Tottenham Hotspur FC

FA Cup
Round 5 Replay: Wednesday 24 February 1999

Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 0 Leeds United

(Half-time: 0 - 0)
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Referee: N S Barry (Scunthorpe)

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Match Facts
  Teams Unused Subs
Leeds Martyn, Woodgate, Wetherall (Halle 24), Radebe, Harte, Haaland, Hopkin, Bowyer, Korsten (Smith 71), Kewell, Hasselbaink Robinson, Jones, Granville
Tottenham Hotspur Walker, Carr, Vega (Young 79), Campbell, Edinburgh, Anderton, Freund, Sherwood, Ginola (Sinton 90), Iversen, Ferdinand (Armstrong 24) Baardsen, Nielsen
  Scorers Other Info
Leeds    
Tottenham Hotspur Anderton 60, Ginola 68  
  Yellow Cards Red Cards
Leeds Radebe, Hopkin, Smith  
Tottenham Hotspur Edinburgh, Freund  

Match Statistics
  Leeds Tottenham Hotspur
Corners won 7 3
Fouls committed 18 17
Hit woodwork 1 1
Offsides committed 3 1
Shirt numbers of goalscorers 0 ?
Yellow cards 3 2
Red cards 0 0

Match Reports
Fans' Reports
Chris Wright Not robbed, mugged...
Kev Lewis Spurs Comments
Nick A Last night
Claire Warwick last night
Mike Sewell Spurs Comments
Newspaper/Newswire/Net Reports
The Guardian Ginola takes command
The Electronic Telegraph Stylish Spurs close in on Wembley again
The Times Ginola spurs dreams of double
Express Sport Anderton's strike leaves Leeds sick
The Independent Ginola seals Spurs' delight
Yorkshire Evening Post United's White Hart pain
Soccernet Soccernet match report


Not robbed, mugged.... - Chris Wright

We went out to two excellent goals and were bloody lucky to have survived a Ginola shot about five minutes before the first goal, that Nigel fingertipped onto the inside of the post and watched it bounce back along the line.

Having said that, Ginola dived to get the free kick which led to the second strike. The kick was taken while the referee was remonstrating with Halle and another God. No way was it a foul, and no way should the referee have allowed play to continue. Can't complain about the first, a wonderful volley from about 25 yards, Martyn had no chance.

Spurs whinged, dived, pulled our strikers back, cynically tripped players before damage could be caused and had bugger all to offer as a football team. We were all over them for most of both halves, Jimmy hit the post, Harry had a shot saved, Alfie had a shot well saved, Korsten had a shot blocked.

The referee was so blatantly pro Spurs it had to be seen to be believed. Within a matter of seconds, he booked Radebe for a mistimed tackle and smiled benignly as Freund took Bowyers legs just below the knee. Free kicks were awarded apparently ar random and almost always to Spurs. At one point he told Ginola off for diving and then gave them a free kick anyway....

Spurs without Ginola would be the most boring and cynical team in the league - no wonder Graham likes him, he's the best PR he's ever had.

For Leeds, Martyn started shakily, but pulled off one world class save from Ginola, and a second slightly less difficult, but quite spectacular.

The defenders were in complete control for 99.9% of the game. Harte even showing touches of skill and flair.

Hopkin was superb in midfield, Bowyer was systematically fouled out of the game, when he did get away he created real problems, Korsten was sleepwalking, Harry brilliant, Jimmy had something of an off day. He ran around a lot, but never threatened except for one superb shot which came back off the post.

This team is getting better by the match - if we buy well this summer, we'll create a huge impact next year.


Spurs Comments - Kev Lewis

Worryingly, as I was sat watching this game, I can't remember thinking 'Now we'll score'

Disagree with most comments about Jimmy. Thought he ran around quite a bit, and considering how much smaller than Campbell he is, did well on a number of occasions to get the ball down. First touch is sometimes dodgy, but he is good at using the momentum of the ball and his body strength to engineer space and chances.

