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Thursday 27 February 2014

On this day in 1994: Chelsea edge Spurs in seven-goal thriller

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Mark Stein’s last-gasp London derby winner

  • A stoppage-time penalty from Mark Stein helped Chelsea earn a 4-3 win over Spurs rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

27 February 1994: Chelsea 4-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Mark Stein scored twice as Chelsea ended a four-match winless run in the Barclays Premier League and inflicted a seventh straight league defeat on Tottenham Hotspur in a dramatic London derby.

Stein scored in each half, with his second goal being an injury-time penalty, to take his tally of Barclays Premier League goals for the season to 11.

Spurs went into the match four points and one place above 17th-placed Chelsea and opened up an early two-goal lead. Steve Sedgley fired the first from a tight angle at the far post after a deep Darren Anderton cross in the 17th minute. Sixty seconds later Jason Dozzell doubled the lead with a downward header from a centre by Dean Austin.

Defender Mal Donaghy started the Chelsea comeback in the 29th minute with a deflected shot from inside the penalty area. And the home side equalised four minutes later when Stein turned to shoot high into the net from close range after a corner.

The Blues fightback continued before the break as John Spencer put them ahead with a fierce shot from 12 yards.

Substitute Andy Gray marked what turned out to be his final match for Spurs by levelling the match within four minutes of coming on as a 68th-minute substitute, when he converted a penalty after a handball by Erland Johnsen.

Gray then saw a second spot-kick saved by the feet of Chelsea goalkeeper Dimitri Kharine, who had conceded the penalty by bringing down Ronny Rosenthal. That was not the end of the drama as Austin fouled Gavin Peacock inside the area in stoppage time and Stein stepped up to hammer his penalty into the roof of the net to win the match.

Chelsea finished 14th in the Barclays Premier League, while Tottenham Hotspur were six points behind in 15th.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Mark Stein's late penalty settled a thrilling London derby in Chelsea's favour