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Declan's "Last Five", 21.10.01

Here is Declan Mulcahy's "Last Five"

THE LAST FIVE SEASONS:
NEWCASTLE UNITED (AWAY)


P  W  D  L  F  A
5  0  1  4  3  13

Played in all five games, Tottenham: Campbell, Newcastle: None

Spurs record at St James Park over the past five year is not good. They have lost four times including a 7-1 humiliation five seasons ago and this does not take into account the 6-1 thrashing in the FA Cup replay. Following are the details of the last five games.

Saturday 26 August 2000
Newcastle United (1) 2
Speed 9, Cordone 66
Tottenham Hotspur (0) 0

Newcastle United (4-4-2):
S Given; W Barton, A Hughes, A Goma, D Domi; N Solano, K Dyer, G Speed, S Glass (A Griffin 74); A Shearer (capt), D Cordone (J Coppinger 80).
Substitutes not used: S Harper, D Gavilan, L Charvet.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2):
N Sullivan; S Carr, C Perry, S Campbell (capt), B Thatcher (M Taricco 73); D Anderton, T Sherwood, S Freund, O Leonhardsen (L Young 73); S Iversen (L Ferdinand 40), S Rebrov.
Substitutes not used: I Walker, S Clemence.

Attendance: 51,573
Referee: D Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill).

Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), Booby Robson (Newcastle)

Spurs did not play very well and deserved to lose this game. It was Spurs first defeat coming in the third league game of the season. Les Ferdinand received a warm reception from the Newcastle supporters.

Thatcher had a poor game for Spurs and Perry was not much better.

Iversen had an early header for Spurs which went wide. Spurs fell behind after nine minutes. Hughes played a long ball to Speed who appeared offside however the referee took no action. Speed chipped the ball over Sullivan into the net.

Soon afterwards Speed had an opportunity to add to Newcastle's lead. Barton sent a long ball down the Newcastle right wing to Cordone who crossed. It found Speed unmarked but he shot wide. Then Anderton took a speculative long shot. It fooled Given the Newcastle goalkeeper and hit the post.

After thirty minutes the Spurs defence got into a tangle which allowed Shearer to chip the ball over Sullivan. Campbell reacted swiftly and headed the ball off the goal line. Carr came forward and passed to Leonhardsen who was by the far post but he could not make the opportunity count.

Spurs had two chances one after another in the second half when both Leonhardsen and Freund had shots cleared off the Newcastle goal line. Play immediately switched to the other end where Cordone had an opportunity from a tight angle but shot wide.

Shearer who was seeking his 200th league goal was not to achieve the milestone on the day. However he came close from a free kick after Perry had fouled Cordone. After 66 minutes Solano made a good run before passing to Cordone who scored from close range.

Spurs had a few chances in the final third of the game. Freund had another shot which went wide. Carr crossed for Ferdinand whose header hit the ground and then bounced over. Campbell had a shot from twenty yards which went just over. In the end it was all to no avail and Newcastle won by two goals.

Sunday 28 November, 1999
Newcastle United (1) 2
Glass 5, Dabizas 58.
Tottenham Hotspur (1) 1
Armstrong 44.

Newcastle United (4-4-2):
S Harper; L Charvet, Helder, N Dabizas, A Hughes; S Glass, Fumaca (J McClen 81), R Lee, N Solano (S Maric 86); T Ketsbaia (D Ferguson 75), A Shearer (capt).
Substitutes not used: S Given, D Beharrall.
Booked: N Solano.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2):
I Walker; M Taricco, C Perry, S Campbell (capt), J Edinburgh; O Leonhardsen, S Freund (S Clemence 84), T Sherwood, D Ginola; S Iversen, C Armstrong (J Dominguez 68).
Substitutes not used: E Baardsen, R Vega, L Young.
Booked: T Sherwood, D Ginola, J Edinburgh, C Armstrong, M Taricco, C Perry.
Vega replaced Fox on the bench, after the latter was injured during the warm-up

Attendance: 36,460
Referee: P Alcock (Halstead)

Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), Bobby Robson (Newcastle)

Newcastle took the lead after just five minutes. Shearer passed to Solano whose cross from the right wing was met by a powerful header by Glass. Walker reached the ball but it trickled over the line. Ketsbaia followed up to put it in the back of the net to make sure there was no dispute about it.

Spurs had a long range effort from Leonhardsen before a header from Dabizas following a corner was cleared off the line by Freund. Leonhardssen had another chance but shot wide.

