Disappointing, disappointing – very disappointing.
And before you ask NO they are not the words I had in mind – they will come in a moment.
We had more possession, we had more chances and more corners. We played the better football but they won the game. Why? No, not because they scored the solitary goal, although that did help.
They won because THEY WANTED IT – there the Three More Words. Not only did they want it – they wanted it far more than we did.
They had the ambition, while we had the ball, we had more control but they had more desire.
Even when we were chasing the game in the last ten minutes, there was no urgency and our only option seemed to be to deliver high balls into a packed area where we were outnumbered and outmuscled. Far too frequently we got our wide men in good positions to deliver crossfield balls but there was no-one – apart from Soldado – to aim at in the penalty box.
If Plan A doesn´t work – winning the ball off them quickly and counter attacking on the break – what is Plan B? There isn´t one !!! Or at least it doesn´t seem there is one.
Admittedly it is early days in the new revitalisation of our beloved Spurs but where was the committment that was there against Que Pasa and Swansalona – the closing down and the winning back of the ball before the opposition even knew they had it in the first place?
Did we believe our own hype or did it backfire into firing up Le Arse to such a degree that THEY WANTED IT? And they wanted it more than we did.
Two weeks break until our next match – but no time to work on tactics as virtually the entire sqaud is jetting off somewhere around the globe for World Cup qualifiers.
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