Goalscorer - Iversen 31
Birmingham City - Bennett, Eaden, Burrows (Robinson), Holdsworth,
Marcelo (Gill), Lazaridis, O'Connor, M. Johnson, Williams, Luntala (A.
Johnson), Furlong, (Adebola)
Tottenham Hotspur - Walker, Carr. Thatcher, Campbell, Perry, Freund,
Sherwood (Clemence 65), Anderton, Leonhardsen (Ferdinand 65), Iversen
(Young 65), Rebrov
Spurs came to their first friendly of the new season in England at St
Andrews fresh from a Scandinavian tour which had seen them score 14
goals in three games with nil conceded. A good start by anyone's
standards and Birmingham City would be a tougher ordeal, but Tottenham ran
out worthy winners by 1-0 .
St Andrews has been rebuilt on three sides and is becoming an
impressive stadium. The crowd was however sparse despite an
entrance fee of £10 on the gate.
The first real attempt on goal came from a Darren Anderton free kick
which was driven just over the bar. Shortly afterwards Leonhardsen
felt he had a good shout for a penalty, but referee Paul Rejer
waved away the claims.
After 31 minutes Spurs took the lead. Some excellent work by Rebrov
saw him find Iversen on the edge of the area. Steffen immediately took
control ghosted past a Blues defender and hit a superb shot with the
outside of his right foot past Bennett in the Birmingham goal. Spurs
continued to dominate the first half. A new free kick routine resulted
in Sherwood squaring the ball to Carr who blasted over. Campbell also
went close with a header from Anderton's corner.
After the break Birmingham showed more purpose but did not create a
real opening. Rebrov had Spurs best effort when he hit a screamer with
his left foot which Bennett just clawed away.
Spurs made three substitutions on 65 minutes introducing Young and
Clemence in midfield and Ferdinand up front. It was good to see Les
New signings Thatcher and Rebrov both played the full 90 minutes
although Sullivan stayed on the bench. Sergei Rebrov looks a class
act. He is quick and nimble, has an awareness of what's going on
around him, a strong shot and wins a surprising number of headers
considering his height. Thatcher looked strong and determined and has
a natural left foot which he puts to good use. Sol is still recovering
from his Euro 2000 experience but overall the defence has a solid look
about it. Iversen was bright and alert with his blonde hair bleached
by the sun (?) (Ed : - Obviously not the English sun this summer).
Ginola also spent the afternoon on the bench despite the calls for him
from the travelling fans. The Birmingham fans were also wondering
whether he will be joining their deadly rivals, Villa. Maybe deadly
Doug was lurking in the Stand waiting to pounce. I can't believe
Ginola would move from London to Birmingham.
So another friendly win and no goals conceded from 360 minutes of
play. Already I am full of optimism.
MEHSTG TOP MAN - STEFFEN IVERSEN
Eric the Viking