Reserves 0 Charlton Athletic Reserves 0
Tuesday 6th March 2001
Tottenham: Walker, Iversen, Gardner,
Toner, Thelwell, Perry (Hillier 84) Davies, John Jackson, McEwen
(Ferguson 56), Korsten, Etherington
Subs not used: Kelly, Piercy,
Charlton: Charlton: Caig, Allman, Konchesky, Izzet (McCafferty 49),
Fortune, Collis, Newton, Kinsella, Lisbie, MacDonald, Robinson.
Subs not used: Brennan, Greenaway, A Martin.
A rainy night in St. Albans is no better
than a freezing cold day at White Hart Lane in the Premier league in
terms of thrills and spills. This was really one for the back of
the memory banks.
Both teams fielded a healthy scattering
of players who have had first team experience and in Perry, Iversen,
Robinson, Kinsella and Newton, some who would be considered first choice
regulars at times. Despite this, the rain and the bumpy pitch
prevented any decent football being played. A good number of fans
had turned out though and the first chance fell to Charlton, but Lisbie
put his header wide of the goal. At the other end, both Korsten
and Etherington both ballooned balls over the bar, when they perhaps
could have produced a more telling contribution.
Iversen was adding to his substitutes
appearance at Derby to increase his match practice, but early on he felt
the full weight (about 5 stone wringing wet) of Kemal Izzet (brother of
Muzzy) putting his studs into the Norwegian's shin. Luckily there
was no damage done, because the referee was also thinking he was taking
part in a Premiership game, his decisions were so erratic.
Spurs linked up nicely down the right
most of the time, with McEwen and Davies pulling into some good
positions to draw defenders wide, but there was little quality in the
final ball. Etherington on the other flank ran at people, but many
passes he received were behind him, which meant he had to go backwards
to get the ball or had to cut inside onto his right foot and into the
The second half saw Spurs try to take a
more positive approach, but again the play got bogged down in a midfield
scrap with neither side creating a real threat to the keepers.
Walker was trying to roll the ball out more to his defenders, although
once he did a Sullivan and threw it straight to a Charlton midfielder
!! Korsten blazed over and also brought a save out of Caig in the
Charlton goal, but he had already been flagged offside. The one
true moment of excitement came in the last ten minutes, when Lisbie ran
into the box and going left rounded Walker. He slid the ball
towards goal, but on the wet surface Chris Perry slid along the turf and
scooped the ball off the line. A goal was claimed but the
assistant referee in front of us shouted back that it went all the way
along the line.
Shortly after Perry made his way down the
tunnel as Hillier replaced him. Surely the first-teamer would have
been disgusted by such a move ;-) However, there was little
time remaining and the match petered out into a scoreless draw.
Just like the Premier League game.
Of the Spurs players involved, young John
Jackson has a busy game and although he didn't do anything outstanding,
he was vigorous in the tackle and used the ball simply. Anthony
Gardner carried on from where he left off at Derby and had a assured
match at left back. His only flaw was a free header he had from a
corner near the end, which he got wide after it came off his
shoulder. Alton Thelwell suffered a nightmare at Derby. After
excellent showings in his previous matches, the Pride Park game must
have been a knock for him. However, he was welcomed back to the
reserves by Chris Hughton making him captain and that must have picked
him up a bit. He had a few dodgy moments when the ball was up in
the air, but gave a solid enough performance in the middle of defence.
Ciaran Toner also did a lot of hard work in the midfield, but didn't
really damage the opposition as he has done in previous matches.
Willem Korsten decided to have a lazy
day. Even by his own lackadaisical standards. Perry was
steady and saw off the Charlton forwards, while Davies was the main
dynamo in midfield, being unlucky to set up a couple of decent chances
when passes were intercepted. McEwen played as the lone striker
most of the time and tried to hold the ball up, but he had little
support and could not really show what he is capable of. He had no
real shooting chances. Lastly, Steffen Iversen played on the right
side of midfield and showed an experienced touch when others were
flogging themselves. Tried to open up the Charlton defence on a
number of occasions, but was more content in getting 90 minutes under
his belt without further problems. Could often be found as our
last man, so his fitness seems to be OK in that respect.
In what could be the last game at St.
Albans for the reserves (if rumours about a move to Stevenage Borough
are true), it was a sad way to end the relationship, but then breaking
up is hard to do.
MARCO VAN HIP