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Charlton v Spurs Head to Head

Posted on 14 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

JOHANSSON IVERSEN
APPEARANCES
Minutes on pitch 124 296
GOAL ATTEMPTS
Goals 2 0
Goals/shots ratio 33% 0%
SHOOTING
Shots on target 6 3
Shooting accuracy 100% 27%
PASSING
Goal Assists 1 0
Passing Accuracy 73% 72%
DISCIPLINE
Fouls 4 4
Offside 1 1
Yellow Cards 0 1
Red Cards 0 0
First Goalscorer Odds 6/1 6/1
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Jonatan Johansson
Steffen Iversen

Tottenham's second successive London derby within the space of a week sees the Lilywhites travel south through the capital, knowing that the last time they played at the Valley they inflicted Charlton's heaviest home defeat of their doomed 1998-99 season, winning by four goals to one.

Steffen Iversen scored Tottenham's first goal in that game, equalising Graham Stuart's early opener for the Addicks, to help him towards becoming Spurs' top scorer by the end of 1998-99.

The Norwegian striker repeated that feat last season, netting 14 times along with partner Chris Armstrong, but 2000-01 has witnessed a slow start from the former Rosenborg front-man, having failed to hit the back of the net this term.

The Scandinavian connection is completed by the fact that his opposite number on Saturday afternoon is likely to be Finnish international Jonatan Johansson. Not that these two would have had much contact given that the Charlton striker was actually born in San Marino, but for some reason he declined the opportunity to represent their national team. I can't think why.....

Johansson's humble upbringing has not stopped him grabbing the headlines in the Premiership on his return from injury with two goals in just three appearances. His strikes importance were augmented by both being equalising goals for the Addicks, after falling behind against Southampton and Derby.

Amazingly, the former Ranger's attacker - who missed most of last season through injury in the SPL with the Glasgow giants - has hit every single effort on target to date and is one of the few Premiership forwards with a 100% shooting accuracy.

If Johansson is representing a well-oiled machine at the moment, then Iversen is behaving more like Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang. No goals and just three shots on target from 11 attempts will not have pleased the Norwegian and he will be keen to kick-start his season this Saturday.

Iversen has at least been more successful at creating chances for his team-mates. The 23-year-old has swung in five accurate centres from the wing - a position he adopts for Norway - and has found a fellow Spur with a decent 66% of his passes in the opposition half.

Johansson may still be a little short of reaching full match fitness, but no doubt a run out in the fervour of a London derby will do him the world of good. With 10 goals in the last two meetings between Charlton and Spurs, the emphasis is likely to be on attack on Saturday and it will be interesting to see the contrast in confidence between these two players. Johansson will be seeking to continue in the same vein, while Iversen will be glad to simply find a vein in the first place.

Phill Othen