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Six appeal

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).

Continuing our, hopefully, considered and occasionally offbeat look at our games with reflections on the trip north to Oldham on Wednesday...

IT REALLY WAS a bit like stepping out of a Tardis into another era - although one we all quite fondly remember. You can become a bit cocooned in our Planet Premiership bubble, the comfort zone in terms of stadia and facilities. Boundary Park is a bit more earthy, a bit more like it used to be.

Got a warm welcome from the Oldham press steward - southern gits was mentioned at least two times, along with the fact he has held the position for 43 years on a voluntary basis. Our own press officer was less than impressed with the idea of nowt taken out for media duties.

You've really got to admire the supporters who schlep 250-odd miles to turn out in the driving rain for a game that is live on television. The skyline was getting bleaker with every mile before we reached our turn off on the M62.

Memory might be playing tricks, but Boundary Park looked pretty much the same as in Joe Royle's day, only with seats. The pitch, however, is very different - not a blob of mud in sight - as Oldham employ the same pitch technology as we do, a mixture of grass and plastic.

Kasey Keller was first out to test the surface ahead of his first game of the season, Anthony Gardner, Goran Bunjevcevic, OJ Mabizela also made their first starts as Jacques Santini took the opportunity to give a few of the lads a breather before the visit of Manchester United to the Lane on Saturday.

In all there were seven changes from Sunday's draw with Chelsea - and the night of firsts theme continued as four players netted their first goal of the campaign.

Keller needed to shake off a bit of rust and got into a tangle in the opening two minutes when home dangerman Jermaine Johnson set off on a run and a combination of the keeper and Gardner created a muddle of their own making in dealing with the threat.

Our first real chance came on 15 minutes, a Kanoute cross met by Keane at back post but his effort looped across goal. Jackson then drove a low cross shot that Kanoute just failed to connect with.

Kanoute was denied a clear shooting chance on 34 minutes by former Spurs youth player Mark Arber as the boys strived to create an opening before the break.

The break before the break did come along on 37 minutes when a Keane corner floated along the edge of the six yard box and was nodded home powerfully by Kanoute for his first goal since early January.

Confusion reigned in the home defence on 65 minutes as - from a Jackson pass - Robbie Keane rounded keeper and defenders and slotted high into net for his first club goal of the season.

With the strikers both now in on the scoring act, Jermain Defoe came on to try and add to his tally on 67 minutes.

Oldham nearly got one back after a period of mayhem in the area before Defoe did what he does best and netted at the other end after being played through on 70 minutes.

Three minutes from time home keeper Craig Mawson flapped at a Pedro Mendes corner and, or all people, Goran Bunjevcevic was on hand to score his first goal for Spurs and make it 4-0.

Anthony Gardner then made it 5-0 in the final minute, picking up the ball some 20-25 yards out, took aim and fired low into the bottom left hand corner.

Kanoute added a second in stoppage time, thumping the ball home after being played in by Ricketts.

In a crowd of 8,548, 1,507 Spurs fans saw six goals scored on an away ground for the first time since beating Wimbledon 6-2 in May 1998.

Other six goal hauls
Last six away in a cup was also 6-2 at Southampton in FAC5 replay 01.03.95.
Last six away in League Cup was 6-3 at Watford in second round first leg 21.09.94.
Only four previous away wins by a six goal margin or more in major competitions (ie excluding wartime & minor cup comps):
8-0 v Romford FA Amateur Cup 3rd qualifying round 01.12.1894
6-0 v Oldham Athletic FA Cup 3rd round 14.01.1933
6-0 v Margate FA Cup 3rd round 03.01.1973
6-0 v Drogheda United (Rep of Ire) UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg 14.09.1983

Thanks to Andy Porter