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Sunday, December 12, 2004

Excellent victory.

Tottenham's 1-0 victory at Manchester City made it 3 wins on the bounce and our first back to back away games win for 5 years. Kanoute's goal was the star of the show with a marvelous left footed strike from the edge of the area leaving calamity with no chance.

Citeh started the brighter with Spurs struggling to get out of their own half for at least the first 15 minutes. Manchester City failed to take advantage and it let Spurs back in. Ricketts had a good run beating two Citeh players before rolling his shot just wide with James beaten. Keane also found himself one on one with Calamity after a superb through ball by Mendes but he put wide as well. To be fair James did everything he could do and forced Keane to shoot wide more than Keane making a mistake.

The second half was much improved. Mendes and Naybet were both replaced, due to slight knocks, by Kelly and Gardner. This allowed Atouba to move up into left wing. Kelly had another assured performance apart from one reckless challenge where he could of broken Wright-Phillips' leg but luckily he didn't. Spurs were able to push on more and create plenty of goal scoring opportunities. Brown set up Kanoute's excellent goal and Keane could of had at least two. The first he had to go wide and Dunn was able to clear the ball off his line for a corner. After reading the message boards (see links) you would think the goal was at Keane's total mercy but from the angle he was at he did his best. The second effort he should of scored though. Brown broke down the right and played a superb ball into Keane who missed from two yards. The ball did bobble but it was one Keane should of buried. In the end it didn't matter and Keane still worked extremely hard for the team.

Although I only saw the 55 minutes of highlights shown on Sky's Match Choice it did appear that Carrick did absolutely nothing whatsoever. Maybe he did loads in the bits Sky and the BBC chose not to show but judging on what I did see today he looks more and more lost back in the Premiership.

Overall a great win against a fellow under performer which sets us up nicely for Redknapp to bring SCBC to Spurs next Saturday. Another win at home then will put us well on the way to a much improved league position.

21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention that Atouba is not a premiership player.He scares the life out of me with his little dummy he plays just outside our box.The guy is more of a stumbling clown than a football player.

12:58 AM, December 12, 2004

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, on the whole a very good win.....King and gardner must be the No1 central pair, their second half perfomance was top draw.What has happened to the Robbie Keane of old????? Yesterday again he was terrible.Everton get your cheque book out because we need a big ugly tough bastard up front alongside defoe,someone who is prepared to get stuck in to win the ball and run all afternoon and give Defoe the supply with which he can win us games.....

1:07 AM, December 12, 2004

 
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1:07 AM, December 12, 2004

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was at the game and yes, carrick did nothing. He wants to be our playmaker, but doesn't seem to realise that for that you actually need to pass the ball more than 5 yards..something which he did not do today. I see no reason why he has displaced redknapp, who does exactly the same job but is our captain.

1:09 AM, December 12, 2004

 
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1:18 AM, December 12, 2004

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's political correctness gone mad!

1:39 AM, December 12, 2004

 
Blogger adrian said...

atouba terrible? i haven't seen it yet, but paul over at spurs odessey put him in contention for MOM. anyone else care to comment?

1:41 AM, December 12, 2004

 
Blogger robdacat said...

As usual a good report except you always use "of" instead of "have" as in should of, could of instead of should have, could have etc. A very good win and Jol is showing signs that he could be the best Spurs manager for a very long time.

1:46 AM, December 12, 2004

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ruddy hell, it's soft cell!

1:48 AM, December 12, 2004

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

go to hell soft cell

1:49 AM, December 12, 2004

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adrian, what do you mean? you haven`t seen yesterdays game or you have yet to see Atouba play terribly??????
I agree with what was said about Atouba, he scares me but he wasn`t terrible.my MOM was Brown.

1:50 AM, December 12, 2004

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who's this beautiful blonde man with a lovely voice? it's annie lennox!

1:51 AM, December 12, 2004

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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1:53 AM, December 12, 2004

 
Blogger Paxton Road said...

My apologies with "of" and "have". It's late lol.

1:56 AM, December 12, 2004

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carrick was nowhere to be seen yesterday and for the last game against Blackburn he was not much more influential either.Maybe he is just off form,but England material...nah...Atouba is quickly getting into the ranks of most loved Spurs player...Chocholate Tim or Cameroun Pele...take your pick

7:21 AM, December 12, 2004

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HODDLE TO RETURN?

Just read the articles re Hoddle's mates buying Spurs and him taking back the job. He says the current Spurs set up is amateurish.

GLENN: We are playing better than you could ever achieve...we are more respected and have a greater chance of signing quality. Pitchside we are playng better, we have a manager that can actually manage (both people and the game), the players respect Jol, our squad is looking better than it has since Lineker and Gaz (imho), financially we are in good health, the business side is run brilliantly, so...

What the hell is your problem? You have finally proven what I always thought...off the pitch you are a talentless mercenary and do not 'care' about Spurs.

Levy will not cut and run as he can know see the fruits starting to grow...

Get lost Hoddle...just when Spurs weather all the storms and start to look forwards you come up with that...you loser!

10:41 AM, December 12, 2004

 
Blogger Paxton Road said...

Agreed.

11:25 AM, December 12, 2004

 
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11:44 AM, December 12, 2004

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There does appear to be an on-going anti-Spurs bias in most branches of the media. Jol was supposedly 'under pressure' having inherited the disappearing Frenchman's 8-1-1 formation and yet in the space of a month has us back in the Top Ten, scoring, not conceding stupid goals (FK's bizarre handball v Liverpool excepted)and a nicely aggressive midfield (take a bow Brownie and Mendes). Getting rid of Redknapp was also a bonus. With Davis set to return, Davies and Keane surely to find their old form and a few judicious signings in January we may well have the top 6 or 8 finish we've been looking for since last century!

1:04 PM, December 12, 2004

 
Blogger Paxton Road said...

Heres hoping!

9:57 PM, December 12, 2004

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really hope the rumours about Cole coming to Spurs are true. Like Mendieta at Middlesbrough he's a classic Tottenham player at the wrong club. Isn't it great when the manager thinks like the fans? Roll on January and our own King Cole!

7:44 AM, December 16, 2004

 

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