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Declan's "Last Five", 09.09.01

Here is Declan Mulcahy's "Last Five"


P   W   D   L   F   A
5   3   2   0  14   4

Played in all five games, Tottenham: Walker, Campbell. Southampton: None

Spurs have a good record at home to Southampton scoring 14 goals in the last five games although last year's game was an uncharacteristic 0-0 draw. Glenn Hoddle managed Southampton in the last two games. Following are the details of the last five games.

Saturday 20 January 2001
Tottenham Hotspur (0) 0
Southampton (0) 0

Tottenham Hotspur (3-5-2):
I Walker; C Perry, G Doherty, S Campbell (capt); L Young, D Anderton, S Freund (O Leonhardsen 76), L King, S Clemence; S Rebrov, L Ferdinand (D McEwan 20).
Substitutes not used: H Segers, B Thatcher, S Davies.

Southampton (3-4-1-2):
P Jones; C Lundekvam, J Dodd, D Richards; T El Khalej, M Oakley, M Draper, W Bridge; H Kachloul (M Pahars 82); K Davies, J Beattie.
Substitutes not used: N Moss, C Marsden, U Rösler, T E Soltvedt.
Booked: D Richards.

Attendance: 36,095
Referee: C. Wilkes (Gloucester)

Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), Glenn Hoddle (Southampton)

This was a boring scoreless draw.

Ian Walker replaced the suspended Neil Sullivan in goal and was one of the better Spurs' players on display.

Southampton had most of the chances in the first half. El Khalej had a very strong shot in the second minute which Walker did well to save. A few minutes later Walker failed to hold a shot from Kachoul which fell to Bridge but Young blocked his effort. After 12 minutes Davies had an opportunity when he was left unmarked at the far post but he could not capitalise.

Just before that Rebrov had a good effort but it went over the bar. Ferdinand departed early with a hamstring injury to be replaced by the young striker McEwen. Just afterwards Walker saved well from Beattie who had been set up by a bad back pass from Doherty. Later in the half Southampton might have had a penalty when Beattie went down in the penalty area after a challenge by Clemence.

Spurs had the better of the second half and had one real opportunity. In the 64th minute Rebrov received the ball on the left wing. He beat a Southampton defender and sent over a fine cross. King was waiting. His header beat Jones in the Southampton goal but hit the bar and went out of play.

Saturday 11 March 2000

Tottenham Hotspur (4) 7
Richards 28 (og), Anderton 39,
Armstrong 41, 64, Iversen 45, 78, 90.
Southampton (2) 2
Tessem 26, El Khalej 33.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2):
I Walker; S Carr, C Perry (L Young 30), S Campbell (capt), M Taricco; O Leonhardsen, D Anderton, S Freund, D Ginola; C Armstrong, S Iversen.
Substitutes not used: E Baardsen, L Ferdinand, W Korsten, S Clemence.
Booked: S Freund, S Carr.

Southampton (4-4-2):
P Jones; T El Khalej, D Richards, F Benali (capt), W Bridge; M Oakley, J Tessem, C Marsden, H Kachloul (M Le Tissier 69); M Pahars, M Hughes.
Substitutes not used: N Moss, J Beattie, D Rodrigues, T E Soltvedt.
Booked: H Kachloul, F Benali.

Attendance: 36,024
Referee: M Halsey (Welwyn Garden City)

Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), Glenn Hoddle (Southampton)

Glenn Hoddle returned to WHL only six weeks after taking over as Southampton. The result was somewhat of a disaster for him with Spurs having their biggest win since October 1977 a game in which Hoddle played. Spurs had attempted unsuccessfully to sign John Hartson during the week, however clearly he was not needed on the day.

Despite the scoreline, early in the game the result could have gone either way. In fact Southampton led twice in the first half.

Both sides had opportunities early on but failed to score. Armstrong missed in front of an empty goal. Then in the 25th minute Ginola lost possession in midfield. Kachloul advanced towards the Spurs goal before setting up Tessem whose cracking shot opened the scoring. Two minutes later Spurs were level. Campbell came up for an Anderton corner and Richards under pressure from Campbell headed the ball into his own net. Perry's head was heavily bandaged after a clash of heads with Mark Hughes and shortly afterwards he was replaced by Young.

