"It was Twenty Years ago today!"
article published 18.09.2017, but first written in 1998 by Jonathan Adelman
FA CUP 4TH ROUND (REPLAY)
WEDNESDAY 4TH FEBRUARY, 1998
BARNSLEY 3(0) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1(0)
Barnsley:- Watson; Eaden, Morgan, Bosancic, Moses, De Zeeuw, Hendrie, Redfearn, Ward, Bullock, Barnard
Spurs (4-4-2):- Baardsen; Carr, Vega, Campbell, Wilson (sub Howells, 53); Fox, Berti (sub Armstrong, 68), Clemence, Ginola; Klinsmann (sub Brady, 79), Ferdinand
Sent off:- Clemence (49) - Second yellow card for alleged simulation.
Phew - my exile is over!!! I read in one of the digests that
Bruce wanted a match report on the Barnsley game so I will try
and cobble one together below. I guess most of you will be sick
of reading about that game but if you scroll to the end of my
posting you might be amused/interested by my after match
Barnsley 3 - Spurs 1 Spurs lined up with Baardsen in goal, a
back four of Wilson, Campbell, Vega and Carr. The midfield
consisted of Berti in a holding central role, Fox and Clemence
mainly on the right and left respectively and Ginola floating
with menace behind Ferdinand and Klinsmann.
Barnsley started brightly and forced fine saves from Baardsen early on. The Spurs
weakness down the left was exposed continually with Wilson out of
position on many occasions, the inexperienced Clemence struggled
to cover for him as effectively as Sinton had done on Saturday
Despite looking shaky at the back Spurs threatened Barnsley on a regular basis and with Ginola in
magnificent form, Ferdinand, Klinsmann and Fox all should have made
more of good chances. The first half was notable for the booking
of Clemence for a fairly innocuous challenge on Redfearn whilst
several 'tough' tackles from behind on Fox, Ginola and Ferdinand
were ignored by referee Gerald Ashby.
The discontent with the referee was tangible amongst the two thousand Spurs fans gathered
on the uncovered Kop behind Baardsen's goal. As the half time
whistle blew most Spurs fans were happy with the first half
showing where Spurs had looked well capable of securing a tie at
Man Utd in the 5th round.
The second half began well for Spurs as they pressed forward
looking to assert their superiority....... then it all went
wrong. Clemence burst into the penalty area and went down
sandwiched between two players - from where the masses of Spurs fans
sat just 10 yards away the penalty decision was a formality -
suddenly Ashby produced a second yellow card and the Spurs
youngster had been sent off. The anger from the Spurs players was
ferocious (Clemence had not even appealed for a penalty let alone
made a meal of the challenge) Ferdinand in particular was
incensed and from that point on played with the heart and desire
that had been lacking from his previous performances.
Almost immediately Barnsley attacked the Spurs goal and went into the
lead. Gross pulled off Wilson and replaced him with Howells.
Spurs still looked the stronger team and with added ferocity went
for Barnsley hammer and tong. Suddenly Campbell appeared on the
edge of the Barnsley box; burst to the bye-line and flicked the
ball over keeper Watson and with Fox Ferdinand and Klinsmann
closing in a goal looked certain as the ball trickled along the
line - Klinsmann appeared to be hauled back but Ashby ignored
Spurs appeals and Barnsley raced up towards the Spurs goal where
Baardsen pulled off a world class save but Redfearn turned in the
Spurs subbed Armstrong for Berti and after Klinsmann was
stretchered off with a broken jaw, Brady came on. Spurs pulled a
goal back with a great free kick by Ginola who had been clattered
all over the pitch without any protection from the ref. In the
closing moments Barnsley hit a third and Spurs trooped off
distressed at Klinsmanns injury and incensed by poor refereeing.
So after a game of great disappointment we left the ground in
poor mood - having got lost around the numerous roundabouts in
Barnsley we saw a signpost to Barnsley General Hospital -
naturally we decided to go and see if Jurgen was OK!!! Casualty
was empty but as we were about to leave the Spurs Team coach
Clearly Ferdinand and Ginola were still angry over the referee and along with the rest of the squad they stayed on the
coach. Gross got off and strode into the Hospital followed by
Berti who despite Chris Hughton's assertion that he would not be
allowed in pronounced that he 'was going to see Jurgen!'. Chris
Hughton, smartly dressed, was the only one who stopped to say
hello. For a full five minutes he chatted to us explaining that
Jurgen would only be out for a few weeks (I wish I had a lap top
- I could have mailed you all then to dispel the fears of a
season's-long absence for our German hero).
We told CH that he should tell the players to carry on as they had played at Derby
and we'd have no problems. We asked him to pass on our best to JK
and we spoke to him about the Clemence sending off. CH said that
even if he had gone down without a challenge it was stupid
refereeing to send off a kid - he added that he was sure Clem
would not have dived. He said they would have a big job to do to
pick up the players for Saturday he said they were very down. To
say I was impressed with CH would be an understatement he was
polite and articulate and a credit to the club - I am left in no
doubt that in time he will make a very fine manager certainly
from a PR point of view.
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