- Hirschfeld; Ifil, Kelly, Bunjevcevic (Dobson 61), McKie;
O'Hara, Hughes, Redknapp (Barcham 65), Daniels; Barnard, Malcolm
Unused subs: Forecast, Lee, Thyer
: Makabu-Ma-Kalambay; Smith, Pettigrew, Mancienne,
Hudell (Tillen 51); Woodards (Simmonds 53), Jeffreys (Brand 76),
Rocastle, Oliveira; Boussoufa; Morais
Unused subs: Hamman; Gallaccio
goal in each half drew this entertaining affair, but the second half
failed to live up to the lively opening 45 minutes and Spurs were unlucky
to lose an equaliser when they should have had the game sewn up already.
The game saw two young sides pitched in against each other and they played
with pace and neat passing, but often made elementary mistakes that left
the game a little disjointed.
Chelsea's players made
neat, short passes which echoed the cosmopolitan nature of their side.
From the huge keeper Yves Makabu-Ma-Kalambay through to Filipe Morais,
with his highlighted hair and gold boots, they fitted the nature of the
new Chelsea. Even more so the lack of an established face in the
team. Yes, the first team had only played yesterday, with Rocastle
(second cousin of ex-Gooner David) and Oliveira both being on the bench,
but the lack of global stars disappointed some of the crowd around me, who
had paid their £6 (or £4 for concessions) to see the multi-million pound
players on show.
Harry Redknapp was in the
audience to view his son's performance ... or was he ?? Knowing this
wheeler-dealer, he might be lining up his next transfer window
merry-go-round of playing personnel. He was joined by Pat Jennings,
Hand Segers, Chris Hughton, David Pleat, fitness coach Kunle Odetoyinbo,
Jimmy Neighbour and club secretary John Alexander in the Director's Box.
Spurs started well with
some good movement and passing, with much of it revolving around
Redknapp. In the third minute, Mark Hughes opened up the visiting
defence with a pass that evaded Michael Malcolm and found Jamie O'Hara
running through the inside right channel. The midfielder's effort
was well stopped by the keeper, who also got behind Malcolm's follow-up
shot. O'Hara was also very involved in the opening goal for
His cross-field pass found
young left winger Charlie Daniels, who took it comfortably and struck a
shot across the keeper and it bounced back off the post. O'Hara was
bright enough to react to the loose ball and played it in to Michael
Malcolm, who laid it back for Lee Barnard to power in his shot from 12
yards as he ran onto it. It was a well-worked goal and left some of
the Chelsea players standing ball-watching.
The reaction to the goal
included a booking for Dean Smith, who hit Daniels late. At the
back, Bunjy was winning headers and I made a note of five occasions he did
so, including two in one incident. He played passes out from the
back and looked at ease there, but he was allowed the space to play
in. Hughes put in a lot of effort to work alongside Jamie, but
he is more than juts a willing worker. He has good vision to put
team-mates in and he can put the ball exactly where his team-mates want
Stephen Kelly had a sound
game at the back too, but got caught out in the 29th minute, when Morais
took the ball off him, but only succeeded in hitting a weak shot at
Hirschfeld. Two minutes later a threatening position on the edge of
the Spurs box saw Jefferys hit a shot as the ball was played square to
him, but it squirted off the side of his boot embarrassingly for a
throw-in on the far side !!
It was only after half an
hour that Mick McGiven roused himself from his seat on the bench to urge
his players on. Shortly after a cross from the left by Boussafa to
the far post was hit back across the six yard box on the volley by Morais.
The game switched straight to the other end, with Ifil slipping a neat
pass into the right side of the box, but Malcolm was just beaten to it by
the Chelsea goalie. Back to the other end and Boussafa found himself
in the clear just inside the box, but his low drive was stopped with one
hand on the dive by Hirschfeld, who looked more confident than he had done
earlier in the season. His kicking is still poor, but he looked to
command his box more on this outing.
the half came to a close, Woodards hit a shot well over the top and then
Boussafa drove narrowly above the angle to take the whistle with a
Tottenham lead at the interval.
second period was, perhaps expectedly, a tighter affair. The Chelsea
boys put in a lot more effort to close Spurs down and Redknapp faded from
the game before leaving the action after 65 minutes.
early openings in the half set Charlie Daniels in, but on both occasions,
he was baulked by the sizeable bulk of the keeper. The Blues
equaliser came on 69 minutes, when Kelly missed a tackle in the centre
circle, leaving Boussafa a run on goal, but he squared his pass to
Oliveira, who was knocked over by Marcel McKie chasing back. A
penalty was given and Mbark Boussafa was unsuccessful from the penalty
mark, as Hirschfeld guessed right to dive to his right and save.
Unfortunately, the Chelsea player followed up to net the rebound.
Barnard, who lead the line really well all night, picked up a booking for
an over the ball tackle, while Phil Ifil let his temper get the better of
him in the final minute, when he lobbed the ball at the back of Chelsea
sub Brand, after he had been fouled.
fair result in the circumstances and one that will be built on when the
reserves meet their Watford counterparts next week.