Fan Report: Spurs 1-1 Chelsea

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Roman Pavlyuchenko

The psychology between us & Chelsea has altered enough in the last few years that despite the last gasp penalty save we came away disappointed at only gaining a point. We played well in patches but weren’t at our best.

It was a high tempo and breathless game. At one point, just after the hour mark we seemed almost out on our feet. After spending ten minutes hurtling up and down the pitch alternately attempting to increase our lead at the Paxton End and then protect it at the Park Lane the players took a collective breath, looked at each other and made ‘calm it down’ type gestures.

There were few moment of high quality with probably the biggest moment of class coming after quarter of an hour when Pav made space in front of Terry with his first touch when receiving Defoe’s pass and fired home a fine left foot shot with his second. Unfortunately this was one of the last sure footed things the Russian managed, he was subbed for Robbie Keane after 78 minutes shortly after he’d incurred the crowd’s wrath by moaning to the lino after being dispossessed instead of giving chase to his erstwhile mugger.

We failed to take full advantage of our lead. We found space down the flanks but didn’t threaten often enough when the ball was delivered into the centre. Chelsea came back into it and Kalou managed to find space in our box several times.

We were down on possession in the first half and I haven’t looked the stats but would guess that we conceded even more in the second. Chelsea started from deep and played narrowly, attempting to break through by playing balls into the centre of our defence. There were few moments of danger as Bassong continued successfully with his new policy of arriving just in time rather than anticipate danger and Dawson played admirably given his long absence. He did look ring rusty though when Drogba won an aerial battle, got to the dropping ball first and sent in the volley for the equaliser. The forward may have been helped by an illegally raised arm but there was no excuse for Gomes letting the shot go through him into the net, despite its power.

Our efforts in the second forty five were mostly from range as Defoe, Modric and Lennon all sent shots narrowly wide. Hutton was finding space and Crouch was winning balls in the air but we seemed to have conceded that a draw and a point was satisfactory when in injury time Gomes again intervened by arriving just after Ramires to a flick on in the area. The faithless got up to leave and beat the rush, the faithful stayed to see the Brazilian push aside Drogba’s spot kick. We collected the rebound and hared up field to perhaps score a famous winner but the lack of composure and dodgy decision making was a good summary of a slightly disappointing second half display.

Despite not being able to send the charm free champions home with nothing there were some positives to be drawn not least the performance of Wilson Palacios who gave an excellent energetic display and combined it with confident, accurate and occasionally creative passing. Modric was also on form, it was great to see Dawson back and Lennon was dangerous for long spells.

Blackpool next week and the start of a busy festive fortnight that gives us a chance to get right up amongst the thick of things at the top which given our goal scoring problems (only once have we taken a two goal lead all season) and defensive vulnerabilities (only one clean sheet) is a remarkable thing in itself.

By MF

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  1. If someone said to me last year that we'd beat Arsenal and Liverpool and draw with Chelsea, I wouldn't have believed them. We played really well considering the injuries and some of the bad desicions which went against us last night. We're 4 points behind Chelsea and they have United, Arsenal and Bolton (who are on form) to play. We've got Blackpool, Villa and Newcastle. We need to take this oppurtunity and take all 9 points.

  2. No mention of Bale’s lifeless performance? I can only assume he was suffering from the flu virus that seems to have gone around the squad. Either that or he is knackered after playing so many games on the trot. Either way he was miles off the pace yesterday, to the extent that, in complete reversal of roles, he looked the weak link on the left, and BAE the strong one. From my position in the East upper, right over the half way line, it was obvious to everyone that he simply wasnt making forward runs. Lennon gave far more on the other flank, without ever making the most of his obvious abikity to beat the overrated COle at will.

    Otherwise, lets be honest with ourselves, it was a below average display against a side there for the taking. Modric was excellent – really first class, but pretty much everyone else was at, or slightly below par. I agree Palacios returned to par, but nothing more. He did what he is paid to do. We are missing some real talent, and VDV and Hudd in particular would have had a field day yesterday. We need a change of luck on the injury front, but with Gallas doing a hammy, Palacios and Bassong both limping badly at the end yesterday and Bale maybe carrying a knock, dont hold your breath.

  3. I was going to beat the same drum i did before this game about Chelseas Tempo but i wont because i dont get paid to do it Ukad do. Lets look at this another way and avoid the same drum. When Chelsea brought on Drugba Harry should have taken Hutton off and Brought Corluka on .We have to start winning these teams ugly Chelsea had more of the ball yet committed the most cynical fouls we are missing Tom Huddlestone badly We will be playing another manager who uses High Tempo when they are in trouble and they have just lost Blackburn dirty tackles and plenty of chasing will be Sams Tactics oh and Saldago to have Bale in is pocket. One footnote see Terry intervue on sky he his very pumped full of Energy .

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