Wanderers 1 Tottenham 2
Friendly - Saturday 21st July 2001
Weather : - Cloudy,
dry, moderate wind
Crowd : - 8,018
Referee : - Mr. M. Tingey
Scorers : - Wycombe Wanderers - Senda 61
Tottenham - Sheringham 54, Iversen 77
Wycombe Wanderers : Osbourn,
Marsh, Vinnicombe, Cousins, McCarthy, Brown (Lee 65), Simpson, Bulman,
Carroll (Emblen 58), Currie, Senda (Phelan 78).
Unused Subs : - Johnson, Simpemba, Townsend, Rogers, Castledine.
Tottenham : Sullivan,
Carr, Taricco (Ziege 66), King, Bunjevcevic, Perry, Anderton (Sherwood
74), Poyet, Ferdinand (Iversen 66), Sheringham (Rebrov 74) Clemence.
Unused Subs : - Burch, Young, Davies.
The sight of Christian Ziege lining up alongside Sergei Rebrov and Teddy
Sheringham was one that would have been thought ludicrous if you had
mentioned it eight or nine months ago. Today it happened, although
not all at the same time and there were hints today of how Spurs will
play in the coming season.
Turning up just before kick-off, there
was a buzz of excitement, with Ziege warming up with the other Spurs
players on the pitch. The group included a substitute goalkeeper,
who was having to field 20 yard shots from Sheringham, Ziege and
Iversen, but I was unable to identify him, as he looked like nobody we
have on our books at the moment. Possibly a trialist ??
Tottenham looked like they were in for a
tough battle as a few tackles went flying in during the first few
minutes of the match, but we gradually got the upper hand and Teddy
Sheringham was the main thorn in the Swans side. He had two
free-kicks from about 20 yards out well tipped over by Wycombe
goalkeeper Osborn, before heading the ball against the far post from a
corner when only a few feet out. Wycombe's only real chance came
when a low ball into the box was delivered to a forward's feet, but
Perry robbed them before they had a chance to do anything with it.
Anderton hit a high shot over and Poyet's early effort went a way wide,
while the rest of the team looked content to try a few neat moves and
dummies on the Chairboys.
The second half was a different
proposition, with both sides more potent. Sullivan had to deal
with a couple of long range efforts, which didn't really trouble him
that much, while Spurs hit the bar through Poyet's long range shot and
another which made the keeper push the ball away. Ferdinand made
the breakthrough, when he moved out wide on the right and crossed in for
Teddy Sheringham to knock home his first goal for Spurs in his second
spell with the club. There was some dispute about whether he had
used his arm to control the ball, but the referee seemed convinced that
it was his midriff it had struck and not his arm. The controversy
continued five minutes later when there was a through ball played to the
Wycombe forward Darren Currie, who was adjudged onside by the
linesman. How he made such a decision was beyond most of the
crowd, but the ex-Barnet man ran through and tried to finish it for
himself. However, Chris Perry managed to get a foot to the ball
and take it away from him and Neil Sullivan then knocked the ball
upwards in the ensuing scramble, but it fell kindly for the home team's
YTS striker, Danny Senda and he propelled it into the back of the
At 1-1, the Wycombe side gained some self
belief and went for Spurs, but the storm was weathered without too many
direct threats on goal and gradually Tottenham got back into the
game. Rebrov had started to link with Iversen again and Ziege was
making good progress into the box from left wing back, although the
Spurs moves had been breaking down on the edge of the area.
Sherwood got the ball midway in the Wycombe half and sprayed a ball wide
to Carr. The Irishman had been dying to get past the full back all
game and did so at the second attempt, providing an inviting hanging
ball for Iversen to jump and thump home his header past a static
keeper. It was a very well worked goal and one which was worthy of
winning the match.
As a spectacle, it was no great shakes,
but Hoddle will be pleased to come through another game with a win, some
promising passing and the performance of King, Bunjy, Ziege, Sheringham,
Poyet and Carr. At this stage, it is about getting things right
and the team seem to be understanding what Glenn requires from them and
they are putting it into practice. As far as it goes, it is
working and how it will fare in the Premiership will have to wait until
MEHSTG TOP MAN : - TEDDY SHERINGHAM
|There are few places more
inaccessible than Wycombe's Adams Park ground. The one road in was
chocka and parking way up on the hill was fine for getting down to the
ground, but getting back after the game ... well, that was different.
Having managed to circumnavigate
the ground after the ticket information about which turnstiles to use
was found to be useless, we went in the loos and found that the nice man
on the Tannoy made an announcement that the kick-off was going to be
delayed for 15 minutes. Why do we bother getting there on time, I
ask myself ?? Then the strains of a gentleman singing cod opera
tunes came floating over the urinals (unlike urine, which occurs at most
other grounds). When they said that it was a tenor, I thought they
meant the ticket prices and not the pre-match entertainment.
