Football: Lethal Leonhardsen ; Southampton 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 Leonhardsen 81 Half-Time: 0- 0 Attendance:15,248

By Sinnott, John | The Independent (London, England), November 21, 1999 | Go to article overview
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Football: Lethal Leonhardsen ; Southampton 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 Leonhardsen 81 Half-Time: 0- 0 Attendance:15,248


Sinnott, John, The Independent (London, England)


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR, in attacking terms anyway, have something of a dilemma. At White Hart Lane, George Graham's side cannot stop scoring. Away from home it's a very different story, with the return of just seven goals from seven Premiership games.

Yesterday the Spurs front pairing of Steffen Iversen and Chris Armstrong played like passing strangers in the night, but their blushes were saved by Oyvind Leonhardsen, whose late second-half goal ensured that Graham's side continued to profit. After the game the Spurs manager described the Norwegian midfielder as "a super signing," before adding: "It's good to pick up results when you're not playing well."

The fact that Stephen Carr - who yesterday was absent because of an ankle injury he picked up on international duty with the Republic of Ireland - is Spurs' fourth highest scorer with just two goals adds credence to the argument that Graham needs to find a partner for Iversen sooner rather than later.

By contrast, the Southampton manager, Dave Jones, has been bolstering his defence. Just before the transfer deadline on Friday he signed Jo Tessem from Molde for pounds 600,000. The Norwegian is uncapped though he had played for the international team in a private game where the side was chosen by the Norwegian public, a concept that might prove intriguing if applied to England.

Tessem had the job of marking David Ginola, who is due to appear before the Oxford Union on Wednesday.

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