Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg
two teams facing each other once again, the lack of breathing space will
be evident as the semi-final is decided. Both teams have played FA
Cup ties and had a League game between the first leg and this one, so
the personnel available will be called upon to drag one last performance
out of the locker before they both return to FA Cup action at the
Chelsea prepared with a
5-1 thrashing of West Ham United, while Spurs struggled to create good
chances against a defensive Everton side. It will have to be hoped
that Chelsea have shot their bolt with all their goals in one
basket. As for Spurs, they kept their powder dry to a certain
extent, with Poyet and King rested and Les coming off at half time,
after a head injury. His presence for Tottenham could be vital,
with Steffen Iversen and Sergei Rebrov vying for the choice of replacing
him, should he not make it.
The key for Tottenham
will be keeping Hasselbaink quiet. He is a born finisher and a
powerful one at that. His strength comes from his upper body,
which is very strong and that is exactly what our defenders will have to
be. They will have to stand up to him and not get knocked off the
ball, while King will no doubt be ready to keep pace with him if he gets
away from them. For Anthony Gardner, it will be a test of his
development, as the pacy defender will have to show he is up to standing
his ground against the bullish JFH.
Teddy's return should
help fashion chances, but the passing that Spurs have become noted for
must be incisive. And the chances must be put away; to many wasted
opportunities have cost us recently, so converting those that come along
is a must. Gus will be keen to improve on his first leg showing,
while Simon Davies proved that he can make inroads into the Chelsea
defence, with his clever running.
The Blues back line are a
big lot of lads and will need to be broken down, but perhaps the best
chance is to get down the flanks and exploit the attacking tendencies of
their wing backs. Cudicini is a good shot stopper, but there are
question marks against his handling.
With all the luck going
to Chelsea in the two meetings so far (despite the penalty denied them
in the first leg), there is time for a reversal of fortune and Spurs
could do with a little help in turning this semi around. I think
that with home advantage, Spurs will realise Cliff Jones' prediction at
the ground at last Saturday's match ...
- Tottenham 3 Chelsea 1
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|Tottenham 5 Chelsea 1
(Half time score: 2-0)
|WORTHINGTON CUP SEMI-FINAL
|Wednesday 23rd January 2002
|Kick Off : 8.05
|Weather : - Cold,
|Crowd : - 36,100
|Referee : - Mr. M.
Scorers : - Tottenham - Iversen
2, Sherwood 33, Sheringham 50, Davies 76, Rebrov 87
- Forssell 90
Tottenham : Poyet
(foul) 48, Sheringham (dissent) 56
(violent conduct) 55, Melchiot
Tottenham : Sullivan;
King, Perry, Gardner; Taricco, Anderton, Poyet (Leonhardsen 83),
Sherwood, Davies; Sheringham, Iversen (Rebrov 83)
Unused Subs : G. Kelly, Thelwell, Etherington
Chelsea : Cudicini;
Gallas, Desailly, Terry, Melchiot (Zola 70); Petit (Forssell 66),
Lampard, Zenden (Della Bona 11), Stanic; Hasselbaink, Gudjohnsen
Unused Subs : De Goey, Ferrer
Tottenham : White
shirts, Navy shorts, navy socks.
: Blue shirts, blue shorts, white socks
It might have been a
long time in coming, but this was a performance well worth waiting for.
goals, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink sent off and a place in a final to
boot. They just don't write scripts like this any more. For
the long-suffering Tottenham supporters, the win over Chelsea was just
as welcome as the style in which it was achieved. For the
glory-hunting Chelsea supporters, they were on their way back home long
before the end, with only a couple of hundred waiting to see their
players off at the end.
were on the offensive from start to finish ... quite literally, with
Iversen's opening goal in 1 minute and 35 seconds through to Rebrov's
late goal on 87. As for Chelsea, they were poor, very poor.
Right from the off, their passing was sloppy, their positional play
naive and they could not live with the passing of the Spurs team, who
moved well to create angles around the blue shirts.
hit in a cross towards Sheringham and he bent under the pass to allow it
to run through to Taricco running up the left wing. He took the
ball down and hit a low shot that Cudicini got behind, but could not
keep hold of. Terry thought he could clear, but, while he thought
that, Iversen prodded the ball in past the defender on the line to give
Spurs a dream start. Spurs went further ahead after a couple of
corners had flown across the face of the visitors goal and the Chelsea
keeper had touched a vicious half-volley form Gus over the bar.
From that corner, Anderton played the old low corner routine, but this
time, with Sheringham pulling closer into goal, the space was made for
Tim Sherwood to get on the end of it. From six yards out, he clipped
a rising shot over the man on the line and Spurs were in the lead on
offered little. Gudjohnsen's shot was the only narrow squeak for
Tottenham, but that bent away from goal to miss by a foot.
Sullivan didn't have a save of note to make in the first half.