Jimmy and Harry, whilst not working together as a team in the way that Cole/Yorke do, do play well individually with little service. What they both lack is presence in the penalty area, which is highlighted by the awful crosses that Leeds make. Korsten, Harte, Haaland, Hopkin, Halle all crossed terribly. In fact Jimmy and Harry are having to do all the creative work outside the box at the moment, which means there's nobody in there. The balls that were put roughly into the right areas were eaten up by Walker, but it was easy for him. Contrast that with the pressure Ferdinand and Iversen put Martyn under, and the quality of crosses from Anderton, Ginola and Carr.

Hasselbaink and Kewell would score 30+ goals a season given that kind of service.

Worryingly Lucas seems to have redeveloped the knack of giving goals & chances away. A couple of years ago he used to mar his performances with a costly blunder every now and again. That seems to be happening again.

Korsten: well that has to be the worst performance by a Leeds player in a long time. I didn't really see it, because he did bugger all. He was basically wandering around on the left wing all game, midjudged the ball every time it came near him, never tracked Anderton or Carr back leaving Harte up against both of them. Occasionally he trotted into the Spurs box, but never looked like he was really trying to get on the end of anything. Carr beat him in the air every time, and he lost out in every challenge. The only time that he got goal side of Anderton was when Anderton scored - Korsten was slow to close him down, and made no real aatempt to get in the way of the shot.

Really, Leeds approach play in the final third is diabolical. Bowyer is good at starting moves and making ground into the box. Hopkin played well in the middle and defensive areas but generally cocks up crosses and final passes. Alfie had a good game last night, but his passing is hit & miss too. John Hendrie was right when he said that for all Leeds good play, they never really worked Walker until they ere 2 goals down.

Please everybody stop bleating about the ref every week. The one last night IMO wasn't that bad. Professional players are all expert at playing the ref to make fouls look worse than they are, and to commit fouls that the ref misses. Players managers and supporters all hope to try and influence the ref and undermine his authority by questioning every decision, so we just have to learn to take the rough with the smooth.

When we moan about the ref every week we sound worse than whingeing scummers who think that the whole world is aginst them. Halle did foul Ginola just before the 1st goal, as did Harte in the corner. Yes Ginola made the most of it each time, but that doesn't mean it wasn't a foul.


Last night - Nick A

Have to agree with the lister who said to stop complaining about the ref. Normally I would be the first to do that, but from what I saw he seemed pretty decent to me. When Bowyer was tackled late by Freund (I think) in the second half he played the advantage and then booked him once the play had broken down. There were even a few calls late in the game against Tottenham which surprised me especially as they were the home team (although from the noise of the Leeds fans you would never have guessed it). Also it's up to our players to play to the whistle (probably the biggest cliche in the book) and not stand around as they did for the first goal. But what a bloody goal that was (although Korsten was nowhere near Anderton all night and backed off his shot for the goal).

As for diving, well I was getting well worked up about Ginola, but by the end just had to sit back in admiration. How many players in the Premiership can just stand still with the ball and noone will go near them out of sheer fear? Then how he goes past players from a standing start is beyond me, the guy is absolute class and I believe moi :-) said we should buy him as soon as Graham went down there, maybe he would have let him go then.

First half I thought we played very well, especially Kewell. The goals in the second just about killed it as Spurs pulled everone back, but we still had our chances. Jimmy is a moaning git and why does he just stop playing when the ball is still in his area instead of applying at least some pressure? Korsten looked out of the game, but it is all new for him and he is coming of a succession of bad injuries. Radebe should have just got the ball out for the second goal instead of poncing around with it, but otherwise played well. Bowyer looked less effective last night than other games I have seen, but he did seem to come in for some rough treatment, definitely a Judas ploy I would say.

Very disappointed this morning, but the goals were really something special, let alone the other two shots by Ginola. We just never seem to get over that big hurdle do we? Always not quite making it in the big games. Bollocks!


Last night - Claire Warwick

Well it's all been said once again. The ref was shite again, Spurs are a bunch of cheats, Ginola dived for the free kick that lead to the fist goal, and at every other possible opportunity, the two strikes were just very good, the crowd was fantastic. We were in the end just lacking a bit of luck.

