currently in third position in Division Three and Spurs dropping down
the Premier League like a stone, this doesn't look as straight forward
as you might think. Especially as Tottenham have been drawn away.
Orient have had a strange couple
of seasons. Losing the promotion play-off final of 1999 to
Scunthorpe United after a season around the automatic promotion places,
they plummeted to a relegation threatened side who couldn't get things
right last term. This season they have mostly been near the top of
the league after a good start. They have drawn a lot of matches,
which has prevented them being right up there with Chesterfield and
In goal, they have a player Spurs
have faced in Cup competition before - former Brentford keeper Ashley
Bayes. There have been doubts about the safety of his handling and
when Spurs knocked seven past him in two legs in 1992. His
subsequent moves to Torquay United and Exeter City were also
The defence boasts a player
Tottenham have two players expressed great enthusiasm for. Left
back Matthew Lockwood has a good goalscoring record (many from the
penalty spot, but also quite a few from free-kicks) and makes a lot
too. He is a very good crosser of the ball and Spurs will have to
watch his runs from deep to cut off this supply line. The other
back man who has caught Mr. Pleat's eye is Simon Downer, a young central
defender who made the breakthrough into the first team last
season. Just 19, he is definitely one for the future and Tommy
Taylor has already put a price of £1 million plus on his head.
Lining up alongside them is another former Cup opponent - Dean Smith,
who was in the Hereford United side Spurs beat in 1996. In fact,
if it hadn't been for his penalty miss in the first tie, Spurs could
have gone out on that mud-heap of a pitch. He is now the O's
captain and a tower of strength in the air - if Les plays expect clashes
of heads galore !! Also at the back is Dave McGhee - a determined
and tattooed defender who is the original "take no
prisoners" type. Spurs will need to restrain themselves
after some of his tackles. Recently signed from Scarborough, Chris
Tate will also add height to the defence and at set-pieces.
In midfield, Orient are well
equipped to battle against anyone. Billy Beall and Scott Canham
have been around for a while with Cambridge and West Ham
respectively. Wim Walschaerts came to East London from Belgium,
but has settled into the team and possesses a fierce shot if he gets a
chance to let one go. Most dangerous in terms of creation is
probably the Bosnian Ahmet Brkovic, who is a player who can open up
defences to make openings for the forwards. However, some down
Leyton way think he is too good for the others in the side, who often
fail to read his intentions. He is the playmaker Spurs will have
to be aware of. South African Andy Harris might also be chosen in
the centre of midfield, where he has starred as a man marker and a good
Steve Watts has had a renaissance
lately, with goals coming his way and he works for them too. A
player who doesn't stop running defenders down and will challenge for
even lost balls. Also undertakes male modeling assignments, so
will be out to ensure he can earn more for his extra-curricular
activities with a goal against a big club. His strike partner has
returned to Brisbane Road after travelling around the country.
Apart from his first club Shrewsbury, he has found Orient most to his
liking and it has been his goals that have been important in taking them
back up the table. More of a sniffer of chances, Spurs will have
to ensure that there is little loose ball around the six yard box or
Griffiths will take advantage. Unfortunately for the Orient, their
other main striker - Iyesden Christie will be out for most of the
season. He has been struggling to find consistency, but had just
started to find good form when he suffered a ligament
injury. Also out for our opponents is on-loan Richard
Garcia, who Orient secured for the season from West Ham is ruled out
after damaging cruciate ligaments.
Another forward player who could
feature that Spurs should be aware of - Scott Houghton.
Recently taken from Southend United on a free transfer, Scott took
Orient through to this tie courtesy of his bum, which blocked an
extra-time clearance from the Northwich Victoria keeper and directed it
into the net. Scott was never really given much of a chance at
White Hart Lane and has moved on since then, but he will be out to show
Spurs what he is capable of.
Orient have promotion aspirations,
but at this stage they will be giving it their all in this match.
Spurs will need to dig in and have players out there who have the
ability to match their opponents. That is why I go for ...
PREDICTION : - Leyton Orient
1 Tottenham 1
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|Leyton Orient 0
- Saturday 6th January 2001
FA Cup 3rd Round
Weather : Cold and breezy.
Referee: P Jones (Loughborough)
Scorers : Leyton Orient : None
Tottenham : - Doherty 90.
Leyton Orient: - Bayes, Joseph, Lockwood, Smith, McGhee, Watts, Harris, Brkovic (Beall
89), Walschaerts, Houghton, Opara (Tate 72).
Subs Not Used: Barrett, Downer, Hatcher.
Tottenham: - Sullivan, Doherty, Perry, Campbell, Clemence,
Anderton, Sherwood, King, Leonhardsen, Ferdinand (Korsten 71), Rebrov.
