Looking Forward




Saturday 19th July 2003



Wycombe Wanderers   2     Tottenham   3     (Half-time score : 1-1)
Saturday 19th July 2003
Venue : -  Adams Park
Kick Off : -  15.00 p.m.
Weather : -  Humid, very warm
Crowd : -  5,389
Referee : -  D. Gallagher
Teams : -  
Wycombe Wanderers : - 
Beasant; Senda (Matthews 75), Johnson (Brown 46), Rogers (Harding 65), Vinnicombe (Fontana 75); Currie (Bulman 46), Simpson (Cook 46), Mapes (Thomson 46), Harris (Dell 75); Holligan (Antwei 66), Roberts (McSporran 46).

Tottenham : -  Sullivan; Kelly, Gardner, Bunjevcevic; Ziege (Galbraith 36), Davies, Toda, Redknapp (c), Ricketts; Acimovic (Yeates 74), Postiga (Slabber 74)
Unused subs: Jalal, Henry, Barnard, Foster

Colours : -  
Wycombe Wanderers  -  All red

Tottenham - All sky blue

Scorers : -  
Wycombe Wanderers  -  
 Harris 13, Harding 89

Tottenham -  Beasant (o.g.) 12, Postiga 69, Davies 85

Cards : -  
Wycombe Wanderers  -   None

Tottenham -  None 

For the second friendly on the trot, Spurs came up against a familiar face in the opposition goal, as this time 44 year old Dave Beasant filled the frame.  Not only that, but recently signed from Borehamwood, former Spurs trainee Charlie Mapes played the first half for the home side.

It was mostly one way traffic save for a few opportunities made by the Chairboys, but Spurs looked slick in their passing and neat on the ball.  There were a couple of dodgy moments with an unfamiliar back three playing in front of Sullivan, but the team are still building up in their friendlies rather than this being the pinnacle of where they want to be right now.

The early part of the game was much the same as at Stevenage, with Tottenham comfortably knocking the ball about and moving well, but Sullivan had to be alert to fall to his left to stop a Harris shot.  It was a brief sortie at the Spurs end, as Beasant was kept more than busy by Acimovic, Ricketts, Postiga and Toda.  It was one save from Postiga, that Beasant diverted for a corner that lead to the first goal ... and a bizarre on it was too !!  Ziege fire the ball in at the near post and the Wycombe keeper could only push at the ball, which hit the post and went into the net.

The lead only lasted a minute, as a corner that travelled to the far post was hit back across the six-yard box by Currie, where Harris was on hand to stick it into the net.  Almost straight away Holligan tested Sullivan, but his effort was plucked out of the air by the Scot.

Beasant's best save was from a 25 yarder from Ricketts that dipped nastily and then Redknapp hit a drive from a similar distance over the top.  Ricketts was getting forward well from his wing back position and made the keeper dive at his feet to deny him just after the half hour.  A couple of minutes later, Ziege left the action to be replaced by David Galbraith, although it looked like it was designed to give the German a rest rather than because of injury.

As half-time approached Postiga went through, but his effort attempt was saved and then Acimovic hit the ball way over the bar, when the target was begging to be hit.

After the restart, Wycombe forced a pile-up in the Spurs goalmouth, with the ball staying out somehow, as players thrashed at it, but normality was resumed, when Jamie stride forward and dragged his effort wide of the mark.  Redknapp also made Beasant hop about with a shot from about 20 yards out, that bounced just in front of the goalie.  The captain was the architect of the second Spurs goal in the 69th minute, when he laid the ball on a plate to Postiga running in from the left side of the box.  The Portuguese youngster hit a screaming left footer into the roof of the net from a very tight angle, leaving Beasant bemused.  The same player almost added another, but a combination of Beasant and Vinnicombe kept him out this time.

With five minutes left, substitute Jamie Slabber, on for Postiga, put in a low cross from the right wing and Simon Davies tucked away the opportunity with a neat flick of his foot.  With injury time approaching, McSporran sprinted down the wing and his inviting cross was finished clinically by Harding at the back post.

The game was a bit more competitive than Wednesday and I am sure that Hoddle is looking for a gradual increase in difficulty as the pre-season programme continues.  Both Ricketts and Kelly were impressive, while Postiga showed he has an eye for goal from wherever he is on the pitch !!

Tomorrow will probably see a different side fielded as Hoddle gives maximum on-pitch time to the greatest number of players.


Wyart Lane

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