SORRY SPURS SEEN OFF
By David Allen
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tottenham are left without a win away from White Hart Lane in the first half of the season after putting in another disappointing display, while Ipswich continue to ride high in the Uefa Cup spot's.
George Graham's decision to drop Sergei Rebrov to the bench backfired, with Willem Korsten and Gary Doherty in attack taking 57 minutes to have a single shot at Richard Wright.
At the other end, Stewart and Armstrong's partnership continued to flourish, with James Scowcroft, Matt Holland and Martin Reuser all linking well from midfield.
Former Huddersfield Town striker Stewart needed only eight minutes to break the deadlock, bundling the ball home from five yards after skipper Holland crossed from the left.
This was where most of Ipswich's attack was aimed during an opening half hour which they dominated, with Alton Thelwell - filling in for Stephen Carr - given a torrid time by Hermann Hreidarsson.
The Icelandic left back delivered a number of teasing balls into the centre, but Stewart, Scowcroft and Armstrong were unable to add to the score.
Reuser twice forced Sullivan into action after doing well, and Armstrong saw another effort go wide before Ipswich went into half time with a comfortable, yet only slender, lead.
Armstrong then saw another shot blocked, this time by Perry after Fabien Wilnes played him through, before Doherty turned and got a shot in from the edge of the area after Spurs' best move of the game, Wright being tested for the first time.
Bramble hit the bar with a spectacular overhead kick before the lack of cohesion between Doherty and Korsten was highlighted once again when the former Luton forward was pushed wide and crossed, with the Dutchman not able to read the ball and Wilnes clearing with ease.
After Armstrong set up Stewart to fire wide, the favour was returned for the second goal, a good team move ending in the former Middlesbrough striker turning home a fine cross.
Even with 28 minutes remaining, the result was now never in doubt, especially when Anderton could not redirect Korsten's cross-shot past Wright.
Scowcroft raced into the area to hit a fine effort against the bar before Korsten cut in from the right to sting the palms of England Under-21 star Wright.
This, however, proved to be his last touch as Graham sent on Rebrov, a move which surely came too late as the Ukrainian had no chance to shine in the remaining ten minutes, with Simon Davies also coming on, for Tim Sherwood.
The decisive substitution, though, came when both Stewart and Armstrong were replaced, by Clapham and David Johnson, with the former adding a third to seal the win with just his second touch, sliding the ball home after Reuser beat the offside trap to cut in from the right.
If ever a scoreline reflected the performances, this was it, as Spurs again failed to live up to expectations and Ipswich's fine season saw them gain their first double.