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Match report:<br> Arsenal 1, Spurs 0

Posted on 25 April 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

We were inches away from a precious point at Highbury on Monday night.

Robbie Keane could have completely changed Tuesday morning's headlines when he rose unchallenged to meet Andy Reid's inch-perfect cross just three minutes from time - but didn't connect well with a header and nodded wide from six yards.

We also had appeals for a penalty waved away by referee Mike Riley as the ball clearly rolled over Ashley Cole's arm as he fell trying to shield the ball away from Keane.

In the end, Jose-Antonio Reyes' goal in the 22nd minute was enough for the home side to postpone Chelsea's title celebrations for a few more days.

Jermain Defoe could have put us 1-0 up before that as we started both halves well but it has to be said Arsenal were guilty of some wasteful finishing on the night.

Indeed, they should really have opened the scoring via Reyes in the first minute - missing an open goal - but we soon settled and had the better of the opening 20 minutes.

As we confidently popped the ball around, Kanoute drilled just wide, Defoe's lob drifted a yard wide and then a great chance after 17 minutes. Davis won the ball in midfield, Kanoute fed Defoe who turned inside Toure onto his right foot but went for power and Lehmann was able to block.

The game changed at the half-way point as Reyes made up for his first-minute miss. Fabregas did the hard work in midfield and released the Spaniard who controlled and drilled across Robinson into the far corner.

That appeared to rock us for a little while and suddenly Arsenal were in control.

They went close three more times - Vieira should have done better with a close-range header from Fabregas' deep free-kick after 37 minutes, Van Persie fired inches wide after 40 and a minute later, Reyes picked out Fabregas at the far post and it needed Edman to block his volley. In-between, Kanoute showed Vieira a clean pair of heels in a 50-yard run into the box that ended with penalty appeals following Senderos' challenge, but replays showed the Swiss defender nudged the ball.

The second half followed the same pattern. With the pace of the game more of a jog than a sprint, we again had the better of the first 20 or so minutes without troubling Lehmann. Defoe and Reid shot wide and Dawson headed onto the roof of the net.

As the substitutes came swarming on, Arsenal had chances to put the issue beyond doubt.

Senderos headed over from unmarked from six yards, Toure's 35-yard free-kick flew just over, Edu curled onto the woodwork and Reyes shot into the side-netting 14 minutes from time.

Martin Jol had introduced Mido, Keane and Reto Ziegler by now but Arsenal still created, Bergkamp curling wide and Edman's superb block denied Edu.

Into the last few minutes and appeals for a penalty as the ball appeared to roll over Cole's arm were waved away and then Keane's chance that agonisingly angled wide right in front of the Spurs fans. It wasn't to be.

1min: MISS. Van Persie slipped perfect ball through to Reyes, beat Robinson, amazingly missed open goal.

8mins: Kanoute 18-yarder skidded wide.

10mins: Davies released Defoe down right, cross intended for Kanoute cut out by Toure, luckily straight into Lehmann's arms.

13mins: CLOSE. Carrick drilled ball into Defoe, control and turn away from Toure, attempted lob just wide with Lehmann struggling.

17mins: SAVE. Davis won ball in midfield, Kanoute fed Defoe who beat Toure but Lehmann there to block from 12 yards.

18mins: YELLOW. Davis for foul on Reyes.

22mins: GOAL. Fabregas held off a couple of challenges and released Reyes, left channel, took ball into box and drilled low across Robinson into far corner.
Arsenal 1, Spurs 0

29mins: Kanoute lashed wide from 22 yards.

37mins: MISS. Vieira free header from Fabregas' free-kick but missed target from six yards.

39mins: Kanoute turn of pace took him away from Vieira and Senderos, cut into box from right, went over Senderos tackle, defender looked to have won ball.

40mins: CLOSE. Van Persie shot inches wide with Robinson at full stretch.

41mins: Reyes cross picked out Fabregas at far post, volley into ground on target blocked by Edman.

Half-time: Arsenal 1, Spurs 0

52mins: Reid drilled free-kick into Clock End.

53mins: YELLOW. Edman for foul on Reyes.

60mins: Kanoute flick on, Defoe lashed well wide.

65mins: Dawson looped header from Carrick's corner onto roof of net.

67mins: YELLOW. Kanoute for dissent.

68mins: MISS. Van Persie whipped in free-kick, Senderos free header, six yards out, headed over.

68mins: SUBS. Edu and Bergkamp for Fabregas and Van Persie.

70mins: SUB. Mido for Kanoute.

71mins: YELLOW. Dawson for foul on Reyes.

73mins: CLOSE. Toure 35-yard free-kick flew just over.

74mins: WOODWORK. Pires run, laid it to Edu who curled onto the post from 20 yards.

76mins: CHANCE. Arsenal kept ball for ages, eventually worked opening for Reyes, 16 yards out, fired into side-netting.

78mins: SUBS. Keane and Ziegler for Defoe and Ziegler.

83mins: Arsenal break, Reyes into Bergkamp, curled a yard wide.

84mins: BLOCK. Quick Arsenal break from our attack, Reyes spotted Edu wide, Edman over to block goal-bound effort.

87mins: MISS. Our best chance of night, Reid worked a yard and chipped in inch-perfect cross for Keane, six yards out, headed wide.

88mins: PENALTY? Cole appeared to handle trying to shield ball out, nothing given.

Full-time: Arsenal 1, Spurs 0

Arsenal: Lehmann, Lauren, Toure, Senderos, Cole, Pires, Gilberto, Vieira, Febregas (Edu, 68), Van Persie (Bergkamp, 68), Reyes (Aliadiere, 87). Subs: Campbell, Almunia.

Spurs (4-4-2): Robinson, Kelly, Dawson, King, Edman, Davies, Carrick, Davis (Ziegler, 78), Reid, Kanoute (Mido, 70), Defoe (Keane, 78). Subs: Cerny, Naybet.

Mike Riley