Game #4761

2002-03

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Position:

17th (-2)

Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur

White Hart Lane

Attendance: 35,384

Saturday, 24 August 2002

Villa make it three consecutive defeats under Graham Taylor as Olof Mellberg is already forced to disabuse rumours of major unrest at the direction of the club under the manager and Chairman.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-0

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | None |

Assist(s) | None

AT A GLANCE

Game #4761

Season | 2002-03 |
Matchday | #6 |
League Game | #2 |
Manager Game | #19 |
Saturday, 24 August 2002

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Graham Taylor |
KO | 3.00pm |
Referee | Clive Wilkes, Gloucester |
HT Score | 0-1 |
FT Score | 0-1 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | WDLLL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Clive Wilkes

MATCH INCIDENTS

Clive Wilkes

Villa

None

Tottenham Hotspur

🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.36 |

Oldest Player |
LB Steve Staunton | 33.62 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | 21.51 |

TEAM NEWS

Alan Wright replaces Alpay Özalan as Mark Kinsella is handed his debut ahead of Thomas Hitzlsperger.

UNAVAILABLE

Not reported

MATCH STATS

Not reported

MANAGER

Graham Taylor

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Stuart Gray

STARTING LINE UP

GK Peter Enckelman |
LB Alan Wright |
LB Steve Staunton |
CB Olof Mellberg |
RB Ulises de la Cruz |
FB Mark Delaney |
M Gareth Barry |
M Lee Hendrie |
M Mark Kinsella |
CF Peter Crouch |
F Darius Vassell |

SUBSTITUTES

F Marcus Allbäck for CF Peter Crouch | 45’ |
CF Juan Pablo Ángel for RB Ulises de la Cruz | 45’ |
FB Jlloyd Samuel for M Gareth Barry | 77’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

M Mustapha Hadji
GK Stefan Postma

THE OPPOSITION

Keller, Taricco, Gardner, Richards, Etherington (Bunjevčević), Redknapp (g), Ačimovič, Ziege (Thatcher), Davies, Ferdinand (Doherty), Sheringham. Manager: Glenn Hoddle.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Villa lose a third consecutive game and had now lost 8 of their 15 league games under Graham Taylor, winning 3, as concerns already mounted about the season ahead.

Taylor’s penchant for half time substitutions showed again which to the cynic suggested one of three things. A lack of understanding or knowledge of the opposition’s tactics necessitating a change; panic in even the slightest adversity; or a tendency to field the wrong team in the first place. Whatever was the cause the impact was often disjointed performances and what seemed tactical unfamiliarity for those on the pitch.

A further cause for concern was the calibre of the new signings being brought into the club, honest and uncomplicated attitudes was refreshing but there were signs that these were not additions that materially improved the playing quality of the squad.

Irish international midfielder Mark Kinsella made his Villa debut aged 30 after joining from Charlton Athletic for a fee of £1,040,000 in July 2002.

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MATCH TIMELINE

1’ Debut, Mark Kinsella
26’ Goal, 0-1, (Tottenham Hotspur)
HT Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Aston Villa
46’ Sub off, Peter Crouch, Sub on, Marcus Allbäck
46’ Sub off, Ulises de la Cruz, Sub on, Juan Pablo Ángel
77’ Sub off, Gareth Barry, Sub on, Jlloyd Samuel
FT Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

"We didn't make things happen and we're left very frustrated."

Graham Taylor.

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“There’s [not] any crisis in the dressing-room.

“There are a couple of players who are dissatisfied and that makes headlines.”

Olof Mellberg

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*The Guardian*
Monday, 26 August, 2002

"But still Villa could not find their first goal of the season, Kasey Keller shutting the door with outstanding saves from Peter Crouch, Gareth Barry and Juan Pablo Angel."

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*Revitalised Redknapp is quick to earn his Spurs*

Glenn Hoddle lavished so much praise on Jamie Redknapp that it seemed as if Tottenham had finally found the missing link. This will surprise Spurs fans, who can be forgiven for thinking that the real prize has yet to arrive in the shape of any of the exotic strikers dangled tantalising before them all summer.

Redknapp had every reason, after his cruel injury history, to be delighted with his new start. Yet even he appeared surprised, despite his match-winner, at all the fuss, partly flowing from Hoddle’s pre-match comparisons of his new free-transfer midfielder with England’s icon. “The new Beckham?” asked Redknapp, “I’m older than him, aren’t I?”

Indeed he is, by two years, but there was no mockery in his voice. Now 29, the days of being heralded as England’s great midfield hope, and his 17 caps, must seem from a different life. It did not prevent Hoddle saying: “There is no reason why he can’t force himself back into the England scene.”

Redknapp himself, by virtue of natural modesty - and caution after his serious injuries - would not be drawn. He even insisted that he did not feel the slightest trace of bitterness as he watched England in the World Cup this summer. “Not at all,” he said. “I’m just dedicated myself to playing for Tottenham. When you’re out of the game so long, all you do is dream about playing football again.