Having said all this, though I am disappointed I feel remarkably proud of what I saw last night. We did play really good football, and were in many ways just unlucky not to get the breaks that Spurs did get. Yet we tried to the very end, and some of the passing was delightful to watch, (from us obviously). Bowyer didn't look fit to me, got clogged all over the place at clearly played in some pain. The loss of Weathers was a blow, we never really recovered from it and they didn't suffer that much fro swapping Ferdinand fro Armstrng. This should not surprise anyone who watched us under Geaorge as in true Judas fashion he is turning them into a real anti-football side. DOL is doping the opposite, which was what in the end gives me hope. How many of us could have conceived of sheering the team and shouting the manager's mane after a 2-0 loss in the cup under Graham. But we did last night, and deservedly. So I feel completely different from the way I felt after Wolves last year. The I didn't want to see another game of footie for weeks (thought I went of course) but this time I really wish I could make it to Leicester as I feel it's somehow important to see what they do next. Those of you who know me may find this reaction to defeat surprising, but I think it's another example of what the DOL style does is you are a supporter.

Talking of which we did a great WATCOE at HT. Even the old codger next to use, who had clearly never done it in his life joined in, whirling his scarf around, if not his shirt. The subs warming up clearly thought it was great, especially Smiffy who started gigiing about in rhythm at first until he remembered he was meant to be passing the ball about, but even then, every time it went out, or to someone else, he looked round to grin at us and give us a couple of delighted bent elbow salutes and in general gave the impression he thought it might be more fun to be on the stands than on the pitch at that particular time. A few balls flew into the stand as at Pompey and a general happy atmosphere prevailed. Oh well...

After the game the players were clearly absolutely gutted, some more than others, and DOL seemed to know which ones. Harry was wandering off the pitch, head down, a picture of misery and perhaps in tears. DOL went up to him, took his face in his hand and literally made him get his head up again. Then he gave him a big hug and took hold of his shoulders and turned him round to look at all the fans, on their feet and still clapping and cheering. I expect he was telling him to look at us and clap us before he went off, and maybe something of the 'if they can take it, you can' variety. Then he went up to hug Smith and then Radebe. I was massively impressed by that. Here is man who was clearly gutted himself, but still knows what his responsibilities are to the players, and indeed which ones are going to need hugging and which need to be left alone. That's what I call good management, not some corrupt scots git who hates football and anyone who plays it. I just hope if there is any justice that DOL will get the reward he and we deserve.


Spurs Comments - Mike Sewell

Notably, our approach play is getting better and is not poor. Our crossing is poor, but that is different from the passing and movement which have improved beyond recognition in the last six months. If we could cross half decently teams might let us have fewer corners and that would help too. Some moves last night were excellent. Sadly we are a couple of quality midfielders away from being able to turn them into really effective movements because Hopkin and Haaland have a poor first touch; because only Bowyer has the ability to hit a really good pass that isn't obvious to defenders; and because there is a tendency to be shot-shy at times. Bring in MacPhail for Hopkin or Daft Alfie and things should improve. Ditto Batty, an under-rated passer. But I think we will still need another player, probably wide on the right, who can add a touch of class and better crosses. The we'd really see how much class we have up front.

Other points from last night include the fact that, as a nmuber of people have said, we suffered more from the first half clash of heads than they did. Halle was not as effective closing down Ginola as Woodgate. That is a reflection more on the high quality of Woodgate than anything else. With three CBs we had someone who could attack the ball when they ran at us. With the flattened out four we didn't. Both goals came that way. Smith looked good as a sub again. That may be the best place for him this season. The support was tops, makng lots of noise. And as Claire said, would we have chanted GG's name after a 0-2? I think not. The mood has completely changed.

Walker looked back to his best, but I'd still prefer Nige guarding our onion bag. In Campbell, Anderton and Ginola they had three players of higher quality than ours. Campbell is surely the best defender in the Premiership at the moment. Anderton tackled back better than one might expect. Ginola spoils his superb talent by being a cheating, whingeing, hypocritical bastard who accuses others of diving.