A minute before half time Armstrong scored the equaliser for Spurs. Leonhardsen passed to Ginola on the right wing. He sent over a fine cross and Armstrong had an easy shot at the far post. Ginola received a rough reception during the game having made some critical comments about Shearer in the week prior to the game.

After 58 minutes Newcastle regained the lead. Solano took a corner for Newcastle. The Spurs defence allowed Dabizas too much room and he scored with a low header. Both sides had some opportunities thereafter but the score remained 2-1 to Newcastle.

Ginola and Sherwood were reputedly reported to the FA for making provocative gestures, but nothing ever came of it. A month later Spurs would be humiliated 6-1 by Newcastle in an FA Cup replay at St James Park.

Monday 5th April, 1999
Newcastle United (0) 1
Ketsbaia 78.
Tottenham Hotspur (0) 1
Anderton 50 (pen).

Newcastle United (4-4-2):
S Given; A Hughes, L Charvet, N Dabizas, A Griffin (W Barton 46); N Solano, J McClen (G Georgiadis 56), G Speed, D Domi; T Ketsbaia, Maric (L Saha 56).
Subs not used: S Harper, G Brady.
Booked: G Speed.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2):
I Walker; S Carr, S Campbell (capt), R Nilsen, M Taricco; D Anderton, T Sherwood, S Freund, A Sinton; S Iversen, C Armstrong.
Subs not used: E Baardsen, A Nielsen, R Fox, J Dominguez, L Young.
Booked: R Nilsen.

Attendance: 36,655
Referee: M Riley (Leeds)

Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), Ruud Gullit (Newcastle)

This game which took place on Easter Monday occurred six days before the two teams would meet again at Old Trafford in the FA Cup semi final. Both teams played cautiously in the league game with the honours being shared, saving their best for the next weekend.

Both teams rested a number of key players for the semi final including Ferdinand and Ginola of Spurs and Shearer for Newcastle. Spurs made six changes from the team which had lost at home to Leicester two days earlier. Roger Nilsen on loan from Sheffield United made his debut with McClen of Newcastle experiencing the same honour. Nilsen had a fine game.

Spurs created lots of opportunities during the first half but failed to score. Iversen put in an early cross that beat the goalkeeper but there was no one to take advantage of the opportunity. After 17 minutes Campbell fouled Maric and Solano's bending free kick went just over. Spurs had another opportunity when a poor clearance by Given fell to Iversen. He fed Sinton on the left who crossed to Armstrong. He shot but Given managed to save the ball with his legs.

After 26 minutes Carr had a fine run before crossing to the back post. The ball found Iversen who had time to compose himself but shot straight at Given. Then Sherwood chipped the ball into the Newcastle area for Armstrong to run at. He was tackled by Hughes and went down but the referee dismissed penalty appeals.

After five minutes of the second half, Nilsen advanced forward with the ball before passing to Anderton on the right. He fed Carr who was in the penalty area. Barton fouled him and this time the referee gave the penalty. Anderton made no mistake from the spot.

Soon afterwards Newcastle came close when Walker had to tip a Charvet header over the bar. Armstrong put the ball in the net following a Carr cross but it was disallowed because Armstrong had fouled a defender while winning the ball.

Newcastle equalised after 78 minutes. Domi crossed from the left to Ketsbaia who was about 28 yards out. He unleashed a long range shot which Walker reached but could not prevent entering the net. That was really the end of the action and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Saturday 4 October 1997
Newcastle United (0) 1
Barton 89.
Tottenham Hotspur (0) 0

Newcastle United (4-4-2):
S Given; S Watson, D Peacock, S Howey, J Beresford; W Barton, D Batty, J Barnes, T Ketsbaia; J D Tomasson, I Rush.
Subs Not Used: P Srnicek, K Gillespie, D Hamilton, B Pinas, F Albert.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-3-1-2):
I Walker; S Campbell (capt), G Mabbutt, R Vega, S Carr; R Fox, C Calderwood, S Clemence (A Sinton, 87); D Ginola (J Dominguez 64); C Armstrong, L Ferdinand. Subs Not Used: E Baardse
n, A Nielsen.
Booked: C Calderwood.

Attendance: 36,709
Referee: M J Bodenham (East Looe).

