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O'Hara header takes Tottenham closer

Published: Thursday 27 November 2008, 23.31CET
NEC Nijmegen 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur FC
Tottenham look on course to reach the knockout phase for the third year running after Jamie O'Hara secured a Group D victory in the Netherlands.
O'Hara header takes Tottenham closer
Jamie O'Hara celebrates his goal with Tom Huddlestone ©Getty Images

Match statistics

NECTottenham

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
9
Attempts off target4
 
4
Corners4
 
2
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 27 November 2008, 23.31CET

O'Hara header takes Tottenham closer

NEC Nijmegen 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur FC
Tottenham look on course to reach the knockout phase for the third year running after Jamie O'Hara secured a Group D victory in the Netherlands.

Jamie O'Hara's early goal proved all Tottenham Hotspur FC needed for a victory at NEC Nijmegen that puts them in a strong position to go through from UEFA Cup Group D.

Contrasting fortunes
O'Hara pounced in the box after 14 minutes to send the two-time competition winners to the top of the group, level on six points with Udinese Calcio. Tottenham know a good result at home to FC Spartak Moskva on 18 December will take them through to their third straight knockout campaign. NEC, yet to earn a point, seek victory in Moscow 15 days before.

O'Hara goal
Tottenham, revived since Harry Redknapp's appointment as manager last month, kick-started their campaign three weeks ago with a 4-0 win against NK Dinamo Zagreb, who beat NEC in their only previous group game. They wasted little time on Thursday, breaking the deadlock when lively Gareth Bale was sent free on the left and although Fraizer Campbell turned the ball on to the underside of the bar, O'Hara was on hand to head in the rebound.

Campbell denied
NEC were yet to threaten but Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes did have a save to make when Youssef El-Akchaoui found Mostapha El Kabir only to be denied by the former PSV Eindhoven player. Spurs swiftly broke and Bale crossed for Campbell, his header forcing a save from Gábor Babos.

Saving tackle

The first half ended in a fairly tentative manner and Redknapp responded by moving David Bentley from a central position out to the right wing. And he soon made an impact, crossing for Darren Bent, whose header was well dealt with by Babos. However, opportunities were rare at either end, with Michael Dawson making a vital header to intercept a dangerous El Kabir cross and the same player also being denied a shooting chance by a tackle from Jonathan Woodgate.

Last updated: 27/11/08 23.41CET

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Lineups

nec

NEC

tottenham

Tottenham

1
BabosGábor Babos (GK)
1
GomesHeurelho Gomes (GK)
21
Dani FernándezDani Fernández
Substitution81
16
GunterChris Gunter
3
WisgerhofPeter Wisgerhof (C)
20
DawsonMichael Dawson
2
ZomerRamon Zomer
39
WoodgateJonathan Woodgate (C)
5
El-AkchaouiYoussef El-Akchaoui
3
BaleGareth Bale
23
RadomskiArkadiusz Radomski
Substitution46
5
BentleyDavid Bentley
Substitution90+1
16
SibumBas Sibum
Substitution65
4
ZokoraDidier Zokora
8
DavidsLorenzo Davids
Yellow Card79
6
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone
10
SchöneLasse Schöne
24
O'HaraJamie O'Hara
Goal14
9
Van BeukeringJhon van Beukering
10
BentDarren Bent
Substitution71
35
El KabirMostapha El Kabir
18
CampbellFraizer Campbell
Substitution83

Substitutes

25
BaartRein Baart (GK)
21
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
4
KivuvuDominique Kivuvu
Substitution46
7
LennonAaron Lennon
Substitution71
6
PothuizenPatrick Pothuizen
32
Assou-EkottoBenoît Assou-Ekotto
13
OttenMark Otten
51
BostockJohn Bostock
14
BouaouzanRachid Bouaouzan
Substitution65
67
SmithAdam Smith
19
JanssenTim Janssen
77
MasonRyan Mason
Substitution90+1
22
TshibambaJoël Tshibamba
Substitution81
80
ObikaJonathan Obika
Substitution83

Coach

Mario Been (NED) Harry Redknapp (ENG)

Referee

César Muñiz (ESP)

Assistant referees

José Miranda (ESP), Luis Alberto Gutierrez Perez (ESP)

Fourth official

Miguel Angel Perez Lasa (ESP)

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