|With an away win
finally under our belts, Tottenham travel to Goodison Park with another
victory on their minds. Only this time they are facing a Premier
League side and not one from the Third Division.
Everton has been a happy hunting
ground in the recent past - even in the times when we have been so bad
away from home. Not that that means anything, especially when you
look at the way Everton came back against Watford last week in the Cup
away from home. Walter Smith has tried to instill some fighting
spirit in the side; that's why Duncan Ferguson has been back in the team
lately. And although he has found it hard to get money from the
board and to attract top players to the club, he has a nucleus of
players who should be doing better than they are (sound familiar ?).
In goal there is Thomas Myrhe, the
Dane, who has replaced knee injury victim Paul Gerrard. Myrhe
lacks a bit of height, but the rest of the defence makes up for that,
with Gough, Weir, Unsworth and Watson all good in the air. Former
Spurs captain Richard Gough will be missing for this match, as he is out
with a knee injury, as is Pistone. Les caused them all sorts of
problems in the first game this season at the Lane and usually is up for
a match against the Toffees as a payback for racist abuse he used to
receive whenever he played against them in the past. If Spurs are
to use his height as a potent weapon, then the crossing will have to be
better than it has been and that could be helped by the return of
Stephen Carr if he has recovered from his groin injury. Either
side of these twin towers play Michael Ball, Alex Clelland or Gary
Naysmith. Ball and Naysmith are the most likely to feature and
both enjoy getting forward, so Spurs could exploit that space that will
be afforded to them. Clelland has normally been used as a sub, so
could feature and again Spurs could attack him as a weak link in the
IN midfield, they have a lot of
personnel, but many have not been regular features in the side.
Nyarko came in a blaze of glory, but the Ghanaian has not been
consistent during his starts at the club. However, as he showed
against Spurs at the Lane, he is a very strong midfielder, who can make
space and finish well. Scott Gemmill buzzes about and can get into
the box, as does the Welshman Pembridge, Swede Alexandersson and
ex-Gooner Stephen Hughes. Of these Alexandersson has always been
the one who impresses me the most and Tottenham will need to pick up his
runs from midfield. Another former Spurs who will not be out there
is Paul Gascoigne, who is currently having a period of recovery after an
operation on a hernia. He has not had a great time at Goodison
since his move from Boro, but he still can produce a run and a pass to
damage opposition defences. Thank goodness he won't be playing
against us on this day. Dane Thomas Gravesen is the powerhouse in
the middle of the Everton team and he will run all day. Spurs need
to take him out of the game by passing the ball around him as if he
tackles you it will feel like you have been hit by a tank. Also
coming back from injury and a possible for contention is bizarrely
haired Portuguese international (although banned for a considerable time
for his dissent in the Euro 2000 match against France) Abel
Xavier. He won't be hard to spot.
Kevin Campbell could have
recovered from a virus to face Spurs and line up alongside
Ferguson. The Scotsman's height and physical approach always
provides Spurs with problems and the blue Campbell will have to be
shackled to prevent chances reaching him. An alternative up front
is Joe Max Moore, the American, although Israeli Idan Tal could be the
more likely to play, being the latest signing by Smith. Striking
options are a little limited as Jeffers is out until the end of January
with ligament damage, while Cadamarteri has been out of favour to such
an extent that a move to Tranmere Rovers has been rumoured of late.
Although Spurs might be
buoyed by the Cup result at Orient, this will still be a tough game with
Everton fighting to come away from the drop zone.
PREDICTION : - Everton
1 Tottenham 1
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|Everton 0 Tottenham 0
- Saturday 13th January 2001
Weather : - Cold,
Crowd : - 32,290
Referee : - A D'Urso (Billericay)
Scorers : - None
Everton: Myhre, S
Watson, Weir (Cleland 9), Ball, Unsworth, Alexandersson (Tal 78),
Gravesen, Pembridge, Hughes, Campbell, Moore (Cadamarteri 78)
Unused Subs : - Simonsen, Gemmill.
Booked: Hughes (Everton)
Tottenham: Sullivan, Perry, Young, King, Clemence, Doherty,
Sherwood, Anderton, Leonhardsen (Davies 64), Rebrov, Korsten (McEwan
Unused Subs : - Walker, Gardner, Thelwell.
It's 30 years since Everton won the League. To celebrate they assembled
some faces from that era to welcome the teams on to the pitch. If the
intention was to inspire the current Everton side it did not work.
I heard on the way to Liverpool that Campbell and Ferdinand had been
added to the Spurs injury list I decided I would be content with a point
from the game. It was very much a point won as the young Spurs side
battled and rode their luck to earn a draw. It was a drab game with only
the odd bit of excitement. Luke Young came in at the back although he
was not up to his usual reliable standard and was frequently beaten for
pace. Korsten came in again up front and was quite simply pathetic.
Gascoigne is still on the Everton injury list and was joined by big
Duncan Ferguson after Dunc’s midweek contretemps with some intruders.
the first half Spurs had one attempt on goal. It was a quickly taken
free kick by Sherwood heading for the top corner, but Myhre was alert.
Everton missed golden opportunities through Alexandersson and Campbell.
Sullivan was looking in excellent form and made a couple of fine
second half saw Everton increase the pressure and create several
chances, which they squandered or Sullivan saved. The former Gooner
Kevin Campbell was having a particularly off day. It was backs to the
wall for Spurs, but the youngsters battled away and in the second half
Sherwood played a leaders role with his challenges and urging.
Eventually George took off the worst two players on display. Leonhardsen
was his usual weak self and was replaced on 64 minutes by Davies. McEwan
replaced Korsten at the same time. Davies worked hard, put in some
useful tackles and showed he can pass a ball. McEwan looked out of his
depth but chased willingly; that alone was a greater contribution than
Korsten made. The game gradually petered out to a goalless draw without
Spurs rarely threatening the Everton goal. Rebrov worked well for the
cause. Doherty had another good game and Ledley King was excellent. So
an away point won by a very raw team and a job well done by the
youngsters. On another day against stronger opposition this team would
have struggled and the need for more experience in the squad is evident.
TOP MAN : – LEDLEY KING
|What can you say ? Without
any direct threat on the Everton goal, it was never likely going to be a
win for Spurs, but they did ride their luck to come away with a
point. The injury struck side did reasonably, but they were lucky
that they came up against a poor side in Everton.
As anyone who reads MEHSTG
regularly knows, we feel that Spurs and Everton have a lot in
common. Not as much money to spend on players as they would like,
little to attract potential signings and the "big five" tag
hanging over what is not a club of that status any longer.
However, the difference is that Spurs have the Indian sign over the
Toffees and have only lost once in 18 meetings now. While there
are many bogey sides who plague Tottenham's life, we do have at least
have one club who we reciprocate the service to.
For all Tottenham's profound lack
of away form, it doesn't help when they have to field Willem
Korsten. He surely must be the most lethargic player ever to pull
on a Spurs shirt. I don't think it is like Chris Waddle, who used
to look like he wasn't interested, or whether he really doesn't give a
damn, you just wish he would get out of first gear once in a
while. What ever possessed any club, let alone Spurs to put this
man in football boots ??
There is little more to add apart
from the fact that it is a point to the good. Not something that
has been capable of being said on the return from an away game this
season. That is about the only good thing that came out of the
trip to Goodison.