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UEFA Cup - Group G

Thursday 25th October 2007

It is not just Spurs who are struggling in their respective league, as Getafe arrive at White Hart Lane having just own their first game of the season against Real Murcia.

Coach Michael Laudrup has found taking over from the German legend Bernd Schuster (now at Real Madrid) and the team is third from bottom too, with five points from eight games.

Apparently, the team have not been playing badly, but have been unlucky, with their attacking attitude bringing many plaudits.  Sound familiar anyone ??

So, what can we expect in this UEFA Cup group match ? 

Laudrup has said he is grateful to the chairman for giving him time to overcome the poor start and the top man has already called for their better players to be rested for this match, so that they can concentrate on the league.  Some of this might be a smokescreen and I expect a string team to be put out against Tottenham.

However, the Tottenham team owe Martin Jol a performance and a win here would be just the lift the side need ahead of a tough match against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday,  A clean sheet would also give the defence a confidence boost for more important league games with points at stake.  With some of the players who haven't had much of a chance to play lately, hopefully they will get some useful match fitness under their belts too.

A win, but perhaps not the most sparking one ...

PREDICTION : -  Tottenham Hotspur  2    Getafe  0


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Ledley King (knee); Ricardo Rocha (knee); Paul Robinson (calf); Gareth Bale (foot); Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee); Young-Pyo Lee (shoulder)

GETAFE :  - (-); - (-); - (-); 


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Tottenham Hotspur   1    Getafe   2      (Half-time score : 1-1)

UEFA Cup - Group G
Venue : White Hart Lane  
Thursday 25th April 2007
Kick Off :  7.45 p.m.
Crowd :   36,240
Referee :  Knut Kircher (Germany)
Tottenham kicked off and played towards the Park Lane end in the first half.
Weather :  -  Dry, chilly
Teams : - 
Tottenham Hotspur :


Gardner (Dawson 43)

Zokora (c) (Tainio 73)
Malbranque (Keane 71)


Unused subs: 

Getafe :

Ustari (Abbondanzieri 46)

Belenguer (c)

Granero (Mario Cotelo 76)
Casquero (Sousa 62)

De la Red

Unused subs: 

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Tottenham Hotspur

Scorers : -  
Tottenham Hotspur

Defoe 19


De La Red  21
Braulio 70

Cards : -  
Tottenham Hotspur  

Defoe (unsporting behaviour) 87
Kaboul (foul) 90  



Abondanzieri (unsporting behaviour) 87


Match Report : -  
Whatever the result had been tonight, it would have been secondary to the disgraceful goings on off the pitch.  For once, it was not the fans or the Spanish police making the headlines, but our own shameful board of directors, as they made Martin Jol endure another 90 minutes of lacklustre football by the players who contributed to his demise, that Daniel Levy put a lingering end to before the match began.

The players were said not to know the news, but with texts arriving and radio stations announcing the rumours of Jol being axed, it must have got through to the staff of the club, despite the board's best efforts to keep it under wraps.  Jol played the straight man, but the men poised with the knives behind him were up in the Gods, laughing the laugh of the unjust.

With Jermain Defoe giving Tottenham the lead when he jumped between two defenders to head home Berbatov's knock-back from Chimbonda's lofted cross, it looked as though the team might salvage some credibility after Monday's capitulation at Newcastle.  But once more, the inability to hold onto a lead, this time for more than two minutes, left them chasing the game after a free kick floated into the box, Chimbonda let De La Red (it had to be didn't it) ran across the six yard box and barely get a touch to fool Cerny as the ball went into the net and then in the the minute, a low ball in from the right wing saw Kaboul lose his man, Braulio, who knocked the ball past the Spurs keeper with a cheeky back-heel. 

A late rally almost brought a late equaliser, but the huff and puff saw Getafe get behind the ball and keep Tottenham out, with a little help from the woodwork when Michael Dawson's header thumped back off the angle of cross-bar and post, with it dropping just behind Jermain Defoe.   the little forward also fluffed another opportunity as time was running out, but Getafe had shown a glimpse of the technical ability that Sevilla used to knock Tottenham out of this competition last season.  A good touch on the ball, players willing to run into space and a work ethic that saw them get men behind the ball when they didn't have it.

They failed to get an early goal as Cerny stopped a dangerously dipping ball that hit the turf just in front of him, but he gathered the shot safely and then Albin was set up to fire a shot on goal, but luckily for Spurs, it was off target.

The game saw Tottenham playing a more direct game, with Getafe passing the ball around well, with the Spurs players not getting close enough (most of the time) to prevent them making progress with the ball.

