Monday, April 09, 2012

Norwich City's Last Match at White Hart Lane

It was in September, 2004 that Spurs last played Norwich City at White Hart Lane in the Premier League.  Since then Norwich have been down in League One where they spent one season before winning successive promotions in the last two years - winners of League One in 2009-10 and as runners-up in the Championship last season. 

12th September, 2004
Spurs under Jacques Santini were undefeated after four matches at the start of the season.  Ahead of this game they had drawn 1 - 1 with Liverpool at White Hart Lane and then earned a single goal victory at Newcastle.  Their next match saw them draw 1 - 1 at West Bromwich Albion before defeating Birmingham City at home.  Jermain Defoe had scored three of Spurs four goals with Atouba getting the winner at St. James' Park.

Tottenham Hotspur 0  Norwich City 0
Team: Robinson; Pamarot, Naybet, King, Edman; Brown (Davies), Redknapp (Capt.), Mendes, Atouba (Jackson); Kanoute (Keane), Defoe  Subs: (used) Keller, Gardner

A game which Spurs were expected to win turned out more difficult than expected and the result was regarded as two points lost rather than one point gained.  Spurs had the better of the match without taking their chances and in the end Norwich did create opportunities to score in the second half. 

A lack of goals was a serious concern under the new manager who was obviously very well versed in creating a strong defensive unit as he again displayed in the next match at Stamford Bridge when they earned a scoreless draw and Jose Mourinho famously complained that Spurs had parked the bus in front of their goal.

On This Day 19 Years Ago
9th April, 1993  PL   
 Tottenham Hotspur 5  Norwich City 1
                   Scorers: Sheringham (2), Allen, Nayim, Ruddock       Ekoku
Team: Thorstvedt; Austin, Edinburgh; Barmby (Turner), Mabbutt, Ruddock; Sedgley, Nayim, Anderton (Nethercott), Sheringham, Allen Subs: (unused) Dearden

The first of the Easter matches gave Spurs a convincing win over Norwich City on Good Friday.  The win lifted Spurs to fifth place in the League with 52 points, their highest position in the League that season.  With a further seven games to play they only accumulated another seven points to finish in eighth.

Norwich had spent most of the season in a position to challenge for the Premier League title bu tthe defeat at White Hart Lane brought an end to those ambitions.  They were to finish in third place, twelve points behind Manchester United and two behind runners-up, Aston Villa.  A week earlier Spurs had lost at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final to Arsenal.

After 27 minutes, a thunderous free-kick by Neil Ruddock lifted a subdued White Hart Lane and three minutes later they witnessed an even better goal when Darren Anderton's cross was met by Teddy Sheringham.  In the second half, Sheringham's header on 54 minutes allowed Nicky Barmby to head the third.  Barmby returned the favour by starting the move which brought Sheringham's second and Spurs' fourth after 77 minutes.  With seven minutes to go, Nayim scored the fifth with a solo run before Norwich managed to get on the score sheet three minutes later.

Nayim's transfer to Real Zaragoza was confirmed the following week.


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