Frustrated City held by Spurs
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
City have started off slowly in The City of Manchester Stadium and again failed to take three points in a game they controlled from start to finish and only had their poor finishing, mainly from Paulo Wanchope, to blame for only taking a point.
David Pleat's Spurs side battled hard but were never really in the game, but the lack of a goal gave them more confidence as the contest progressed while Kevin Keegan's side seemed to run out of ideas late on.
Trevor Sinclair had the chance to put the home side ahead early when he found himself inside the box with a free header only to nod the ball woefully wide of Kasey Keller's goal.
Nicolas Anelka then produced a superb back heel to put Wanchope through on goal but the finish was weak, while Steve McManaman forced Keller into a good one-handed save from a well struck left footed effort just before the half-hour mark.
Spurs skipper Stephen Carr was then forced to clear the ball off the line from the resulting corner after the knockdown fell to the feet of Anelka to stab goalwards.
City dominated the second half just as they had in the first 45 minutes but Wanchope was again the main culprit in missing some golden opportunities, including another one-on-one with Keller that brought a poor finish from the Costa Rican international.
The hosts looked less likely to find a breakthrough as the game wore on and City seemed to run out of steam, despite the introduction of Robbie Fowler off the substitute's bench for the wasteful Wanchope.
The former Liverpool man flashed a volley just wide in the final minute but he, and City, could not find the goal their dominance had deserved and had to settle for a point looking back on a whole host of missed chances, while the draw will be much more appreciated at White Hart Lane.
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