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Declan's "Last Five", 09.10.01
Worthington Cup 3rd Rd

Here is Declan Mulcahy's Last Five:-

THE LAST FIVE SEASONS:
WORTHINGTON CUP THIRD ROUND


P  W  D  L  F  A
5  3  0  2 10  8

Played in all five games, Tottenham: Carr

Spurs have reached the Third Round of the League Cup in each of the last five seasons. They have won three times and lost twice at this stage. They have played at home four times out of the last five seasons. However in their only away game at Northampton they did win. Following are the details of the last five games.

Tuesday 31 October 2000
Worthington Cup Third Round
Tottenham Hotspur (0) 1
Anderton 60p
Birmingham City (3) 3
Adebola 15, 28, Burchill 45

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2) (3-5-2 in the second half):
N Sullivan; S Carr, R Vega, C Perry, B Thatcher; D Anderton, S Freund (S Davies 9, L Young 46), T Sherwood (capt), S Clemence; L Ferdinand, W Korsten (J Dominguez 68).
Substitutes not used: I Walker, G Doherty.
Booked: Perry.

Birmingham City (4-4-2):
I Bennett, J Gill, D Purse, M Johnson, M Grainger; N Eaden, M O'Connor, B Hughes, S Lazaridis (S Robinson, 78); D Adebola, M Burchill (P Ndlovu 73).
Substitutes not used: K Poole, J Bass, A Johnson.

Attendance: 27, 096
Referee:Mr D. Pugh (Bebington)

Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), Trevor Francis (Birmingham)

This was an abysmal performance by Spurs particularly in the first half losing comprehensively to First Division Birmingham. Vega in particular had a nightmare being responsible for two of the goals.

Ferdinand had an early header which was off target. Davies replaced Freund after only five minutes the latter having suffered a hamstring injury. Shortly afterwards Ferdinand had another header saved.

After a quarter of an hour disaster struck. Davies lost the ball in the middle of the pitch. A long cross from Lazarides was completely missed by Vega. Adebola near the far post had lots of time to compose himself, shooting across Sullivan to score in the corner. Soon after Adebola repaid Lazarides but the latter shot wide.

Bennett, the Birmingham goalkeeper, saved another Ferdinand header. After 28 minutes Adebola received the ball twenty five yards out. However after ineffective tackles by Vega and Thatcher he let fly a hard shot which flew into the net. Then Sullivan almost punched a corner into his own net before Lazarides missed another easy chance.

Spurs won a free kick after 34 minutes when Ferdinand was fouled on the edge of the box but Perry headed Anderton's effort over. Shortly before Grainger intercepted Carr's pass and ran 50 yards with the ball before setting up Burchill for an easy goal.

Spurs improved after the interval. After an hour Clemence was brought down in the penalty area and Anderton scored from the penalty spot. Shortly afterwards another Spurs effort was cleared off the line by a Birmingham defender. Spurs had a couple of other opportunities but never really threatened to recover the game.

Spurs were booed off the pitch after the worst performance for years.

Wednesday 13 October, 1999
Worthington Cup, Third Round
Tottenham Hotspur (0) 3
Leonhardsen 55, Ginola 63, Sherwood 88;
Crewe Alexandra (0) 1
Smith 70 pen.

Tottenham (4-4-2):
I Walker; S Carr, C Perry, S Campbell (capt), M Taricco; O Leonhardsen, S Freund, T Sherwood, D Ginola; J Piercy (S Iversen 74), C Armstrong.
Subs Not Used: E Baardsen, L Young, A Nielsen, L King.

Crewe (4-5-1):
J Kearton; D Wright, M Foran, S Macauley, S Smith (capt); C Cramb, K Lunt (K Street 33), P Charnock (J Collins 84), N Sorvel, C Little; M Rivers (J Grant 46).
Subs Not Used: K Welsby, M Bignot.

Attendance: 25,486
Referee: C Wilkes (Gloucester).

Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), Dario Gradi (Crewe)

Spurs won fairly easily. John Piercy who made his debut had a good game.

There were no goals in the first half although both teams played well. Spurs had more possession but Crewe showed that they could counter attack. Early on Piercy had a shot blocked on the edge of the box. Then Ginola set up Leonhardsen who shot over from close range. Piercy had another shot which went narrowly wide with the goalkeeper beaten following a Ginola shot which rebounded to him.

