Here is Declan Mulcahy's "Last Five"
THE LAST FIVE SEASONS:
WORTHINGTON CUP FOURTH ROUND
P W D L F A
3 1 0 2 5 10
Played in all three games, Tottenham: Campbell
Spurs have reached the Fourth Round of the League Cup three times in the
last five seasons having been eliminated in the Third Round in 1997-98 and
2000-01. One of the three Fourth Round games was a glorious win away to
Liverpool at Anfield. The other two are best forgotten. Two years ago Spurs
lost the corresponding fixture to Fulham and five years ago they were
thrashed by Bolton. Following are the details of the last five games.
Wednesday 1 December, 1999
Worthington Cup Fourth Round
Fulham (2) 3
Hayles 10, Collins 44, Horsfield 77.
Tottenham Hotspur (1) 1
M Taylor; K Symons, A Melville, C Coleman (capt); G Uhlembeek, S Hayward, L
Clark, W Collins (P Trollope 80), R Brevett; B Hayles, G Horsfield.
Substitutes not used: M Hahnemann, S Morgan, S Finnan, P Peschisolido.
Booked: S Hayward, R Brevett.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2) :
I Walker; M Taricco, C Perry (R Vega 46), S Campbell (capt), J Edinburgh (L
Young, 46); O Leonhardsen, T Sherwood, S Freund, D Ginola; C Armstrong (J
Dominguez 66), S Iversen.
Substitutes not used: E Baardsen, A Nielsen.
Booked: S Freund.
Referee: D Gallagher (Banbury).
Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), Paul Bracewell (Fulham)
Coincidently Spurs played Fulham two years ago away in the same round and
lost. Spurs entered that game as the cup holders but surrendered the trophy
fairly easily with a miserable display.
Coleman could have been sent off in the opening minutes for Fulham for a
very late tackle on Ginola but did not even receive a yellow card. Perry
had a free header from a Ginola corner but Taylor made a good save.
Fulham took the lead after ten minutes. Horsfield crossed from the left
which allowed Collins a half shot. Walker could not hold it and Hayles was
there to score. Soon afterwards Ginola let fly with a shot from twenty five
yards which almost deceived Taylor before he saved it.
Midway through the first half Armstrong lobbed in a cross from the right
which Iversen volleyed towards goal but again Taylor saved. Two minutes
before half time Spurs drew level. Taylor's poor goal kick fell to Iversen
who found himself one on one with the goalkeeper but capitalised on the
opportunity to score.
Unfortunately Fulham regained the lead in the remaining two minutes before
the interval. A cross came in from the left and Clark set up Collins who
hit a low shot past Walker.
Early in the second half Horsfield had an opportunity for Fulham but shot
wide. Then Young crossed for Armstrong who could not control the ball and
it fell to Taylor in the Fulham goal.
After seventy minutes Horsfield burst into the Spurs area and passed to
Hayles who shot just over. Seven minutes later Horsfield again broke
through with the Spurs defence vainly appealing for offside. He hit a fine
bending shot around the advancing Walker to make the score 3-1. Spurs had
one more chance when Ginola crossed and Iversen took an overhead kick. It
was cleared to Freund but his shot went over.
Tuesday 10 November, 1998
Worthington Cup, Fourth Round
Liverpool (0) 1
Tottenham Hotspur (2) 3
Iversen 2, Scales 20, Nielsen 62.
B Friedel; V Heggem, S Staunton, J Carragher, S I Bjornebye; J McAteer, D
Thompson, P Ince, O Leonhardsen (K Riedle 45); R Fowler, M Owen (D Murphy
Subs Not Used: D James, B Kvarme, S Harkness.
Booked: J Carragher.
E Baardsen; J Scales, R Vega, C Campbell (capt); S Carr, D Anderton, A
Nielsen, C Calderwood, A Sinton (C Wilson 82); D Ginola (R Allen 45 (R Fox
90)), S Iversen.
Subs Not Used: I Walker, J Dominguez.
Booked: C Calderwood, R Allen, A Sinton.
