"It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory." Bill Nicholson. SPURS


Sunday, January 30, 2005

An unwelcomed draw shows Spurs weaknesses

WBA held Spurs to a 1-1 draw yesterday at the Hawthorns. In the end it was probably a fair result but WBA will look at hitting post and bar while Defoe, Keane and Davies all had chances they should of taken.

WBA started far brighter exposing Tony Gardner as the weak member in our back four. Spurs couldn't cope with the pressure after they had just hit the bar and a cross from the left let Earnshaw to nip in between Robinson and Gardner to knock home. Spurs rallied though and took the game to their hosts which led to a penalty when Defoe was taken down in the box. He stepped up to slot home the resulting penalty.

In the second half WBA were still strong. Kanu showed his trickery and bamboozled King a couple of times forcing Robinson into a fine save. Keane came on a did a lot in 15 minutes being very busy. He intercepted a back pass but was forced wide by the keeper. Atouba and Kanoute both headed into the box but Keane shot from a very tight angles and hit the side netting. Simon Davies also headed wide when it was easier to score so the replay looms on the 12th of February.

The match highlighted that the squad still needs work. Atouba, the worlds most skilful left back, is not good enough. His usual heart stopping party tricks were missing today and he failed to beat the WBA right back on any occasion that I can remember. Simon Davies is also not the answer on the right wing. He sees himself, much like Anderton, as a better central midfielder, a position he won't be taking anytime soon, especially with Sean Davis returning to the side soon. His main problem is that he drifts in too much. We broke forward quickly and width on either side would have stretched the home defense. However most of the time Atouba either got the ball and lost it or Davies was poncing around in the middle leaving no option on the right. His drifting also left Kelly hopelessly exposed at right back with the WBA right side winger and full back giving him a torrid time. If Simon had been where he was supposed to be then he could of helped to prevent many West Brom attacks down our right side.

Jol speaks often about playing to our strengths which he claims is our forward players. Kanoute offered height yesterday which we have lacked in recent weeks but a long ball game is not the answer. Wide players are needed to deliver balls into the box for Defoe, Keane, Mido and Kanoute. However, with Zielger injured and Davies not sure of his position on the pitch we will continue to struggle to supply the front men. Unfortunately the signings in the transfer window, while strengthening the squad, do not address the weakness in the side, especially on the right.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here here...

We have been screaming for wings and we still are. Great transfer moves by MJ & FA but still missing the final piece of the puzzle.

One day left though...and would rather they buy well or don't panic buys. Aiming for top ten will be good enough for me...Europe will be a bonus.


5:06 PM, January 30, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't have said it better. I have been saying the same thing for weeks.

5:12 PM, January 30, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spurs lack the ability to feed the front men with ziegler injured and davies not playing well, spurs are gonna find it hard to score many goals unless they are created by the front men. The writer of the report couldnt have put it better.

5:30 PM, January 30, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all know the problem is consistent width up front but why the obsession with central defenders, ie Dawson, we already have Davenport, Gardner, Richards, Defendi as well as King and Naybet. Surely we shoulod be unloading not bidding for more.

6:54 PM, January 30, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately Richards is crap, Gardner isn't much better, Defendi is still raw and Naybet clearly doesn't have the stamina to play every match. Yes we definitely need width but I see the need for more defensive cover as well.

8:09 PM, January 30, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's important to recognise the distinction of people we need now, and the people we get to plan for the future. Defendi et al are people who could turn out to be real quality. Equally, they might turn out to be Birmingham City players (Think Upson or Jeffers at Arsenal). On the otherhand, the first team right now could do with some improvements - Looking good in most positions, but a little more creativity on the wings would be good, and a more solid right-back than Pamarot (who in my opinion is a liability), would also be appreciated. I worry about us keeping so many young talents happy though - does that seem achievable for a club that isn't in Europe?

11:51 PM, January 30, 2005

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