Reserves 0 - 5 Southampton Reserves
It was a cold, damp night at Broadhall Way, (home
to the mighty Stevenage Borough, and the Spurs Reserves) and if
I'm honest the 0-5 scoreline was actually flattering to Tottenham.
The site of Dean Richards back in a Spurs shirt, after being side-lined
all season with an ear injury, was depressing enough, but not more
so than the performance of the Spurs "reserve" team that
our 8 million pound man was captaining.
With Spurs currently second in the Reserves
League, I had every right to be optimistic in my hope to see a classy
performance perhaps reflecting the form of our 1st team. What might
have been a night to remember, with Spurs fielding for the first
time their two new young recruits, Emil Hallfredsson and David Limbersky,
turned out to be one to forget.
David Limbersky played on the right side of midfield,
and what with the gaping hole in this position in the Spurs 1st
team it was fingers crossed that he could be another young starlet,
in the ilk of Reto Ziegler, who could quickly establish himself
in the first team. However, Limbersky did not impress. He looked
very light weight, had an air of Steffen Iverson about him, and
didn't really show any signs of quality at all. Perhaps I was being
a little over optimistic that we'd found our right side solution,
and he may prove to be one for the future. But as we approach the
half-way mark of the Jan transfer window, I'm getting a little concerned
that we may not be bringing in the proven, quality right sided player
that the team is screaming out for.
Emil Hallfredsson, looked like a ginger hard
nut. A little more composed than his fellow debutant, he was strong
and showed promise, but the team as a whole were so poor it would
have been very difficult for any one player to shine.
Our back four consisted of Ifil, Richards, Defendi
and Bunjevcevic - players which one would consider to be not so
far from the first team - so to leak 5 goals (that could easily
have been 6 or 7) was very embarrassing. A journalist spoke to Richards
after the game, and rather unsurprisingly Deano was in sombre mood.
Who can blame him after his 4th reserve game on the trot, losing
by 5 goals at a Nationwide Conference ground in front of a handful
of the moaning Spurs hardcore. With his contract due to expire this
summer, who knows where Deano's future lies, though not on the Spurs
wage bill will be a good start (then perhaps we can start paying
our good players a decent amount).
The highlight of the game was a refreshing sight,
that went some way to remind me that these footballers are just
a bunch of blokes playing a game. Only one stand in the ground was
occupied, so when the ball got kicked in to the terraces on any
of the three other sides, the players would have to jump over the
barrier and retreive the ball themselves - whilst trying not to
slip over as they faced the challenge of walking on a wet concrete
terrace in studded boots.
One for the fact fans: the Southampton players
travel in a coach provided by a company called Angela's Holidays