A summary of the Woolwich Nomads defeat

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During this long run of North London derbies without a Spurs win there have been games that we deserved to win and were robbed; there have been games where we were well worth a draw, and were robbed; and there have been games where Spurs fell way below what was required and consequently were stuffed.

This match falls squarely into that final category. If Spurs have conceded a worse goal in 125+ years than the one we laid on a plate for Fabregas….well, I don’t want to see the footage.

Every Spurs supporter I’ve spoken to is unhappy about the way we went about this game. Harry can bemoan how we “committed suicide”, and we certainly did that (we seemed bent on it even before the Woolwich scored, such was Huddlestone’s carelessness), but after saying “we can only play one way”, he set the team up with Crouch alone up front and Keane wide left, and hoped that runners from midfield could pick up the knock downs. It goes without saying that no Tottenham supporter wants to see the team play that way, and once we were behind we quickly found that we had little ammunition with which to respond.

Of course we missed Modric, Defoe and Lennon badly. We had no guile and even more importantly we had no pace without them. You can’t just surrender the initiative without having a threat at the other end to keep the other team on their toes. Well, you can, but not if you want to win the game. We put ourselves in a totally one-dimensional situation, and suddenly, from 43 minutes onwards, it was too late.

Even then, 2-0 down at half time, we had a chance to change it and didn’t. Why wasn’t Kranjcar introduced? Eventually it was Gareth Bale, an attacking full back, who came on to pick up the left midfield role. It took us an hour to have a shot on target. Not good enough Spurs.

I’ve had enough of reading people like Robbie Keane spouting crap about how we’ve caught up with the Woolwich. We haven’t. There’s a long way to go. Things like that just make me (unforgiveably!) end up agreeing with Wenger. Can we just shut up and try and play some football? Please?

Star man: Jermaine Jenas – provided some rare dynamism

Worst perfomer: Tom Huddlestone – wretched display. Slow of mind and movement, predictable passing. A big step backwards for the big man.

Best moment: For the second week on the trot I’m struggling….

Tactics: Caution. Crouch the focal point for high balls, Keane pulled wide left. We had few options with which to change the game – not entirely Harry’s fault, but good players (O’Hara, Taarabt…) are out on loan.

Oppositions fans: Same as usual – wrong side of the river.

By Andy Knaggs

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Agree 100% with you. there is always too much talk at spurs. Top 4 this, top 4 that. Its sets us up for a fall before the season has even started. Then we win a couple of games and the idiot spurs fans are drooling about the top 4. Its pathetic.
    Stop the talk. we will not get top 4 any season soon, so try and be realistic people !! Top 6 is our level and to be honest that has always been our lelvel, so get used to it or bugger off and support someone else.

  2. It`s not impossible, look at the bindippers, they have as much quality in depth as we have. Teams that will be thereabouts at the end of the season will be, Citeh, Villa, Poo and ourselves.
    If the Poo lose Gerrard or Torres through injury, who have they there to replace them?

    It`s not going to be easy, Bindippers missing out on the CL pot of gold could have an catastrophic effect on their economy, the threat of that will see them spend big in January and step up a gear so it could more than likely be “Back to normal” regarding the top 4.

    Lets wait and see where we are after christmas and the Jan window?

  3. Whilst not wanting to blame individuals for a ba d all round performance Hudd was truly awful – far too casual. I think BAE had been off the boil for a few weeks now too – far too many silly lapses in concentration/risks. Totally agree with you on Krank (unless injured). After Mod he is prob our most creative/cultured midfielder and has performed well. He also plays on the left side. Leaving him out to accomodate Thudd was a really bad decision and playing Keane or at one point Bentley on the left instead of Krank compounded it. Does this team selection really mean that Krank is our 5th choice left winger behind Mod, Keane, Bentley and Bale??? I’m angry at the way Redknapp and Keane gave the Goons a point to prove and that after the game Redknapp cant admit we were the worse side – if he cant see that, then how are we going to improve??

  4. Not sure calling them ‘Woolwich’ is much of an insult – they did move to North London before the First World War. We might as well call them blackguards or rotters.

    Seriously though, I thought Gomes was awful for the first and last goal. I know he made a good save in the first half but we need a more consistent keeper.

    As for the second goal, yes we gave it away sloppily, but give F****gas some credit – if we’d have scored a goal like that we’d bring out a DVD.

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