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Reserve report: Spurs 0-0 Norwich City

Posted on 30 August 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).

Sean Davis completed 90 minutes on his return from injury as the reserves drew 0-0 with Norwich at Stevenage on Monday evening.


The midfielder showed no ill-effects from the knee problems which delayed his start to the season and he combined well with Michael Brown against a resilient Norwich side.


Due the continued absence of Mounir El-Hamdaoui, Clive Allen kept faith with the fluid formation that served the team so well at Chelsea last time out with Lee Barnard running solo in attack supported by advancing midfielders Aaron Lennon, Jamie O'Hara and Johnnie Jackson.


Norwich, featuring former Spur Paul McVeigh, had the first chance on goal when Marcel McKie felled Asmat El Ouargui on the edge of the area before Jason Jarrett fired over from the free-kick. O'Hara then enjoyed our opening gambit at the other end and, after dart on goal, fired in and his shot was well saved by Joe Lewis in the Norwich goal.


It took until 19 minutes for the next meaningful effort when Brown fired up the momentum with a blast just over the bar after a Lennon lay-off. Norwich were forced into change on 33 minutes when Chris Martin replaced El Ouargui and Martin was straight in on the action when he found space down the right flank and cut in before being well marshalled by Phil Ifil.


Five minutes later Davis nearly marked his return with a goal after Jackson tapped a free-kick in his direction and the crossbar was still rattling as the game continued.


Good football continued in the second half but chances were not exactly coming thick and fast. Neither goalkeeper could claim to have been overworked on a night where the game was very much being played in front of them.


Davis was pulling the strings in midfield and there was plenty of good approach play but it was ten minutes into the half before Brown managed to stretch Lewis with a low drive towards his right hand post. Brown again worked Lewis with a shot from distance that the keeper tipped over before a Spurs shirt just failed to make a connection in the six yard box on a loose ball that ended up creeping past the post.


There was a scare at the other end on the hour when Martin broke clear and slipped the ball through in the direction of Ian Henderson who shot narrowly over the bar. The best chance of the game followed when Davis combined with Charlie Daniels in the area allowing the left-back to really test Lewis to his left. The keeper was up to the task and parried the ball away but would have been able to do nothing had Lennon shot the rebound on target.


The tempo was being upped and there was the feeling a goal would not be far away. Brown came close again with 20 minutes remaining after being played in by Davis, with Lewis again proving equal to the effort.


The boys kept pressing but the earlier inkling of goals looming proved inaccurate despite the best efforts of Robert Eagle who clattered the bar for the visitors in the final moments from 25-30 yards out.


Team: Burch, Ifil, Daniels, Bunjevcevic, McKie, Davis, Brown, Lennon, O'Hara (McKenna 63), Jackson, Barnard. Subs: Forecast (GK), Maghoma, Mills, Hamed.


Norwich: Lewis, Cave-Brown, Drury, Howlett (Fisk 80), Spillane, Quaye, McVeigh, El Ouargui (Martin 33), Henderson, Jarrett, Eagle. Subs: Herbert, Muddel.