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Tottenham v Blackburn - Head-to-Head

Posted on 31 December 2001  - 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).

Teddy Sheringham Andy Cole
APPEARANCES
Minutes on pitch 1674 710
GOAL ATTEMPTS
Goals 5 4
Goals/Shots ratio 11% 20%
SHOOTING
Shots On Target 18 11
Shooting Accuracy 40% 55%
PASSING
Goal Assists 3 3
Passing Accuracy 77% 72%
DISCIPLINE
Fouls 20 9
Offsides 15 20
Yellow Cards 3 0
Red Cards 1 0
OPTA INDEX SCORE 954 920
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Teddy Sheringham
Andy Cole

With Andy Cole's transfer to Blackburn complete, last season's Manchester United most-common front-line comes head to head at White Hart Lane on new Years Day.

Teddy Sheringham returned to Spurs in the summer after four medal-laden seasons at Old Trafford to try and assist Glenn Hoddle's attempts to re-establish the Lilywhites as a top Premiership club.

While also returning to the England squad, Sheringham has helped Spurs to a reasonable season and a position of some comfort in the top half of the table. However, in recent weeks, Spurs have stuttered and Sheringham has failed to score in their recent poor run of just one win in five games.

In fact, Cole has played less than half the number of games that his former team-mate has played, but has just one goal fewer than Sheringham so far this season. And it isn't just goalscoring where Cole has matched his erstwhile partner. Both players have three assists to their name.

Cole is certainly the more accurate of the two. He has forced the 'keeper to work with 55% of his shots compared to a below-par 40% by Sheringham. But the Spurs man, as you would expect, is a better link player, completing 77% of his passes - some five percentage points better than Cole.

Of course, the two famously fell out some years ago and have refused to talk to each other off the pitch since the row. It didn't seem to hurt Manchester United's relentless ambition for winning trophies, but those successful days may well now be behind both players.

After Champions League success and more title medals than most teams have actually won, their new clubs are unlikely to reward these two with many more additions to their respective trophy cabinets. Both players have taken the decision to secure definite first-team football at this stage of their careers in the hope that it will enhance their claims to a seat on the plane to the World Cup. Don't expect the two to exchange pleasantries before the match, but don't be surprised if either proves to be the matchwinner.

Rob Bateman