Here is Declan Mulcahy's "Last Five"
THE LAST FIVE SEASONS:
P W D L F A
3 2 0 1 8 4
Played in all three games, Tottenham: Carr, Sunderland: None
There have only been three games in the last five years as Sunderland spent
the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons in Division 1. Spurs record is reasonably
good as they have won two of the three games. Iversen scored his first
hat-trick for Spurs in the game five seasons ago. Following are the details
of the last three games.
Saturday 14 April 2001
Sunderland (2) 2
Kilbane 3, Quinn 12
Tottenham Hotspur (0) 3
Clemence 52, Doherty 75, 88
T Sorensen; P Carteron, E Thome, J Craddock, M Gray (capt); J Arca, D
Hutchison, S Schwarz, K Kilbane; K Phillips, N Quinn (D Williams 67).
Substitutes not used: J Macho, P Thirlwell, T Butler, S Varga.
Booked: J Arca (86).
Tottenham Hotspur (3-5-2 changed to 4-4-2 in the second half):
N Sullivan; L Young, C Perry, L King (A Gardner 20); S Carr, S Davies (J
Piercy 85), T Sherwood (capt) , O Leonhardsen (W Korsten 46), S Clemence; S
Rebrov, G Doherty.
Substitutes not used: I Walker, A Thelwell.
Booked: G Doherty (14), L Young (86).
Referee: D. R. Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill)
Managers: Glenn Hoddle (Tottenham), Peter Reid (Sunderland)
This was Glenn Hoddle's second league game in charge of Spurs. At half time
Spurs were 2-0 down and looked as though they were destined to lose.
However Spurs recovered magnificently in the second half to win 3-2. With
this defeat Sunderland had won only once in ten games.
Spurs fell behind after only three minutes. Quinn started the move by
passing Hutchison. He supplied Carteron who was lying wide. The latter
crossed to Kilbane who was standing unmarked at the back post. Kilbane had
an easy chance to score with his left foot.
King was injured in a clash of heads with Kilbane but remained on the
pitch. After twelve minutes Spurs conceded a free kick on the edge of the
penalty area on the right hand side. Hutchison set up Schwarz who let fly
with a cracking shot which Sullivan reached but could not hold. The ball
fell to Quinn who made no mistake with his shot from an acute angle.
Gardner replaced the injured King after 20 minutes. Spurs gradually came
more into the game by slowing it down, Sherwood being prominent. They did
not concede any more goals in the first half. Spurs had only one
opportunity in the first half. But Davies cross was deflected for a corner
from which Spurs did threaten.
At half time Hoddle made a tactical substitution replacing Leonhardsen by
Korsten and switching from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2. Korsten had a fine game on the
left wing. Mean while Sherwood and Clemence were much more effective for
Spurs in the centre of midfield in the second half.
Spurs scored their first goal seven minutes after the interval. Korsten had
a fine run on the left before moving inside and supplying Carr on the
right. Carr passed to Davies who crossed for Clemence and Clemence side
footed home the goal.
After this goal Spurs began to dominate. Another run from Korsten resulted
in a corner. After 66 minutes Doherty should have equalised when he had a
free header at the far post following a Clemence free kick but he headed
wide. Then Korsten hit a hard shot which brought the best out of Sunderland
goalkeeper Sorenson. However Sunderland had an opportunity when Sullivan
made a fine save from Arca.
Spurs equalised with fifteen minutes to go. Gardner started the move before
Sherwood sent a powerful header to Doherty. Doherty ran forty yards towards
the Sunderland goal pursued by Emerson Thome before steering the ball past
Sorenson to bring Spurs level.
Phillips had a chance to win the game for Sunderland when he found himself
alone in the Spurs penalty area but Sullivan dived to save from him.
Then Spurs won the game with two minutes to go. Rebrov set up Young on the
left who found Korsten. Korsten had another fine run but stumbled as he
entered the penalty area and looked as though he might lose the ball. He
regained his composure before sliding the ball to Doherty who scored from
Sunday 31 October, 1999
Sunderland (2) 2
Quinn 10, 21
Tottenham Hotspur (0) 1
T Sorensen; C Makin, P Butler, S Bould (capt), M Gray; N Summerbee (D
Williams 87), G McCann, E Roy (K Ball 73), S Schwarz; N Quinn, K Phillips
(D Dichio 61).
Substitutes not used: A Marriott, A Rae.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2):
I Walker; S Carr, R Vega, S Campbell (capt), M Taricco; O Leonhardsen (T
Sherwood 78), S Freund, S Clemence, D Ginola (J Dominguez 46); S Iversen, J
Piercy (C Perry 46).
Substitutes not used: E Baardsen, R Fox.
Booked: M Taricco, S Campbell, S Iversen.
Referee: M Riley (Leeds)
Managers: George Graham (Tottenham), Peter Reid (Sunderland)
Sunderland won thanks to two goals from Niall Quinn. Spurs had played
Kaiserslautern at home in the UEFA Cup three days previously and were due
to play the return away leg four days later. As a result George Graham
rested Chris Perry and Tim Sherwood and brought in Stephen Clemence and
John Piercy. This was Spurs first visit to Sunderland's new ground The
Stadium of Light.