Because of the delay, we were treated to 10 minutes more of his infernal
Finding our way to our seat, I
asked a steward where we would find it.
"Just sit anywhere," she said.
"No you don't understand," I explained, "I have two
friends and we were to be sitting with them".
"Just sit anywhere," she repeated.
"Can you tell me where this seat is ?" I wondered.
"No, I don't know. Just go down there and ask someone else."
It is this kind of helpfulness that causes mass riots. I was
tempted to go and sit in the middle of the pitch, just to conform with
the instructions I had been given. We did find our colleagues (one
of whom had gone to Wycombe to select our seats, without being told of
this freedom of choice) and sat together, but for those who turned up
late, it was hard to locate a few empty seats to accommodate more than
Unfortunately, one of our near
neighbours was a loony looking for a chat and when we mentioned that the
programme contained Dave McEwen and Ramon Vega in our squad, he tried to
strike up a conversation. Luckily we managed to avoid engaging in
a discussion with him, which was just as well as later he was feasting
on his nasal deposits prior to falling asleep during the first half.
Wycombe seemed to be needing to
prove some sort of point that they were not a little club and that they
could kick the Spurs players just as well as anyone else. Poyet
was chopped from behind, Sheringham was a target for some late tackles
and they were trying their best to put Anderton out for the rest of the
season. However, the only injury we sustained was when Les fell
heavily and even then he managed to complete the half and more.
Poyet, Teddy and even Dazza made some hard tackles and into the second
half, Mr. Pointy laid one of the home players out in a challenge, while
the Wycombe sub Emblen seemed to have a single aim in the match and that
was to kick anything in a white shirt. Luckily, his skill at this
aspect of his game was as good as the rest of it, as he was an
embarrassment to all on the pitch. In fact, although it was their
first pre-season match, Wycombe only threatened once in the first
period, when Currie took the ball from his fellow striker, but could not
manage to get the return to Senda !!
Ted let fly when commandeering
the free-kicks around the box. Twice he made the home keeper push
the ball over the bar and apart from Taricco getting a free header,
which he put over the top and Sheringham far post header against the
post, the first half didn't have a lot to write about. Spurs
looked comfortable and they were trying to put together good passing
movements and there was a lot of good one touch stuff, but it lead to
little penetration of the Swan's defence. For a friendly, it was
probably a "getting to know you" exercise for a lot of the
players in a competitive environment.
The second half once again saw
the tempo increase, with the emphasis on hurting the opposition - in the
spirit of the game sense, not the physical sense as adopted by Sherwood,
when he replaced Anderton. Spurs seemed to be trying to get the
ball near the goal a bit more and a couple of efforts from Teddy and
Anderton, but when Gus Poyet tried to hit one over the keeper's head,
the crossbar denied him, as it did Teddy later on, but he was ruled
He did get his just rewards
though, just when it looked like he was never going to score. A
good ball out to the right by Dazza picked out Ferdie. His run
took on the defender and his low ball into the box popped up against Ted
before he slotted it past the goalie. The ref indicated that the
ball had hit Sheringham's side, but the Wycombe defenders ran after the
man in black like it was the crucial incident of an FA Cup Final.
He brushed away their prolonged argument, but was soon their best mate
when he (and the patently wide) assistant on the far side, allowed
Currie a free run when a country mile offside. He took the ball on
and tried to round Sullivan, but Perry had caught up to get a tackle
in. The ball bobbled up and Sully knocked it away with his hand,
but it fell to Senda, who managed to strike it into the ground and
bounce it past the defender as he got back to the line. With good
grace, Spurs accepted the decision.
Poyet again tried to get the ball
over the Chairboys' keeper, but could not manage it and Spurs were
trying to work the ball cleverly around the box to open up
opportunities. Rebrov was flicking the ball around and the winning
goal came from another good move. Stephen Carr was running the
right hand line and was trying out a few new tricks on their left
back. Some had worked, some hadn't, but this time he went past
him, cut back and then went to the line again, producing a long cross
that Steffen Iversen rose to nod down past the goalie for the second
Spurs goal. After that there was little for Spurs in terms of
goalscoring opportunities, but they were content to pass the ball around
to practice that side of their play. Wycombe did force three
corners on the trot, but rarely troubled Sullivan in goal.
There was time for one minute to
be added at the end of the match and for us to make our way out of the
ground. We walked along the front of the seats past one chap who was
lolling asleep on his seat; something he had done for the whole game
according to the St. John's Ambulance personnel standing nearby. I
didn't think the match had been that exciting, but surely not bad enough
for two people to nod off during proceedings !!
MARCO van HIP