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Reserve report:<br> Spurs 2, Leicester City 1

Posted on 7 February 2005  - 12:00

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Mounir El Hamdaoui marked his reserve debut with a goal as we won a feisty encounter against Leicester City on Monday night.

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The January recruit from Excelsior Rotterdam capped an impressive performance at Stevenage with a lovely goal to secure the points 10 minutes from time.

Taking a pass from the equally-impressive Phil Ifil, El Hamdaoui left defender Richard Stearman for dead on the edge of the area before finding the top corner with the outside of his right foot.

El Hamdaoui looked the part as did Ifil down the right flank and Kieran McKenna was outstanding in central midfield, breaking up play and rarely wasting the ball.

Rohan Ricketts came through 90 minutes on his return from injury and David Limbersky continued the good news with his first goal for the reserves.

It was arguably the most physical encounter of the reserve season with a few personal battles going on, a few late tackles and, almost inevitably, a red card when Peter Canaro was sent off late on for bringing down Limbersky.

Leicester managed to pull a goal back in the final minute but anything less than a home win would have been hard to take for coach Clive Allen.

The first half started at quite a pace with El Hamdaoui's shot deflected just wide and Defendi's close-range effort blocked accidently by Barnard six yards out.

Both sides broke at pace - Wright climbed well into Butcher's cross but headed wide after 13 minutes while Stearman did well to nip the ball off El Hamdaoui's toe after Barnard released Limbersky.

Wright headed just over under pressure from Eyre before we grabbed the lead on 37 minutes.

After some decent build-up play throughout, this goal came out of nothing as Ifil launched a free-kick towards Barnard, it cleared both him and his marker only for Limbersky, continuing his run for any flick on, to capitalise on a moment's hesitation between keeper Logan and Stearman and poke the ball home.

We took control at the start of the second half.

Logan saved at full length from Barnard, Hallfredsson curled over, Barnard drilled Defendi's slide rule pass a yard off target and the best move of the game on 57 minutes led to McKenna cutting the ball back for El Hamdaoui to volley just wide.

However, there was a warning sign at the other end after 65 minutes as Nicky Eyre produced a fine save one-on-one from Canaro before Ifil somehow backheeled O'Grady's follow up off the line.

Barnard went close twice more as the game started to develop more and more of an edge and Ricketts forced Logan to save with his feet after 78 minutes.

The Leicester keeper was helpless however two minutes later as El Hamdaoui finished superbly from Ifil's pass.

Logan had more work to do to keep out El Hamdaoui and Ricketts again and although O'Grady grabbed a goal back in the last minute, there was no doubting the points went to the right home.


2mins: Lively start from El Hamdaoui, quick feet and shot deflected just wide.

4mins: Corner bounced to Defendi, shot looked goalbound but accidently blocked by Barnard six yards out.

9mins: Dangerous near-post corner met by Wright but McKenna there to make fine block.

13mins: Quick Leicester break from our attack, Butcher early cross for supporting Wright who climbed high to meet it but headed wide.

18mins: Good control from Barnard who released overlapping Limbersky, tried to pick out El Hamdoui but Stearman there to take off his toe.

32mins: Eyre out bravely to meet Wright in an aerial 50-50, Wright got there first but header sailed over.

37mins: GOAL. Ifil free-kick cleared Barnard but Limbersky continued his run, Logan and Stearman hesitated and Limbersky nipped in to poke home from six yards.
Spurs 1, Leicester 0

42mins: Gemmill floated corner to edge of box, Camero headed into danger area, Wright didn't get enough of volley but still needed save from Eyre.

44mins: McKie cross found El Hamdaoui, didn't get hold of attempted shot that went through to Ricketts who hit volley into ground and across goal.

Half-time: Spurs 1, Leicester City 0

47mins: SAVE. Logan at full length to hold onto Barnard's 30-yarder.

52mins: Good move, Ricketts into El Hamdaoui and wide to Hallfredsson who cut in from right and hit left-foot curler just over.

56mins: Perfectly weight pass from Defendi fully 40 yards allowed Barnard to hit shot on his left side, didn't quite wrap his foot around it enough, two yards wide.

57mins: CLOSE. Best move of match, Ifil wide to McKenna, played one-two with Ricketts and cut back for El Hamdaoui to control and shoot just wide.

65mins: SAVE/OFF LINE. Quick free-kick released Canaro through on goal, Eyre out to make excellent block, ball ran to O'Grady, six yards out, no keeper, Ifil somehow managed to back heel off line.

66mins: Barnard stretcing to meet Ricketts' cross and sliced wide.

70mins: Hallfredsson deep free-kick found Barnard, tight angle, headed into side-netting.

78mins: SAVE. Good hold up play by El Hamdaoui, picked out Ricketts, control and volley forced Logan into decent save with feet.

80mins: GOAL. Ifil run down right flank, ball into El Hamdaoui, beat Stearman before finding top corner with outside of right foot.
Spurs 2, Leicester City 0

86mins: SAVE. Ricketts into box and forced lowe save from Logan.

87mins: SAVES. Double save from Logan to deny El Hamdaoui.

89mins: GOAL. O'Grady shot from corner of box crept in at near post.
Spurs 2, Leicester City 1

Injury time: Good work from Ricketts in right channel, cut back to El Hamdaoui who shot straight at Logan.

Full-time: Spurs 2, Leicester City 1

Spurs: Eyre, Ifil, McKie, Defendi, O'Donoghue, Ricketts, Hallfredsson, McKenna, Limbersky, El Hamdaoui, Barnard. Subs: Forecast, O'Hara, Lee, Malcolm, Dilevski.

Leicester City: Logan, Canero, Wykes, Wesolowski, Lycett, Stearman, Butcher, Gemmill, O'Grady, Wright, Muggleton (Norvall, 81). Subs: Payne, Graham.