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Sunday, October 03, 2004

Victory

A well earned victory but one that was a little fortunate as well.

Spurs struggled in the first half. Everton used the width of the pitch and with Davies and Atouba failing to track back the full backs were under a lot of pressure. They also made mistakes as they were giving too much space to the Everton wide men, especially Kilbane. Edman also gave a way another penalty which top ref, according to Jacques, Graham Poll waved away.

In the second half Spurs were better but still not great. Defoe and Keane got better service than the United game and it was Keane's cross that allowed Pamarot to head home from the edge of the six yard box. It was a good goal and Everton will be kicking themselves for not having someone on the post. After his goal Pamarot improved considerably and from what I saw was defineltly the man of the match for Spurs. Some of his blocks and tackles were brilliant.

The central midfiled pairing didn't seem to work too well today. Redknapp was ineffective at best and was lucky not to be sent off after a lousy challenge on Cahill. Defoe could of followed for a two footed challenge which he got away with - only a yellow card this time. He seemed frustrated at the lack of balls to feet him and Keane were recieving and this is an area for improvement as the season goes on. I am looking forward to the return of Sean Davis as this will allow Mendes to push on like he was doing earlier on in the season. He didnt have a great game today - let's hope it's a one off. A fully fit Carrick would also be a boost. While not guaranteed a place yet he is a good creative midfielder who can open things up and give the ball to the strikers where they want it - i.e. Feet.

Atouba huffed and puffed but didnt impress once again. Often wanting one too many touches he played the defense into trouble on at least two occasions. I'm not writing him off yet as he still needs time to adapt to the English game but I hope to see some improvement soon.

The last ten minutes saw a Premiership debut to Ziegler. He looked very good, calm on the ball, good simple passing and it looks like a good bit of business by Frank.

Overall then Spurs played a classic smash and grab raid on Everton. They rode their luck at times and Everton will probably think they deserved a point but tough, they got nothing and we push up back into fourth.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice article/review.

7:19 AM, October 03, 2004

 
Blogger Paxton Road said...

Thanks

12:36 PM, October 03, 2004

 

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