pipped at the post


Spurs   1     Derby County   2           (Half time: 1-1)
FA Premier Reserve League South
Wednesday 18th September 2002
Venue :  Broadhall Way
Kick off : 19.00 p.m.
Weather : Overcast, dry
Crowd : -  Small
Referee : -  S. Tomlinson

Tottenham  -  Carbonari o.g. 27

Derby County - Strupar 7, Twigg 90

Spurs  -  None

Derby County  -  Robinson, Carbonari

Spurs : Hirshfeld, Henry (Hughes 30), S. Kelly, O'Donoghue, Snee (Marney 26), Galbraith, Ricketts, Bortolozzo, Blondel, Barnard, Sutton (Slabber 73).
Unused Subs: Dobson, Jalal.

Derby County :  Grant, Hunt (Palmer 61), Bragstad (McArdle 71), Carbonari, Mawene, Jackson, Molloy, Evatt, Twigg, Strupar (Tudgay 80), Robinson. 
Unused Subs: Weckstrom, Richardson.


Spurs  -  White shirts, blue shorts, white socks

Derby County  -  Sky / navy blue shirts, sky blue shorts, sky blue socks
Glenn Hoddle and John Gorman made an interesting decision to spend Wednesday evening at Stevenage watching a very young Spurs reserve team rather than sussing out Man Ure at Old Trafford.  The  Stevenage Borough scoreboard kept the Spurs management team fully advised of the stream of Manc goals against Maccabi Haifa.  Inevitably, the hitherto struggling United ease nicely into form just in time for the annual Cockerel shoot ...

One wonders what Glenn hoped to get out of his visit to Broadhall Way ?  Of the Spurs players on show only Blondel and Rickets appear to have the capability to make the step up as of now.  The never-ending injury crisis would really have to descend to Harry Redknapp "bare-bones" levels before other members of the undoubtedly talented but patently inexperienced reserve squad could be seriously considered for the "big show".

On the positive side, only Blondel and Hirshfield cost a fee and the vast majority of the group are of English or Irish nationality.  This is in stark contrast with clubs like Derby.  The Rams' money problems are well known and entirely understandable when even their reserve squad has a contingent of Carlos Kickaballs each costing a significant fee and on big wages.  The likes of Youl Mawene (France), Otto Bragstad (Norway), Horacio Carbonari (Argentina) and Branko Strupar (Belgium) all fall into the category.  The highest profile Kickaball of them all - Fabrizio Ravanelli - presumably doesn't do reserve games; seems like he doesn't fancy first team games either at present.

The more experienced and physically stronger Derby side won this game, going top of the league in the process, in the last minute of injury time.  They had opened the scoring on seven minutes when Strupar nodded home at the far post.  It then took Spurs until the 27th minute to construct any sort of meaningful strike on goal.  David Galbriath made a good run on the left and his low cross was deflected in by Carbonari.

Hirchfield had made a good block-save from Marvin Robinson shortly before the goal.  He made an even better save on 36 minutes, tipping over a point-blank Robinson header.

Spurs second serious goal attempt came just before the break when Rickets had a powerful drive saved following a Blondel short corner.

Spurs conjured up an equally meagre number of goal attempts in the second period.  Derby continued to dominate and were unlucky not to score six minutes after half-time when Molloy hit the post.  Despite their control, the winning goal from Gary Twigg did not come until the last knockings.  Spurs, notwithstanding some neat approach work, never really looked like finding a way through for a second goal.  To be fair, whatever game plan Colin Calderwood had put together was ruined by three forced substitutions; two in the first half.  It seems the injury curse even extends to the stiffs.

The Derby players were last seen sharing a bag of chips and thumbing a lift home on the A1.
MEHSTG TOP MAN : - Jonathan Blondel

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