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Spurs Reserves v Arsenal Reserves, 2nd May 2001

Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List

     F.A.Premier Reserve League - South
           White Hart Lane, N17
       Wednesday 2nd May 2001 k.o.7pm

           SPURS     v    ARSENAL
       (White/Blue)     (Red/White)
           4-4-2           4-4-2

            1(1)            0(0)

        Ian Walker   1  Alex Manninger
 Maurizio Consorti   2  Lee Canoville
         Neil Lacy   3  Liam Chilvers
       John Piercy   4  Guy Demel
      Ian Hillier(C) 5  Ben Chorley
      Ciaran Toner   6  Matthew Upson(C)
       Dave McEwen   7  Alberto Mendez
      John Jackson   8  Greg Lincoln
   Steven Ferguson   9  Tomas Danilevicius
   Yannick Kamanan  10  Graham Barrett
Matthew Etherington 11  Jermaine Pennant

      James Quilter 12  Nicky Nicolau
        Gavin Kelly 13  Stuart Taylor
Luca DiGiuliantonio 14  Rohan Ricketts
    Ghyslain Vedeux 15  Jerome Thomas
        George Snee 16  Jo Osei-Kuffour
          (4)85Mins     (11)60Mins
                    17  Jermaine Aliadiere

Scorer - McEwen 11

Piercy 35 - tackle from behind
Demel 39  - late
Chorley 71 -tackle from behind

On a cool evening a large crowd of over 300 (I think there were nearer 1,000 - Ed), including listees Bruce and Elaine Lewis, Paul Smith and Jim Duggan, saw an entertaining encounter with the mob from down the road. Glenn Hoddle passed us after the game making a quick getaway, maybe looking at the Reserves for Saturday? The team lined up with Hillier partnering Toner at the back with Consorti at right back and Lacy at left. Piercy controlled things in the middle with Jackson alongside to make the runs. McEwen played on the right and Etherington on the left. Matty saw a lot of the ball in this game and split his time between running with it and passing to a team-mate.

Spurs started the first half on top and were the better side playing a passing game and dominating the centre of the park. McEwen met Etherington's centre at the near post to beat Manninger at his near post in the 11th minute to take the lead. Both defences protected their keepers well although Manninger had more work to do than Walker.

Arsenal depended a lot on Pennant for most of their attacks and it was easy to see why they poached him from Notts County. Mendez made a couple of penetrating runs matched by McEwen at the other end, but the main feature of the half was the passing of Piercy and Etherington.

Arsenal improved in the second half and provided some attempts on Walker's goal as they threatened to score. Spurs responded well and Kamanan got physical once to get past Chorley before producing a good cross. Chorley was booked later for clattering him in return. Both keepers produced great saves during the half to prevent goals from Danilevicius and Piercy.

Hillier looked to have had a knock when replaced by Quilter as we settled for the one goal and shut up shop. Snee came on for Piercy and played on the right with McEwen moving into the middle. Spurs deserved to win tonight and hopefully they can go to Highbury next week and repeat the result as they move to a point behind the league leaders Derby having played a game more.

Ray Lo

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