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WTPS: Sunday links

Posted on 25 November 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).

Les Ferdinand grabs the match report headlines in Sunday's newspapers after his winner at West Ham and there is plenty of praise for his partnership with Teddy Sheringham.

On the rumour mill, the People's Hotline says Glenn Hoddle wants to sign Aston Villa defender Gareth Barry but has 'stunned' by Villa's £10m price tag.

The Mirror's Chat Zone links Steffen Iversen with a move to Borussia Dortmund, valueing the striker at £8m.

Back to the reports and Gerry Cox's view in the Observer reads as follows...

West Ham's PA announcer billed this is as the 'Battle of the "Glenns" ' because it was a meeting of sides managed by Messrs Roeder and Hoddle, but this strangely muted derby was more like an episode of Dr Finlay's Casebook in comparison to the white-hot atmosphere at last week's clash between Spurs and Arsenal.

Spurs won it through Les Ferdinand's close-range goal early in the second half, and should have won by three or four after dominating the game and hitting the woodwork three times.

It was not only the result but the pattern of the play that would have left Hoddle the happier manager when the two old friends met for a meal last night, while Roeder must wonder how to recapture the stylish football and passionate support one used to expect at Upton Park.

West Ham's supporters made considerably less noise than their much smaller band of rivals, but in truth they did not have much to shout about. West Ham did not manage a serious effort on target until the 65th minute, and Neil Sullivan had only one real save to make, when he tipped over a long-range drive from substitute John Moncur in the 71st minute.

By then Spurs were coasting to victory. Ferdinand scored the game's only goal with a 50th-minute tap-in after a thumping header from Gus Poyet was tipped on to the post by David James, making an injury-delayed debut in West Ham's goal.

Tottenham's celebrations were short-lived as Poyet needed urgent treatment for what appeared to be concussion, and the restart was delayed for four minutes while the groggy Uruguayan had to be persuaded by medical staff to leave the pitch.

But with Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton pulling the strings in midfield, and Ledley King again outstanding at the back, Spurs rarely lost control.

West Ham, with Paolo Di Canio, Freddie Kanouté and Michael Carrick injured, turned to Joe Cole for inspiration, and the youngster was their best player by some distance on his return after nine weeks out with a foot problem.

Both sides started slowly, and the closest either came to a first-half goal came a minute before half-time, when Teddy Sheringham hit a rising shot from the edge of the penalty area past James but on to the bar after neat one-touch football from King, Poyet and Ferdinand.

Sheringham also hit a post in the closing stages, as did Spurs' substitute Oyvind Leonhardsen, and Dean Richards went close twice with headers from set pieces.

In the end it was Spurs who went home happy after moving into sixth place - Hoddle enjoyed his dinner, while Roeder was left with plenty of food for thought.