Thursday 25th July 2002
|AFC Bournemouth 0 Tottenham 1 (Half time: 0-1)|
|Thursday 25th July 2002|
|Venue : Fitness First Stadium at Dean Court|
|Kick off : 7.45 p.m.|
|Weather : Overcast|
|Crowd : - 6,640|
|Referee : - P. Armstrong|
Bournemouth - None
Bournemouth - None
|Bournemouth Evans (Stewart
70), Young (Bloomfield 58), Purches, Maher, Fletcher, Elliott, O'Connor
(Saadi 70), Hayter (Foyewa 58), Connell (Holmes 52), Broadhurst (Tindle
45), Rous (Caceres 62).
Tottenham : Sullivan, Davies, Doherty (Henry 58), Perry, Thatcher, Etherington, Marney (Jackson 45), Redknapp (Leonhardsen 45), Acimovic, Iversen (Barnard 58), Rebrov (Snee 89).
Red shirts with black stripes, white shorts, black socks
The third game of Spurs' pre-season tour of South East England (and Rotterdam) produced the third consecutive victory. Seven more games and 23 days to the first Premiership game at Everton. As with Colchester earlier in the week, AFC Bournemouth looked the more aggressive and determined side with Spurs treating the occasion as very much a glorified training session.
Bournemouth enjoyed the majority of goal-scoring opportunities forcing Sullivan into several good saves. However, Rebrov's tap-in in the 21st minute won the game for Spurs. Unlike the first two friendlies Glenn Hoddle decided not to make wholesale changes at half time, with the majority of the team playing the full 90 minutes.
This was Spurs first visit to the rebuilt Fitness First Stadium at Dean Court and there was significant Lilywhite support in the East Stand. Judging by the number of Spurs shirts spied on the sea-front during the afternoon, many had decided to make a day of it. The stadium, typical of the modern breed, is only three-sided at present. When the missing South Stand is eventually added this will be an impressive lower-league ground.
Bournemouth had already created three
decent chances, with Sullivan making two good saves, before Rebrov
scored the first goal. Simon Davies crossed from the right, Milenko
Acimovic headed against the bar leaving Sergei to tap home the rebound
with keeper Rhys Evans stranded.
At half time Leo and Johnnie Jackson replaced Redknapp and young Dean Marney. Spurs started with slightly more purpose with Etherington shooting over after a good run and Jackson heading over from a Rebrov cross.
Gary Doherty, who had played as a striker
against both Stevenage and Colchester, reverted to a defensive role for
this game. Is he destined to be a multi-purpose player for ever or will
Glenn eventually make his mind up? He does not seem to have the
requisite first touch for an attacker (Ed - what, like Sir Les), but, as
a (solid) defender, he does provide a handy attacking option at
set-pieces. Flavour of the month Ronnie Henry replaced the Doc in the
58th minute for his third first team appearance in five days.
The one quality moment of the evening
came in the 83rd minute when Simon Davies, looking more and more the
real deal, chipped substitute keeper Gareth Stewart from 40 yards and
hit the post.
The last minute of the game saw Rebrov
being clattered from behind leaving him to limp off looking mightily
naffed off. He was replaced for the last few seconds by George Snee.
It's not the start of the annual injury jinx ... is it?
Keller, Carr, Ziege, King, Gardener, Bunjecevic, Richards, Taricco, Anderton, Poyet, Ferdinand and Robbie Keane should all be there ...
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