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Saturday, October 16, 1999 Published at 18:30 GMT

Armstrong piles on Rams agony

Jim Smith: The pressure is on after home defeat number five

Derby 0-1 Tottenham

Derby continued their terrible run of form at Pride Park, as Chris Amstrong condemned them to a fifth defeat in six games.

Peter Slater: "Derby are a struggling team, with effort but no real quality"
The Spurs striker produced a diving header at the far post after 37 minutes to finish off a piece of individual brilliance from David Ginola on the left wing.

The Frenchman was the difference between two average teams, as he found a rich vein of form either side of half-time to help secure victory.

And Spurs boss George Graham will be delighted that his defence - with England star Sol Campbell back after injury - managed their first domestic clean sheet of the season.

But for Derby manager Jim Smith the pressure is on, after defeat left his side languishing in 17th place with just nine points.

Defensive durability

Campbell and Chris Perry looked solid at the back for Spurs throughout.

But they were let off the hook by Derby striker Mikkel Beck after just eight minutes.

The Dane rose totally unchallenged to meet Deon Burton's cross - but sent his header wide of the Spurs goal.

The home side's further forays on goal in the first half were limited to long-range efforts from Beck, Vas Borbokis and Rory Delap.

While Tottenham had to settle for Campbell chances from set-pieces - but the skipper was unable to capitalise.

But then Ginola began his one-man show 10 minutes before the break.

After nearly sending Oyvind Leonhardsen through, the winger then skipped past two challenges on the left before whipping a cross into the box.

The ball was slightly deflected, but Armstrong was on hand to head home.

More of the same

Ginola continued in the same fashion after the break, with more displays of his virtuoso skills, beating Seth Johnson and firing in another fine cross, then delivering a perfect pass to Leonhardsen, who should have scored but headed into the side-netting instead.

Derby desperately pushed on in search of an equaliser, Jacob Laursen coming close from a free-kick and Beck heading wide from Stefano Eranio's cross.

For all the home side's second half possession, Spurs still looked dangerous on the break and Armstrong should have made it 2-0 after fine play from Ginola and Steffen Iversen - but he missed his kick as he stretched for the ball in the Derby box.


Derby: Hoult, Laursen, Schnoor, Delap, Borbokis, Eranio, Johnson, Morris, Dorigo, Beck, Burton. Subs: Knight, Sturridge, Prior, Baiano, Murray.

Tottenham: Walker, Carr, Perry, Campbell, Taricco, Leonhardsen, Nielsen, King, Ginola, Armstrong, Iversen. Subs: Baardsen, Sherwood, Edinburgh, Vega, Piercy.

Referee: P Durkin (Dorset)

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