"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, March 20, 2005

Back on track.

Football is a funny old game. Loosing games where you deserve to win and winning ones you don't. Yesterday was the latter case. Goals from Jermaine Defoe and Robbie Keane ensured we closed back in on Charlton who lost to WBA.

The game staretd at a reasonable pace with both sides having chances. Spurs took their's first. Calamity James made his usual errors which allowed Reid to put the ball across. Defoe failed to connect and Davies lashed the ball back in with a shot that was going miles wide. Defoe reacted quickest and was able to head the ball in ala Gary Docherty Semi Final style. 1-0 Spurs.

Manchester City reacted well and Spurs were unable to build on the lead. Just before half time King failed to stop the ball coming across again allowing Reyna to volley home. If King had gone out to the line with more conviction I believe he would have won that challenge but what happened with Shearer probably played on his mind. I also think it's time the captain armband was handed to someone else. A captain needs to take the game by the scruff of the neck, step in between players and the ref when trouble starts and it's something King is not doing. When Atouba was trying to get himself sent off it was Robinson who stepped in to save him while King, our Captain, stood there with his hands on his hips. Now, who becomes captain is another matter and deserves a seperate post but this does need thinking about. Terry, Viera and Roy Keane are examples of succssful captains and ours should follow in the same mould. Don't get me wrong, I rate King very highly indeed but these matters need serious consideration.

In the second half Manchester City looked the better team but it was Robbie Keane who won it. As Atouba was busy elbowing the opposition Spurs sped up field with the ball and Davies shot was deflected. It was enough to allow the ball to spin up just out of James' reach and Keano bundled the ball home. A note to Robbie Keane haters, he has now scored 9 Premiership goals, just three short of Defoe with 12, 7 more than Mido who worked like a trojan horse for thirty minutes and then disappeared. To say Keane is fourth choice striker is ridiculous based on the facts.

Results later on continued to go our way with SCBC doing us a favour by beating 'Boro 3-1 moving us up a place on goal difference. Maybe it is still all to play for.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree about Keane and would like to see him and Mido play more together...

5:58 PM, March 20, 2005

Anonymous M.Bickley said...

Why do we keep letting in these first half goals and then have to work so hard to catch up and win.

6:55 PM, March 20, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

totally agree about keane and i think it's important that we keep all 4 strikers in the summer. i still think that it will be difficult for us to get in to europe, but if we put a run together then who knows. our squad is good enough to be in europe

7:24 PM, March 20, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

tottaly agree i would like 2 see keano and mido 2geva but if defoe and keane (who sre banging in goals) do start 2geva it will be a nightmare.also i hav heard reports of tomas rosicky,what a player.wat would da midfield be davies,tainio,v.bommel,carrick,rosicky,reid,ziegler? hard choice i would go davies-v.bommel-rosiky-reid.but i would not like 2 see carrick dropped even though he is playing pony.european midfield!and then are reserve midfield,tainio-brown-carrick-ziegler.still a steady da moment yids are lacking a hardman(fruend),and a creator (gazza,hoddle)so v.bommel hardman and rosicky creator so things look bright 4 spurs.AND 4 CHRIST SAKE PLAY PAMAROT AND KING 2GEVA AT DA BACK AND EDMAN LEFT BACK NOT ATOUBA!

7:58 PM, March 20, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the moment, I would play Kanoute and Defoe or Keane. Mido was clearly unfit yesterday as he seemed to have a problem jumping for high balls. Hence no real hold up play to allow the midfield + full backs to get forward.

If Atouba receives a three match ban or more for the elbow incident on Joey (Little shit) Barton, it would be no loss for the left back position in my opinion as we have Edman (who is much better). Atouba plays too much inside, focusing on the ball without checking the position of the opposition’s right winger, and allows them to make threatening runs and provide free crosses. Not good enough, if we want to finish 6th or 7th.

Hopefully Sean Davis will get a 1st team appearance soon, to allow Brown to be rested for one or two of the remaining games. Jol also needs to play Ziegler a bit more, he provides assists for goals. Naybet is starting to not last a whole game, so we are likely to see more of Gardener - who needs to improve his heading (Shocking consider he is well over 6ft) and positing.

8:22 PM, March 20, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I fully agree.

9:49 PM, March 20, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps the best thing that could happen from this game is Atouba getting 3 match (maybe even 5 match) ban. It's so painful to watch the guy trying to generate some speed out of his heavy boxer's frame. King must feel nervous about Atouba going AWOL from his side, and when he goes to cover him, as in Newcastle and Man City games, he leaves a hold in the central defence, which then is exploited - both goals were scored after Atouba was caught out of position!

Edman prevented a clear scoring chance v Charlton through his speed of recovery - something the clumsy Atouba would never have done.

What's with Jol and Edman, I wonder?

10:25 PM, March 20, 2005


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