knocked off the perch

Tottenham Hotspur Reserves  2    Norwich City Reserves   0      (Half-time score : 1-0)
Premier League Reserve League South Venue :  Broadhall Way, Stevenage Borough FC 
Monday 20th September 2004 Kick Off :  19.00 p.m.
Crowd :   approx. 400 Referee :   K. Yeo
Weather :  Chilly, breezy
Teams : - 
Tottenham Hotspur :   

Fulop

Defendi
Richards (c)
O'Donoghue
Kelly

Dilevski
O'Hara  (McKenna 83)
Marney
McKie

Silva Sousa
Barnard


Unused subs: 
Eyre
Riley
Malcolm

Norwich City : 

Ward

Briggs (Willis 70)
Shackell (c)
Halliday
Brennan

Mulryne (Howlett 70)
Smith
Blackburn

Crow

Henderson
Jarvis

Unused subs: 
Howell
Herbert

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)
Tottenham Hotspur

Norwich City 

Scorers : -  
Tottenham Hotspur 

Barnard  36
Silva Sousa  61

Norwich City 



Cards : -  
Tottenham Hotspur 

       

     

Norwich City 

       

 

     

Spotted at the game : -  
Frank Arnesen
Martin Jol
Chris Hughton
Dominique Cuperley
Andy King (Swindon Town manager)
Mike Newell (Luton Town manager)
Mick Harford (Luton Town Director of Football)
Colin Calderwood (Northampton Town manager)
Match Report : -  
A match that had long periods of nothingness, Spurs managed to extract a win, although Norwich returned up the M11 wondering how they failed to leave with something from this reserve match at Stevenage.

There were enough chances for the Canaries to grab a goal or two from this match before and after Spurs had gone two ahead.

The game started off well for Spurs, when, in the fourth minute, Dean Marney hit a shot that dipped just over the bar.  Playing in a central midfield position, he cut his foot across the ball and it initially looked like it was going well over, but had Ward worried in the Norwich goal.  

Both sides were testing each other out with some probing moves, but the last pass was lacking and the defences managed to keep the forwards at bay.  It gave me the opportunity to have the first decent look at Defendi, Dilevski and Silva Sousa.  Defendi is a strapping lad for 18 and is as tall as Richards, who played just inside him in the middle of the defence.  Defendi played at left back, perhaps not the best place for him, as he sometimes got caught turning when long diagonal balls were hit over his head.  He was good in the air and his control was very good too, but the link play with some of the other players is not quite there.  It might be down to a language problem, as he didn't shout much.  I think he will settle into his role if things go well.

Australian youngster Dilevski played right side of midfield and showed a neat touch and good passing skills, but seemed on the edge of the game and lacked total involvement.  He chased back when we lost the ball well, played some nice link-up passes down the right and looks an athletic lad, but he must make the move to get involved in the game.  He seemed very quiet in not calling for the ball and perhaps he was a bit bemused to be playing a team wearing his national colours !!

With a few bits of neat control and some nice lay-off sin the early stages, Eddie Silva Sousa looked better than I had seen him play before.  But after about 20 minutes, he disappeared from the match only to reappear to score.  He looks a player who might have something about him, but he looks to lack awareness in the box and sometimes his height and size are not put to their best use.  It is still early days for all three and when they get used to things at THFC, perhaps we will review their progress.

Norwich's first threatening attack came on 27 minutes with a break down the right that ended with Henderson pulling his shot across the face of goal.  It was a bit of a wake up call to Spurs and with 36 minutes gone, Richards took a quick free-kick to Marney, who strode forward from halfway to hit a shot on goal from 30 yards.  It hit s defender, bounced back in his direction and he made it his by prodding it to his left to Lee Barnard, who stroked it into the corner of the net from 12 yards.  It was a classy forward's finish and gave Spurs a lead they probably just about deserved.

Marney was lucky to get away with a couple of nasty early challenges and as the game went on he dominated the midfield and linked well with the defence and the forwards.

However, everything nearly came crashing down a minute before half time, when the central defensive pairing of Richards and O'Donoghue combined to bring down Jarvis as he was on the six yard line ready to shoot.  The ref gave a penalty and Jarvis got up to take it himself.  As he strode up to take the kick, Fulop launched himself to his right to push the ball away and it was cleared.  Unfortunately, the linesman spotted that he moved early and ordered a retake.  Jarvis again stepped up to the spot and Fulop showed him a lot of the goal to his right once more, but Jarvis ignored this ... and blasted it over the top !!

The second half begun with a Barnard cross that managed to clear the defender's head, but Silva Sousa let the ball hit him rather than preparing for the ball to present itself for a good chance, just a couple of yards out.  Spurs were having the better of the match and Marney had a volley wide before goal number two.  O'Hara set Marcel McKie off down the left wing and he got to the goal-line before pulling the ball back.  O'Hara stepped over it, leaving Silva Sousa to sweep it into the bottom corner of the net to make it 2-0 with a good finish on 61 minutes.

It was then that Norwich stepped up their attacking to try and get back in the match straight away.  A long ball was lost on the turn by Richards, leaving Crow in on goal, but he hit the ball powerfully, but wide of the target.  Brennan broke forward from left back and hit a firm drive that Fulop turned around for a corner, then another long ball in the air caught Richards out again and this time Crow tried to lob Fulop, who came halfway and then stopped, but only succeeded landing the ball on the top of the net.

Jamie O'Hara won a great tackle in the centre circle and went on a run direct at the middle of the Norwich defence, but wasted the four on two situation by hitting a wayward shot well wide and Marney made s similar run at the heart of the visitors defence with just two minutes left.  His swerving drive was too  difficult for Ward to hold and it bounced off his chest, but was hacked clear before a Spurs forward could get there.

Norwich nearly had the last word as a neat one-two in the box saw substitute Willis fire in a low shot that bounced back off the foot of the post to Henderson, who was standing a yard out in front of goal, but he could not get there before Stephen Kelly, who put in a fine challenge to take the ball away from danger with a great saving tackle.

It was nice to see the team comfortably passing the ball around and willing to try and play the football that Jose Mourinho would love to see us playing !!  Maybe the reserves will show the first team how it is done !!

MEHSTG TOP MAN : -  DEAN MARNEY

Marco van Hip

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