Referee: G Willard (Worthing).
Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), Roy Evans and Gerard Houllier (Liverpool)
On paper this was certainly Spurs most difficult game during their
successful Worthington Cup run in 1999. However for the second time in four
years they succeeded in beating Liverpool in a cup tie at Anfield. It was
also the first time that Spurs had scored three goals in a game at Anfield.
Liverpool almost scored in the opening minute. A Liverpool attack resulted
in McAteer heading against the bar. Leonhardsen, then playing for Liverpool
tried to reach the rebound but it was cleared by a Spurs player.
Within another minute Spurs had taken the lead. Spurs won a free kick from
which Anderton found Iversen on the edge of the penalty area. Iversen
directed a header towards the goal and with Friedel poorly positioned it
entered the net.
The goal unsettled Liverpool and none of their players looked comfortable
on the ball. Spurs scored again after twenty minutes. Iversen went running
into the area before losing the ball. It fell to Nielsen who headed it
forward. Friedel failed to gather it and it ran loose to Scales who slotted
it home. Fittingly he scored his first goal for Spurs against his old team
While Liverpool did try to get back into the game they tried to rush things
as a result of which Spurs could contain their attacks.
Allen replaced Ginola at half time as the latter was experiencing hamstring
problems. Liverpool pushed players forward in an effort to get back into
the game. However shortly after the hour mark they were caught napping.
Scales passed to Iversen who was close to the halfway line. He set up
Nielsen who beat the Liverpool offside trap. Nielsen ran clear. Friedel
advanced to try and reduce the angle. However Nielsen went round him and
slid the ball into the empty net.
Baardsen made an outstanding save from a Riedle header. Then Ince had a
good opportunity only to put the ball over the bar. With nine minutes
remaining Baardsen made a mistake by clearing the ball straight to Owen who
promptly scored, injuring himself in the process.
Although Liverpool continued to attack they could not reduce the deficit
and Spurs were worthy 3-1 winners. This defeat signalled the end of the
experiment with Roy Evans and Gerard Houllier as joint managers for
Liverpool. Evans departed shortly afterwards with Houllier taking sole
Wednesday 27 November 1996
Coca-Cola Cup, Fourth Round
Bolton Wanderers (2) 6
McGinlay 6,37, 74p, Taggart 60, Blake 79, Taylor 86
Tottenham Hotspur (1) 1
Bolton Wanderers (4-4-2):
K Branagan; G Bergsson, C Fairclough, G Taggart, J Phillips; D Lee, J
Sheridan (A Todd 85), A Thompson (P Frandsen 85) , S Sellars; J McGinlay (S
Taylor, 85), N Blake.
Booked: G Taggart, N Blake
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2):
I Walker; S Carr, C Calderwood, S Campbell, C Wilson; D Anderton, J Dozzell
(R Fox 65), D Howells, A Sinton; E Sheringham (capt), C Armstrong.
Subs not used: E Baardsen, S Nethercott
Booked: C Calderwood, C Wilson
Referee: P Danson (Leicester).
Managers: Gerry Francis (Tottenham), Colin Todd (Bolton)
This was a dreadful result with Spurs losing 6-1 to First Division Bolton.
Spurs played very poorly as a team. Bolton had beaten Chelsea in the
Bolton scored after 6 minutes through McGinlay after a corner. But Spurs
were level when Sheringham scored after nineteen minutes from a twenty five
yard free kick. McGinlay restored Bolton's lead before the interval after
Walker tried to punch the ball but missed.
The second half belonged to Bolton. Spurs could have equalised when Dozzell
had a free header but missed. Then Taggart made it 3-1 after an hour after
McGinlay set him up for a header.
McGinlay completed his hat trick with a penalty after 74 minutes. The
penalty was very harsh. Carr was penalised for pushing McGinlay as the ball
went over the line out of play. Blake and Taylor added two more to make the
score 6-1. Bolton should have had a seventh just before the end but the
referee did not see that the ball had crossed the line after a shot from
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