Spurs had a number of other efforts in the first half some of which involved Piercy but could not open the scoring. Just before half-time Piercy crossed to the unmarked Armstrong whose diving header hit the base of the post.

Spurs finally took the lead nine minutes into the second half. Sherwood chipped a long ball to Armstrong. He lost his balance but still turned the ball to Leonhardsen who hit a hard shot from short range into the net.

After 63 minutes Ginola scored a fine solo goal. He turned one way then the other and then hit a 30 yard low shot which surprised Kearton, the Crewe goalkeeper and went into the net off the post.

Crewe pulled a goal back after 69 minutes from the penalty spot scored by Smith, after Cramb had been tripped.

In the final minutes a long clearance by Perry fell to Iversen who back headed it to Sherwood. He chipped the ball over Kearton to score the final goal.

Tuesday 27 October 1998
Worthington Cup, Third Round
Northampton (1) 1
Parrish 30;
Tottenham Hotspur (1) 3
Armstrong 39, 83, Campbell 47,

Northampton (3-4-1-2):
A Woodman; I Sampson, D Hodgson, C Hill (T Witter 59); A Gibb, J Hunt, S Parrish, J Frain (capt); C Corazzin; C Freestone, P Wilkinson (M Warner 70), .
Subs Not Used: C Lee, K Wilson, B Turley.

Tottenham (4-4-2):
E Baardsen; S Carr, J Scales, S Campbell (capt), J Edinburgh; D Anderton, A Nielsen, C Calderwood, D Ginola (S Clemence 89); C Armstrong (RAllen 89), S Iversen.
Subs Not Used: I Walker, A Sinton, R Vega.

Attendance: 7,422
Referee: G Poll (Tring).

Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), Ian Atkins (Northampton)

On a wet, windy night, Spurs overcame a potentially tricky hurdle away to Second Division Northampton. Northampton had beaten West Ham United in the previous round. Despite going 1-0 down in the first half, Spurs eventually triumphed 3-1. Spurs wore their purple away strip.

During the opening twenty minutes Iversen, Anderton and Ginola all had long range efforts which were fairly close. Armstrong had an opportunity from a Ginola free kick but the ball stuck in the mud. Conditions were difficult as the rain continued to fall and the pitch became sodden and muddy..

After half an hour Northampton took the lead. Baardsen hesitated when Nielsen sent a back pass. When he did come he succeeded in clearing the ball only to Northampton midfielder Sean Parrish who chipped the ball over him into the net from about twenty five yards out.

Spurs equalised six minutes before half time. Northampton goalkeeper Woodman failed to hold a Carr cross which fell to Iversen. His effort was blocked but the ball rebounded to Armstrong who had only had to tap the ball in.

Two minutes after the interval Spurs took the lead following a corner by Ginola. Campbell picked up the ball and shot through a crowded penalty area to score.

In the 77th minute Spurs were awarded a penalty when Ginola went down in the box. He took the penalty himself but it was a poor effort which the goalkeeper saved.

Armstrong scored Spurs third goal in the 83rd minute with a header at the far post. Northampton striker Freestone hit a post during the remaining minutes.

Wednesday 15 October 1997
Coca-Cola Cup Third Round
Tottenham Hotspur (1) 1
Ginola 22
Derby County (1) 2
Wanchope 27, 71.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-3-2-1):
I Walker; S Carr, R Vega (C Calderwood 63), S Campbell (capt), J Edinburgh; R Fox, D Howells, A Sinton; J Dominguez, D Ginola; C Armstrong.
Substitutes Not Used : A Nielsen, N Fenn.

Derby County (4-3-3):
M Poom; R Kozluk, C Dailly, G Rowett, C Powell; R van der Laan, L Carsley, P Trollope; P Wanchope (J Hunt 82), D Burton, D Sturridge (M Solis, 90).
Substitutes Not Used : R Hoult,
Booked : R Kozluk.

Attendance; 20,390
Referee: D Gallagher (Banbury).

Managers: Gerry Francis (Tottenham), Jim Smith ((Derby)

Spurs lost this league cup tie at home to Derby. They started well and took the lead but lacked the organization to hold it. It was disappointing because Derby were missing more players through injuries than Spurs. Francis as is sometimes his wont chose a team with four wingers. Francis missed the game because of a back injury sustained while playing with his children. The team was managed on the night by his assistant Roger Cross.

