Wycombe Wanderers - click here for your Rough Guide to The Chairboys Wycombe Wanderers 1 Spurs
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Saturday 21st July 2001
Pre-Season Friendly
Wycombe eased back into the 2001/2002 season with a useful workout against a strong Spurs side at Adams Park.
A Steffen Iverson header gave Spurs a marginal 2-1 victory but as Lawrie Sanchez said before the game 'the result is irrelevant' and he will have been pleased with how his side coped with the Premiership superstars.
Glen Hoddle was true to his word and gave Wycombe the respect of fielding a virtually full-strength line-up. The visitors, backed by around 2,000 in the sell-out crowd of 8,000, included Teddy Sherringham for the first time since his return from Manchester United and there was also a debut for recent signing from Liverpool, Christian Zeige. Spurs fans also let it known that they are not too happy with the departure of Sol Campbell to North London rivals Arsenal.
From Wycombe's point of debutant Darren Currie gave an impressive showing. The ex-Barnet man displayed some nice control and will have been disappointed not to marked his debut with a goal. Currie found himself one on one with Spurs 'keeper Neil Sullivan in the 60th minute but couldn't quite fool the ex-Wimbledon glovesman. Danny Senda was there to grab the glory by tucking in the rebound. Senda's strike cancelled out Sherringham's strike five minutes early after Les Ferdinand had directed a ball through from midfield. It prompted the best spell of action on a humid day ay Adams Park where stand in 'keeper Mark Osborn enjoyed a rare moment in the spotlight. Mark OsbornThe ex-YTS player was drafted in after Martin Taylor withdrew with a back problem and he didn't let his team-mates down. As early as the 8th minute he was quick off his line to keep out Maurico Taricco but the save of the game came in the 25th minute when he launched himself to his right to keep out Sherringham's curling free-kick. Osborn, who turned 20 in June also denied Gus Poyet with the scores at 1-1 but he could do nothing to prevent Norwegian Steffen Iversen from heading in at the near post with 13 minutes left after Stephen Carr had delivered from the right.
The match marked the return from injury of Paul Emblen, while Youth Teamer Leeyon Phelan had the final twelve minutes to show more signs that he could be a name for the future. Martyn Lee also played the final quarter despite his back problem but will still need a hernia op sometime in the near future.
Final Score Wycombe 1 Spurs 2
Wycombe: Osborn, Marsh, Vinnicombe, Cousins, McCarthy, Simpson, Brown (sub 66 Lee), Bulman, Carroll (sub 59 Emblen), Senda (sub 78 Phelan), Currie
subs not used: Johnson, Simpemba, Townsend, Rogers, Castledine
Tottenham: Sullivan, Carr, Taricco (sub 66 Zeige), King, Bunjevcevic, Perry, Anderton (sub 74 Sherwood), Poyet, Ferdinand (sub 66 Iverson), Sheringham (sub 74 Rebrov), Clemence
subs not used: Burch, Young, Davies
Referee: Mike Tingey Attendance: 8,018 (Spurs 2,010)
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