Fond memories of a New Year's day mauling inspired by Dean Marney and more on Mendes in the latest batch of your season 2004-05 reflections...
New Year's Day. What a day that was! Late night drinking left you slightly hungover in the morning, but it didn't matter, because Spurs were playing. Everton were to be the visitors to the Lane today, and here in the United States, I was ready for the 10:00am (3:00pm in UK) kick off, despite a headache!
Looking at the starting Lineup with no Defoe or Davis left me rather nervy about the game. Youngster Dean Marney would feature on the right, which left me happy for the lad, and desperate to see him do well today. He didn't disappoint. On 15 minutes Mendes' beautiful flighted pass to Keane, who flicked the ball on saw Marney half-volley the ball home from 12 yards passed a clobbered Richard Wright.
I yelled "Yesssssssssss" in delight, just the start we needed, I felt this would be a good day. My heart almost jumped out of my mouth when Naybet turned the ball just past his own post! Though soon after, we would make it 2-0, and one of the happiest moments of the day! On 35 minutes, Edman's long throw saw Kanoute flick the ball on for Ziegler, who chest controlled, then volleyed across the static Richard Wright. I jumped around! I was so happy to see young Reto get on the scoresheet as he had greatly impressed me when he had played earlier in the season.
As the half edged toward a close, we looked confident, and going it at half time 2-0 would be great for Martin, who would no doubt want us to go out and score more! But alas, Tim Cahill spoilt that dream. His volley from the edge of the area after our defence failed to clear, put Everton back in the game on the stroke of half time. I was devastated, even though we were still winning! I remembered the Arsenal game earlier in the season and how Henry's equaliser dead on half time ruined the game for us!
The second half got underway to me saying at the TV screen "COME ON BOYS". I didn't want to lose this. We were on a great run of form and Man Utd were up next, and I wanted confidence to flood from this game into that one (no doubt it did, but some officials decided to ruin the party). More or less even start to the second half, I was happy. We weren't under much pressure and we looked comfortable. The biggest cheer of the day for me (aside from the full-time whistle) came from the man who had impressed me so much in the middle of the park this season, Pedro Mendes.
Marney's cross bounced out to Kanoute, who layed the ball off for Mendes. Mendes took one touch, before smashing the ball into the top left hand corner. What a goal! His celebration was passionate and the whole stadium erupted. It was going to be a good day again. After that goal, it was all Spurs. The frighting potential comeback of Everton had diminished and we controlled the play. Keane made sure we would take the points home when he side footed home from 5 yards after great work from Marney. Keane seems to have a tendency to score against Everton!
All my voice went away, along with my headache, as I sang with the fans despite being thousands of miles away. The day became complete when Dean Marney curled home a brilliant effort late in the game. Well done that man! I really felt we had un-earthed another gem from the Spurs' nursery!
A late goal from McFadden wasn't enough to dampen my New Years Day, as Spurs ran home 5-2 winners in one of the best performances I have seen from Spurs during the season. I then sat back and watched the highlights of the other games during that day, pride of my side who had overturned high flying Everton for the second time this season!
Devoted spurs fan for 35 years - Took a client to the Manchester United Away game unfortunately had to sit in the away end about 10 rows to the left of Dugout..
After much nail biting and hand sitting in the game I thought we were on for a very favourable and well deserved draw. I saw Pedro pick the ball up form inside the half way line and was thinking to my self just hold it hold it don’t do any thing silly, he moved inside the half way line I’m now level with him and thinking stay cool let's soak the pressure up don’t give it away.
I look to my right to see who’s calling for the ball or who wants it then it happened as if it was slow motion. I see the linesman running like a streaker on the touchline oblivious to the match I’m now looking at the ball in the air seemed to take ages coming down I’m now thinking what a wasted shot Carroll will only catch it and boot it back up field then as if the ball was like a ball of lard it slips out of his hands and into the net.
At this point a matter of spilt seconds I’m up on me feet celebrating the goal and shouting I now see the ball played back up the field and the ref hasn’t blown. At this point I now think I must have been dreaming 'Nayim' all over again and I was in a time warp.
I’m on me own standing up in the away end at old Trafford and everyone around me knows I'm SPURS. I take the friendly banter with a pinch of salt and the odd joke about if I needed glasses or should have gone to specsavers. I sit back down and turn to the guy I was with and said 'that must have been a goal' or words to that effect, I look at Martin Jol and think why aren’t you ranting I start to disbelieve myself and think I was seeing things then one after another phone Texts, 'goal 2 ft over line', 'Spurs Robbed', 'Pedro from the half way line'. After about the tenth text in a matter of minutes, I knew I wasn’t dreaming and we were ROBBED.
I thought I would write to you about my special moment of the 2004/05 season. It all started Christmas Day when I unwrapped one of my presents from my parents, to find two tickets to watch Spurs at White Hart Lane. I was really pleased, as I hadn't managed to go to Spurs all season as I unfortunatly lost my job earlier in the year.
I invited my best friend (an arsenal supporter) so that he could watch a decent team!!! and to show him why we're never red!
Anyway all this excitement, soon turned to fear as the tickets I had received, were for the game on New Year's Day against high flying Everton. I thought "great! first time I get to go and watch Spurs and we are gonna get beat".
Well the day came and I learned that Dean Marney was playing (I had seen him for the reserves on quite a few occasions as I live in Stevenage and he was in very good form). I thought it was a bit early for him though to be in the first team and added to my worries that we were going to be beat. Of course i never let my "red" friend know this and gave quite a lot of banter in the pub before about how we are gonna beat Everton and beat them well!
5-2 at full time Dean Marney netting twice with a man of the match performance - one of his goals was superb shot at the north end he just kept going and going and the defense backed off so he hit the ball like a rocket from 20 yards!
Well my dream came true, what a result and the lad Dean Marney did superbly, a
great game of football and the best christmas present and start to 2005 I could have wished for! Thank you Tottenham!
P.S. I have a new job now so I'm hoping to get membership for next season - I can't miss another Everton game, i'd be devastated!