Match Report - Fulham Reserves v Tottenham reserves - 04 Feb 2004
FA Premier Reserve League South
Jamie Redknapp completed 45 minutes for the reserves in his comeback game against Fulham at Woking on Tuesday evening.
The club captain looked assured in his first game since suffering a knee injury in September before calling time on his return following just two weeks back in full training.
It was also a big night for first year Academy boy Charlie Daniels, the left midfielder who joined the more seasoned first years Philip Ifil and Jamie O'Hara in reserve team combat.
It was a Danny Foster own goal in the 73rd minute that settled a not an altogether absorbing contest - in the swirling wind and rain on a poor pitch - with not many passages of play that required goalkeeper intervention.
The first action of note came in the 18th minute when home keeper Ross Flitney was forced to deal with a chest-high back pass from thirty yards out. He exectuted that manouvere with precision, but proceeded to spoon his clearance and Lee Barnard pounced on the loose ball and squared to present Mark Hughes with a clear shooting chance. Flitney redeemed himself with a fine save.
Daniels then nearly stole in at the far post following a deep crossfield ball from O'Hara and then, minutes later, Jamie Slabber was inches away from getting on the end of Mark Hughes corner from the left.
Fulham nearly took the lead five minutes before the break when a Malik Buari low cross from the right was struck first time by Andrejs Stolcers and hit Lars Hirshfeld's left hand upright.
Just on half-time, Redknapp latched onto a sweep into the area, but his effort on the turn just looped over the bar.
The second half stuttered along with little in the way chances. The principal Spurs danger came from the pace of Daniels down the left flank, but it was a cross from the right from Ifil that Barnard connected with but couldn't direct on target.
The deadlock appeared to have been broken in the 64th minute when another wayward clearance from Flitney was whipped back into the area by sub David Hicks and Slabber nodded into the net. The celebrations were short lived as the referee spotted the flag of his assistant. Barnard then worked himself a shooting opportunity but his effort was fielded by Flitney.
O'Hara then shot from 25 yards and was not far away from the top right hand corner as Spurs established authority in the game. Then, against the run of play, from an attempted clearance from a ball pinged into the area by Buari, the ball spun off the top of Danny Foster's boot, looped up in the air and into the net over the head of Hirschfeld.
Fulham were then reduced to ten men following the dismissal of Darren Pratley for two bookable offences but, despite a late push with numerical advantage, the scoreline remained uneven.
Team: Hirschfeld, Ifil, McKie, Hughes, Foster, Bowditch, O'Hara, Redknapp (Hicks 45), Barnard, Slabber, Daniels (Malcolm 83). Subs: Dobson, Eyre (GK), Francis.
Fulham: Flitney, Rosenior, Stratford, Watkins, Fontaine, Tom Davis (Collins 83), James, Pratley, Buari, Stolcers, Doherty. Subs: Baker (GK), Green, Rehman.