Tottenham could have had more before the break, as Gus had a shot
smothered by the keeper, but other chances were misdirected.
break came with Spurs in the ascendancy and perhaps might have affected
their tempo when the restart came. But that was not to be the
case, as within five minutes Sheringham had all but sealed the
tie. With a cross from the left, Anderton found Poyet's chest and
his lay-off from that part of his anatomy set up Teddy for a shot that
ripped past Cudicini. This was stunning. Well, perhaps
slightly more so than what came next. A corner was held by
Sullivan, who was buffeted by Hasselbaink and when a free-kick had been
given a melee broke out. The ref ran in to sort it out, waving a
red card at no-one in particular, but deciding that Hasselbaink had been
the guilty party. As it turned out, Melchiot was the one who
slapped Teddy's face and should have gone, but there was a long period
before Hasselbaink left the pitch, during which John Terry appeared to
be pointing fingers at and squaring up to Taricco (who had hit Melchiot
on the head as he left the scene).
the man advantage, Spurs really ran the legs off Chelsea. Never in
the game, they were chasing the ball as Tottenham passed it around and
opened Chelsea up on the Spurs right time and time again. In fact,
before Simon Davies scored the fourth goal, he had lots of chances to
set up goals with time and space to pick out a decent cross. When
he did get his opportunity, he cut inside and hit the near post past
Cudicini, but the ball bounced into the net. Richly deserved by
the young Welshman, it was a revenge that wad due for the Italian
keeping out his earlier cross-shot with a diving save.
came Rebrov and Leonhardsen for Poyet and Iversen and it was they who
provided the final Spurs goal, with Leo getting to the touchline and
pulling the ball back for Sergei to slide past the Chelsea keeper.
Oyvind almost scored himself, when he went past Cudicini, but then
doubled back, went past him again and then had his shot blocked.
Anderton missed an open goal, when a cross was blocked back to him and
the keeper was on the floor and defenders out of position, but he hit
Desailly's big backside.
Chelsea did score, it didn't matter and Forssell will not celebrate a
goal less in his career. As the ball hit the back of the net, they
knew their chance of a final appearance had disappeared on this
occasion. Seldom have a team been so comprehensively dismissed in
a semi-final, but the same must be done on February 24th.
Otherwise this was all for nothing.
|MEHSTG TOP MAN : - TIM
|Over the last 26 games against
Chelsea, there have been few high points. Today there were more
than enough to make up for the twelve years of defeats we have suffered
at the hands of the Pensioners. And where to start ? Well,
at the very beginning, of course.
No Les, Ivo in and Ivo got it in
within seconds of the kick off to put Tottenham ahead in the game and
level on aggregate. Now all they had to do was stop Chelsea
scoring for 118 minutes and we would be through. So simple.
Or not. For a side who rate themselves as title challengers, they
played like relegation certs. Little passion to match Tottenham's
fierce belief that they would win. Little skill as their players
lurched around the pitch and little effort to stop Tottenham from
playing their game. Zenden perhaps showed too much zeal and his
late tackle on Sheringham ended up with him leaving the field on a
stretcher with a gashed leg. Unfortunately, Dalla Bona played no
better than any of his under-performing colleagues and went unnoticed
for much of the game.
Sherwood took Sheringham's place,
but only in terms of pulling away from the goalmouth for a Dazza corner
and he hit the second just after the half-hour. He really played a
good game tonight, but then they all did. The result did not
flatter Tottenham, although it did flatter Chelsea. Spurs had come
close with a couple of in-swinging corners that went past all the
players crowded in the box, but Tottenham had nobody on the far post to
capitalise on the opportunities.
Just as well, that Teddy had some
snazzy shooting boots on (a red design on them looked most lairy).
when Anderton's crossed was breasted down by Poyet, Ted took the
bouncing ball early and hit a pearler past the keeper.
Unfortunately, he also got hit by a pearler form Melchiot, but the ref
thought it was Jimmy Floyd and he walked (after some considerable debate
about it). It all got a bit tasty after that. Melchiot
hacked down Taricco, who had been involved in the incident and received
a booking. But Tottenham actually made the extra man count.
OlÚs rang out as the blue shirts tried to get near the ball. Gallas,
who had a nightmare against Davies, tried his best to set Spurs up with
another goal by skewing the ball across his area. Chelsea looked
bereft of ideas. Indeed, Stanic spent the remaining 25 minutes
tying up his bootlaces. Perhaps the most productive part of the match
for the Croatian.
As for Spurs their ideas were
developing new avenues and one was down the right hand side, where
Anderton found Davies. His low shot beat Cudicini at his near post
and ricocheted off it before going into the net. It was well
earned by Simon, who had found lots of space on his side and ran
intelligently off the ball, always providing an outlet for
others. There was some joy for Sergei Rebrov too as he got
on the end of Leonhardsen's low cross and tucked it away sweetly past
Gus had volleyed over when the
ball wouldn't come down for him and Iversen had flashed a header over the
bar, like he did on Saturday. If we had scored nine or ten, it
wouldn't have been unfair on the United Nations (West London
Branch). As it was, we didn't even keep a clean sheet, as Forssell
forced home a shot past Sullivan, which drew a bigger cheer from the
Spurs fans than the few hardy souls in the away section who could bring
themselves to witness the final whistle of this Tottenham victory.
As the Trainers Sponge said ...
"If you had told me before the match that Chelsea would score in
the last minute ...". We all knew what he meant as were worried
going into the match and also at half-time, even more so. It was
not the outcome that any of us could have predicted, but as always with
Spurs, it was about doing it in style. It was about the glory, not
trying to bore the opposition to death.
Danny Blanchflower would have
been proud of the team.