“I feel very fortunate at the way things are going at the moment.” He suggested that Liverpool’s offer of another year’s contract was “out of loyalty” rather than any pointer to regular first-team football at Anfield. But he added: “I couldn’t be happier; I’ve got no regrets all.”

Hoddle believes that not only Tottenham will benefit from Redknapp. “Its great not just for us, but for football, because he’s a lovely player. He passes well and scores spectacular goals.” Indeed the midfielder’s style, composed and almost aloof, carries echoes of his current manager.

For Villa, Matt Holland has been presented as the missing link. But here Taylor missed the Ipswich captain’s midfield strength less than the elusive ingredient of finishing power. Villa’s manager deployed three strikers for the second half, with Darius Vassell causing mayhem down the right flank as Tottenham were overrun for long periods. But still Villa could not find their first goal of the season, Kasey Keller shutting the door with outstanding saves from Peter Crouch, Gareth Barry and Juan Pablo Angel.

The Spurs old firm of Teddy Sheringham and Les Ferdinand, both largely inconspicuous, fared no better. Redknapp took it on himself to strike, with a clever volley past the dazed Peter Enckelman. It was typical of Villa’s grim fortune that the goalkeeper was struck on the head by one of his team-mates, Alan Wright, in the build-up.

Hoddle insists that Tottenham have still got “quite a few options” in their striker pursuit before the transfer window closes on Saturday.

Taylor’s recruitment drive may suffer from lack of morale rather than money, even if that did not stop the £1m debutant Mark Kinsella rapidly answering Villa’s call.

Like Kinsella, Olof Mellberg does not feel “there’s any crisis in the dressing-room”. But Villa’s Sweden defender said: “There are a couple of players who are dissatisfied and that makes headlines.”

*Revitalised Redknapp is quick to earn his Spurs*

Glenn Hoddle lavished so much praise on Jamie Redknapp that it seemed as if Tottenham had finally found the missing link. This will surprise Spurs fans, who can be forgiven for thinking that the real prize has yet to arrive in the shape of any of the exotic strikers dangled tantalising before them all summer.

Redknapp had every reason, after his cruel injury history, to be delighted with his new start. Yet even he appeared surprised, despite his match-winner, at all the fuss, partly flowing from Hoddle’s pre-match comparisons of his new free-transfer midfielder with England’s icon. “The new Beckham?” asked Redknapp, “I’m older than him, aren’t I?”

Indeed he is, by two years, but there was no mockery in his voice. Now 29, the days of being heralded as England’s great midfield hope, and his 17 caps, must seem from a different life. It did not prevent Hoddle saying: “There is no reason why he can’t force himself back into the England scene.”

Redknapp himself, by virtue of natural modesty - and caution after his serious injuries - would not be drawn. He even insisted that he did not feel the slightest trace of bitterness as he watched England in the World Cup this summer. “Not at all,” he said. “I’m just dedicated myself to playing for Tottenham. When you’re out of the game so long, all you do is dream about playing football again.

“I feel very fortunate at the way things are going at the moment.” He suggested that Liverpool’s offer of another year’s contract was “out of loyalty” rather than any pointer to regular first-team football at Anfield. But he added: “I couldn’t be happier; I’ve got no regrets all.”

Hoddle believes that not only Tottenham will benefit from Redknapp. “Its great not just for us, but for football, because he’s a lovely player. He passes well and scores spectacular goals.” Indeed the midfielder’s style, composed and almost aloof, carries echoes of his current manager.

For Villa, Matt Holland has been presented as the missing link. But here Taylor missed the Ipswich captain’s midfield strength less than the elusive ingredient of finishing power. Villa’s manager deployed three strikers for the second half, with Darius Vassell causing mayhem down the right flank as Tottenham were overrun for long periods. But still Villa could not find their first goal of the season, Kasey Keller shutting the door with outstanding saves from Peter Crouch, Gareth Barry and Juan Pablo Angel.

The Spurs old firm of Teddy Sheringham and Les Ferdinand, both largely inconspicuous, fared no better. Redknapp took it on himself to strike, with a clever volley past the dazed Peter Enckelman. It was typical of Villa’s grim fortune that the goalkeeper was struck on the head by one of his team-mates, Alan Wright, in the build-up.

Hoddle insists that Tottenham have still got “quite a few options” in their striker pursuit before the transfer window closes on Saturday.

Taylor’s recruitment drive may suffer from lack of morale rather than money, even if that did not stop the £1m debutant Mark Kinsella rapidly answering Villa’s call.

Like Kinsella, Olof Mellberg does not feel “there’s any crisis in the dressing-room”. But Villa’s Sweden defender said: “There are a couple of players who are dissatisfied and that makes headlines.”