It was a surprise to discover that Tottenham’s recovery from being two goals down at White Hart Lane against Southampton was the first time in 14 years that Spurs had fought back in similar circumstances to win a home game. The honours for Sunday’s win go to Christian Eriksen whose display of controlled football and two goals set Spurs up for Sigurdsson’s late winner in added time.
Fourteen years previously, the last time Spurs achieved that at White Hart Lane it was Rebrov and Tottenham coach Les Ferdinand who took the accolades against Everton.
This was a game played on a Tuesday evening following an international break at the beginning of September.
5th September, 2000
Tottenham Hotspur 3 Everton 2
Scorers: Rebrov (2), Ferdinand Jeffers, Nyarko
Team: Sullivan; Carr, Campbell, Perry, Thatcher (Taricco); Anderton (Clemence), Freund, Sherwood, Leonhardsen,; Rebrov, Ferdinand (Iversen)
Tottenham were playing an Everton team which contained a very familiar face – Paul Gascoigne who had signed from Middlesbrough in the summer on a free transfer. Gascoigne received a warm welcome from the Spurs fans and the Spurs defence was equally generous to the Everton strikers. Jeffers missed from 12 yards when played into the area but in the 25th minute punished Tottenham for another mistake, this time by Ben Thatcher. Four minutes before half-time, the defence gave Nyarko space to run into the box, going past Tim Sherwood before putting the ball beyond the reach of Neil Sullivan.
Facing a two goal interval deficit, Spurs pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time when Sergei Rebrov scored his first goal for the club. Sol Campbell put Stephen Clemence’s free-kick against the post but Rebrov reacted quickest to pull a goal back.
In the second half, two goals in a minute turned the game in Spurs favour. Rebrov scored from the penalty spot after a handball and 60 seconds later Les Ferdinand completed Spurs comeback, hooking the ball home from a Clemence cross.
Away From Home
In the 14 years between those two games, Spurs have managed some dramatic comebacks in away games. Two matches come to mind with the most recent and probably most memorable being the win at the Emirates.November, 2010 PL Won 3 – 2 Bale, Van der Vaart (pen), Kaboul
When Spurs went two goals down with less than thirty minutes played, it looked as if it was going to be a familiar story of disappointment and defeat. At the interval, Harry Redknapp replaced Aaron Lennon with Jermain Defoe and switched to a 4–4–2 formation as Spurs demonstrated their true ability. Gareth Bale’s goal after fifty minutes brought them back into the game. Rafael Van der Vaart then coolly scored from the penalty spot with twenty three minutes remaining and Younes Kaboul completed the comeback by heading the winner from a Van der Vaart free-kick with five minutes left to record their first away win over Arsenal in seventeen years.
Team: Gomes; Hutton, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon (Defoe), Jenas, Modric, Bale; Van der Vaart (Palacios); Pavlyuchenko (Crouch)
April, 2001 Won 3 – 2 Clemence, Doherty (2)
Glenn Hoddle’s team found themselves two down after 12 minutes but a severe half-time talk and a few alterations by the manager brought a change in fortune. Stephen Clemence pulled a goal back after 52 minutes and Gary Doherty who was playing as a striker scored twice in the final 15 minutes for an unexpected victory.