Managers: Gerry Francis (Tottenham), Kenny Dalglish (Newcastle)

Notes: John Scales sustained a calf injury during the warm up immediately before the match. Spurs advised the referee that a late change was needed with Gary Mabbutt moving up from the substitute bench to start the game in place of Scales who was originally listed on the team sheet. The assistant referee indicated a substitution prior to play commencing. The match officials and match observer on the day ruled that, as the change was so late, they deemed it to be a substitution. For this reason, only two further substitutes were allowed to be used, namely Dominguez and Sinton. The club maintained then that another player should have been allowed to be added on the bench. Following this incident, the rule has now been clarified and another name can be added to the team sheet at any time prior to the kick off.

In Mabbutt's absence Sol Campbell was designated as captain. When Mabbutt made his late appearance shortly before kick off, Campbell offered him the captain's armband. However Mabbutt told Sol he should retain it and thus Campbell was the captain on the day.

Although this was a one-sided game with Newcastle dominating, Spurs appeared to have earned a draw when they frustratingly conceded the only goal of the game two minutes before the end of the game. Spurs had only scored one goal in their five previous Premiership games.

The Spurs team had some weaknesses. Francis played Sol Campbell at right back and Stephen Carr at left back. Central midfield consisted of the uninspiring Calderwood and the young Clemence.

Walker made a number of outstanding saves which kept the score down. Early on he had to tip a Rush header over the bar. Then he held a long range shot from Beresford

Newcastle were unlucky not to get a penalty when Mabbutt brought down Ketsbaia. Walker drooped a shot from Ketsbaia but luckily there was no Newcastle player following up. Howey almost conceded an own goal when under no pressure. Spurs had one more opportunity in the first half but Ginola shot straight at Given from the edge of the penalty area.

There was a bizarre beginning to the second half when Fox and Ferdinand initially failed to appear having been locked in the toilets. Dominguez came on as a substitute for Ginola after 64 minutes. He was fouled in the penalty area by Howey but again the referee did not give a penalty. Barton hit the bar with a long range shot before Walker made a fine save from Howey.

A minute from the end Newcastle won a corner. It came to Batty on the edge of the box. He shot. Walker saved but could not hold the ball and Barton put the rebound into the net. Spurs could not really complain.

Saturday 28 December 1996
Newcastle United (2) 7
Shearer 20, 82,
Ferdinand 22, 59,
Lee 61, 88,
Albert 79
Tottenham Hotspur (0) 1
Nielsen 89

Newcastle United (4-4-2):
S Hislop; S Watson, D Peacock, P Albert, J Beresford; K Gillespie (L Clark 44), R Lee, D Batty, P Beardsley; L Ferdinand, A Shearer.
Subs not used: P Srnicek, J Crawford, R Elliott, P Kitson.
Booked: R Lee

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2):
I Walker; S Carr, S Campbell, C Calderwood, C Wilson; R Fox, D Howells, A Nielsen, A Sinton (J Dozzell 46 (R Rosenthal 58)); S Iversen, E Sheringham (capt).
Subs not used: D Austin, E Baardsen, S Nethercott.
Booked: A Nielsen, D Howells.

Attendance: 36,308
Referee: G Ashby (Worcester).

Managers: Gerry Francis (Tottenham), Kevin Keegan (Newcastle)

Spurs were absolutely humiliated losing 7-1 to a Newcastle side which had not won any of their last seven Premiership games.

Spurs had a couple of opportunities early on. Newcastle took the lead after 20 minutes. Ferdinand flicked on Hislop's kick to Shearer who forced his way between Carr and Calderwood before shooting past Walker into the top of the net. Two minutes later Newcastle were two up. Gillespie crossed from the right for Ferdinand to shoot. The ball rebounded to Beardsley. He had a low shot which Ferdinand diverted past Walker.

Spurs were now hanging on and Walker saved in succession from Ferdinand twice and Beardsley. Towards the end of the first half Beardsley and Lee had further opportunities without scoring.

Ferdinand scored Newcastle's third after 59 minutes. Beresford hit a low cross which Ferdinand volleyed past Walker. Number four followed two minutes later. With the Spurs defence retreating Lee forced his way into the penalty area and hit a low shot which Walker could not reach.

In the 79th minute Albert, unmarked in the penalty area, hit a low shot under Walker to increase the score to 5-0. After 82 minutes Shearer scored with a volley following Batty's cross. Lee made it 7-0 after 88 minutes. Nielsen scored for Spurs with a minute to go but it hardly reduced the humiliation.

Ironically Keegan resigned as Newcastle's manager eleven days later.

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