played the Addicks, this match has little mystery involved in it.
The sides will know each other well and the only changes are likely to
be the replacement of cup-tied loan striker Andy Booth, probably by
another midfielder and the return of Mark Fish to the Charlton
side. Spurs will have Armstrong and Carr back in the squad, but
neither is likely to feature as they have had no match practice for some
So, will the deadlock be broken in
this match. All things point towards another draw, as Charlton
were little better than Spurs on Saturday and their best chance came
from a double ricochet of defenders shins that fell to Bartlett, who was
denied by Sullivan. Spurs' sole clear chance came when Freund of al
people popped up on the right wing and pulled a low cross back to
Sergei, but he didn't get a proper connection on the ball.
The match can't be as bad as it
was last weekend (can it ?) although the heavy rainfall that has plagued
London over the last three days will mean that the pitch will cut up and
be heavy going. Charlton will be used to this having played on a
similar mud heap at Dagenham and Redbridge. Whether Spurs' limited
resources will be able to cope remains to be seen. The one thing
about Spurs this year, except the match against Newcastle United, has
been the resilience of the defence and the pairing of Campbell, Perry
and Doherty seems to have become a sound one. Not infallible, but
with Sullivan behind them (even though Walker did a good job in his
absence), they are working together now to produce clean sheets.
With the home side probably
working on the theory that the home match could be their best chance,
the midfield will push forward to support the attack of Bartlett and
Svensson, who did little to trouble the Tottenham back line.
Jensen was the most impressive player on display on Saturday and his
breaks forward and his fierce shot must be tamed to ensure that the
defence holds tight. At the back, their defenders coped with the
high ball game Spurs played to Booth's head, but this will be a
different story. With only Rebrov up front, the ball will have to be
kept on the ground and in muddy conditions, the prospect of Spurs
playing a passing game (with the players available) is highly
unlikely. I would hope that Etherington would be given an
opportunity to start the match, as he gave the Charlton defenders a few
frights as he twisted and turned down the left wing on Saturday's
substitute appearance. At least he could produce some half chances
for the side, more than the rest seem capable of.
With the weather not predicted to
change and the two teams having prior knowledge of each other, I am
afraid it looks like a return to the Lane next week ...
- Charlton Athletic 0 Tottenham 0
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Athletic 2 Tottenham 4 Wednesday 7th February 2001
Weather : - Drizzly,
Crowd : - 18,101
Referee : - Steve Dunn (Bristol)
Scorers : - Charlton Athletic - Powell 11, Svensson 48
Tottenham - Rufus (o.g.) 58, Anderton 62, Leonhardsen
63, Rebrov 82
The omens for this match were mixed: Yes, the year
does end in "1".
No, Spurs have not won away all season against a Premiership club,
we seem to struggle in London derbies, we haven't scored for four games.
Yes, ... eerr, that's it!
The journey from the West End through the Blackwall Tunnel to the Valley
was a good one topped off by finding a blinding parking spot.
Maybe this was to be our night.
Things got even better when I found a dodgy kebab shop which delivered
my evening meal of medium donner in no time at all.
On entering the ground, it became apparent that this was a game where
the expectancy level was diametrically opposite to the away form that we
have displayed this season. Everyone seemed upbeat , talking about the
game - Sixth round here we come should we win tonight. You could
almost the smell the tarmac of the M4 to Wales.
Charlton (for those of you who weren't there - you know who I mean) have
one of those retractable tunnels for when the teams run out. After
tonight's game GG will probably ask for one at each home game from the
dressing room to the dugout.
As the teams lined up, I (and a number of Spurs fans) commented on what
appeared at the time to be GG's latest master plan.
Firstly, to call Lord Steven Carr and Na Na Hey Hey Chrissie Armstrong
back into the squad and then leave them on the bench alongside Matt
Etherington (who showed more creativity in the 20+ minutes he was on the
pitch last Saturday than the entire rest of the team put together)
seemed rather strange.
