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Report: Spurs 2-3 Chelsea

Posted on 25 September 2001  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Call it fate, call it a jinx, call it bad luck, call it what you want &mdash&#59; just when are we going to beat Chelsea again? <P class=MsoNormal>Victory looked within our grasp on this occasion only for it to be cruelly taken away by a controversial penalty decision from Steve Dunn. <IMG align=left border=1 src="/media/images/decorative/photos/tottche1.jpg"> <P class=MsoNormal>With the scores level at 1-1 and us on top, Gianfranco Zola threaded a pass through to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bursting into the box but as he shaped to shoot, the Dutch striker appeared to lose control and completely miss the ball. <P class=MsoNormal>Incredibly, Mr&nbsp&#59;Dunn awarded a penalty, Hasselbaink converted and the visitors were ahead. <P class=MsoNormal>That wasn&rsquo&#59;t the end of it though. Teddy Sheringham equalised, Frank Lampard was sent off &mdash&#59; yet still the 10 men won the day via Marcel Desailly&rsquo&#59;s injury time header. <P class=MsoNormal>We certainly had the better of the first half. It took only a minute for Christian Ziege to wrap his foot around a cross that fizzed across the face of goal and the same supply line saw Les Ferdinand&rsquo&#59;s flicked header drift just wide. <P class=MsoNormal>Chris Perry was there in the nick of time to divert a dangerous Jesper Gronkjaer cross away from Hasselbaink and his first effort on goal arrived soon after, a tame effort comfortably gathered by Neil Sullivan after Zola&rsquo&#59;s exquisite touch. <P class=MsoNormal>Play stayed in the competitive midfield area for the next 15 minutes and our two best chances followed on the 40-minute mark. <P class=MsoNormal>First a break as Ziege&rsquo&#59;s intelligent clearance was met by Sheringham, he fed Darren Anderton who lofted the ball onto Ferdinand charging forward but, with Desailly closing him down, he could only smash a half-volley wide. <P class=MsoNormal>Two minutes later and Perry&rsquo&#59;s textbook tackle on Hasselbaink was followed by a fine pass down the line to Simon Davies but his cross was agonisingly inches over Sheringham at the far post. <IMG align=right border=1 src="/media/images/decorative/photos/tottche2.jpg"> <P class=MsoNormal>Typically, Chelsea then took the lead. The clock had ticked into injury time when a loose ball found Graeme Le Saux on the edge of the area. His shot was superbly blocked by Anderton but the ball span kindly to Lampard, who skipped away from Sullivan and cross for Hasselbaink to bury a header at the far post. <P class=MsoNormal>No doubt crestfallen at the break, we came out undaunted and desperate to claw ourselves back into the game. <P class=MsoNormal>It took just two minutes for our first effort &mdash&#59; and what an effort. As the ball bobbled loose on the edge of the area, Sheringham conjured a left-foot volley from nowhere that rattled the crossbar. <P class=MsoNormal>Of course, the game couldn&rsquo&#59;t pass without another injury and this time it was Goran Bunjevcevic&rsquo&#59;s turn &mdash&#59; stretchered off laid out cold after an unseen incident. <IMG align=left border=1 src="/media/images/decorative/photos/tottche3.jpg"> <P class=MsoNormal>As the crowd raised the roof, the deserved equaliser arrived in the 65<SUP>th</SUP> minute. Ferdinand flicked Perry&rsquo&#59;s pass to Davies and the midfielder drew Desailly before sliding a deft pass to Sheringham. His first attempt was well parried by De Goey but Sheringham slotted the rebound into the opposite corner. <P class=MsoNormal>Then it went mad. With 78 minutes on the clock Zola&rsquo&#59;s pinpoint pass found Hasselbaink bursting into the area. As the striker shaped to shoot he seemed to lose control and hit an airshot and collapse after kicking the ground &mdash&#59; incredibly, the referee pointed to the penalty spot. <P class=MsoNormal>Players surrounded the referee and persuaded him to talk to his assistant, but that proved fruitless and there was a feeling of astonishment as the decision stood. <P class=MsoNormal>Even the penalty wasn&rsquo&#59;t clinical as Hasselbaink, off two steps, went to Sullivan&rsquo&#59;s right, he got a good hand on the ball only for it to hit the inside of the post and dribble over the line. <P class=MsoNormal>You could have excused the players for thinking &lsquo&#59;here we go again&rsquo&#59; but this explosive derby was far from finished. <P class=MsoNormal>It took a few minutes to regain composure before our next move brought the equaliser. Ferdinand left Desailly in his wake, cut into the area and his low cross was swept home by Sheringham. <P class=MsoNormal>Temperatures continued to rise and Lampard was sent off for a second bookable offence after a confrontation with Perry. <IMG align=right border=1 src="/media/images/decorative/photos/tottche4.jpg"> <P class=MsoNormal>Surely there was only be one winner from here &mdash&#59; there was, in Blue. <P class=MsoNormal>With injury time almost over Petit whipped in a corner, Gudjohnsen flicked on and Desailly nodded home at the far post. Amazing. <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>