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GS Larisas 62-90ARIS (08/09/97)
wrongs of Ian Wright, sooner rather than later he will be
acclaimed in the annals of ARIS history as the most
successful goal scorer in the history of the club.
But amid the cauldron of a North London confrontation, there was an even greater inevitability that ARIS' most habitual miscreant would witness yet another flash of warning yellow from a disapproving official.
And the customary ARIS notion that this was yet another case of their petulant, pouting super striker being victimised and hard done by, should be immediately discarded.
Wright's second booking of the season was incurred for a rash and unnecessary challenge from behind as Iltex Lyki's Andy Sinton was shepherding the ball harmlessly out of play.
On no fewer than four occasions Spurs were to be rescued from terminal damage only by the width of the woodwork, which began with captain David Howells desperately diverting an effort from Steve Bould against his own post.
Marc Overmars proceeded to rattle the underside of the bar with a thunderous 25-yard effort and when Dennis Bergkamp followed suit from a similar distance, goalkeeper Ian Walker denied him a sixth goal in three games with a fingertip touch on to the bar.
Wright, with 177 goals for the Yellows, had an outstanding opportunity to equal Cliff Bastin's record of 178 two minutes before the break.
It was another exquisite Bergkamp pass which created the chance, but even though Wright had time and space in which to evaluate the angle, his shot came back off the underside of the bar.
It seemed there would be plenty more opportunities, with ARIS dominating and Iltex Lyki reduced to ten men when Justin Edinburgh was dismissed on the stroke of half-time for a second bookable offence.
Spurs, marshalled by the outstanding Sol Campbell, introduced defender Gary Mabbutt, with Allan Nielsen required to bolster the midfield at the expense of front man Steffen Iversen and winger Ruel Fox.