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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Spurs win away!

Spurs dispatched Portsmouth 2-0 in a tricky away game today in lousy conditions. An own goal from Andy O'Brian and a second from Jermaine Defoe ensured we made the perfect start to the season and win our first away game of 2005.

We started well but Portsmouth worked themselves into the game well and looked the better side. Towards the end of the half they had 71% of possession and Lua Lua was causing us a lot of problems. Anthony Gardner went back to his shaky looking ways but Dawson was solid.

What was a little worrying was the way Portsmouth swept through our midfield time and time again and they will need to tighten up for next week if we are to continue our bright start. Just as it looked like we were going to go in at 0-0 Mido and Defoe combined well leaving Andy Griffin to slide in before Mido could reach it.

Portsmouth started the second half well and continued to push on forcing two corners. However we worked our way back into the game as the midfield started to improve. Our second goal came as Mido played a hopeful ball down the left flank. Westerveld came off his line but the pace of Defoe allowed him to reach it before he did. From a tight angle, on the turn, Defoe was able to fire the ball into an empty net. The second goal was very important as the Portsmouth heads dropped and thus the pressure we were under was less. Jol is always saying how important the second goal is and that we have to kill teams off and we did that today.

The one worrying aspect of the game was how poor Routledge looked. In the most important season for years we cannot afford to carry a player and hopefully this was just a one off and his performance will be better next week.

Anyone who remembers being played off the pitch on Boxing Day with Pleat looking bemused realises what a good result this is. We played at only an average level but still went away with two goals and all three points.

COYS!

22 Comments:

Blogger Jim Bliss said...

An own goal from Andy O'Brian

Andy Griffin scored the OG.

7:13 PM, August 13, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for that correction

Mr. P. Dantic

7:23 PM, August 13, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andy Pandy could have put through his own net for all I care - the important thing is we won without really playing well. Improved away form is going to be crucial if we're to qualify for Europe, and this is a great start. With Davids and King to come back (hopefully) for next week, those concerns about central midfield and the centre of defence should be addressed. Well done to all the lads, and Come on You Spurs !

7:23 PM, August 13, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets not start rubbishing Wayne Routeledge after one away game! Did you not watch the Peace Cup? A 2-0 away win against a team we haven't beaten for 50 or so years is a great start to the season, especially since we have not won away since Boxing Day! Anyway, Routeledge will get at least 10 Premiership assists this season for Spurs and chip in with a few goals as well.

7:26 PM, August 13, 2005

 
Anonymous Steve said...

Haven't won there in 50 years and the goalie didnt have much to do. Forget about the critics. CLean sheet and well play better. COME ON YOU SPURS!!

8:01 PM, August 13, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great result. we didnt play well but still won! imagine when we do perform to our highest level. Routeledge will get better! come on u spurs!

8:22 PM, August 13, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robbie Keane wasnt even on the bench!!! Whats happening? A wasted talent who could end up leaving if we dont sort it out

8:23 PM, August 13, 2005

 
Blogger banger said...

Robbie Keane is injured

8:27 PM, August 13, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we didnt play too well from what ive read, but still we won with a clean sheet and 2 scored. good teams do that sort of thing !!

9:29 PM, August 13, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Routledge has been the brightest spark throughout pre-season. He might have been cack today, as he was for Palace at the Lane last year, but he's got plenty of pace and the ability to beat a man (a trait sadly lacking in so many Spurs wingers of recent years) and he'll only get better. Better than Davies any day of the week!

11:58 PM, August 13, 2005

 
Blogger Kit said...

Tainio did so well.. we shouldn't leave him out of next week's game no matter what.. but that would mean we have to sacrifice either Carrick or Davids.. hmm.. a selection headache for Jol then!

12:00 AM, August 14, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tainio did ever so well today.. we shouldn't leave him out next week no matter what.. but that would mean we have to sacrifice either Carrick or Davids.. hmmm.. a selection headache for Jol then!

12:01 AM, August 14, 2005

 
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The one worrying aspect of the game was how poor Routledge looked. In the most important season for years we cannot afford to carry a player and hopefully this was just a one off and his performance will be better next week."

DONT START! This is the problem we had with Reid last season. Someone makes a Twatty comment and before you know it every body is on the players back.

Even if this is not a one off, give the boy time to settle in, and what ever happens get behind them.

2:54 PM, August 14, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at Fratton.

1st fact.. Portsmouth are crap
2nd fact.. They are relegation certainties
3rd fact.. We no way deserved to win 2 0
4th fact.. Routledge reid Taino and Carrick were poor
5th fact.. Only defoe and robinson are serious quality

I was bored rigid for most of the game as were most of our fans who were so quiet it was embarrassing.


Just watched Arse and Chelsea.

Arse are class even without viera and sol. Hate to admit it but they are a joy to watch and klib is another quality player whilst fabregus is better than all our mid feild boys at 17.
why is it that wenger keeps finding jewels for nuthin an we buy mediocre players for loads of money.

All the millions spent on 12 players in the last few months would be better spent on a couple of world classs boys who would also ENTERTAIN us.

Chelsea will grind out the results the same way as last season and have match winners all over the pitch

Unless one or two of our huge squad really come good I fear another mediocre mid table season.

Even so... C O Y S

8:45 PM, August 14, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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12:36 AM, August 15, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:45 PM

Try optimism.

5:04 AM, August 16, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Porstmouth match was all about defoe .
press only concerned with him and england.

without him we are below average.

we need a seious play maker like lampard or gerard. or may be jenas. least he likes kicking arse

5:11 PM, August 16, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BBC report that Freddi is sold to Sevilla!!!

1:32 PM, August 17, 2005

 

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