Hopkin _tried_ hard last night, but I don't think he _played_ well. He gets in the right places and then doesn't quite make the challenge, or loses control, or his passing lets him down, or he's not quite quick enough of thought or foot. He has too many weaknesses to feature regularly if we are really to become top three material. Halle is a decent squad player, Haaland only performs fitfully. Korsten was disappointing after his displays over the previous seven days. I wonder whether the frantic pace of the match may have got to him. He's still new to the British game and that may be why he disappointed against a side who are -typically of their manager - very quick to close the opposition down. I still think he may prove himself worth the money to bring him in permanently.

Lucas hasn't been back to his very best since he came back from the last African qualifier. It maty be that he will remain somewhat below par for as long as he is combining regular round-trips to Africa and having a new-born infant.

Bowyer and Kewell look like they will benefit from a bit of a rest. Like some wise owl said, maybe we'll look back on the result with less disappointment if the players recover during the spell of one game in two weeks prior to Spurs at SOTG and the form returns.

On a different note, it was nice to see the club taking the initiative against racism prior to the visit to Leicester. The Lawrence Inquiry Report and its definition of what constitutes a culture of racism and unacceptable attitudes/standards/behaviour should surely be useful to all in football who deplore racism in the game. I guess that we Listers should heed its strictures and look first at our own culture to make sure that we are not tolerating what all parties in the Commons, all the newspapers, and even the Metropolitan Police now accept as the civilised standard in this area. Doubtless some will accuse me of preaching or some such, but one of the report's repeated comments was that racism has been thriving on complacency.


Ginola takes command - Trevor Haylett

Copy from Football Unlimited of 25/02/1999.

What began as a contest of managerial wits between those two great allies George Graham and David O'Leary became in the second half a thrilling demonstration of Tottenham's ability to score outstanding goals, with Darren Anderton and David Ginola vying with each other for the most spectacular strike of the night.

The Englishman set Spurs on their way and Ginola's volley, having earlier twice struck a post, secured his team a safe passage to the quarter-finals, where they will face First Division Barnsley.

© Guardian Media Group plc


Anderton's strike leaves Leeds sick - Martin Samuel

Copy from Express Sport of 25/02/1999.

Before home games, Tottenham's giant video screen broadcasts an inspiring video of the greatest games, goals and moments in the club's history.

Even by the mighty standards of Greaves, Gilzean, Glenn and Gazza, though, there have been few goals to equal that of Darren Anderton in the 60th minute.

Or David Ginola in the 68th, for that matter. And had the Frenchman not been beaten by a post in the 54th, the tape editor might as well have canned most of it and started again.

Goals of stunning virtuosity won this fine Cup tie. And the one that got away could have been the best of all.

Even manager George Graham believed it had gone in when Ginola skipped past four defenders, starting on the right of the box, ending on the left and then shooting back across his body to leave Nigel Martyn beaten, only for the ball to cannon off the inside of the far post.

The boss was out of his dug-out and celebrating, an embarrassing case of premature elation. Within five minutes, however, Anderton had him up again.

Ginola, it must be said, looked to have made a meal of Alf Inge Haaland's tackle to win the free-kick, but when he squared it quickly to Anderton, few could have imagined the 30-yard exocet he would unleash, past Martyn before the England No 2 had it in his sights. A dream of a goal.

Ginola's due for his earlier misfortune arrived soon after. Substitute Chris Armstrong crossed from the right, Jonathon Woodgate deflected the ball out, and Ginola met it on the volley from 20 yards.

In his dark room, the man with the tapes must have already been drooling over the replay, and Spurs were on their way to a quarter-final at Barnsley.

The glib appraisal of David O'Leary's regime in the wake of George Graham's departure from Elland Road is that caution has been replaced by the cavalier.

Even allowing for the simplification of both managerial techniques, it is hard to image any side of Graham's having three goal attempts away from home in a fifth-round FA Cup replay, as Leeds did here.

Between minutes six and 10, the visiting forwards forced two saves from goalkeeper Ian Walker and came within inches of taking a surprise lead.

The best opportunity came from the most direct route, a Martyn goal-kick after Anderton had planted a free header from a Stephen Carr cross into his hands.

