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Preview Ipswich v Spurs, 12.01.02

Ipswich record last six league games:-

Ipswich    0 1	Newcastle
A. Villa   2 1	Ipswich 
Spurs	   1 2	Ipswich 
Ipswich    2 0	Leicester
Ipswich    5 0	Sunderland
Charlton   3 2	Ipswich 

Pos         P  W  D  L  F-A  GD Pts  
7  Spurs   21  9  4  8 32 27  5  31
19 Ipswich 21  4  7 10 26 31 -5  18

Ipswich have suddenly found some form again, and that was before the return of their striker Marcus Stewart to the fray in their 4-1 win against non-league Dagenham and Redbridge last week. The Tractor Boys' 9 point Christmas started with the 2-1 win over us just three weeks ago, and they had taken a 2 goal lead at The Valley before succumbing to Charlton. Hence, George Burley's boys will go into this match with a good degree of confidence. Spurs must improve on one of the most dismal away performances, when we lost the corresponding game 3-0 last year. Sheringham will still be suspended. Please Glenn - give Sergei a start! My guess is that Neil Sullivan will return in goal, and I fancy the Ipswich recovery to be put on hold, as Spurs win 2-0.

Here is Brian Judson's preview of the game

Full Record of Spurs -v- Ipswich Town

Prem         Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home         5   2  1  2    8 - 6   7
Away         4   1  2  1    6 - 7   5
Total(Prem)  9   3  3  3   14 -12  12
Football Lge
Home(Div 1) 20  12  3  5   40 -24  31
Away(Div 1) 20   7  2 11   26 -36  18
Total(Div 1)40  19  5 16   66 -60  49
Total(Prem)  9   3  3  3   14 -12  12
Total(Div 1)40  19  5 16   66 -60  49
Grand Total 49  22  8 19   80 -73  61

We have played Ipswich Town in the
FA Cup. The details are:

FA Cup   Rd  H/A   Result   Scorers

1964-65   4   H      5-0    Greaves 3 (1p) 
			    Gilzean 2
1993-94   4   A      0-3

This return game has come round when memories of the home match are still in our memory. We played them on December 22nd 2001 and lost 2-1 in a match that should have been a stone cold certainty for Tottenham. Although there are those who feel Teddy Sheringham should not have been sent off, I feel, having seen the video of the incident, that the referee had no choice given that Sheringham appeared to put his fists up to the Ipswich player. Sheringham will, of course, be absent from this match due to his suspension for the sending-off.

I did not make many visits to Portman Road when I used to travel to some of the away games in the 1970s. One that stands out in my memory was the game we played two days before our UEFA Cup tie with AC Milan in April 1972. The Italians had had their League games postponed so they could prepare for the tie whereas Spurs had played matches at Huddersfield on 28th March (drawn 1-1), Good Friday against Coventry City (won 1-0), Easter Saturday at West Ham (lost 2-0) before they lost to Ipswich 2-1. Spurs looked tired against Ipswich and I suspect most of us were expecting AC Milan to thrash us. The Italian's had representatives watching the game at Ipswich and must have felt unconcerned as we were very poor.

That was, of course, the season when we failed to beat Chelsea in the League Cup Semi-Final ..............

We have only won 8 out of the 24 games played at Portman Road for League points. The most disastrous defeat was our 3-2 defeat in October 1961 which was one of the defeats we sustained against Ipswich that season. Cliff Jones scored both of our goals that afternoon. Had we beaten Ipswich once instead of losing twice, Spurs would have been champions ......

In an era where the title is dominated by a small select number of clubs, it is pleasing when a small club like Ipswich breaks the rules and win a major trophy. Possibly the most popular victory of all time, at least in the Lilywhite half of North London, was Ipswich's 1-0 victory over Arsenal in the 1978 FA Cup Final. The fact that it was the last kick Roger Osborne made in the match adds spice to it as he was overcome by the emotion of scoring what turned out to be the winner and had to be substituted.

Those followers who travel to away matches will doubtlessly remember the goal that Jason Cundy scored early in the 1992-93 season ... if memory serves me correctly, Cundy scored from the halfway line. It was, I think, the only goal he scored for Tottenham. Not quite as famous as the goal NAYIM scored, though ...........

Spurs travel to Portman Road knowing they must start winning games again. They have slipped away from the leading pack. The middle of the table is densely packed. A couple of defeats could push us a long way down the table. Hopefully, we will go to Ipswich and collect the points this time but I think I'll settle for a draw. What I would like to see is Rebrov given a chance in Sheringham's absence. He has shown some nifty footwork in the past and there were times when I thought Ferdinand looked tired against Chelsea.


Cheers, Brian

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