Match Report

Saturday 19th August 2000
Kick Off Time 15:00 
White Hart Lane

The Two Line Ups...

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur

Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town

13. Neil Sullivan

1. Richard Wright

2. Steve Carr

16. Gary Croft

18. Ben Thatcher (off 88)

3. Jamie Clapham

5. Sol Campbell

32. Herman Hreidarsson

6. Chris Perry 

19. Titus Bramble

7. Darren Anderton

7. Jim Magilton

8. Tim Sherwood

10. James Scowcroft

4. Steffen Freund

6. Mark Venus (Off 76)

10. Steffen Iversen (off 75)

8. Matt Holland

11. Sergei Rebrov

9. David Johnson

17. Oyvind Leonhardsen 

11. Marcus Stewart (Off 70)


9. Les Ferdinand (On 76)

17. Wayne Brown (on 76)

3. Mauricio Taricco (Off 88)

30. Matijn Reuser (on 70)



Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Ipswich Town
Goalscorers: Mark Venus (8) Darren Anderton (30), Steve Carr (31), Les Ferdinand (82)
Bookings: Steve Carr
Red Cards: None
Attendance: 36'148
In Match Stats
Provided by opta Soccer

Match Report

Tottenham kicked of their 2000-2001 campaign in glittering style after a solid performance over Premiership new boys Ipswich Town. Spurs gave debuts to Neil Sullivan, Ben Thatcher and Sergei Rebrov while Ipswich gave a first start to Herman Hreidarsson. Despite the early pressure by Spurs, it was Ipswich who gained a shock early lead. A free Kick conceded by Campbell on Johnson was struck with power by Mark Venus and it took a wicked deflection of the Tottenham wall too find it's way into the back of the Tottenham net. After that, Spurs cooled down and Sergei Rebrov hit a fantastic curling shot with the outside of his boot which dipped over Richard Wright an on to the post. Then Darren Anderton had a chance to pull Spurs level with a threaded ball from Sergei Rebrov but Wright was equal to it. then the breakthrough came when Steve Carr found a way through a stubborn Ipswich Defence to be brought to the ground by Wright and young Richard had conceded his fifth penalty in four games! Anderton stepped up to take it and powered it into the back of the net. And within a minute, Spurs had taken the lead. Steve Carr put through again by Sergei Rebrov raced through and from the most acutest of angles, Carr produced a finish which even Sergei himself would have been proud of. Spurs took that lead into half time and in the second half, Spurs had no real pressure from Ipswich to make them shiver in their boots. A few crosses from the right was all the could about master but that was it. On each occasion, Sullivan was equal to it. Darren Anderton had a chance later in the second half to grab his second of the day but he saw his free kick smack the outside of the post. With 15 minutes left n the clock. Les Ferdinand came on to replace Steffen Iversen who had a fairly quite game. And with just under 10 minutes to go, Les headed in his first goal for almost a year after a pin point cross from Darren Anderton. Mauricio Taricco came on to the field of play with three minutes to go replacing Ben Thatcher who had a superb debut!

Men of the Match

Steve Carr, Ben Thatcher and Sergei Rebrov. All three of them putting in a great team display. Carr and Thatcher were similar with Carr being the more energetic while Thatcher put in a whole hearted display and put himself in the good books with the Spurs fans! Sergei Rebrov however banished all memories of David Ginola! And to be even more kind, you could say Rebrov was actually better then Ginola. His performance was splendid. He played a few very neat tricks and some thrilling one twos and even had the shot of the day rebound of the bar. It was a crisp outside of the foot lob from nearly 18 yards out which dipped over Wright but sadly of the bar!

Goal of the match

Steve Carr and Sergei Rebrov worked wonderfully in this move which saw Steve Carr break through and slide the ball into the back of the net from a very acute angle.

Save of the Match

There weren't really any that stands out but Wright was fairly comfortable in his goal along with Sullivan!

To read another Match Report, Read this one written by Paul Smith of A Spurs Odyssey

Season 2000-2001