Secondly, Gary Doherty who GG has publicly pronounced a better centre
half then centre forward ( as his recent displays have shown ) was
starting up front, Ledley King who GG has publicly stated thinks is a
better midfielder starting on the left hand side of the back three and
Luke Young who has excelled at centre half or anywhere in the back three
started as left wing back.
Well, as one of the Scum supporters down the road once said "George
After only three minutes, Sully was called into action to stop Svensson
but he and the hesitant Perry/Anderton defensive combination were at
fault less than 10 minutes later when Spurs fan Chris Powell nipped in
to head Charlton into the lead.
This was the lead for the anti-GG mob to start baying for his blood.
It got so bad that 2 fans (one pro and one anti-GG) around me starting
spitting and hurling abuse to each other before the Old Bill steamed in
and carted one of them away. This was to set the tone for the entire
evening with the anti-GG mob being far more vocal. It is a sad
indictment of our club at the moment that one man has divided the fans
like no one else before him. Instead of supporting the team, people are
more concerned about having a pop at GG.
We all have our uncertainties about the uneasy relationship that we have
with our manager, but it is to the detriment of the team to express
these during the game to the exclusion of chanting to encourage the
team. Whatever we may think of him, let's get behind the team
during the game. Let's save the criticism for the pub, websites and
To be fair, Spurs came back well after this shattering blow and created
a fair number of excellent chances. However, as we know well as of late
it is our inability to put the ball in the net which is letting us down.
No-one is this a bigger problem for than our diminutive Ukrainian who
squandered at least two good chances in the first half. It is obvious he
is lacking in confidence as well as protection from the referee.
As the first half grew older, a number of the younger players started to
grow in confidence. In particular Luke Young, Ledley King and Gary
Doherty - maybe that GG isn't so mad after all!
Luke Young especially epitomises to me what we want in a young Spurs
player: confidence, speed, ability to pass, positioning, good in the air
for his size. In fact I am sure that I am not alone in saying that based
on this season's form so far, I would rather have him in the back 3 or 4
than Chris Perry who appears to have suffered a complete lack of form.
His distribution is soooo bad that it makes Sol's look good at times.
The second half started poorly for Spurs with us making a series of
misplaced passes. Within five minutes you could have got a good
price for your season ticket cup final voucher when once again poor
defending gifted the Addicks another goal that they didn't really have
to work that hard for.
Now the anti-GG boys really started getting to work. Listen guys, I am
as passionate as the next man and hate to see us playing this sterile
shit hoofing game every week. But having to sit amongst you whilst
we have the piss taken out of us by Charlton / (insert this weeks
opposing teams name) fans, kills me just as much.
"F*** Off, You're an A***nal fan" will not get the team going
and just gives the opposing fans more to throw back at us. As I said
earlier, save it for before or after the game.
At 2-0 down it looked grim but I didn't think we were out of it.
However, despite the fact that the subs bench was more encouraging than
usual, Rocket Ronnie was nowhere to be seen.
However, what followed in the next half an hour or so was a true example
of why we are the Tottenham and we are the best. It was why we will
always want to follow Spurs rather than the chosen teams of those
smug fickle b******s at the other end of the Seven Sisters Rd or the
mishmash of Nazis/Hooray Henry's from the supposed posh part of London.
The rapidly improving Gary Doherty started to impose himself on the
Charlton defence in a way that they could not cope with. It was
with one such run that he cut inside from the right and put in a hard
low cross that the over rated Rufus could only turn into his own net.
Don't believe what you read in the papers that this was lucky - if Rufus
hadn't got to it, Nice but Dim would have popped it in at the far post.
Now it was time for the Spurs fans to at last chant and sing as one.
Within 5 minutes, we were awarded a free kick about 25 yards out. With
our recent record with free kicks outside the box (who can forget
Stephen Clemence's classic imitation of a four year old kicking a
football from Saturday's game), we weren't expecting anything.
Wonder of wonders, Dazza stroked home a beauty that squirmed under the
body of the much maligned Sasa Ilic.
