Queens Park Rangers 2 Spurs 3 Premiership
A poor start to the season had seen Spurs gain only two points from the first four games. Both home games were lost but draws were achieved away from White Hart Lane. However, September brought a turn in form and five straight League and Cup wins. Sheringham was leading the way having scored four in the previous three games and he was on the score sheet again, scoring twice, one penalty.
Things didn’t go according to plan early on in this Monday evening televised game. Spurs were a goal down at half-time and found themselves two behind a minute into the second half. The recovery started a minute later when Spurs were awarded a penalty which Sheringham scored. Spurs then gave a display of attacking class and Jason Dozzell equalised after 72 minutes, with Sheringham scoring the winner two minutes later.
A concern for Spurs was the injury to Darren ‘Sicknote’ Anderton who had just played four matches after returning from a previous injury. Anderton was to miss almost the complete season but managed to return in time for the final few games to prove his fitness and gain selection for Terry Venables' England team in the European Championships.
Spurs 6 Exeter City 3 League Cup 3rd Round
This was only the second time that Spurs had entered this competition. Two years earlier they had lost at West Ham in the 2nd Round so their first win in this competition had been in the previous round - defeating Aston Villa 4-1 at Villa Park. The goals came from a Martin Chivers hat-trick and Cliff Jones.
This first League Cup tie at White Hart Lane was the first time Spurs had played Exeter City who were in the 4th Division and brought Jimmy Greaves a hat-trick and two goals for Jimmy Pearce and one for Terry Venables.
However, it was not all plain sailing for Spurs. Exeter took the lead, Greaves equalised only for Pat Jennings to mis-handle a shot from David Pleat and Exeter went ahead again through Alan Banks. Greaves and Venables scored to give Spurs the lead before half-time. Jimmy Pearce scored twice in the second half, his first goals for Spurs but Exeter scored again before Greaves got his third in the final minute.
Spurs went on to reach the semi-final, only to lose to Arsenal over two legs.
Spurs 4 Nottingham Forest 1 (1st Division)
The goals were scored by Gary Mabbutt and Garth Crooks who both scored twice.