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Match report<br> Spurs 0-0 Norwich City

Posted on 12 September 2004  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Jermain Defoe knocked and knocked again but couldn't find a way past Norwich City's determined defence - not least the outstanding Robert Green.


The Canaries and England's current number three goalkeeper pulled out all the stops in this entertaining goalless draw.


But it was only one-way traffic in the first half. Darren Huckerby came to the party in the second half and caused us a few problems - forcing Paul Robinson into a couple of saves and Ledley King into the defensive play of the season so far.


All eyes were on our England trio, particularly Defoe, and it seemed only a matter of time before the livewire striker delivered.


He hit the base of the post from 25 yards in the 17th minute and just a few minutes later watched in amazement as Youssef Safri cleared his volley off the line.

In-between those chances, Adam Drury somehow prevented Fredi Kanoute from getting a clean shot at goal from Defoe's pass and 10 minutes later, Jamie Redknapp poked agonisingly wide from Thimothee Atouba's flick.


Norwich were barely in it as an attacking force apart from a header from the returning Gary Doherty that Robinson saved comfortably.


We continued on the front foot at the start of the second half before Huckerby started to find his feet.


The warning signs were there with a dribble in the 57th minute and five minutes later he latched onto a clearance from our corner, stepped on the gas and eventually forced a fine save from Robinson, out quickly and bravely to block.


A minute later, as the game opened up, Defoe was back in the action, taking a pass from Atouba before letting fly from 25 yards - Green was there to tip over.


Green's best save was reserved for Atouba. Simon Davies, back in the action as substitute for Michael Brown, worked his way to the byline and the Cameroon international met his deep cross on the volley only for Green to plant a hand on the ball by the foot of his post and see the ball stick.


Robinson beat away another Huckerby effort before the moment of the match as Huckerby raced onto Safri's pass, toed the ball past Robinson and had an empty goal to tap into - enter King, who made up a couple of yards to block the goalbound effort.


Green saved well from Robbie Keane as we threw everything forward but, on this occasion, it wasn't to be.


MINUTE BY MINUTE GUIDE


2mins: Pamarot inches away from Edman's free-kick.


9mins: Defoe onto loose ball from Brown long throw, Francis there to block volley.


13mins: Atouba decent attempted ball to Brown but Green read and collected.


17mins: WOODWORK. Defoe received Mendes pass, skipped away from Francis, early shot from 25 yards hit base of post with Green beaten.


20mins: CLOSE. Speed from Defoe down left flank, fed perfect ball into Kanoute but Drury back to block as striker pulled the trigger.


22mins: Huckerby burst onto Doherty's pass but King back to block cross.

23mins: OFF LINE. Ball hacked up in the air by Safri, poor header away pounced on by Defoe, low volley from 10 yards goal bound but Safri back to somehow clear off line.

27mins: Doherty header from Charlton's free-kick forced Robinson into action, comfortable enough save low to his right.

34mins: CLOSE. Long ball from Robinson headed into danger area by Atouba, Redknapp onto loose ball, control and poked just wide on volley from 10 yards.


42mins: Mendes cut out Norwich attack and immediately hit Kanoute with 50-yard pass, Kanoute strength took him into box and flashed shot just wide from left channel.


43mins: Bentley volley over from 20 yards from Doherty's chest down.


44mins: Great climb from Defoe to connect with Brown cross but couldn't get enough on header.


Half-time: Spurs 0, Norwich City 0


49mins: YELLOW. Charlton for foul on Defoe.


50mins: Good work from Brown down right, held off Drury before laying ball back to Pamarot, early cross volleyed wide by Redknapp.


53mins: Brown and Redknapp involved in move, Redknapp prodded ball through to Defoe but Fleming blocked effort.


57mins: Huckerby's first successful dribble took him past three defenders before King stepped in.


58mins: SAVE. Atouba won ball on left flank, fed Defoe 40 yards out, dribbled forward 10 yards before letting fly but Green saw all the way and tipped over.


58mins: Bentley dragged shot wide from 25 yards.


62mins: SAVE. Huckerby break from our corner, held off Naybet, into area but Robinson out to save at his feet.


65mins: SUB. Davies for Brown.


68mins: SAVE. Davies straight into the action, beat Holt, deep cross volleyed to near post by Atouba but Green there for superb one-handed stop.


69mins: YELLOW. Safri for foul on Davies.


71mins: SUB. Keane for Kanoute.


73mins: SAVE. Huckerby the danger again, cut in from left channel before unleashing drive that Robinson did well to beat away.


74mins: CLEARANCE. Huckerby onto Safri's ballover top, beat the outrushing Robinson but King made up yards to block as he went to tap into open goal.


75mins: SUB. McVeigh for Safri.


81mins: SAVE. Long clearance from Robinson headed on by Atouba, loose ball fell to Keane, 12 yards out, could only side foot and Green up to task.


82mins: SUBS. Jackson for Atouba; McKenzie for Doherty.


83mins: YELLOW. Mendes for foul on Huckerby.


85mins: From corner, Defoe laid ball to Davies on edge of box, left-foot shot straight at Green.


86mins: Davies interception and quick pass to Jackson, he fed Defoe who worked a yard in the box before lashing just wide.

88mins: Defoe free-kick deflected just over.


Injury time: YELLOW. Redknapp for foul on Francis.


Injury time: BLOCK. Huckerby down the left, cut back set for McKenzie but Edman there to block from close range.


Line-ups: Spurs: Robinson, Pamarot, Edman, Naybet, King, Atouba (Jackson, 82), Redknapp, Mendes, Brown (Davies, 65), Kanoute (Keane, 71), Defoe. Subs: Keller, Gardner.


Norwich City: Green, Drury, Fleming, Huckerby, Holt, Bentley, Safri (McVeigh, 75), Charlton, Edworthy, Francis, Doherty. Subs: Ward, McKenzie, Svensson, Helveg.


Referee: Howard Webb.


Attendance: 36,095.