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Reserve report: Palace 1-1 Spurs

Posted on 21 January 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).

Simon Davies completed a 45-minute stint on his return to action as our reserves drew 1-1 at Palace on Tuesday night.


The midfielder looked sharp in his first game since November after being laid low by an energy-sapping virus.


Starting in a right-midfield role, Simon was heavily involved in everything going forward, rarely gave the ball away and looked bright as a button. A positive first step on the comeback trail.


The goals came in the second half with our recent recruits Emil Hallfredsson and David Limbersky combining to hand Lee Barnard the chance to put us ahead from the spot before Palace levelled via Tyrone Berry's deflected goal.


A draw was about right on the night with possession even although Palace carved out the better chances and got on top later on and Nicky Eyre, called on late to take the keeper's jersey, did himself no harm with a couple of fine saves.


There were few clear-cut chances in the first half although plenty of football played by both sides.


We enjoyed more possession but Palace came closest to scoring when Eyre managed to turn Ryan Hall's free-kick away from the foot of his left-hand post. The young keeper also did well to save at Freedman's feet.


At the other end, Speroni had to be on his toes to pluck out Davies' drive from the angle and that was about it in terms of scoring opportunities.


Owen Price replaced Davies at the interval and we took the lead 12 minutes into the second half.


Hallfredsson, impressive in a central midfield role, released Limbersky and the Czech went over under a clumsy challenge from Mark Hudson. The referee pointed to the spot immediately and Barnard confidently struck home from 12 yards.


Palace hit back well, their man-of-the-match Hall volleyed just wide and then they were level, Freedman worked some magic on the right, crossed and substitute Berry's shot deflected off Kelly and left Eyre helpless, 65 minutes on the clock.


Palace had the better of the chances in the final quarter with Eyre saving well from Hall and Togwell before a late disallowed goal as Shipperley tapped home Hall's cross only to be flagged offside.


GUIDE TO THE ACTION


6mins: Wonderful change of play from Davies to find Limbersky on left, attempted cross blocked before Popovic cleared.


14mins: Lovely passage of passing between Bunjevcevic, Barnard, Davies and Kelly ended with McKie rifling shot straight at Butterfield.


17mins: First serious Palace attack, ball played left to Hall who drove just over from 22 yards.


19mins: Another good passing move, Bunjevcevic into Davies, wide to Kelly whose cross wasn't the best although it drifted just wide of far post.


21mins: SAVE. Decent strike from Hall free-kick, right-side, 25 yards, would have crept inside post but Eyre down well to his left to palm away.


27mins: Wonderful one-touch passing move from Palace all the way down the pitch but ended on the edge of our box, Eyre out to gather.


28mins: McKie long-distance volley straight at Speroni.


29mins: SAVE. Hall played through Freedman, 50-50 with Eyre, Freedman able to poke it but Eyre out quickly to block.


30mins: SAVE. Davies cracker saved at full length by Speroni.


43mins: Speroni did well to punch clear Hallfredsson's vicious inswinging free-kick from right flank.


Half-time: Palace 0, Spurs 0


Half-time: Owen Price on for Simon Davies, who plays 45 minutes as expected.


51mins: Popovic header from Butterfield cross no worries for Eyre.


57mins: GOAL. Hallfredsson played in Limbersky, left side of box, brought down by clumsy challenge from Hudson and penalty award. Barnard made no mistake from spot.
Palace 0, Spurs 1


60mins: Hall latched onto deep Berry cross, caught volley sweetly, just off target.


65mins: GOAL. Good move down our left, Freedman turned McKie and squared to Berry whose shot deflected in off Kelly's last-ditch lunge and left Erye helpless.
Palace 1, Spurs 1


69mins: SAVE. Eyre good hands and textbook diving save from Hall's central 25-yard free-kick.


75mins: Berry's cross went all the way through to Hall at far post, he volleyed back across goal missed by Shipperley and then prodded towards goal by Togwell, Eyre out to save bravely in the flying studs.


81mins: Borrowdale one-two with Freedman, fired just wide from 22 yards.


84mins: Kyriacou tried his effort from distance, decent strike but always going wide.


85mins: DISALLOWED. Hall fizzed ball across goal, Shipperley tapped in but ruled offside.


Full-time: Palace 1, Spurs 1


LINE-UPS
Crystal Palace: Speroni, Butterfield, Borrowdale, Togwell, Hudson, Popovic, Dolan, Hall, Freedman, Torghelle (Berry, 45), Shipperley. Subs: Wilson, Banks, Smith, Hickie.


Spurs: Eyre, Kelly (Kyriacou, 69), McKie, Bunjevcevic, Richards, Defendi, Davies (Price, 45), Hallfredsson, Barnard, Malcolm, Limbersky. Subs: Mascarenhas, Yeates.


REFEREE
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