Spurs played poorly in the first half but responded strongly in the second
half. While they scored one goal they could not equalise. Sol Campbell had
a poor game being given a torrid time by the Sunderland strikers. He was
responible for Sunderland's first goal and missed an opportunity to
equalise later in the game.
Sunderland's who were unbeaten in nine league games moved to third position
in the Premiership. It was Peter Reid's 100th win as Sunderland manager.
There was lots of action in the opening minutes. Ginola set up Iversen
after five minutes but his shot was blocked. Vega brought down Phillips on
the edge of the penalty area but the referee dismissed Sunderland's appeal
for a penalty. Then Iversen was one on one with the Sunderland goalkeeper
after being sent clear by Carr, but Sorenson saved.
Sunderland opened the scoring after ten minutes. Gray crossed from the
left. Campbell tried to head the ball but missed. The ball fell to Quinn
who controlled it first before shooting into the net.
After twenty one minutes Sunderland increased their lead with Quinn again
scoring. He chested down a cross on the right by McCann before volloying
home a fierce shot. Then Phillips beat Campbell to a long ball but Walker
saved. Next Phillips was clear outside the area but Walker advanced and
made a fine tackle from which Phillips required treatment.
Just before half time Piercy hit a high pass towards the Sunderland goal
but Leonhardsen put the ball over the bar.
Spurs made a couple of substitutions at half time which resulted in Vega
moving up front to replace Piercy. He won a free kick early in the second
half but Clemence hit it over the bar.
Quinn could have added a third after beating Perry but the shot went wide
with Walker attempting a diving save. Then Iversen set up Vega but his shot
was blocked. Another Quinn effort went over the bar.
Quinn gave Campbell a tough game. Phillips had to be substituted after a
Campbell tackle and Campbell was later booked for a tackle on Quinn. The
Phillips injury had in fact been caused by Walker's earlier challenge.
Spurs pulled a goal back after 63 minutes. Leonhardsen sent a long ball to
Vega. Vega crossed and Iversen side footed the ball home. Then Carr and
Leonhardsen combined to leave Carr clear in the penalty area though out
wide. As a result he tried to slide the ball across the goal to Vega who
could not reach the it and the chance was wasted.
Sherwood replaced Leonhardsen who was injured. He tries to chip Sorenson
with his first touch but the goalkeeper touched it. The ball ended up with
Vega whose overhead kick fell to Campbell six yards out, but he scooped the
ball over the bar.
Walker made a diving save from a Dichio shot which would have gone wide.
Towards the end a Dominguez corner fell to Carr in the Sunderland penalty
area but unfortunately his shot went wide.
Tuesday March 4, 1997
Sunderland (0) 0
Tottenham Hotspur (3) 4
Iversen 2, 9, 62, Nielsen 26.
L Perez; G Hall, A Melville, R Ord; D Kelly, P Bracewell, A Rae, K Ball, D
Kubicki (M Smith 70); J Mullin (M Bridges 70), C Russell.
Subs Not Used: D Preece, M Gray, L Howey.
Booked: R Ord.
Tottenham Hotspur (3-5-2):
I Walker; J Scales, C Calderwood, S Campbell; D Austin, D Anderton, D
Howells, A Nielsen, C Wilson (S Carr 35); E Sheringham (capt), S Iversen.
Subs Not Used: E Baardsen, J Dozzell, R Rosenthal, R Allen.
Referee: M A Riley (Leeds).
Managers: Gerry Francis (Tottenham), Peter Reid (Sunderland)
This was Spurs last visit to Roker Park. They won fairly easily with
Steffen Iversen scoring his first hat-trick for the club. Spurs scored
three times in the first half an hour after which the result was never in
doubt. It was Sunderland's heaviest home defeat of the season so far.
Both teams were out of form prior to this game. Spurs had gained only four
points from the last eight games and this was only their second win in nine
Premiership games. The defeat left Sunderland only four points above the
Spurs gave an outstanding display in the first half. They moved the ball
around with skill and were fast on the counter attack. Iversen, in
particular, had a great game.
Spurs opened the scoring in the second minute. Calderwood took a long free
kick which caused confusion among the Sunderland defenders in their penalty
area. Iversen picked up the loose ball and hooked it home.
After nine minutes Spurs went two ahead. Once again the move began with a
Calderwood free kick. Then Sheringham flicked it on to Iversen had cleverly
run into space. He lobbed the ball over Perez the Sunderland goalkeeeper to
Iversen could have completed his hat-trick in the first half. Iversen
passed to Howells who then sent the ball wide to Anderton. The ball was
then played to Nielsen who chipped the ball over the Sunderland defenders
to Iversen. He volleyed narrowly over the bar. Iversen had a second
opportunity which Perez managed to save with his legs. Perez also prevented
Darren Anderton from scoring at the near post.
After twenty six minutes Spurs added a third goal. Sheringham and Iversen
between them managed to fool the Sunderland defence before sending Nielsen
clear. The Dane made no mistake in scoring.
Sunderland's best opportunity came when Walker fumbled a long range shot
from Ord bit it did no go in.
Iversen completed his hat-trick after 62 minutes. He picked up a Sunderland
clearance and unleashed a strong shot which beat Perez and flew into the
top left corner of the net aided by a slight deflection.
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