|Teams : -
Norwich City : - Green (Crichton 63), Briggs (Batt 46),
Drury, Mackay, Shackell (Crane 84), Nielsen (Abbey 46), Mulryne, Holt
(Sinclair 70), McVeigh (Jarvis 46), Rivers (Francis 46), Brennan (Easton
46 replaced by Roberts 76)
Tottenham : - Hirschfeld
(Burch 58), Carr (Marney 58), Taricco (c) (Perry 58), Toda, Bunjevcevic
(Kelly 84), Gardner, Anderton (Ricketts 84), Postiga (Zamora 46), Davies
(Poyet 58), Keane (Acimovic 58), Galbraith (Etherington 46)
With the games progressing in difficulty,
this one looked a step backward for Spurs, as they were rarely
threatened by a lacklustre Norwich side. After an initial charge
towards the Tottenham goal, it was us who forced the pace of the game,
leaving the Canaries fluttering around in our wake.
Even then, Spurs could have been two
goals up before Norwich produced an effort on goal. Galbraith was
keen to get forward at every opportunity and produced an early cross
that Postiga nodded too high, then Toda had a wicked attempt at
volleying Anderton's corner, Teddy-like, which looked like it was going
a mile wide, but the late curl took it just outside the post.
Surprisingly, the Japanese midfielder had an impressive game, doing
little wrong while prompting and pushing in the best defensive
midfielder tradition. Perhaps he might get closer to his World Cup
form than we saw last season.
When Norwich did have a chance, it came
when Phil Mulryne teed up Malky Mackay, who hit a long range shot
narrowly over. Anderton was back doing some defensive work when
the next City attack came n and just as well he was. Hirschfeld
came for a cross, but only managed to get it to new signing Jim Brennan,
who had a go, but Hoddle managed to get a block in front of him. A
couple of other chances flew over and Spurs neutralised the home side's
energy, gradually beginning to knock the ball about comfortably.
Keane knocked the ball across to the right wing, where it was laid back
to Dazza by Carr and he moved forward a few yards towards the area and
then let fly. His 30 yard shot curved away from Green into the
inside of the side netting, leaving the keeper grasping at fresh
air. It was a well placed shot with just the right amount of pace
on it to beat the keeper all ends up.
A Davies header and another just before the break from Keane forced
saves; the latter a fingertip one to see the ball out for a
corner. In between, Keano took a flick on from Helder Postiga and
slid the ball home, only to be disappointed by a linesman's flag for
Half time saw wholesale changes, but for Tottenham they seemed to
emphasise the difference in class. Etherington came on and had an
effective half, while Zamora replaced Postiga. However, the first
effort of the half for us came from the boot of Stephen Carr, driving
his shot just over the frame of the goal, after some neat passing from
the back to front. The next attempt resulted in a goal.
Another example of good passing opened up Norwich and Zamora played a
neat ball back to allow Simon Davies to chip the keeper as he came out.
A minute later, we were all wondering how
it wasn't three-nil, as Matty's low ball in was missed by both Simon and
Robbie with the goal in front of them !! Other efforts in goal
failed to make Green work to hard, but then City started to push forward
a bit more. Jarvis' drive went wide of the mark and Burch, who had
come on for Lars, produced a fine reflex save in tipping over a volley
from close in by Zema Abbey.
Although Teddy might be gone, his corners are not forgotten, as Spurs
seemed determined to score from one and this time it was Milo who set up
Darren on the edge of the box, but the shot ended up well over the
bar. Zamora had frightened the hell out of the Norwich defence,
when he outpaced them down the middle, but shot wide at the end of it,
but his next chance produced his third goal in two half matches.
Mackay tried to head Acimovic's long through ball back to sub keeper
Crichton, but Zamora had anticipated what was going to happen, taking
the ball around the goalie and slipping it home for Tottenham's third of
In the closing stages, Acimovic was only denied by a flying save from
Crichton, but the score could easily have been doubled, such was the
Anderton and Gardner were the outstanding
figures for Tottenham in the match and the forwards were all involved in
making it a tricky experience for Norwich. But the passing was
good again and there were a few training ground moves, which were phased
in to set-pieces throughout the game. When they come off, it is
very pleasing for a coach. Even the movement and covering for
colleagues was evident, something that is not always the case, but it
bodes well for next season if everyone knows what they have to do within
the team set-up.
They now go off to South Africa, where
they might find the going a bit tougher ... in a physical sense.
Let's hope they come back without many injuries as they prepare for the
first day of the season.
MEHSTG TOP MAN : - DARREN ANDERTON