The long ball fell to Australian Harry Kewell who left Tottenham's defence - usually unflappable under Graham - floundering to run on goal before hitting a low shot wide of the near post by the most slender of margins.

Undaunted, Leeds pressed on and when a ball from Inge Haaland found Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to head down, Kewell hit an instinctive volley from 20 yards, which Walker covered well.

Manager Graham had pressed the England claims of his reborn goalkeeper earlier in the week and certainly Walker looked back to his old self here, with excellent handling of crosses and an unfussy style which flies in the face of his glamour boy reputation.

In the 10th minute when another effort from Kewell caught a troublesome deflection, Walker dealt with it well, forgoing acrobatics - but his best was still to come.

In the 32nd minute, a short corner and a crafty cross by David Hopkin was met by Haaland at the near post. Walker's double save, the first with his legs from point blank range, spared the rickety marking of his defenders once again.

Fortunately for Spurs, on the one occasion Walker was beaten, when Hasselbaink was put in by Haaland sprinting down the right, his cross-shot was steered off the line by a covering Sol Campbell.

At the opposite end stood the last goalkeeper Graham had turned into an international star, Martyn, and while he later redeemed himself with at least one outstanding save, his early involvement was not promising.

An attempted clearance in the fourth minute was smashed into the torso of Steffen Iversen on the edge of the area, falling to Les Ferdinand, who could not recover in time to take advantage.

In fact, it took Spurs rather longer to find their rhythm than it did their opponents and their early chances had little of Leeds' punch. An Anderton cross in the 11th minute was headed over by Iversen, a free-kick from a similar right-sided position in the 16th was sent on the same trajectory by Campbell.

It was not until the 34th minute that Spurs had a chance to write home about - and this time Martyn rose to the occasion in a manner reflecting his England status.

Anderton took a free-kick almost from the corner flag, the ball was cleared, but only to Steffen Freund who headed it for Iversen, his shot from 20 yards saved by Martyn with two fists diving full length.

The ball came out as if struck against the woodwork - justly, the replay on the giant scoreboard high on the White Hart Lane roof gave credit where it was due.

Contrary to the expectations of those expecting another north London war of attrition - and after so many meetings with Wimbledon, who can blame them for suspecting anything else - this was an excellent game.

The mass of bodies might have made progress through midfield hard at times, but considering how well both teams know each other - particularly at managerial, tactical, level - much of the play was surprisingly open.

The one cloud appeared in the 19th minute, a sickening clash of heads between Spurs striker Ferdinand and Leeds defender David Wetherall which meant neither would play any further part in the game. A fair exchange, perhaps, but not one that gladdened anybody.

Ferdinand was put in a neck brace and taken to an ambulance beside the main entrance and was still being given oxygen as he was driven away to hospital.

It was the second time in successive games Ferdinand had suffered a head injury. He was substituted during the Premiership match at Middlesbrough on Saturday because of concussion.

© Express Newspapers Limited


Ginola seals Spurs' delight - Adam Szreter

Copy from The Independent of 25/02/1999.

Spurs reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after a memorable fifth-round replay against Leeds at White Hart Lane last night. It was unremitting in its urgency and contained any number of isolated moments of footballing genius, most notably and predictably from David Ginola.

Spurs now meet Barnsley for a place in the last four, and the prospect of two Wembley finals in George Graham's first season as manager is becoming ever more realistic.

Both sides showed one change from the teams that drew 1-1 at Elland Road 10 days ago, Tottenham restoring Ramon Vega to central defence in place of Luke Young while Leeds rested Alan Smith and introduced the Dutchman Willem Korsten on the left of a five-man midfield, with Harry Kewell taking Smith's place up front.

If the first match had bordered on the attritional, there was no such caution on display from either side in the opening exchanges last night.

After a contemptuous appeal for a penalty following an extravagant dive in the second minute, Kewell went close with a stinging drive that passed just wide while at the other end Les Ferdinand might have made more of a half chance when his fellow striker, Steffen Iversen, charged down the Leeds goalkeeper Nigel Martyn's attempted clearance.

