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Reserve report:<br>Charlton 2, Spurs 1

Posted on 21 February 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 impressed in a 90-minute stint as our reserves suffered an unlucky late defeat against Barclays Reserve League leaders Charlton at The Valley on Monday night.


The midfielder looked back to his best bombing up and down in a night of plusses - apart from the result - in a snowy South London.


Radek Cerny made his debut in goal, we defended well against the Premier League quality strikeforce of Jonatan Johansson and Francis Jeffers, Davis and Dean Marney ran the midfield against Jason Euell, Rohan Ricketts showed flashes of his best while Lee Barnard and Mounir El Hamdaoui always looked a threat.


When Barnard slotted home his 11th goal in 14 outings five minutes from time a draw looked the least we deserved but play switched to the other end in the final minute, Lloyd Sam swung the ball in from the left and it deflected off Barnard's head before nestling in the far corner.


In hindsight, perhaps we could have guessed it was going to be one of those nights when we struck the inside of the same post twice in as many seconds after just four minutes.


As he would do effectively in the first half, Ricketts cut in from the right flank, let fly and his shot cannoned back off the inside of the left upright. Barnard pounced on the rebound but Stephan Andersen in the Charlton goal somehow fingertipped it onto the inside of the same post and this time to safety.


Charlton came back into it until almost unbelievably the inside of the same post denied us again, this time Ricketts cutting inside before sliding in Mounir El Hamdaoui who beat Andersen all ends up but not the woodwork.


The next action of note was Charlton's opener after 23 minutes. Decent build-up play led to Long feeding Johansson who made no mistake from eight yards.


Mark Yeates responded straight away only for Andersen to tip his 25-yarder wide at full stretch and the Irish winger tried his luck a couple more times, just wide on both occasions, before the home keeper gathered well from Ricketts.


Those two crossed swords again in the first action of the second half, Ricketts driving low but Andersen grasping to his right after 50 minutes.


Two minutes later and ex-Spur Chris Perry came to the rescue when Andersen failed to hold a Yeates drive but Charlton hit back with Cerny saving well from Sam and Jeffers lashing just wide.


Paul O'Donoghue provided the next threat with successive headers from corners, the second a free header from eight yards and Yeates should have done better when Marney picked him out but he glanced wide from close range.


Euell and Sam might have done better before the breakthrough with five minutes left. Yeates whipped in a cross from the right that Andersen could only parry out to Marney, he stepped around Fuller, was tripped and Barnard made no mistake from the spot.


You felt a draw was the least we deserved but then the hammer blow. With time ticking away, Sam whipped the ball in from the left and it looped off Barnard's head beyond Cerny into the far corner.


GUIDE TO THE ACTION
4mins: WOODWORK/SAVE. Ricketts cut in from left, low left-foot shot from 22 yards cannoned back off the inside of the post. Barnard followed up but Andersen somehow managed to tip effort onto the side of the same post and to safety.


6mins: Jeffers beat offside trap, attempted lob straight into Cerny's hands.


7mins: Wilson low swerving shot, tricky in conditions but Cerny gathered well.


9mins: Sam into Jeffers, flick to Johansson who shot wide from narrow angle.


11mins: WOODWORK. Fine run by Ricketts, glided past two men and slipped ball to El Hamdaoui, right side of box, shot across Andersen but back off inside of same upright.


23mins: GOAL. Charlton cut us open, Euell into Long and onto Johansson who made no mistake from eight yards.
Charlton 1, Spurs 0


24mins: SAVE. Yeates one-two with Barnard and snapshot from 25 yards forced full-length save from Andersen.


28mins: Defence failed to clear, Long decent effort deflected over.


30mins: Yeates dragged volley wide from 25 yards.


42mins: Barnard beat Wilson to ball and flicked around corner for Yeates, took shot early, whistled wide.


44mins: Sam's dangerous low cross taken well by Cerny.


Injury time: Ricketts cut in from left again, low shot taken easily by Andersen.


Half-time: Charlton 1, Spurs 0


50mins: SAVE. El Hamdaoui found Ricketts in yard of space, 16 yards out, drilled shot that Andersen did well to cling onto low to his left.


52mins: Yeates beat a couple of players, 20-yarder spilled by Andersen but Perry there to clear as El Hamdaoui and Barnard closed in.


53mins: Cerny decent save from Sam's shot and gathered at second attempt.


55mins: Mix-up between O'Donoghue and Davis, Johansson backheel to Jeffers who shot wide first time from 18 yards.


57mins: Ricketts shot deflected just wide with Andersen beaten. From corner, O'Donoghue looped header wide of far post.


65mins: CHANCE. O'Donoghue free header from Marney's corner, 10 yards out, failed to hit target.


72mins: MISS. Best chance so far, Marney's cross picked out Yeates', eight yards out, glanced header wide.


73mins: CLOSE. Sam cross from left slid just wide by Euell.


75mins: Crossfield pass from Marney picked out Yeates, inside to Barnard who set for Davis to slice volley wide.


78mins: CHANCE. Johansson cross from right found Sam in space, six yards out, completely missed header.


85mins: PENALTY/GOAL. Marney spread play wide to Yeates, whipped in cross that Andersen could only parry out, ball fell to Marney who was clipped by Fuller. Clear penalty. Andersen guessed right but Barnard hit penalty truly enough.
Charlton 1, Spurs 1


89mins: GOAL. Sam drilled in cross from left side, deflected off Barnard and looped into far corner.
Charlton 2, Spurs 1


Full-time: Charlton 2, Spurs 1


LINE-UPS
Charlton: Andersen, Wilson, Gross, Fuller, Perry, Fish, Sam, Euell, Jeffers, Johansson, Long (John, 68). Subs: Varney, Randolph, Ashton, Ricketts, John.


Spurs: Cerny, Pamarot, O'Donoghue, Defendi, McKie, Marney, Davis, Yeates, Ricketts, El Hamdaoui, Barnard. Unused subs: Riley, Eyre, O'Hara, Limbersky, Hallfredsson.