Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
F.A.Premier Reserve League - South
at White Hart Lane, Tottenham, N17
Wednesday 11th April 2001, k.o.7pm
SPURS v NOTTINGHAM FOREST
Ian Walker 1 Barry Roche
Ian Hillier(C) 2 Matthieu Louis-Jean
Neil Lacy 3 Keith Foy
John Piercy 4 Jermaine Jenas
Ciaran Toner 5 Kevin Dawson
Paul O'Donoghue 6 Philip Haigh
Maurizio Consorti 7 Eugen Bopp
John Jackson 8 Bernard Allou
Dave McEwen 9 Marlon Harewood
Yannick Kamanan 10 Gareth Williams
Matthew Etherington11 Niall McNamara
Stephen Kelly 12 Paul Fenton
Gavin Kelly 13 Stephen Collis
Steven Ferguson 14 Craig Westcarr
Lee Barnard 15
Dean Marney 16
Scorers:- Ferguson 15, Allou 46
Bookings:- Piercy - Dissent 63
Foy - late tackle 83,
Harewood - Foul language 89
Due to late arrangement of this match as well as the malaise following the cup exit there was only a small crowd present. I was joined by Bruce and Elaine Lewis and Paul Smith in a crowd of around a hundred. The weather was
cool and overcast with moisture in the air. Spurs lined up with Toner and O'Donoghue in the middle of the back four with Hillier and Lacy on the outside. Piercy was the creator in midfield with Jackson alongside. Consorti and Etherington were playing wide.
Spurs started the half well against a Forest side that looked all at sea. Kamanan was presented with the ball by Roche but only hit a post. McEwen created a couple of chances with some nice touches for Kamanan and Piercy as well as having a go himself before having to leave with a facial injury. His replacement Ferguson broke through twice within minutes but failed to beat Roche. In the 15th minute he received a ball from Piercy that left him in so much space he looked offside. The defence stopped, but seeing no flag he lifted the ball over the keeper before putting it into the net.
With the visitors making so many mistakes we looked like getting more goals. Unfortunately Forest settled down and started getting in the tackles and closing down quickly and hard(their manager telling his defenders to go through the players). They also started to create chances, not as many as us but enough to cause worries in the crowd. They almost scored in the 40th minute when Williams danced through our defence, but saw his shot turned away by Walker's great save. We still looked the better side but it was not now one way traffic.
Within five minutes of the re-start Forest were level when Harewood laid off a long ball to Allou who hit a half volley across Walker. Neither side were putting together many passing moves as the battle in midfield dominated the rest of the game with a number of half chances falling to both sides. As a result of bad finishing and good goalkeeping there was no change to the score.
This was a fairly young side. Half of the players are from the current U19 squad. Piercy is not a replacement for Gower which showed with the lack of invention. They worked hard and I am sure the young ones will have learned something.
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