|The Spurs reserves personnel
might change, but the results keep coming the way of Clive Allen's
team. Another comprehensive victory over Ipswich Town, this time,
saw some neat passing football and some good finishing, before the team
tired in the second half.
from the off, Spurs put pressure on the bal and knocked it around
comfortably. When Yeates knocked the ball out to Slabber on the
left wing and his cross came in you could sense danger for the Ipswich
defence. The ball was headed out, but only to Eddie Silva Sousa,
who is on a hot streak at the moment. His neat finish saw him bury
a third minute effort delicately into the top left hand corner of the
goal to make it 1-0.
Mauricio Taricco was the eldest Spurs
player on the pitch and was captain for the night against his old
team. While, he showed how effective he can be at times, he also
showed some slackness when in possession and it might not have impressed
the watching Martin Jol, even though he got to play in both full back
positions because of injury to O'Donoghue.
Spurs were looking for the killer pass
every time and the ball inside the Ipswich left back was a popular one
and one that would have paid off had the assistant referee not been a
bit too trigger happy with his offside flagging. However, the ploy
did pay off in the 24th minute, as Slabber's ball beat the defender and
Barcham hit a low ball into the six yard box. As Mitchell tried to
stop the ball going in, his clearance was blacked by Slabber, who forced
the ball into the net to double Tottenham's lead.
Ipswich tried to stage a recovery, but
found Tottenham's defence solid. McKie played very well and showed
good technique on the ball, while O'Donoghue won everything in the
air. More impressive with every viewing is Defendi. The boy
from Brazil has a clam authority that exudes confidence, even though
some of his passing around his own area causes Clive Allen to have
From a free-kick, Hogg went a foot wide
of the right post and then from another Collins flew in to meet it with
his head, which was in turn met with Nicky Eyre's fist !! Their
best chance came when they worked the ball down the left wing and a low
ball into the area was missed by Knights and McKie cleared from in front
of the goal.
The second half was a much more sedate
affair, although the visitors had the bulk of the possession.
Defendi glanced a free-kick narrowly wide from a 53rd minute free-kick,
when he should have done better and Barcham brought saves from the
Ipswich keeper a couple of times.
For all their attacking, the Championship
side's reserves lacked the cutting edge to threaten the goal seriously
and only Counago's drive, which was palmed away by Eyre - the shot being
at a nice height for the save - might have been good enough to go in.
So, another win and Clive even had the
relative luxury of not getting over-excited at the ref !! A good
all round performance with everyone playing their part with special
mention for the lightning quick feet of Mark Yeates and the energy and
drive of Mark Hughes, who bring different attributes to the midfield,
but complement each other and having played together through the ranks,
they have developed a fine understanding.
MEHSTG TOP MAN : - RODRIGO