After 22 minutes Ginola beat two Derby defenders before chipping the ball over the Derby goalkeeper from the edge of the penalty area to give Spurs the lead. It was Ginola's first goal at White Hart Lane and his first goal for Spurs from open play. Shortly after that Armstrong had an opportunity to increase Spurs lead but failed to capitalise.

Derby equalised after 27 minutes with a very lucky goal. Howells fouled Sturridge. Rowett took the Derby free kick outside the box. Walker had the ball covered. However it hit Wanchope's back side and deflected into the opposite corner of the goal leaving Walker stranded. After 38 minutes Trollope headed wide for Derby from an open goal.

Derby started to take over in the second half. The Derby defenders repeatedly harassed Ginola and Dominguez when they had the ball and Spurs could make no progress. After 60 minutes Derby had another free header at the far post but van der Laan failed to score. The Spurs defence had not been playing badly but when Calderwood replaced Vega shortly after the hour mark they seemed to lose some of their organization.

After 71 minutes Wanchope had a run down the wing pursued by Carr. He passed to Sturridge who beat Calderwood before sending the ball back to Wanchope who had followed up. He unleashed a shot from just inside the penalty box which the diving Walker could not reach, at his near post, to score the game winning goal. Thereafter the Spurs' heads dropped. Spurs had a late opportunity but Poom managed to save Dominguez's shot.

Wednesday 23 October 1996
Coca-Cola Cup, 3rd Round
Tottenham Hotspur (0) 2
Armstrong 71, Campbell 90
Sunderland (1) 1
Ball 31

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (4-4-2):
I Walker; S Carr, S Campbell, C Calderwood, J Edinburgh; R Fox, A Nielsen (R Allen 46), D Howells, C Wilson; C Armstrong, E Sheringham (capt).
Substitutes not used : S Nethercott, E Baardsen.
Booked : E Sheringham.

SUNDERLAND (4-4-2):
L Perez; G Hall, A Melville, R Ord, D Kubicki; D Kelly, P Bracewell, K Ball, M Gray; P Stewart, M Bridges.
Substitutes not used : L Howey, A Rae.
Booked : P Stewart, G Hall.

Attendance : 24,867.
Referee : Mr M D Read (West Midlands)

Managers: Gerry Francis (Tottenham), Peter Reid (Sunderland)

Spurs fell behind to a very average Sunderland side but succeeded in winning in the end.

Spurs started well and played some nice football, without threatening the Sunderland goal..

Sunderland opened the scoring in the 31st minute. Edinburgh fell trying to challenge Bridges leaving him in space. The rest of the defence fatally hesitated as Bridges advanced. Walker raced out and tried to dive at Bridges feet. Bridges went round Walker and passed to Ball who had an easy opportunity with an open goal.

The goal roused Spurs but initially all of their efforts came unstuck. On a number of occasions Spurs fell into Sunderland's offside trap. Just before half time Perez dived full length to save Sheringham's free kick.

Allen replaced Nielsen, who had an eye injury after half time and Spurs improved their game. Allen played on the right wing. Although Spurs were creating opportunities they initially found Perez in the Sunderland hard to beat.

Finally Spurs equalised after 71 minutes. Sheringham helped the ball on from an Edinburgh long throw. It fell to Armstrong who succeeded in forcing the ball over the goal line. The Sunderland players protested to no avail that Armstrong had handled the ball.

After that it was mainly one way traffic but Perez, the Sunderland goalkeeper, continued to frustrate Spurs. Spurs did have one fright however when former Spurs hero Paul Stewart broke forward with Spurs attacking. He found himself one-on-one with Ian Walker. Walker came out to try and reduce the angle. Stewart finally unleashed a shot and to his disgust and the mirth of the crowd, it almost hit the corner flag.

Just when it looked as though the game was going to a replay Spurs scored the winning goal. Sunderland were under pressure from a corner and only succeeded in clearing the ball for a throw in. Again Edinburgh took a long throw. There was an absolute melee in the Sunderland penalty area as Campbell forced the ball home. Spurs were lucky that the referee did not award Sunderland a free kick instead.

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