The goals were preceded by a break on goal by Defoe, who was defied by the goalkeeper, who injured his arm in the save and he did not re-appear for the second period. 

It looked as though Spurs had regained the lead when Berbatov flung himself at a cross from Tom Huddlestone, only to see it wiped out by the German lineman, who flagged Defoe offside Aaron Lennon looked in good form now he has returned to fitness, with good speed shown to beat the Getafe right and left backs time after time. 

Just before the half-time whistle, Anthony Gardner tried to clear a loose ball and as he fell stayed down for medical treatment.  It looked a bad one, but appears to be only a sprained ankle, but it brought Michael Dawson into the game.

In the interval, the texts and rumours started flowing.  The two minute standing applause for Jol was as fitting a farewell as you could get.  I doubt is the singing of his name will disappear for a while yet.

Steed Malbranque was well set up by Berbatov and the midfielder's powerful shot was pushed out by the substitute goalkeeper, Defoe fired a shot just too high, after Berbatov put a header off target.

The ball was falling nicely for the visitors, whereas it was not doing the same for us.  When a clearance dropped into the path of Casquero, he hit it straight at goal and just missed getting it into the angle by a foot or so.  When Berbatov pulled a low ball back across the penalty area, he managed to avoid picking out Defoe, Huddlestone and Zokora out in the process.  That was just before the second Getafe goal, which sent their 80- fans wild.

Just five minutes remained when Teemu Tainio hit a low shot straight at the keeper and then Defoe nicked the ball past Abondanzieri, but as the ball was going towards goal, it was hacked away.  This replicated an earlier incident when Diaz got back when Jermain beat the Argentinian keeper to the ball.

As the clock ticked down on Martin Jol's reign at the club, Berbatov's volley in added time hit a defender and the game was lost.

Not only that, but a good man had gone too.  Will we live to regret it ?



Reaction : -



This time last season we were beating Beskitas (the club that beat Liverpool in the Champions League this week)  away in a superb display of European football, which had the home fans clapping the side off the pitch.

This season, we are losing at home in Europe to Getafe - a Spanish side not many people had heard of before the draw for the group stages of the UEFA Cup.  And the only applause was for a man off the pitch, who would not be with the club any more after this game.

I, for one, wonder if the people in suits know what makes this club what it is today.  Or perhaps they do ... a laughing stock.


Listed below are the 26 reasons why Martin Jol doesn't have a job this morning ... 
  • 1 Paul Robinson
  • 16 Gareth Bale
  • 2 Pascal Chimbonda
  • 20 Michael Dawson
  • 26 Ledley King
  • 3 Lee Young-Pyo
  • 30 Anthony Gardner
  • 32 Benoit Assou-Ekotto
  • 33 Ricardo Rocha
  • 35 Dorian Dervite
  • 5 Younes Kaboul
  • 7 Paul Stalteri


  • 14 Hossam Ghaly
  • 17 Kevin-Prince Boateng
  • 19 Adel Taarabt
  • 21 Wayne Routledge
  • 22 Tom Huddlestone
  • 4 Didier Zokora
  • 6 Teemu Tainio
  • 8 Jermaine Jenas

Attacking Midfielder:

  • 15 Steed Malbranque
  • 25 Aaron Lennon


  • 10 Robbie Keane
  • 18 Jermain Defoe
  • 23 Darren Bent
  • 9 Dimitar Berbatov

 They should be ashamed.









Other scores this weekend :
Group A
Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS) 1 AZ Alkmaar (HOL) 1 Thursday
Everton 3 Larissa (GRE) 1 Thursday
Group B
Panathinaikos (GRE) 3 Aberdeen (SCO) 0 Thursday
Locomotive Moscow (RUS) 3 Atletico Madrid (SPA) 3 Thursday
Group C
Elfsborg (SWE) 1 AEK (GRE) 1 Thursday
Villareal (SPA) 1 Fiorentina (ITA) 1 Thursday
Group D
Brann (NOR) 0 Hamburg (GER) 1 Thursday
Basel (SWI) 1 Rennes (FRA) 0 Thursday
Group E
Sparta Rotterdam (HOL) 1 FC Zurich (SWI) 2 Thursday
Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 1 Toulouse (FRA) 0 Thursday
Group F
Crvena Zvezda (SER) 2 Bayern Munich (GER) 3 Thursday
Bolton Wanderers 1 Sporting Braga (POR) 1 Thursday
Group G
Anderlecht (BEL) 2 Hapoel Tel Aviv (ISR) 0 Thursday
Group H
Helsingborg (SWE) 1 Panionios (GRE) 1 Thursday
Bordeaux (FRA) 2 Galatasary (TUR) 1 Thursday


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