the same, just three days after the FA Cup encounter.
Our season will peter out
in traditional style and the side will be unable to spark anything
approaching a decent performance.
Expect some vendettas to
be carried over and the ref will be a busy boy.
Goals, probably from Hasselbaink
this time, will decide the match.
No change from a trip
- Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0
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| Chelsea 4 Tottenham 0
(Half time score: 1-0)
|Wednesday 13th March 2002
|Venue : Stamford
|Kick Off : 7.45 p.m.
|Weather : - Rainy,
|Crowd : - 39,652
- Mr. A. Wiley (Brentwood)
Scorers : - Chelsea - Hasselbaink
24, 69, 81, Lampard 90
Tottenham - None
(foul) 40, Thatcher (foul) 48, Perry (foul) 55,
Taricco (foul) 60
: Cudicini; Babyaro, Desailly, Gallas, Melchiot ; Lampard,
Petit, Le Saux, Gronkjaer (Stanic 78); Hasselbaink (Forssell 83), Gudjohnsen (Zola 73)
Unused Subs : - De Goey, Dalla Bona
: Sullivan; Taricco, King, Richards (Perry 46), Thatcher (Gardner
68); Davies, Poyet, Sherwood, Ziege; Sheringham, Ferdinand (Rebrov 81)
Unused Subs : - Keller, Etherington
: Blue shirts, blue shorts, white socks
: White shirts, navy blue shorts, navy blue socks
humiliating, frustrating and downright annoying. Spurs lost their
third consecutive game by four goals to nil in this Premier League match
at Stamford Bridge. Still reeling from the drubbing at White Hart
Lane four days ago Tottenham should have been looking for early
Hoddle had brought in
Taricco and Thatcher from the start, but it made very little difference
to a Spurs side totally lacking in pace when they go forward.
Spurs started positively and moved the ball well without creating any
real chances. The travelling Spurs fan's worst nightmare began on
24 minutes. Le Saux set Hasselbaink away on the right. For
some unknown reason Richards decided to back off and show Jimmy the
goal. What Jimmy saw was Sullivan advancing from his line.
Not needing a second invitation Hasselbaink curled the ball over
Sullivan and into the top corner with his right foot.
The next time Richards
backed off, Sherwood went head to head with Deano and no doubt told him
a few home truths about defending. Richards did not emerge for the
second half. Perry replaced him.
deteriorated rapidly. Taricco behaving like an idiot launched into
Le Saux in the far corner of the field. Le Saux seeing his
opportunity to avenge his sending off in the previous game, he rolled
around in agony until the red card was produced and then promptly jumped
to his feet smiling at the Chelsea fans. Taricco decided to
applaud the entire stadium as he left. He was set up, but should
know better. A long ban awaits.
Spurs were chasing
shadows. They never looked like equalising. Further goals
followed with regular monotony. Gronkjaer took the opportunity to
race to the line outpacing poor Poyet easily. The cross was met by
an unmarked Hasselbaink who headed firmly past Sullivan.
On 81 minutes
Hasselbaink completed his hat trick. This time he cut in from the
right, left two Spurs defenders on the floor and curled a left foot shot
over Sullivan into the other corner.
Lampard of all people
delivered the final nail in the coffin. With the ball pinging
around in the Spurs area, he eventually drove it home. How the Chelsea
fans enjoyed themselves. They spent the entire evening taunting
Spurs. When they sang “Your season's over” most Spurs fans
probably felt the same way. Sheringham was once again dreadful and
has clearly lost form. The sharper opposition players exposed him
and he is becoming a liability when he plays like this. “If
only” Les Ferdinand also contrived to miss any half chances created
for him on the night. Surely Rebrov must be worth a few full games
given that the two strikers are playing so poorly. Poyet and Ziege
looked tired. It is starting to look as if age is catching up with
a number of our players.
|MEHSTG TOP MAN :
- SERGEI REBROV
(and he was of course only on for 9 minutes!!)
Eric the Viking
... AND ONE DOWN
|As if things were not hard enough
anyway, Taricco goes and gets himself sent off with half and hour to
go. A smart move. With the score at 0-1, the Argentine
repeated his feat of Old Trafford (when the score was the same) and
condemned Spurs to a defeat of proportions that may have been avoidable.
His recklessness has no place in
the Spurs team, especially as it appears that Hoddle told him to keep
calm during the match. Unfortunately, this is an alien concept to
Taricco. I really do not know what has happened to him
recently. He never seemed like the sort of player who would
perpetrate such fouls in the past, but perhaps the lack of a challenge
for his place in the team has caused him to become blasé and think he
is invincible. It is particularly strange after Hoddle had spoken
out about the way he tackled Gravesen in the match at Goodison Park
early in the season. Having said that there is no place for
tackles like that in the Tottenham game, it is hard to see how Hod will
find a place for him in the side after this.
