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Declan's "Last Five", 11.12.01

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P  W  D  L   F   A
1  1  0  0   3   1

Spurs have only reached the Fifth Round of the League Cup once in the last five seasons during the successful Worthington Cup campaign of 1998-99. They beat Manchester United in this game. This was the only competition United did not win in a season in which they completed the treble. Of course they did not field a full strength team but they did include former Spurs player Sheringham and Giggs and Solskjaer. This was Brian Kidd's last match as assistant manager before he moved on to his unsuccessful stint as Blackburn Rover's manager.

Wednesday 2nd December, 1998
Football League Cup Fifth Round
Tottenham Hotspur (0) 3
Armstrong 48, 55, Ginola 86;
Manchester United (0) 1
Sheringham 71.

Tottenham (4-4-2):
I Walker; S Carr, L Young, S Campbell (capt), A Sinton; D Anderton, A Nielsen, C Calderwood (R Fox 45), D Ginola; C Armstrong (L Ferdinand 86), S Iversen.
Subs Not Used: E Baardsen, C Wilson, S Clemence.

Manchester Utd (4-4-2):
R Van Der Gouw; M Clegg, H Berg, R Johnsen, J Curtis (D Beckham 86); J Greening (J Blomqvist 86), P Neville, N Butt (A Notman 72), R Giggs; O G Solskjaer, E Sheringham.
Subs Not Used: R Wallwork, N Culkin.

Attendance: 35,702
Referee: P Jones (Loughborough).

Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)

Ian Walker returned to the first team in goal for Spurs replacing Espen Baardsen. New signing Mauricio Taricco was presented to the crowd before the game.

During the first half both sides played cautiously and there were no goals. In addition the standard of football was poor. Armstrong kept getting caught in United's offside trap. Spurs best chance of the half fell to Calderwood after twenty nine minutes. A Nielsen shot was cleared but only reached Calderwood who had the goal at his mercy but shot wide. Soon afterwards Solskjaer had an opportunity for United but also was off target.

At the beginning of the second half Fox replaced Calderwood for Spurs. Three minutes later Spurs were ahead. Nielsen crossed, Fox headed it on before Armstrong headed the ball past Van Der Gouw into the United net. The goal improved Spurs' confidence and they began to play a more flowing game.

After fifty five minutes Ginola beat Greening before chipping the ball into the United penalty area where Armstrong at the near post headed in goal number two. Soon afterwards he could have completed his hat trick from a Fox cross but he failed to hit the target.

United did not give up. Solskjaer went close twice. Butt had an opportunity but put the ball over the bar. In the seventy first minute Phil Neville crossed and Sheringham scored with a low header.

United tried to bring the score level. Sheringham had another header which Walker saved. However with four minutes to go Ginola made sure that Spurs would win. He came into the middle and hit a spectacular spinning shot from twenty yards which Van Der Gouw could not save. Both sides made late substitutions. However they had no effect on the result Spurs winning 3-1. Walker made a good reaction save from a Giggs header in the last minute.

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