Subs Not Used: Walker, Young, Davies, Thelwell
Bless the Queen Mum” as they say in this part of East London. Well God
bless Gary Doherty as well for coming up with a last minute winning
goal. This match was not however a good old knees up. It was a dour
struggle where Tottenham had to dig in and battle. This they did to
prove they could win away from home even if it’s Brisbane Road.
lined up with the same team that started the previous game, with Doherty
again playing on the right side of a back three. He played exceptionally
well and looks solid in the tackle, strong in the air and dangerous in
the opponent’s box at set pieces.
a full house this was always going to be a difficult game. Orient
battled hard but never really troubled Spurs. There was a strong effort
from Lockwood, which he volleyed from a corner, but Sullivan held the
ball well. In the first half Spurs had a goal disallowed. Campbell at
the far post put the ball in from a rebound but was offside as Ledley
King nodded on the original cross. It was King who then hit the post
with a header from a cross by Leonhardsen. Clemence was unfortunate to
see his scramble for the rebound then scrape the bar. Leonhardsen then
fluffed a shot over the bar. Rebrov, trying to repeat his effort against
Newcastle, ballooned the ball over.
half time came with the scores level. We had also been entertained
during the first half by some scuffling with Stewards on the terrace
behind the goal. It was reminiscent of the seventies (man).
second half was more of the same. Sullivan did not really have to make a
save. Rebrov had an excellent diving header saved by Bayes in the Orient
goal. Doherty put through Leo, but it was difficult to decide whether
his effort was a shot or a cross. Either way it went wide. Korsten
replaced a tiring Ferdinand and Willem hit his usual half-hearted
effort, which the keeper collected easily. In the last minute Rebrov
rose well to head goalwards and Bayes just tipped the effort round the
post. From the resultant Anderton corner Doherty stole in front of his
marker and headed into the corner of the goal.
at last an away win. Spurs are through to the next round of the cup. We
all know about the year ending in one but as George Graham said that’s
all fairy tales. As we have Dagenham or Charlton in the next round maybe
the first time we leave London will be for Cardiff. We can but dream.
TOP MAN : – GARY DOHERTY
|Well, nerve tingling doesn't come
into it, when Spurs go away from home to a lower division side in the
Cup. Even when there is a "one" in the year, they like
to keep us with one foot in the cardiac department of the local
hospital. While they were never really threatened by the Third
Division challengers, there was little to show that Spurs' possession
would be made to pay. While we peppered their box, the quality of
a lot of the ball in was poor and when there was some decent service,
our forwards and midfielders found themselves denied.
That there were no Tottenham
goals until the added time at the end of the match can be put down to
strong and resolute defending by the home side, poor finishing which
didn't hit the target often enough and a combination of keeper and
woodwork. Ashley Bayes produced a typical opposition goalkeeper's
performance against Spurs, throwing himself around to deny headers from
King and Rebrov and shots from Anderton and Sherwood. When the
ball did manage to evade the goalie, it did not end up in the
netting. And when it did, it still didn't count. King's
header struck a post and the rebound was prodded at full stretch against
the bar by Clemence. One cross from an Anderton free kick missed
everyone except Sol coming in at the far post, but his effort bundled in
at the second attempt was ruled out for offside. A goal then would
have settled the Spurs fans (and players) nerves, but it proved not to
Probably Orient's best chances
came either side of the break. Lockwood hit a clearance fiercely
towards goal and Sully picked it out of the air and grabbed it at the
second attempt before Watts could nip it in. Then former Spur
Scott Houghton could have made a dream come true with a goal, when he
was picked out on the left of the box, but Doherty made the ground to
excellently block his shot after the break. Spurs were struggling
to make headway against the East London side, but Leo had a shot low
across the face of goal and Rebrov forced Bayes to an excellent save as
the clock ticked down. However, from the resulting corner, Doherty
got his second goal of the week and a very important one for all
As for the players, there was
little to demonstrate the gap between the two teams and although the
pitch was heavily sanded, it was not in an awful state. Spurs
passing, especially when they got near the Orient goal seemed to be
especially wayward. Sherwood lost control a couple of times and
was probably lucky not to get sent off for two fouls, while Leo buzzed
around without and great effect. Anderton did work hard and
produced some of the better balls into the box, where Rebrov played
further up and was happy to shoot on sight, although he too a fair bit
of stick from the Orient defenders. Sol surged forward when he
could, Perry was up and down, Sullivan virtually unemployed and Clem did
a lot of work up the line.
Not a sparkling way to register a
win, but I suppose we should be glad that there is a Fourth round tie to
look forward to (depending on the draw of course). Not pretty, but
that could be the way of things and if it means some success away from
home, let it be a start before we begin to play the way we want.
Sid E Netting