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Match Report - Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur - 22 Jul 2003


Darren Anderton reminded everyone that pre-season isn't just about strikers with a majestic goal and display at Norwich City.

But you couldn't keep one of our new hitmen out of the headlines - Bobby Zamora grabbed another poacher's effort to make it three goals in two halves of football since his move from Brighton.

Simon Davies bagged his second of the summer to complete another successful friendly and four wins out of four so far.

The spotlight has rightly been on Zamora and Helder Postiga pre-season but Anderton stole the show on this occasion with a magnificent display and goal at Carrow Road.

With half-hour on the clock, Steve Carr found him in a yard of space 30 yards out and the former England man took a touch before curling the ball into the top corner.

That capped a first half performance right out of the top drawer from the 31-year-old, always in space to receive the ball, rarely missing the target with his passing and digging in as well - it was his block on the edge of the area that denied one of City's best two chances of the half.

That chance fell to Jim Brennan after 12 minutes in the home side's best spell - three minutes earlier, the giant Malky Mackay headed Phil Mulryne's free-kick over from close range.

We were generally on top either side of those chances in a competitive, high-tempo friendly.

Postiga, Kazu Toda, Simon Davies and most notably Robbie Keane all went close with Keane's header - again from Anderton's cross - bringing the best out of impressive home keeper Robert Green.

Zamora arrived on the scene at half-time alongside Matty Etherington and took 10 minutes to make his mark, sliding a reverse pass to Simon Davies who finished the move off in style for 2-0.

A host of substitutes followed and one of them, goalkeeper Rob Burch, had to be at his best to somehow tip Abbey's volley over from close range after 65 minutes.

Zamora went close again two minutes later but his moment wasn't far away as he read Mackay's attempted header home and prodded the ball underneath substitute keeper Paul Crichton into the empty net.


4mins: Postiga headed Galbraith's cross over from 10 yards.

5mins: Toda attempts a 'Teddy' corner with Anderton and his 20-yarder whistles just over.

9mins: Mulryne free-kick powered over by Mackay from close range.

12mins: Hirschfeld at full stretch to punch clear Rivers cross, ball fell kindly to Brennan but effort denied by great Anderton block tackle.

30mins: GOAL. Anderton, found in space by Carr, set himself and curled home from 30 yards. Goal of pre-season so far. 1-0.

32mins: Keane released Galbraith down the left, deep cross to Davies at far post, didn't quite get enough power on header to seriously trouble Green.

40mins: DISALLOWED. Keane clipped chance home superbly but ruled offside.

45mins: Keane decent header from Anderton's cross but Green fine save to tip wide.

Half-time: Norwich 0-1 Spurs

Half-time: Zamora and Etherington for Postiga and Etherington.

49mins: Bunjevcevic key interception as Jarvis threatened to break through.

53mins: Carr fizzed a shot just over from right corner of box.

55mins: GOAL. Delightful reverse pass from Zamora to complete one-two with Davies and the Welsh star finished in style. 2-0.

56mins: Anderton through to Etherington, low cross somehow missed Davies and Keane.

57mins: SUBS. Burch, Poyet, Marney, Acimovic, Perry for Hirschfeld, Carr, Taricco, Keane and Davies.

60mins: Jarvis half-volley from Drury's cross just a yard wide.

61mins: Another 'Teddy' corner, this time Acimovic to Anderton on edge of box, effort a couple of yards high.

65mins: Superb reaction save from Burch to tip over Abbey's volley from six yards.

67mins: Zamora onto long ball, fired wide under pressure from Shackell.

77mins: Zamora read headed backpass from Mackay from Acimovic's pass, clipped ball around keeper and home. 3-0.

81mins: Acimovic's dipper clawed away by Crichton.

83mins: SUBS. Kelly and Ricketts for Bunjevcevic and Anderton.

Line-ups: Norwich City: Green (Crichton, 62), Briggs (Batt, 45), Drury, Mackay, Shackell (Crane, 83), Nielsen (Abbey, 45), Mulryne, Holt (Sinclair, 69), McVeigh (Jarvis, 45), Rivers (Francis, 45), Brennan (Easton, 45, replaced by Roberts, 75).

Spurs: Hirschfeld (Burch, 57), Carr (Marney, 57), Taricco (Perry, 57), Toda, Bunjevcevic (Kelly, 83), Gardner, Anderton (Ricketts, 83), Postiga (Zamora, 45), Davies (Poyet, 57), Keane (Acimovic, 57), Galbraith (Etherington, 45).

Attendance: 15,646