Iversen himself flashed a couple of headers inches over the bar, as did Sol Campbell, all from Darren Anderton crosses, while Lee Bowyer tested Ian Walker with a 25-yard drive but a heavy deflection took the ball straight into the grateful arms of the Tottenham No 1.

It was a rumbustuous cup tie in the best traditions of the competition but it was not without its casualties. Soon after Bowyer had recovered from a bad knock in the centre circle, there was a fearful clash of heads between Ferdinand and his marker, David Wetherall, from which neither man recovered despite several minutes of attention. Chris Armstrong took Ferdinand's place up front for Spurs and Gunnar Halle stepped into the breach in the Leeds back five.

As the first 45 minutes wore on the atmosphere inside the famous old ground built to a crescendo with two evenly matched opponents continually probing for an opening. The best effort of the half was from Iversen, whose well-struck shot from a tight angle was parried onto a post and away by Martyn.

Tottenham, and David Ginola in particular, played with added desire at the start of the second half. The Frenchman, who had threatened without causing too much damage before the break, lit up an already pulsating match with a piece of individual brilliance even he can rarely have surpassed. Picking up the ball 30 yards from goal on the Tottenham right he ran across the face of the penalty area, past defender after defender, before unleashing a left-footed shot from an impossible-looking angle that beat Martyn but rebounded agonisingly off the inside of the far post.

If Tottenham were wondering how they were to follow that, they did not have long to worry about it as, just five minutes later, Anderton came up trumps. The England international, receiving a long crossfield pass from a Tottenham free-kick, found himself with space to run into in the inside-right channel, but instead he struck a thunderous drive from nearly 35 yards which flew past Martyn and onto the post again - but this time the ball bounced kindly for Spurs.

Not wishing to be outdone, Ginola hit the post again with another rasping left-footer but, just as his frustration might have begun to get the better of him, his goal arrived in spectacular fashion. A Tim Sherwood cross bounced high into the air off Halle and there was Ginola to volley right footed triumphantly past poor Martyn.

Even then, in the face of such an onslaught, Leeds had chances to get back in the game, as first Kewell drew the best of out Walker with a fine shot from distance and then Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink hit the post 13 minutes from time - but for Leeds it was not to be.

© The Independent


United's White Hart pain - Don Warters

Copy from Yorkshire Evening Post of 25/02/1999.

THE cards were stacked against injury-weakened Leeds United at White Hart Lane, but it still needed a couple of aces to tip David O’Leary’s willing team out of the FA Cup.

England international Darren Anderton and Frenchman David Ginola were George Graham’s trump cards as Tottenham Hotspur reached the quarter-finals of English soccer’s most prestigious cup competition.

Wembley is already in Graham’s diary after Spurs qualified for the final of the Worthington Cup and a second appearance will be within sight if his improved side can topple Barnsley in the sixth round of the FA Cup on Saturday week.

Ultimately, his side were deserved winners last night, but the former Elland Road boss breathed a sigh of relief and was high in praise of the losers.

Rightly so, too, as United gave as good as they got in terms of effort and commitment and despite the second half strikes of Ginola and Anderton, had more shots at goal, earned more corners and had as much possession as their opponents.

“We were undone by two brilliant goals,” O’Leary conceded, while Graham admitted it needed something like that to set up his side’s victory in a game that was fought at a furious pace by two fully competitive teams.

“It was a great game and there was some wonderful entertainment. We had to defend very well and we needed some last ditch efforts but in the end we beat a very good Leeds side,” said a delighted Graham.

Just as O’Leary said they would, United took the game to Spurs right from the off and enjoyed the better of the early exchanges.

The energetic Harry Kewell felt he should have had a fourth minute penalty when he was brought down by Steffen Freund and in another encouraging piece of forward play the young Aussie fired narrowly wide of a post before he tested keeper Ian Walker with a volley.

Lee Bowyer had a shot saved but although they pushed forward United rarely carved out clear-cut chances. And when they pumped crosses from corners and free kicks into the Spurs area they found Walker in commanding form.

The keeper, who Graham is pushing hard for an England recall, was in confident mood and his handling was faultless.

