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Report: Spurs 1-4 Arsenal

Posted on 22 March 2002  - 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).

Colin Calderwood's reserve side fell to a eventual heavy defeat to Arsenal at Stevenage on Thursday evening.

George Snee shot us into an early lead, but struggled to contain Arsenal after that - even though it was level at half-time following an equaliser from Francis Jeffers.

Gary Doherty continued his comeback in the centre of defence alongside Alton Thelwell and James Quilter. Mauricio Consorti and Marcel McKie, making his first start, occupied the right and left wing-back spots.

Stephen Clemence anchored the midfield, assisted by Ciaran Toner and Johnnie Jackson, while Yannick Kamanan and Snee led the attack.

The game began, as you might expect, with a lively tempo and within the first five minutes Jeffers showed that he was going to be danger when he flashed an effort just wide after being found in the penalty area.

Minutes later, Jackson and Snee combined to provide Toner with a scoring chance but, like Jeffers, his shot was just the wrong side of the post.

The large crowd at Broadhall Way was lifted after eight minutes when Toner set Snee through towards the right hand side of the Arsenal penalty area. Snee advanced, held his nerve and fired his shot in the top right hand corner of visiting keeper Jamie Ashdown's goal to make it 1-0.

Arsenal began to put some neat moves together and levelled after 21 minutes. The speedy Jermaine Pennant supplied Jeffers in the area and the former Everton striker sidefooted powerfully past Lars Hirschfeld in the Spurs goal.

Arsenal now had a spring in their step and piled forward in search of a second. Jerome Thomas fired just wide and also hit the side netting after being found by Jeffers.

Toner had Spurs best chance to regain the lead when he blasted a loose ball just wide following a goalmouth scramble in the area.

Jeffers was replaced at half-time by Jeremie Aliadiere, but Pennant still looked a threat.

However, Arsenal struggled to make so many inroads into Spurs territory early in the second period and it was Spurs who next came closest. A superb cross by McKie just evaded the head of Kamanan in front of goal.

Clemence then played Snee through but his low shot was foiled by Ashdown. Almost straight after that effort Arsenal went up the other end and somewhat fortunately took the lead.

Rohan Ricketts picked up the ball in the area, span and dispatched his shot that appeared to take a deflection that deceived Hirschfeld and sneaked into the net.

Arsenal were bossing the game again and keeper Hirschfeld had to be alert on several occasions. There was nothing he could do though on 69 minutes when Pennant played Osei-Kuffour in and the young striker gave Hirschfeld no chance and Arsenal a two-goal lead.

On 76 minutes a brilliant piece of work by Clemence in midfield led to Consorti being set free down the right. Sadly, the finish did not match the approach and the Italian's effort drifted wide.

Two minutes from the end a long ball into the Spurs area was bought under control by Pennant, who cooly struck beyond Hirschfeld's right hand and into the bottom corner of the net.

Team: Hirschfeld, Consorti, McKie (Sutton 73), Doherty (O'Donoghue 85), Thelwell, Quilter, Toner, Clemence, Kamanan (Ferguson 65), Jackson, Snee. Subs: Jalal, Vedeux, O'Donoghue.

Arsenal: Ashdown, Halls, Juan, Svard, Keown (Oates 71), Chilvers, Pennant, Ricketts, Jeffers (Aliadiere 45), Osei-Kuffour, Thomas (Brown 85). Subs: Niedzwiecki, Paulinho, Skulason.