Within minutes Southampton had the lead again. Pahars took a free kick and El Khalej making his debut headed home at the near post. Spurs drew level again in the 39th minute. Ginola crossed from the left. Leonhardsen may have handled in the penalty area but the referee was unsighted. Anderton scored from close range. Two minutes later Spurs were ahead. Freund intercepted as Southampton attempted to move out of their penalty area. The ball fell to Armstrong who scored a fine goal with an angled shot.

The excitement was not done. Just before half time the sixth goal arrived to leave Spurs with a 4-2 lead. It followed to mistakes by Southampton. First of all goalkeeper Jones fluffed his clearance and the ball went to the Southampton captain Benali. He opted for a cross field pass but instead presented the ball to Iversen who lobbed the Southampton goalkeeper for a fine goal.

Spurs attacked in the second half. They scored three goals but should have had more. Spurs fifth goal did not come until the 63rd minute. Ginola operating on the right set up Carr. Carr sent in a cross and Armstrong was waiting to lift the ball over the goalkeeper into the net.

Southampton could have pulled one back when a Tessem shot beat Walker but Campbell cleared off the line. In the 77th minute Tarrico and Ginola played a one-two before Tarrico crossed and Iversen scored his second goal from close range. Iversen completed his hat-trick in injury time. Ginola had a shot and the ball rebounded. It fell to Iversen who made no mistake.

Tuesday 2nd March, 1999

Tottenham Hotspur (1) 3
Armstrong 19, Iversen 68, Dominguez 90.
Southampton (0) 0

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2):
I Walker; S Carr, S Campbell (capt), L Young (R Vega 89), M Taricco; A Nielsen, T Sherwood, S Freund, D Ginola (J Dominguez 89); C Armstrong, S Iversen.
Subs not used: E Baardsen, R Fox, A Sinton.
Booked: L Young.

Southampton (4-4-2):
P Jones; S Hiley, F Benali, C Lundekvam, P Colleter; M Oakley, C Marsden, D. Hughes (M Le Tissier 46), W Bridge (H Kachloul 56), M. Hughes, J Beattie (E Ostenstad 79).
Subs not used: N Moss, S Marshall.
Booked: M Le Tissier.

Attendance: 28,580
Referee: A Wilkie (Chester-le-Street) (sub: S Tomlin, 22)

Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), David Jones (Southampton)

Spurs won fairly easily on a wet night. The score could have been greater than 3-0. At this point Spurs were in the middle of cup runs in both the FA Cup and the Worthington Cup.

Spurs had lots of opportunities in the first half. The first goal came after Spurs were awarded a free kick after a foul on Campbell. Ginola feinted to take a shot and Sherwood made a dummy run, but Ginola instead passed to the right of the wall. Armstrong scored with an angled shot. Four minutes later the referee Mr Wilkie had to be replaced by one of his assistants after pulling a muscle.

Iversen should have increased the lead shortly after the half hour mark when Southampton goalkeeper Paul Jones kicked the ball straight to him. He was unable to control the ball and a good opportunity was wasted. Ginola had a fine run down the left wing just before half time but his shot was tipped over the bar by goalkeeper Jones.

Five minutes after half time Carr crossed to Armstrong who was unmarked at the far post. He should have scored but shot straight at the goalkeeper.

Spurs went two up mid way through the second half. Ginola appeared to overhit his corner kick past the far post. However Iversen headed the ball over the goalkeeper and it looped into the net.

Armstrong and Iversen then both forced good saves from the Southampton goalkeeper.

The final goal did not come until injury time and was scored by Dominguez who had only been on the pitch for a couple of minutes having replaced Ginola. Nielsen set up Armstrong who had a fine run down the right wing. He beat a defender and sent over a good cross to Dominguez at the far post. Dominguez stroked it home with a left foot shot. He celebrated with a double somersault.

Sunday 10 May 1998

Tottenham Hotspur (1) 1
Klinsmann 27
Southampton (1) 1
Le Tissier 21

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2):
I Walker; S Carr, C Calderwood (G Mabbutt 81), S Campbell (capt), A Nielsen; R Fox, D Anderton, N Berti (M Saib 57), D Ginola; J Klinsmann, L Ferdinand.
Subs Not Used: F Grodas, C Armstrong, J Scales.
Booked: S Campbell.

