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Fulham v Tottenham - Squad News

last updated Friday 22nd March 2002, 11:57 PM


Barclaycard Premiership - Fulham v Tottenham -

16.00 24/03/02

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Fulham midfield duo Sean Davis and Lee Clark are battling back to fitness - and England Under-21 international Davis is hopeful of featuring in Sunday's vital FA Barclaycard Premiership showdown with Tottenham at Craven Cottage.

Davis has not played for Jean Tigana's faltering team since sustaining heavy bruising to his thigh in the 2-0 defeat against Liverpool three weeks ago.

But he is now nearing a return, while his midfield colleague Clark has set himself a target of the April 14 FA Cup semi-final with west London rivals Chelsea to make his comeback from a calf strain.

The former Newcastle and Sunderland man went down with the injury in the Liverpool match, which was his first game back after two months out with an Achilles problem.

John Collins has been working with Cottagers fitness coach Roger Propos to overcome a minor hamstring niggle this week and is expected to be fit to face Spurs.

Fulham (from):

Edwin van der Sar(G), Maik Taylor(G),

Steve Finnan(D), Andy Melville(D/C), Alain Goma(D/C), Rufus Brevett(D), Abdeslam Ouaddou(D/C), Zat Knight (D/C)

Sylvain Legwinski(M), John Collins(M), Sean Davis(M),

Steed Malbranque(M/A), Luis Boa Morte(M/A),

Bazza Hayles(A), Steve Marlet(A), Louis Saha(A).

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Unless there is a remarkable recovery rate in the treatment room, Tottenham boss Hoddle may have to face Fulham with one fit striker in Steffen Iversen. Spurs have three strikers receiving treatment ahead of Sunday's trip across the capital.

Captain Teddy Sheringham (groin), Les Ferdinand (Achilles tendon) and Sergei Rebrov (back) are all doubtful, leaving Steffen Iversen as the only fit frontman.

Defenders Dean Richards (groin) and Ben Thatcher (hamstring) are also doubts, while Mauricio Taricco is suspended, although midfielder Stephen Clemence is set to be added to the squad.

Defenders Dean Richards (groin) and Ben Thatcher (hamstring) and strikers Teddy Sheringham (groin), Les Ferdinand (Achilles tendon) and Sergei Rebrov are all doubtful.

Rebrov is the latest casualty of the clash with Charlton having taken a knock on his back early in the game. Hoddle said: 'Sergei got a whack on his back and it has since stiffened up. He is doubtful along with the others. I am down to about 16 fit players and I won't know how many of the injured players will be available until the day of the game.

'The squad is very tired at the moment and not being able to rest players at the right time has made our season more difficult. Since Christmas, when I wanted a squad of around 18 or 19 players in order to rest a few, I have not had the chance to do so.'
Tottenham (from):

Tottenham (from):

Neil Sullivan(G), Kasey Keller(G)

Chris Perry(D), Ledley King(D/C), Dean Richards(D/C), Ben Thatcher(D), Christian Ziege(D), Alton Thelwell(D), Anthony Gardner(D),

Tim Sherwood(M), Stephen Clemence(M), Simon Davies(M), Darren Anderton(M/A), Gustavo Poyet(M/A), Matthew Etherington(M/A),

Teddy Sheringham(A), Les Ferdinand(A), Sergei Rebrov(A).

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Fulham may be the Premiership newbies but the Tottenham squad only manage to show out better in than the Cottagers in two aspects of the game. Disciplinary matters, 5 reds against Fulham's 1 with Christian Ziege gaining more yellows than any player in either squad, and in relation to goals, two Tottenham players have scored more than Fulham's top scorer.

In between these two aspects of the game Glen Hoddle has been unable to create as good a footballing side as Jean Tigana
and at the moment his squad is also showing signs of disintegration with £11m Rebrov going so far as to criticise his manager in the press. Hoddle also went out of his way to publicly castigated his young central defender Ledly King for perceived errors on the football pitch.

On the Opta stats Darren "Sicknote" Anderton is Spurs playmaker with the top Passing and Crossing numbers and despite Manager Hoddles's public criticism Ledley King also shows up well in terms of Passing and Tackling.

Fulham players top the sections for Shots on Target, Passes completed and Tackles completed and if we could just get some improvement in the goals scored section we could terrorise all but one or two squads in the Premiership.

League stats Fulham Tottenham
Goal Scorers Bazza Hayles(A) (7+4)
Steed Malbranque(M/A)(6+2)
Louis Saha(A)(7+1)
Steve Marlet(A)(4+3)
Sylvain Legwinski(M)(3+2)
Les Ferdinand(A)(9+6)
Gustavo Poyet(M/A)(8+4)
Teddy Sheringham(A)(5+3)
Shots on Target Louis Saha(A) (29)
Steve Marlet(A) (22)
Bazza Hayles(A) (20)
Steed Malbranque(M/A)(19)
Sylvain Legwinski(M)(15)
Teddy Sheringham(A)(27)
Gustavo Poyet(M/A)(21)
Les Ferdinand(A)(19)
Passes completed Steve Finnan(D) (1337)
John Collins(M) (1207)
Rufus Brevett(D)(1201)
Steed Malbranque(M/A)(949)
Darren Anderton(M/A)(1285)
Ledley King(D/C)(855)
Gustavo Poyet(M/A)(835)
Crosses completed Steed Malbranque(M/A)(62)
Steve Finnan(D) (21)
Rufus Brevett(D)(19)
Darren Anderton(M/A)(67)
Simon Davies(M)(9)
Steffen Freund(M)(8)
Tackles completed John Collins(M) (104)
Sylvain Legwinski(M)(74)
Steve Finnan(D) (71)
Steed Malbranque(M/A)(66)
Christian Ziege(D)(71)
Chris Perry(D)(67)
Ledley King(D/C)(66)
Fouls won Louis Saha(A) (83)
Bazza Hayles(A) (64)
Steed Malbranque(M/A)(61)
Luis Boa Morte(M/A) (55)
Mauricio Taricco(D)(48)
Stephen Carr(D)(40)
Gustavo Poyet(M/A)(40)
Fouls conceded Barry Hayles(A) (77)
Sylvain Legwinski(M)(46)
Luis Boa Morte(M/A) (40)
Les Ferdinand(A)(49)
Mauricio Taricco(D)(42)
Steffen Freund(M)(39)
Yellow Cards
(all comp's)
Barry Hayles(A) (8)
Rufus Brevett(D)(8)
Luis Boa Morte(M/A) (6)
Sylvain Legwinski(M)(6)
Sean Davis(M/D) (5)
Christian Ziege(D)(9)
Gustavo Poyet(M/A)(7)
Steffen Freund(M)(6)
Tim Sherwood(M)(7)
Red Cards Luis Boa Morte(M/A) (1) Mauricio Taricco(D)(2)
Gustavo Poyet(M/A)(1)
Teddy Sheringham(A)(1)
Tim Sherwood(M)(1)
stats from opta.co.uk

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