3 Tottenham 3 - Saturday
9th December 2000
– Bradford City; Lawrence 9,
Windass 69, Carbone 89
Tottenham; King 1, Campbell 21, Armstrong 54
City – Clarke, Myers (Sharpe 59), Molenaar, O’Brien, Atherton,
McCall, Lawrence (Petrescu 64), Carbone, Beagrie (Blake 82),
Subs not used – Walsh, Nolan
Hotspur – Sullivan, Carr, Campbell, Perry, Thelwell, Clemence, Freund,
Sherwood (Vega 90), King, Ferdinand, Armstrong (Korsten 87).
Subs not used – Walker, Davies, Doherty
King scored the fastest goal ever in the Premier League after only 10
seconds of this match. A great way for Ledley to open his account, but it
was not however enough to earn Spurs their first away win of the season.
They contrived to throw away a 3-1 lead to end up with only a point and
for the second season running they conceded a last minute equaliser at
is a very depressing place, living in the shadow of Leeds. In the
vicinity of the ground many of the shops and buildings are run down.
Valley Parade stadium is undergoing refurbishment at present, as a new
main stand is under construction, which has been completed in one corner
and joins with the stand for home fans behind the goal.
completion one side of the ground has open seating where fans are given
those white plastic ponchos to wear in the rain; they needed them for
this game. The visiting fans are housed in a very small two-tier stand
behind the other goal with the bare minimum of facilities. This will end
up being a very lop sided ground when the building work is complete and
it is also difficult to imagine they will fill all the seats back in the
Nationwide. To put things in perspective the crowd at Old Trafford was
over four times the size of that at Bradford.
Freund came into the Spurs side for the suspended (hard man) Anderton.
great start as from the kick off Ledley received the ball from a
Bradford defender. He drove his shot hard and low, saw it take a
deflection off a Bradford player and deceive Clarke in the home goal as
it nestled in the far corner. The Spurs players were delighted and one
detected they were equally delighted for Ledley. Holding the lead was
more difficult as Spurs played as though they expected Bradford to
equalise and equalise they did fairly quickly, as Lawrence seemed to get
the final touch to deflect the ball home from a corner after only 9
minutes. The goal was given to Lawrence although it looked perilously
close to a Ferdinand own goal.
game then settled and Spurs started to gain control and again took the
lead after 21 minutes when Sol Campbell took advantage of space at a
corner and stooped to nod home. Tottenham then began to play as if they
believed they would get that first away win. They led at half time and
increased the lead shortly after the break. Some excellent work by Les
Ferdinand saw him break free down the right, beat Molenaar to the ball
and square a pass for Chris Armstrong to slot home. It looked at this
stage as if Tottenham may get more, but Bradford, urged on by their new
Manager Jim Jeffries, battled back. Peter Atherton was allowed to cross
and Windass dived to head home. This really got the Bantams tails up and
they pushed men forward to get an equaliser. After Windass had hit a
post, another cross from the Bradford left from Sharpe was nodded back
across goal by McCall and Carbone was unmarked and volleyed home from
close in. Spurs’ defending during this period was appalling. Sherwood
and Freund both seemed to run out of steam and failed to track back.
George Graham then made a strange decision with scores level and a
minute to go he sent on Vega for Sherwood. Tim was not playing well, but
sending Vega on just gave Bradford hope. Fortunately, time ran out
before Ramon could do any damage. Disappointment again for the
travelling Spurs fans. Two points lost and we are slipping down the
Spurs, Ferdinand worked hard and Armstrong put in plenty of running. At
the back Campbell looked after Collymore, but the rest of the defence
had poor games. Thelwell was given the run around by Carbone, but kept
bouncing back and is learning quickly. The midfield was generally poor
apart from Ledley and allowed Bradford to push on too much.
for the North London derby.
TOP MAN : – LES FERDINAND