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Iversen seeks striking blend

Posted on 13 October 2000  - 12:00

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Steffen Iversen had a close-up look on Wednesday night at how perhaps the finest strike partnership in European football operates in tandem - and the pair combined to inflict further damage to Norway's World Cup qualifying cause.

The pair in question are Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko and, of course, our own Sergei Rebrov. The Spurs half of the dynamic duo supplied the ball for his former Dynamo Kiev partner to score the goal which separated the Ukraine from their Norwegian hosts at the final whistle.

So, with the Premiership campaign resuming after the international break, did Iversen study the role played by Shevchenko in terms of improving his own combination with Rebrov?

"Of course you can always learn from every player, especially him, he is a great player," remarked Iversen. "It's hard to look at them and try to play like they do, it's not going to happen because we're quite different, me and Shevchenko. We have to try and find a connection, me and Sergei, but we've been doing alright this season, he's got a few goals, but I still have a few to go and hopefully they'll come."

Following two draws and a defeat, Norway are suffering the dubious distinction of being in roughly the same qualifying boat as England, and Iversen does acknowledge that the two nations are currently marooned in the dodgy vessel that no leading team wants to find itself.

"Yes we are," admitted the striker who is deployed on the right side of midfield for Norway. "We haven't started the best, it of of some discomfort but we are playing well. In all three games we have created quite a lot of chances so it is quite unlucky for us not to have more than three points."

Iversen took no comfort from the fact the Ukraine are rated as a class act. "Yes, but they didn't impress me that much. Because the only two players that were good really was Sergei and Shevchenko, the rest of the players are more average.

"Sergei played alright, he played well - Shevchenko was very good. So it was a tough enough game but we should really have won it as we had enough chances."

Thoughts must now return to the domestic scene and a tricky trip to the midlands. "It's going to be tough, it's always tough to go to Coventry," pondered Iversen. "They haven't had the best home record this year so it's about time for them to win. We'll have to be at our best to win the game, I think we will be, and hopefully we'll get three points down there.