"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


Saturday, April 16, 2005

Spurs take a point

Coolstreams is a wonderful thing....

Spurs take a well earned, well battled point away from Anfield this afternoon as we continue to strive for European football. Erik Edman scored the goal of the season, Keane grabbing Spurs second while Garcia and Hyypia replyed for Liverpool.

The contest started brightly and possession was fairly even. Spurs won a corner which was put in and cleared. Edman collected the ball just in front of the centre circle. He advanced no more than 10 yards or so and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner. Easily goal of the season in my opinion and one that must be Sky +ed tonight! Liverpool came back into the game afterwards and dominated for long periods. The defending was good though and we looked pretty comfortable. However Liverpool struck the equaliser with just two minutes of normal time. Another great goal this time by Garcia. He was able to turn on the edge of our own area and whip the ball across into the top left hand corner. Robbo had no chance. If Spurs had been able to hold onto the 1-0 at the break we may have had an even better result than we got.

In the second half Spurs were able to get on the ball more although Liverpool shaded possession. However we took the lead once again when Keane headed home a Kanoute cross. Liverpool were rocked and Spurs were on top once again. However it didn't last, Gerrard finally making a contribution with a excellent run into our box. He tumbled after Carrick caught his ankles. At first I thought he dived but the replays show otherwise. Gerrard decided to take the penalty which he sliced horribly wide. Lucky us. However Liverpool equalised a few minutes later when a corner was cleared only to Hyypia who lashed home a good volley past Robbo. My one criticism of the second goal is that we didn't close him down maybe as quick as we should have done. Liverpool then laid siege to our own goal and missed a couple of good chances before the final whistle blew. Judging by the second half performances by both teams I think we have to say we should be happy with a point. Dawson had an excellent debut and Carrick had another good performance to go with his one last week against Newcastle. Davis looked ok but did give a couple of sloppy balls away while the other one, Simon, looks like he could be getting back to his best.

We now need to follow up with all three points on Wednesday night against West Brom. With the scum making the final and hopefully Manchester United following I hope we can slip into Europe through 7th place as we are now four points of sixth placed Liverpool. There is all to play for with just five games to go.



Blogger James said...

Excellent report as usual.

I have a link to the Edman's goal on my blog -

Given another powerful left foot drive by Edman, should he be assigned to our dead ball (corners, freekicks) duties? I definitely think so given our abysmal dead ball deliveries so far this season.

9:26 AM, April 19, 2005


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