Spurs Odyssey Banner

21 years of archives at Spurs Odyssey

Main Page
News and views from Paul Smith, and links to the interactive features of the Spurs Odyssey Site. [more..]
Features
Articles, reports, views, opinions, comments and other features all related to Spurs. [more..]
News

Harry Hotspur's Tribute Pages to the late great Bill Nicholson

A Commemorative plate that was issued to celebrate the Spurs Double Season

Paul Smith

Create your badge

Match Reports
Thanks for visiting Spurs Odyssey!

Manchester United v Spurs, 10.01.98

"It was Twenty Years ago today!"
article published January, 2018, but first written in 1998

FA PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 10TH JANUARY, 1998
MANCHESTER UNITED 2(1) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0(0)

Scorer:- Giggs, 44,67

Attendance:- 55,281

Referee:- Mr. P.E. Alcock

Teams:- Man Utd:- Schmeichel; G. Neville, Johnsen, Pallister, Irwin; Beckham, Scholes, Giggs; Solskjaer, Cole, Sheringham

No sub used

Spurs:- Baardsen; Carr, Vega, Calderwood, Campbell, Wilson; Fox (sub Brady, 77), Clemence (sub Sinton, 54), Berti; Klinsmann, Dominguez

These comments were provided by "THFC Steff" of the Spurs list. Note that Espen Baardsen played in place of the injured Ian Walker, having substituted for him in the preceding Fulham cup tie......

some opinions having just seen the game:

1) Dominguez is vastly overrated. I've seen him more than a few times now (both live and on the telly) and whilst he looks good on the ball his distribution/lack of basic football intelligence belies any moments of skill he creates. He wasted much possession for us.

2) Fox had another solid-to-decent game. significantly, Klinsmann always looked for him, and Fox supplied our two best crosses of the game.

3) Vega is a liability. how many more times must people see this erratic 'defender' mess up when it counts? his positioning is simply awful half the time. I would rather Mabbutt's lack of pace and brains than Vega's at times farcical bursts of energy and subsequent inability to do his paid-duties.

4) Sol looks increasingly dejected.

5) Clemence looks more assured with every game he plays: hopefully his confidence will not erode.

6) Brady should've been on much earlier and Dominguez should've been the one to make way. I know, I know, as many attacking players as possible, but Dominguez was always going nowhere (ironically when he hit the side-netting in the first-half, a quick look up 20 yards further back and he would've seen Klinsmann unmarked in acres of space.

7) Espen Baardsen had a great game, his only possible blemish coming with the first goal for which (IMO) he was fouled by Teddy. With 4 defenders on the scene, you certainly hope that this would've been a situation we could've got out of. His save from Cole in the first two minutes did, i am convinced, make this more of a game than it could've been. Great handling generally, committed to his decisions and deserves a run in the first team: I'm still more confident of him than Walker at this point. the second goal saw him let down by his defence (VEGA) who once again failed to mark properly.

8) had Ginola played today, i feel certain we would've got more goalscoring opportunities in the first-half at least.

9) I am still trying to work out if Man Utd had an off-day (thoughts?)

10) I am starting to wonder where 'it' can come from. let's hope the players don't think that way, as overall, today was a step in the right direction and should prove to the team that they can at least hold their own and should be beating some of the sides immediately above them

The Everton result (they beat Palace 3-1) does us no favours whatsoever, but watch teams like Newcastle, who seem to be slipping slowly into trouble.

 

Read the preview for this game.
All the Spurs Stats you could hope for here! THFC6061 Sports Stats

Top of page | Index to 1997-98 Match Reports

Statistics
Fixtures, appearances, current league table, form guide, reserves fixtures, and Spurs Honours. [more..]
Archives
Find match reports, appearances, goalscorers and features from previous seasons. [more..]
Pick of the Week
Selected Spurs related sites are highlighted in this section. [more..]
Links
View a comprehensive list of links to other Spurs related sites. (With a few extras) [more..]
About this site
Overview
History
Contributors
Contacts
Site Owner
Paul Smith

We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Full details van be found via the Spurs Odyssey Privacy Policy