An eye witness report from Ray Lo
Pre-season Friendly at Tynecastle, Edinburgh
Saturday 24th July, 1999
HEARTS 2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2
Referee:- K. Stott (USA)
Hearts (3-5-2):- Rousset; Preeley, Flogel, Murray, Severin, Ritchie, Makel, Fulton, Quitongo, Cameron, Jenkinson
Subs used:- James; Holmes; Wales; Locke
Spurs:- Walker; Carr, Perry, Campbell, Taricco; Anderton, Young, Gower, Ginola; Iversen, Dominguez
Subs used:- Edinburgh; King; Fox ( not used - Baardsen; Scales; Nielsen ( injured during warm-up) )
Spurs lined up as expected with Carr, Perry, Campbell and Taricco at the
back with Young playing just in front sweeping behind the midfield of Gower
flanked by Ginola and Anderton, so the formation was really 4-1-3-2. With
the strength of Scottish football improving this was a better test coming
close to the start of the new season than the tour.
Spurs started without Nielsen who injured himself during the warm-up and was replaced by young Mark
Gower in the starting line-up. I got my tickets for this match late due to
my moving being called off and I found myself in with the home supporters.
This allowed me to see the Spurs fans in the Roseburn Stand to my left.
There were quite a few hundred who had made the trip for this friendly
match and they were in good voice.
Hearts kicked off and went straight onto the attack with Flogel shooting at Walker early on. Hearts continued to put a lot of effort into their play while Spurs were content to play the ball
around looking for openings. Campbell - faced with Quitongo, Hearts answer to
our own Jose - played much too casually getting caught out a few times and
having Young rescue him a couple of times. Luke was having to do a lot of
defending due to the running of the "Jambo's" midfield.
Richie should have put them ahead when he met a free kick from the left on his own, in the box,
having got away from Sol. A few minutes later Gower missed the target
with a header from a good centre by Iversen. For all the effort Spurs
looked the most dangerous during the half and it was no suprise when they
took the lead.
In the 37th minute Iversen got the ball on the right. After
beating his man he came inside and pulled the ball back into Anderton's
path. Darren's shot came off the advancing keeper and went in off the
unfortunate Murray for an own goal.
This prompted renewed effort from the home side who won a number of free kicks before the end of the half. They
were all fairly central as the midfield players ran at the defence. Only
one of Makel's kicks was on target which Walker held comfortably. Just
before the end of the half Jose made a run down the left and came inside before
lifting the ball over the defence. The shot came off the crossbar to an unmarked
Iversen who headed it past the despairing keeper for 2-0.
Graham made two changes for the start of the second half, Campbell and
Taricco were replaced by King and Edinburgh. This, coupled with a more
determined Hearts side, had us on the back foot from the whistle. Jenkinson
nicked the ball after we had kicked off and within a minute Walker had to
dive full length to stop a low drive from Flogel at the foot of the post.
Both subs had no time to settle into the game before the "Jambos" got a goal
back. In the 50th minute Cameron was fouled just outside the box and from
the free kick Makel scored. Faced with a wall of five players he fired the
ball straight through it and despite Walker getting a hand to it, the ball hit the net.
Hearts kept pushing forward and took off Ritchie for James, a massive
defender, and Wales came on for Quitongo to add fresh bite up front. Spurs
were content just to maintain the passing game to open up the home side.
The equaliser came in the 70th minute when the hard working Fulton
dispossessed Carr and hit a high centre. Cameron got in front of Edinburgh
and just got his head to the ball causing it to spin up and over a stranded
Walker. Fox came on for the hard working Gower at the same time as Hearts
brought on Holmes and Locke for Jenkinson and Severin for the last quarter
of an hour as both sides seemed to have settled for the draw.
It is difficult to assess performances from friendlies as that extra bit
of bite is missing. Spurs basically played at half pace and should do
better in real competition. They all played fairly well except for Sol.
Ledley has to react quicker and Justin is going to struggle. Darren and
Steffen stood out with the quality of their play and Chris WILL be Sol's
partner. David was double marked but you knew that if he had stepped up a
gear there would have been only one result.
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