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Declan's "Last Five", Fulham 29.11.01

Here is Declan Mulcahy's "Last Five"


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
Iversen 43.

Fulham (3-5-2):
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.

Attendance: 18,134
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
Owen 81;
Tottenham Hotspur (2) 3
Iversen 2, Scales 20, Nielsen 62.

Liverpool (4-4-2):
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 82), .
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.

Attendance: 20,772
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 Liverpool.

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 control.

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
Sheringham 19

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

Attendance: 18,621
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 previous round.

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 Sellars.

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