David Wetherall and Les Ferdinand exited the game after 24 minutes following a nasty clash of heads. In the reshuffle, Jonathon Woodgate had to relinquish the effective man-marking job he was doing on Ginola.

Graham admitted afterwards that he had had words with the Frenchman at half time because he had not been satisfied with his passing in the first half and felt he should play more out on the left.

He might also have mentioned the ease with which his powefully-built man hit the ground on several occasions!

Whatever, Graham’s well chosen words struck home and Ginola burst into second half life and turned the game in Spurs’ favour.

A foul on him by Halle saw Ginola take the free kick quickly, knocking the ball across to the right where Anderton, from nearly 35 yards out, swung his right foot powerfully and perfectly to hammer the ball into United’s net.

Nigel Martyn, had managed the slightest of touches to divert Ginola’s goal-bound shot from the left after he had gone on an amazing run across the edge of the penalty area. But he had no chance of stopping Anderton’s shot.

Minutes later, Ginola looked as if he had suffered the agony of a thousand cuts when he unleashed another shot which veered away from Martyn but struck the woodwork again.

That moment of despair lasted barely a minute, however, before he volleyed in from 22 yards.

United had 23 minutes left to save the tie and it says much for their spirit that they battled on to the very last whistle – and gave Spurs some anxious moments.

Kewell forced Walker into a good save before Jimmy Hasselbaink fired across goal and then unleashed a shot that hit a post. Walker was fortunate to block a close range effort from Alfie Haaland and substitute Alan Smith had a shot blocked.

O’Leary was proud of his side in defeat, but the night belonged to Ginola.

“His was a fantastic goal and there were two that hit the post,” said his boss Graham. “It could have been an absolutely fantastic hat-trick.”

© Yorkshire Evening Post


Spurs 2 - 0 Leeds

Copy from Soccernet of 24/02/1999.

Spurs marched on in the FA Cup thanks to a couple of absolutely brilliant strikes.

Darren Anderton put George Graham's men on the way to a quarter-final tie at Barnsley and Frenchman David Ginola sealed victory midway through the second half.

Graham continues to work wonders at White Hart Lane, as Spurs now look a good bet for a second Wembley appearance following their Worthington Cup success.

Yet the evening had not started too brightly for the Londoners with Leeds dominating the opening exchanges. Then Spurs suffered the loss of Les Ferdinand, who was stretchered off with concussion following an aerial clash in the 23rd minute.

Leeds defender David Wetherall suffered an injury to his face in the collision and was also forced to leave the field to be replaced by Gunnar Halle.

The incident appeared to affect the visitors more than Spurs, who then took a little more control of a game which was played at a fast and furious pace.

Steffen Iversen forced an excellent save out of Nigel Martyn with a fierce angled shot from just outside the area after 33 minutes.

French maestro Ginola then went even closer to opening the scoring and it would have been one of the goals of the season. The Spurs winger looked to be outnumbered by the Leeds defence after collecting a short corner on the right. Yet he surged past three players on an incredible run and from a remarkably acute angle on the left side of the box, delivered a shot that bounced off the inside of a post with the visitors able to clear the danger.

However, that piece of rough justice was rectified five minutes later in the 59th minute when Anderton struck a screamer from 35 yards.

There appeared to be little danger as the ball was played square to the England wing-back ten yards in from the right touch-line, but he unleashed an amazing right-footed shot that flew into Martyn's top right-hand corner to send the home fans wild.

On 65 minutes, Ginola again was denied by a post but his luck was to change just two minutes later with another memorable goal.

The impressive Tim Sherwood, recently signed from Blackburn in a £4 million deal, sent in a low cross that was only half cleared by Jonathon Woodgate and the Frenchman pounced to volley home majestically from 25 yards, with a right-footed strike that settled the tie.

Leeds to their credit never gave up and 'keeper Ian Walker, who this week was praised by Graham as "looking in England form", was made to dive low to block a shot from Jimmy Hasselbaink. The Dutchman then struck the woodwork with a low shot 13 minutes from time.

Nevertheless, Spurs held on for a deserved win and must surely have sent a frightening warning to Barnsley, for when the sides meet on Saturday week.

© Soccernet

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