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Report: Spurs 2-2 Chelsea

Posted on 2 April 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).

Our reserve side stormed back from 2-0 down to finish all square with Chelsea at Stevenage on Tuesday evening.

Two down at the break and looking ripe for a roasting, a goal on his debut from Danny Foster and a screamer from Johnnie Jackson rocked Chelsea back on their heels with late strikes.

There was little in the way of chances in the opening 20 minutes, the game was concentrated in midfield and quality ball from both sides to set the front men free was few and far between.

Spurs adopted a 4-4-2 formation with Lars Hirschfeld making his third appearance in goal. In front of him, from right to left was, Maurizio Consorti, Gary Doherty, James Quilter and, playing a bit out of position, Johnnie Jackson.

Stephen Clemence captained the side from central midfield and was flanked by Oyvind Leonhardsen and George Snee to his right and Yannick Kamanan on his left.

Chris Armstrong made a welcome return in attack partnered by Steven Ferguson.

Lack of goalmouth action must have proved a frustration to Armstrong who was given little opportunity to extend himself on his return from over a year on the sidelines.

He nearly turned provider early on with a neat flick allowing Ferguson a shooting chance, but the Scot's effort drifted just wide. Blues hotshot Cartlon Cole took a potshot shortly after that ballooned over Hirschfeld's bar.

But the same man was to make no mistake after 21 minutes when Snee nodded the ball back to Consorti on the edge of his own area. The Italian was dispossessed by Cole who advanced on goal and slipped the ball beyond Hirschfeld.

Spurs had a chance to level when Ferguson crossed to Clemence in an inviting position, but the returning midfield man mis-kicked his effort.

On 36 minutes Chelsea doubled their lead. Joe Keenan played in Robert Wolleaston, who rounded Hirschfeld at an angle down by his right hand post and walked the ball into the net.

Under-17 starlet Danny Foster came on at half-time for his debut in place of comeback man Armstrong who was only scheduled to play one half. Foster took Jackson's place in defence, albeit on the right, Jacko moved into midfield and Kamanan took up a striking position.

Cole nearly gave the new boy a bad start early in the second half after Foster slipped, but Hirschfeld rescued the situation with a brave save.

Minutes later returning Jackson to midfield nearly paid off when he teed Clemence up for a shooting chance from around 20 yards. The skipper powered in a shot that rattled the underside of the crossbar and came out.

Kamanan nearly reduced the deficit on 73 minutes when he pulled the ball under control on the edge of the Chelsea area and curled in an effort that was heading towards the top corner before keeper Lenny Pidgeley got a hand to it and tipped over.

An injury to Kamanan led to Spurs pulling one back in the 79th minute. Clemence flighted the free kick over from the left in the direction of Doherty who won the ball in among a crowd of players and nodded the ball down where Foster was on hand to strike home beyond Pidgeley.

A contender for reserve goal of the season levelled the match on 87 minutes. Jackson picked up the ball to the right of the Chelsea area, rode a few tackles and unleased an unstopple drive into the the top right hand corner of Pidgeley net.

It set up a storming finale to the game during which Chelsea hit the bar and shot narrowly over, but no-one could deny Spurs their point after a brave fightback.

Team: Hirschfeld, Consorti (Perry 65), Jackson, Doherty, Quilter, Clemence, Snee, Leonhardsen, Ferguson, Armstrong (Foster 45), Kamanan (Ford 79). Subs: Kelly, Tyrie.

Chelsea: Pidgeley; Kitamirike (Woodards 80), Cousins, Di Cesare, Huth, Nicolas, Oliveira, Aleksidze, Cole, Keenan, Wolleaston (Wizic 80). Subs: Ross, Kneissl, Martella.