With Carr breaking down again, it
is unlikely that he will play again this season, while the same could be
said for Tano after Monday's match against Charlton Athletic when he
starts his suspensions. Therefore, it could be a chance for Hoddle
to try some other options out.
One he tried in this match just
didn't work form the start. Playing four at the back as a tactic
from the beginning seemed to throw the side, who became easily
vulnerable to the through ball to one of their twin strikers. Both
Hasselbaink and Gudjohnsen both shot narrowly wide when through on goal
early on and if not for that, it could have been much more embarrassing.
Not that it mattered for
long. Hasselbaink had the chance to thrash the ball on the curl
past Sullivan when he ran at the backing off Richards on the edge of the
box. The power of the man is frightening.
Spurs managed to hold out to the
break and went forward a little, but couldn't make a decent
chance. Perry came on for Richards at the break and this was
probably an enforced move, as the centre-half was not fully fit, by the
look of him, but Perry offers more reading of the game than his more
However, with things reasonable
even in the first quarter hour of the second half, Taricco goes for Le
Saux in a fairly unsubtle act of revenge for Sunday and gets the red
card. Maurie has been putting in tackles that are so late and high
lately, that Ben Thatcher would be ashamed of them.
Leaving the action, he clapped
the Spurs fans and made himself look a bit of a berk. While no-one
likes Le Saux, no-one likes to lose 0-4 to Chelsea either.
When Thatcher left the game,
subbed by Gardner, he had not really let Gronkjaer get past him to any
great effect, but within a minute or so, the Dane crossed for JFH to
head past Sully. Tottenham's one decent opportunity came when
Ziege crossed, but Les couldn't get on the end of it ... no surprise
The hat trick came when he
smashed another curling shot past Sullivan to crown a pretty good
performance by the Dutchman. He didn't last much longer after that
and it was to Spurs' relief that he was substituted. Even then,
Forssell came on and he has been on fire when entering play from the
bench lately. Somehow, he failed to score tonight.
Perry and King both stopped
goal-bound efforts on the line, so things could have been a lot worse,
but there was little heart left by the time Lampard scored from short
range after a shot was blocked on the line from Babayaro.
Too many Spurs players are
letting the side down. Sherwood was back to his form of last
season, Teddy still is off form, Les couldn't get his legs going and
Deano looked suspect all night. With no hope of Europe now, Hoddle
must change things around, but with limited resources available, that
will not be easy. The older guys must be used sparingly now, with
others taking the starting positions.
We have to build for next season
starting now. Charlton won't be easy (they haven't lost a London
derby this season), so it will need resolve from those in the white
shirts of Spurs on Monday to start getting the style back that was
evident up until Christmas.
Why does Glenn Hoddle keep playing Taricco
He is a liability . Half the time luckily
all he does is kick everyone else and wind up the opposition, the
other half he commits stupid fouls and leaves the other players
(sometimes 10 as the case is tonight) to carry the can.
Glenn, kick him out , back to Ipswich with
a bit of luck and use some of the young talent who want to play
Perhaps now there is nothing to play for,
we might give some of our able youngsters the chance they need to
follow the examples set by Ledley, Anthony, Simon and Matthew. Go on
Glenn blood the youngsters ready for next year and reap the benefits
Tim Dismore , (Long suffering Spurs
supporter exported from Edmonton to Chard, Somerset.)
Well we showed our
true character tonight. We now await ENIC & Hoddle to show their
Perhaps we weren't
'hyped' enough tonight, Glenn!
Three games, no goals scored, 11
conceded (still 10 mins. left of the Chelsea game as I write this)
Have we had such a bad run of results as were having now, under
any other manager????. Firstly why does Hoddle persist with two
forwards who clearly are not in any sort of goal scoring form??. Taricco
is a total waste of space, Even though Carr is injured, we must have
somebody else at the club who could play in that position. Something
is terribly wrong at the club and needs (sorry 12 goals in four games,
Lampard 90th minute) HODDLE MUST GO AND GO NOW. We have always been
poor defensively, but never as poor as we are now. We have 9 games
left, 4 London derbies (where points are always hard to come by) Leeds
& Liverpool as well. We are far from safe and must have the worst
form in the whole division. Just the other day Hoddle's talking of
maybe still getting a top six spot, the guys living in cuckoo land,
BOTTOM SIX MAYBE.