Competition: First Division.
Tottenham Hotspur: Nil.
Tottenham Hotspur: Thorstvedt; Fenwick, Van den Hauwe; Sedgley, Nayim (Samways), Mabbutt; Stewart, Thomas, Walsh, Lineker, Allen.
Manager Howard Wilkinson expressed himself as being well
satisfied with the efforts of his injury-hit side at
As striker Carl Shutt was already missing because of hamstring trouble and David Batty was absent through suspension, the departure of Chapman was a major blow to United. Chapman was caught in the face by the boot of Paul Sedgley but the injury was compounded by a sickening fall onto his face on the dirt track around the pitch. The problems did not end there for United, John Pearson, who came on as substitute missed the second half with a knee injury suffered in a tackle by Pat Van Den Hauwe.
Bearing these factors in mind, perhaps it was not all that surprising that the game never reached the heights in an entertainment sense. Paul Gascoigne’s absence from the Spurs line-up meant that any plan to have Peter Haddock taking over what otherwise would have been Batty’s marking role on the key Spurs man, were shelved. United, however, did have the better of the first half exchanges, when Gary McAllister, accepting greater responsibility in Batty’s absence, took the game to Spurs. He twice tested Spurs keeper Erik Thorstvedt with rasping shots, the second of which produced the best save of the game.
Neither side could be accused of lacking commitment and
nowhere was this more in evidence than at the heart of the United
defence where once again Chris Whyte was in
commanding form alongside the determined Chris Fairclough,
who relished his first return to
Lee Chapman suffered severe His substitute John Pearson was taken off Gary McAllister accepted
facial injuries with ligament injury responsibility
David Batty and Carl Shutt were already injured Chris Whyte and Chris Fairclough were strong in defence
Paul Gascoigne did not play and so Peter Haddock was not needed to mark him Gary Lineker and others were denied by an in-form John Lukic
Terry Fenwick was in the Spurs defence Mitchell Thomas was in midfield Paul Walsh was a striker Vinny Samways was a Spurs substitute