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FA Cup 4th Round
Wednesday 7th February 2001
played the Addicks, this match has little mystery involved in it.
The sides will know each other well and the only changes are likely to
be the replacement of cup-tied loan striker Andy Booth, probably by
another midfielder and the return of Mark Fish to the Charlton
side. Spurs will have Armstrong and Carr back in the squad, but
neither is likely to feature as they have had no match practice for some
So, will the deadlock be broken in this match. All things point towards another draw, as Charlton were little better than Spurs on Saturday and their best chance came from a double ricochet of defenders shins that fell to Bartlett, who was denied by Sullivan. Spurs' sole clear chance came when Freund of al people popped up on the right wing and pulled a low cross back to Sergei, but he didn't get a proper connection on the ball.
The match can't be as bad as it was last weekend (can it ?) although the heavy rainfall that has plagued London over the last three days will mean that the pitch will cut up and be heavy going. Charlton will be used to this having played on a similar mud heap at Dagenham and Redbridge. Whether Spurs' limited resources will be able to cope remains to be seen. The one thing about Spurs this year, except the match against Newcastle United, has been the resilience of the defence and the pairing of Campbell, Perry and Doherty seems to have become a sound one. Not infallible, but with Sullivan behind them (even though Walker did a good job in his absence), they are working together now to produce clean sheets.
With the home side probably working on the theory that the home match could be their best chance, the midfield will push forward to support the attack of Bartlett and Svensson, who did little to trouble the Tottenham back line. Jensen was the most impressive player on display on Saturday and his breaks forward and his fierce shot must be tamed to ensure that the defence holds tight. At the back, their defenders coped with the high ball game Spurs played to Booth's head, but this will be a different story. With only Rebrov up front, the ball will have to be kept on the ground and in muddy conditions, the prospect of Spurs playing a passing game (with the players available) is highly unlikely. I would hope that Etherington would be given an opportunity to start the match, as he gave the Charlton defenders a few frights as he twisted and turned down the left wing on Saturday's substitute appearance. At least he could produce some half chances for the side, more than the rest seem capable of.
With the weather not predicted to change and the two teams having prior knowledge of each other, I am afraid it looks like a return to the Lane next week ...
PREDICTION : - Charlton Athletic 0 Tottenham 0
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Athletic 2 Tottenham 4 Wednesday 7th February 2001
Weather : - Drizzly,
The omens for this match were mixed: Yes, the year
does end in "1".
|You can't help but think there is something
in it. 0-2 down and I was kicking the virtual cat. Minutes
later and a hat full of goals no longer made me feel hollow.
After waiting so long for a goal, the only ones looked like coming from Charlton, when 2-0 up just after the break, it seemed as though Spurs were on their way out. The mix up for the first goal was plain embarrassing. Anderton let Powell run on unmarked, while Perry and Sullivan played the "After You Claude" game, letting the Spurs supporting full back in to head his first goal for the club. It could only happen to Spurs couldn't it !! After the interval, the second resembled the best chance Charlton had on Saturday. Taking two rebounds of Spurs shins, the ball fell to Svensson, who shot past Sullivan into the corner of the net.
As they pushed on to find the killer third, Spurs woke up and took the game to the hosts. Doherty made a circuitous route around Todd, using his right foot exclusively to manouevre a place to cross from the bye-line. With Sherwood waiting behind him, Rufus stuck out a leg and diverted the ball past Ilic at the near post. While there was an element of luck about this goal, it is only that it went in and not around the post, but it was Doherty's determined work out wide that produced the moment. It would have been nice if a Spurs player could have been the one to break our duck, but they all count.
Little after this and a free-kick awarded for a foul on Rebrov was smashed home by Anderton. Ilic was across the goal and got a hand to it, but could not get it around the post - merely soft-handing it into the goal. The Spurs fans were going mad at this point and hardly had time to draw breath, when straight from the kick off, a tackle was won, Sergei got the ball, he was tackled and it fell invitingly into the path of Leo to guide it past the keeper for 3-2 !! The match had been turned around and it only remained for Rebrov to finish them off, when slipped through by an astute pass by Doherty that left him with the chance to lift the ball over the advancing goalie for the fourth.
The first half was strange, as Leo had a couple of chances, Rebrov two more and Sol forced Ilic to a staggering (meaning he staggered to get to the ball and only just managed to push it over) save. Another melee in the box saw the ball fall to Sherwood, but his touch let the ball run away from him and made the save easy for Ilic. At the other end Sullivan saw a Svensson shot go over and grabbed another low effort, but didn't have too much to do. The defence stuck at it even though they were troubled at times. Young did well down the left wing back side, while Doherty excelled himself in the forward role he played in the absence of other more experienced colleagues. He even managed to head away from his own goal when under pressure defending a corner.
GG put it down to the character of the team and Gary Doherty getting the club out of the FA Cup mire for the second time in as many ties. Perhaps his name is written on the Cup ? Playing against the Big Red Ones, it was nice after waiting six hours that three all came along at once.
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