Southampton (4-4-2):
P Jones; J Dodd (P Warner 39), C Lundekvam, R Dryden, F Benali; M Le Tissier, C Palmer, J Beresford (K Richardson 79), M Oakley; D Hirst (S Basham 82), E Ostenstad.
Subs Not Used: N Moss, K Gibbens.
Booked: C Palmer.

Attendance: 35,995
Referee: P Jones (Loughborough).

Managers: Christian Gross (Tottenham), David Jones (Southampton)

This was the final game of the 1997-98 season. Spurs had confirmed their Premiership status the previous week with a fine 6-2 away win at Wimbledon. Before the game Gary Mabbutt and David Howells were presented with silver salvers in recognition for their service to the club. Mabbutt was included in the squad as a substitute but Howells was not. It was also Jurgen Klinsmann's last game for Spurs.

In many ways it was a typical end-of-season game with nothing resting on the outcome. Berti had an opportunity early on but headed wide from a Fox cross. Then Walker had to save smartly from Ostenstad when Carr's back pass fell short.

Southampton opened the scoring just after 20 minutes when they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. Le Tissier stepped up to take it. He deceived the Spurs wall by delaying it and as a gap opened in the wall he threaded it through the gap and past Walker.

Spurs drew level seven minutes later. A long clearance by Walker fell to Ferdinand who headed it on to Klinsmann. The later scored a spectacular goal with a powerful volley high into the corner of the net.

Spurs had the better of the second half but the game seemed to lose its urgency.

The highlight of the second half arrived with around ten minutes to go. Calderwood was brought off and Mabbutt entered the field for his final appearance to rousing applause. To cap it all, Campbell met him and removed the captain's armband and handed it to Mabbutt in a fine gesture.

When the game was over the Spurs team did a lap of honour. The three departing players Mabbutt, Howells and Klinsmann received a great reception as did Campbell and Ginola.

Thursday 26 December 1996

Tottenham Hotspur (2) 3
Iversen 1,30, Nielsen 64
Southampton (1) 1.
Le Tissier 40

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

Southampton (3-5-2):
D Beasant; C Lundekvam, A Neilson, F Benali; R Slater (D Hughes 66), J Magilton, E Berkovic, U van Gobbel, N Maddison (M Robinson 6); G Watson (M Le Tissier 25), E Ostenstad.
Substitutes not used : N Moss, S Basham.
Booked : R Slater, U Van Gobbell, A Neilson.

Attendance : 30,549.
Referee : Mr G Barber (Surrey).

Managers: Gerry Francis (Tottenham), Graeme Souness: (Southampton)

Spurs won this Boxing Day game 3-1 but should have won by more.

Spurs took the lead within the first minute. The Southampton goalkeeper Beasant blocked a volley from Howells but could not hold it. Iversen forced the ball home to score his first goal for Spurs.

Southampton could have equalised when Ostenstad hit the post with a header and than Walker made a fine save when Berkovic followed up.

On the half hour mark Iversen scored his and Spurs second goal. Sheringham set up Sinton who lobbed towards the Southampton goal. Beasant at full stretch managed to touch the ball which fell to Iversen who scored with a fairly easy chance.

Southampton pulled one back before half time. Walker failed to cut out a cross and Le Tissier fired home from the far post. Southampton could have equalised just before the half time whistle. A long range shot by the Southampton defender Neilson (also called Allan!) hit the bar.

Early in the second half van Gobbel the Southampton defender was lucky not to be sent off when he brought down Sinton who was in the clear. In addition van Gobbel had already been booked.

Iversen had two one-on-one situations with the Southampton goalkeeper in the second half but failed to score.

Tottenham increased their lead midway through the second half. They were awarded a free kick on the right hand side. Carr took it and sent a fine cross into the penalty area. Allan Nielsen (the Spurs one!) timed his run perfectly and his powerful header thumped into the net.

Thereafter Spurs were content to sit on their lead. Although Southampton tried to reduce the deficit in the end they made no impression.

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