SPURS CONTINUE THEIR CHELSEA BLUES
By Matt Coates
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
It was the 24th game that Chelsea avoided defeat against Tottenham and they were well worth their win.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bagged his 21st goal of the season before Gustavo Poyet and Eidur Gudjohnsen wrapped up the Blues' third away win of the campaign.
Early pressure from Spurs led to confusion in the Chelsea penalty area and young starlet Simon Davies saw his acrobatic fourth minute effort sail just past the far post.
Chelsea's neat passing movement only worked sporadically, but when Hasselbaink's flick inside to Dennis Wise came off, it was Neil Sullivan who was forced to pull off a great reaction save.
A loose clearance by Willem Korsten gifted Gustavo Poyet a perfect opportunity on fifteen minutes, but from the edge of the area he somehow managed to blast over the bar.
Indeed it took until the 28th minute for Chelsea to eventually take the lead, Hasselbaink forcing Stephen Carr into putting the ball out for a corner.
Dennis Wise took it and the Dutchman leapt highest at the near post and powered his header home, seemingly off Alton Thelwell.
Chelsea were clearly dominated in midfield and Hasselbaink was unlucky to see two efforts fly wide as the inexperienced combination of Thelwell and Anthony Gardner struggled to cope with the Dutch international and Gianfranco Zola.
The ineffectual Korsten managed to rub salt into his side's wounds when he was sent off for his second bookable offence, after a sliding challenge on Mario Melchiot, just two minutes before the break.
Glenn Hoddle's team talk seemed to breathe new fire into the home side but on the hour Chelsea made the game safe, a brilliant cross by Graham Le Saux was turned in by a sliding Poyet.
From then on, Chelsea dominated possession almost totally, with a mix-up between Gardner and Sullivan giving Hasselbaink a clear opening which he squandered, while Spurs' only real threat was a snap-shot by Sergei Rebrov.
Sullivan was forced into a number of impressive Saves from Wise and substitute Mario Stanic, whilst Hasselbaink shot over the bar when well placed.
However, Eidur Gudjohnsen gave the scoreline a more convincing look in injury-time, when he played a great one-two and ran on to finish under Sullivan from close range.