big difference to games like