We had barely stopped celebrating when Leo burst through to put us 3-2
up. This really was the cue for the Spurs fans to go mental. For all the
bad times that we have had to suffer (and by God, there has been enough
of them over the past 10 years or so) it is all worthwhile when you have
a 5 minute spell like we had.
For the next 10-15 minutes we finally got our Tottenham back - one-touch
passes into feet, movement off the ball, confidence:- it was a joy to
behold. As was the taking of the p*ss out of the Charlton fans who
had so merrily berated us only 10 minutes beforehand.
In truth we could (and should) have had more - Sergei missed a sitter
after 70 minutes to make the game safe. He however got the goal
which could kick start his season (where have I heard that one before)
with 8 minutes left - a nonchalant flick over the goalie from Man Of The Match Doherty's through ball.
It only remained for us to wave the Charlton fans goodbye and to let
them know that we could see them sneaking out.
A great evening and a typical Spurs cup performance. If only we can take
this forward into Saturday's game away at Man City. However, for
now we will bathe in the afterglow of tonight's entertainment - a word
not commonly used to describe our team as of late.
And let us not forget: "It's Lucky For Spurs When The
MEHSTG TOP MAN : - GARY DOHERTY
|You can't help but think there is something
in it. 0-2 down and I was kicking the virtual cat. Minutes
later and a hat full of goals no longer made me feel hollow.
After waiting so long for a goal, the only
ones looked like coming from Charlton, when 2-0 up just after the break,
it seemed as though Spurs were on their way out. The mix up for
the first goal was plain embarrassing. Anderton let Powell run on
unmarked, while Perry and Sullivan played the "After You
Claude" game, letting the Spurs supporting full back in to head his
first goal for the club. It could only happen to Spurs couldn't it
!! After the interval, the second resembled the best chance
Charlton had on Saturday. Taking two rebounds of Spurs shins, the
ball fell to Svensson, who shot past Sullivan into the corner of the
As they pushed on to find the killer
third, Spurs woke up and took the game to the hosts. Doherty made
a circuitous route around Todd, using his right foot exclusively to
manouevre a place to cross from the bye-line. With Sherwood
waiting behind him, Rufus stuck out a leg and diverted the ball past
Ilic at the near post. While there was an element of luck about
this goal, it is only that it went in and not around the post, but it
was Doherty's determined work out wide that produced the moment.
It would have been nice if a Spurs player could have been the one to
break our duck, but they all count.
Little after this and a free-kick awarded
for a foul on Rebrov was smashed home by Anderton. Ilic was across
the goal and got a hand to it, but could not get it around the post -
merely soft-handing it into the goal. The Spurs fans were going
mad at this point and hardly had time to draw breath, when straight from
the kick off, a tackle was won, Sergei got the ball, he was tackled and
it fell invitingly into the path of Leo to guide it past the keeper for
3-2 !! The match had been turned around and it only remained for
Rebrov to finish them off, when slipped through by an astute pass by
Doherty that left him with the chance to lift the ball over the
advancing goalie for the fourth.
The first half was strange, as Leo had a
couple of chances, Rebrov two more and Sol forced Ilic to a staggering
(meaning he staggered to get to the ball and only just managed to push
it over) save. Another melee in the box saw the ball fall to
Sherwood, but his touch let the ball run away from him and made the save
easy for Ilic. At the other end Sullivan saw a Svensson shot go
over and grabbed another low effort, but didn't have too much to
do. The defence stuck at it even though they were troubled at
times. Young did well down the left wing back side, while Doherty
excelled himself in the forward role he played in the absence of other
more experienced colleagues. He even managed to head away from his
own goal when under pressure defending a corner.
GG put it down to the character of the
team and Gary Doherty getting the club out of the FA Cup mire for the
second time in as many ties. Perhaps his name is written on the
Cup ? Playing against the Big Red Ones, it was nice after waiting
six hours that three all came along at once.