"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, February 06, 2005

Spurs worthy winners.

A great all round dominating display led to a valuable three points as Spurs continue to push for a top sixth finish. Mido was the hero of the day with a great headed goal, a goal line tap in and good play in wide areas running the Portsmouth back line rugged. However it wasn't just about Mido yesterday as almost everyone in the Tottenham side had a good performance.

Spurs dominated from start to finish but a slip in concentration by Naybet led to the opening goal for Portsmouth. It had been all Spurs and Pompey had offered very little up front until they won a corner. It was whipped in and Naybet failed to get over his man and the ball flashed into the bottom corner. Typical of Spurs in recent weeks, playing well but then we shoot ourselves in the foot.

The response by Spurs was excellent. We continued to lay siege at the Pompey goal and got our rewards. A fabulous cross by Simon Davies was powered home by Mido for the equaliser. The cross was Simon Davies of old and he looks like he could be heading back to his storming form of a couple of seasons ago. Kelly also had an impressive game linking up with Davies well, especially going forward. Atouba also looked good going forward but the most skilful left back in world football also had some heart stopping moments failing to clear his lines in the first half.

In the second half Spurs continued to push forward and the second goal came after good work from Defoe. He bamboozled the Portsmouth back line before putting the ball across for Mido to tap in. 2-1 and Spurs weren't done. Keane replaced Mido and continued to work hard. Andy Ried set up the third which Keane was able to lob over the keeper to make the points safe. I thought Ried started brightly but he will need to work hard to raise his game to Premiership standards. He could do with loosing a few more pounds as he looked exhausted by the end. Nevertheless it was a promising start. He is cup tied for the next game so Ziegler will get his chance once more.

Overall it was a very good display and Spurs thoroughly deserved the three points. Ninth and fifth place is very close and we have never had a better chance of getting our best ever Premiership finish. Fingers crossed.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Atouba lost the ball with one of his risky tricks before pompey's goal. Some very messy defending, Naybet looked slow and let players get free. Reid did well, he was unlucky not to score and he set up Keane's goal.

4:05 PM, February 06, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A good all-round performance. The lads were clearly up for it. Robbie scored a great goal, a timely reminder to our sensational new "fourth" striker that there will be tough competition for places in this team. Reid did OK, but seemed to lack pace when it mattered. Surely he isn't fully fit? He has to shed some weight but it was a fair debut in the premiership. What happens when Ziegler returns?

9:07 AM, February 07, 2005


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