Norwich City have proved difficult opponents for Tottenham in the premier league at White Hart Lane. Spurs haven’t won any of the last 3 home games against Norwich with their last win being back in April, 1995.
Tottenham and Norwich have met at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on 6 occasions and the record is perfectly balanced with both sides having won twice with two draws. Hopefully Spurs will be able to improve on that home record on Saturday.
Home Record against Norwich in Premier League:
P 6 W 2 D 2 L 2 For 9 Ag 7
Norwich visited White Hart Lane in September for what was Spurs’ second home match (as this season). After three games Andre Villas-Boas was still looking for his first win as Tottenham manager. the previous weekend, a late equaliser by WBA had denied Spurs the three points and it was to be a similar story against Norwich. The 1 – 1 draw or the Spurs performance didn’t please the home support, many of whom booed at half-time and on the final whistle.
Chris Hughton’s team who had suffered a 5 – 0 defeat at Fulham on the opening day of last season, had regained their composure for their return to Fulham and thoroughly deserved the point with former Spurs defender, Sebastien Bassong, outstanding. They had troubled Spurs throughout and it was newly signed Mousa Dembele who put Spurs ahead having come on as a half-time substitute. In a rousing finish by Norwich they put the Spurs defence under intense pressure to score through Snodgras in the 85th minute. Brad Friedel whose position was under threat with the signing of Hugo Lloris had a very good game. In the final minutes, Norwich could have taken all three points but Spurs held on even though Tom Huddlestone was sent off seven minutes after coming on.
Newly promoted Norwich showed that they deserved to remain in the top flight with Paul Lambert’s side taking all three points. Spurs’ spring slump continued and they deservedly lost to a much more competitive side who took the game to Spurs and were a constant threat in attack. Norwich took an early lead through Pilkington but Jermain Defoe scored twelve minutes before the interval. Elliott Bennett scored the winner with a powerful 30 yard drive in the 66th minute. This game was to be Ledley King’s last home match for Tottenham.
Norwich had returned to the Premier League for the first time since 1994-95. They came determined to take a point and succeeded in a scoreless draw against Jacques Santini’s Spurs team. Santini had his much changed team well organised defensively, their third clean sheet, but they lacked penetration going forward having scored only 4 goals in 5 games.
Last Tottenham Home Win
In April, 1995 Norwich were facing relegation and the single goal scored by Teddy Sheringham was another nail in their coffin. The goal came late in the first half from a cross by Darren Anderton but Norwich almost snatched a point, hitting the bar with a shot in the final minute.
Norwich had a very comfortable 3 – 1 win but were struggling in front of goal with the absence of Teddy Sheringham who was out with a long-term injury. Norwich scored twice in the first half with Nicky Barmby scoring after 73 minutes but there was no comeback with Norwich scoring a third in the final minute. The season had started brightly for Ossie Ardiles’ team until Sheringham’s injury. It was not until his return late in the season that Spurs finally managed to make a late recovery which saw them avoid relegation in the final matches.
Saving the Best for Last
Spurs best win over Norwich in the Premier League at White Hart Lane came in April, 1993. They recorded a 5 – 1 win with goals scored by Sheringham (2), Paul Allen, Nayim and Neil Ruddock. The win took Spurs up to 5th, their highest position of the season while Norwich had been challenging for the title. The defeat hit their ambitions and they finished 3rd with Spurs slipping to 8th.
Norwich have proved very difficult opponents for Tottenham at White Hart Lane in the Premier League. Spurs will be looking for a win to recover from the disappointment of losing against arsenal in the last game. they will also be looking for their first goal from open play as the new players become acquainted and accustomed to Andre Villas-Boas’ ways. It will not be an easy task for Spurs as Chris Hughton’s team is always well organised and returning to White Hart lane always gives him an added reason to succeed.
Home League Record against Norwich: Here
Tottenham and Norwich City Connections: Here