FA CARLING PREMIERSHIP
WEDNESDAY 19TH APRIL, 2000
LEICESTER CITY 0 (0) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 (0)
Referee:- Jeff Winter
Leicester (3-5-2):- Flowers; Sinclair, Taggart, Gilchrist; Impey, Izzett, Oakes, Savage, Guppy (sub Zagorakis, 23); Elliott, Cottee (sub Marshall, 81)
Subs not used:- Arphexad(GK); Walsh, Dudfield
Spurs (4-4-2):- Walker; Carr, Perry, Campbell, Taricco (sub Young, 37); Anderton, Freund, Clemence, Ginola; Armstrong (sub Korsten, 73), Iversen (sub Etherington, 73)
Subs not used:- Baardsen; Gardner
Booked:- Perry, Anderton
Chris Fincham has sent me his eye witness comments below.
Just got back from Filbert St. I hope that there was someone else on the list that can muster a match report..if there is, they are a better man than I. The only consolation from this dire end of season affair was that Spurs sneaked 3 points. All credit to those Spurs fans that had to travel further than me to attend this game, and who did their best to lift the team when their was little to shout about except for the pillorying of Robbie Savage who is fair game in my book.
The starting line-up was the same as for the previous game against Villa and I was personally surprised not to seen Davies on the bench. I can (honestly) barely remember a clear cut chance carved out by either side in this excuse for a Premiership game and on a night when the European Champions lost their crown, one can't help wondering what an almighty gulf there is between the present-day Spurs side and the likes of those unmentionables battling it out in Europe this week.
Those to emerge with some credit tonight include Sol, who had the emergency striker Matt Elliott in his pocket for the whole 90 minutes, save for a couple of poor long range efforts from the adopted Scot. Perry who also a tidy game against the busy veteran Cottee. Clemence, who assumed the role of defensive midfielder, who remembered that you have to tackle as opposed to the mad space invader (Freund) who gave another impression of a headless chicken.
Anderton got better as the game went on and sprayed the occasional intelligent pass and had the hardest job of the night, looking after the impressive Muzzy Izzett. "Treacle" Taricco came off after 21 minutes with a supposed injury but I swear this was a Houston decision to replace him with Luke Young (who was a lot more solid) as the Argentinian had such an appalling game. He was beginning to make Impey look World Class.
Our front pairing of Armstrong and Iversen were as anonymous as I have seen all season but had little in the way of scraps to feed off. The biggest surprise all night came on 75 minutes when Houston replaced them both with Korsten (who assumed a centre forward position) and Etherington who played wide left and put in a couple of dangerous low crosses, the last one which led to a simple goal for Ginola as the ball fell to him about 8 yards out, after Korsten inexplicably seemed to freeze when the ball fell at his feet.
5 minutes prior to that, Etherington shot wide with a poor effort from the angle when put through by an excellent pass from Anderton. Minutes before the substitution, it was Anthony Gardner warming up down the touchline alongside Etherington so I was surprised (dismayed? to see that it was Korsten who came on. I am yet to see why Spurs made such an effort to sign him and am not convinced that it was Leeds' loss when we did. His only other contribution of note was to take a quick free kick in the centre of the field which only went 5 yards and turned out to be a 'hospital pass' to Luke Young.
Sorry to report that Stevie Carr also had a bit of a shaky game tonight in my opinion and despite his general exuberance, I get the feeling that he can't wait for the season to end. Izzet hit a piledriver late on which whizzed past Walker's post but in truth once somebody had scored there was never going to be another goal. All in all, a very disappointing affair but 3 points which succeeded in Spurs climbing to the heady heights of 10th position.
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