"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


Monday, July 18, 2005

Spurs win.

Spurs beat Sundowns 3-1 today with goals from Keane (2) and Kanoute. Sundowns hit back late on with a well taken goal by Chebangu, a tricky forward who we couldn't manage very well.

Much of the team was different to Saturday's game. Cerny started in goal with Kelly and Edman at the full back positions. Both had solid games although Edman did get caught once or twice. Davenport and Gardner played in the centre. Routledge started wide right with Reid on the left. Mendes and Huddlestone played centre. Keane and Kanoute were up front.

I won't go into too much detail about the goals except to say they were all well taken. Keane was unlucky not to have hat-trick after hitting the bar and some dodgy looking offside decisions. Kanoute had a good game and overall Keane and Kanoute looked much better overall than Defoe and Mido. In fact, last season, Kanoute and Keane were our strongest partnership scoring more goals in less minutes than any other pairing. Another nail in the "Keane is useless" camp who seem desperate to ship him on. Madness.

It was great to see Mendes in the middle again and he got stuck in far more than Huddlestone who seemed quiet but fairly effective in a holding role. Routledge had lots of fancy tricks, some which paid off and some that didn't. A solid performance. Reid had a better game than he did on Saturday but that wasn't hard. His crossing was better but still not brilliant. Later on Lennon made an appearance and showed he is very pacey. One to watch I feel.

The most worrying feature was the way Spurs fell apart when they let in a goal. The defensive organisation was very poor for the last ten minutes. To be fair no one is match fit but the inability to clear the ball when necessary was disappointing. However Cerny had an excellent game and will be a worry free deputy should Robinson not make match fitness for the trip to Portsmouth come August 13th.

Overall though another good performance that puts us in the driving seat in our group.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

great game by cerny, a fantastic back up for robbo. brilliant flashes from routledge a real star in the making. but did any realise how much of a muppet the linesmen were?

9:01 PM, July 18, 2005

Blogger topyid said...

Didnt see the game but what you've posted sounds okay to me.Gardner + Davenport are never going to be in a shirt unless we have serious injury worries. So it is no surprise that they ponied themselves after the goal went in.Huddlestone is in the same mould as Ferdinand (rio). He is one of those who doesn't get over excited and will either position himself spot on or make a simple looking challenge when it is really a goal saver.Reid really needs to believe in himself.Is he really that good? I dont know.But Ziegler is. Keane should sign a new contract or fuck off. Kanoute is going to be all the better with a fit Mido.He really will have to perform every game. If Baptista comes then HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN.

9:08 PM, July 18, 2005

Anonymous ash bath said...

yeh, the linesman clearly head a bad game. I dont get too carried away with these friendly games. Routeledge was a positive, mendes looked sharper. I dont care what anyone says, I think huddlestone is a cb. Thought kelly looked good and I cant wait for ziegler to take edmans lb position. Keane kanoute and cerny were fantastic. I wish keane could be happy not playing every game but I cant see it.

9:12 PM, July 18, 2005

Anonymous ash bath said...

Agree top yid, it is cleer to see that gardener and davenport wont make the grade

9:16 PM, July 18, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very good performance against a very physical team. Nobody had a bad game and Robbie Keane looked hungry. I think Tainio is a cert for a starting place, and Cerny is a great no 2 to the great Robbo. It looks like a strong squad. Even Kanoute looked good, actally wanted the ball.

9:23 PM, July 18, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as I'd like to keep him, we need Keane to sign cos we can't be allowing £5m assets to walk away for nothing.

All in, I thought the entire team, particularly Routledge, were mightily impressive, although I do have concerns over Davenport.

Those concerns being he's shit.

10:15 PM, July 18, 2005

Anonymous Sumo said...

Routledge looked very sharp and will cause problems for any LB in the prem.
One thing that really struck was the speed with which we broke away - we looked generally good although obviously with Gardner & Davenport as CB's we are somewhat suspect and i agree "THudd" is Cb (and potentially a very good one).
As nobodies mentioned this what a fantastic piece of skill from El Ham... (spelling is not my strongpoint)with a sort of drag back then backheel which the linesman then gave as offside(correctly for once).
We should have a sweepstake b4 the next game on how many thing the Eurosport commentators can get wrong - they are hysterical.
What a moneyspinner - all last seasons shirts have been sold to Korea (if the crowd was anything to go by
come on u lilywhites

10:31 PM, July 18, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my opinion we have a great goalkeeper in cerny, I would say 4th best in the prem behind Robbo Chech and Shay Given, so if Robo has a dip in form or another injury we have no worries, Davenport and Gardner are liabilities but hopefully we wont have to use them in important games, they are behind Dawson, King, Huddlestone, then Saltieri and even Paramot.
Tainio looks quality and routlegde looks as tho he's going to link up and fit in well (wish his shot had gone in)
I wouldn't worry about your spelling of Mounir el Hamdaoui because the commentators called him Mido for at least 10 mins, mind you the touch you are on about reminded me of Mido on his debut, similar flick. Lennon fast and yes one for the very near future, also Routledge showed his versatility by moving to the right.... very promising.
The futures bright the futures BLUE & WHITE
Eric from a family of Spurs fans since 1907

10:59 PM, July 18, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, the 2 subs for Sundown looked quality, the dreadlock attacking midfielder looked very good, worth an offer.
Eric again

11:00 PM, July 18, 2005

Anonymous Duncan (Bucks) said...

Similar flick to Mido,, nah,, that El Hamdaoui pirouette on the ball and pass all in one movement was different class,,, my mates and i talked about it tonight and even the Man Utd fan (there's always one) said the only other person he could imagine attempting to do that would be Ronaldinho.. Shit hot!! .. i know it's only one 'turn' but i can't wait to see more of him in a spurs shirt,,, finally we're seeing some flair with the new players,, Routledge and even Tainio has show some.. and of course Mido!! -Pretty Happy Spurs Fan

11:31 PM, July 18, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't get to see the game. $hit. From what you guys described,we are looking good. The team sheet looks like some kind of reserve team. No Robbo, King, Dawson, Naybet, Carrick, Ziegler and Defoe.
Good job,and if we get Baptista,the competition will be super hot.

5:36 AM, July 19, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a nightmare. I don't know who the first choice team is anymore, we have too many talented players. Once we win the peace cup, sell davenport and gardner and...dare I suggest brown and keane, with Baptista or that other spanish bloke, then......hmmmmm.

5:49 AM, July 19, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a South African and so didn't see this game either, but I know Sundowns are a useful outfit and they've won the SA championship any number of times. They were saying last night that they had made seven changes to the starting side that beat Real Sociedad, but I know they would've been going all out for a win, even in a friendly, because beating Premiership opposition would be a real feather in their cap. Things are sounding good though, I can't wait for the season to start, and hopefully our team will be even stronger with Baptista and Guti.

7:44 AM, July 19, 2005


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