MF looks back at Liverpool 0-0 Spurs

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Unless you’re a cat lover this was not one for the neutral but this game for us, like the majority of the remaining 14 games I suspect, was more about the point rather than the entertainment value.

We were enfeebled and feeble in attack, alternately classy and disciplined in midfield and heroic and stoic at the back. All of the defence were excellent with Dawson and Walker particularly so and Friedel not far behind them. Parker’s contribution though was what probably earned us the draw, his ability to pop up all over the place with a challenge, interception or block meant that we kept the home team mostly at arms length and our inability to threaten in return wasn’t ultimately decisive.

The game looked winnable going into Monday morning but the withdrawal of Van der Vaart, Kaboul and Sandro when added to those already missing meant that a draw was a good result. In fact we nearly did win it when Kranjcar put Bale clear. The keeper was out quickly and a composed chip over his head would’ve seen us take the lead, instead Bale added to a fairly miserable evening for him by hitting his shot straight at the keeper’s legs and the clearest opening of the game was gone.

Spearing, Adam and Skrtel gave the Welshman a hard time during the game, particularly the latter who was lucky the ref didn’t take a more severe view of his studs up challenge, there’s no excuse for the full length dive he got a booking for though after being harried by Agger. Perhaps he was whetting the home crowd’s appetite for their returning hero Suarez who reminded them what they’d been missing in his brief cameo by having a couple of goes at conning Michael Oliver, planting a free header straight into Friedel’s arms and risking another lengthy ban with his freestyle boot at Parker’s midriff.

Parker’s comments at the end of the game with regards to the missing Redknapp leave one in no doubt as to the importance of the manager to the team. “Harry gives that extra bit of energy” was part of it.  Wherever he watched the game he’ll have been delighted by the performance in general but disappointed I suspect by our narrowness and the missing zip and pace going forward that has characterised our best attacking displays this season. This’ll only return once we get players (Lennon, Defoe and VdV) back. Until then, a clean sheet and a point that keeps us eight points clear of the team in fifth – Newcastle, who we play at the weekend – will do nicely.

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  1. Thoughts on last night….. I guess I’m happy…ish I would have settled for a point before the game when I saw the team and subs bench, plus the fact HR was absent.

    There were IMO some great performances from our boys…PNB was superb and totally deserved MOM, I thought Daws & Leds were also outstanding, gota give a special mention to Walker, he was up against a Bellamy who is bang in form, he snuffed out the danger every time, and when Bellamy was replaced with Downing he did the same to him…. Love him ! Oh yea one last mention Friedal what a top keeper. Having him and PNB is most definitely the reason why we are so improved this year.

    The most important thing was not to get beat and we didn’t.

  2. The biggest problem we have is Adebayor, although his hold up play and work around the box is excellent he carries no goal threat. I never think he is going to score, he has got a really poor shot and has not scored, or look like scoring with his head since being at Spurs. If VDV & Defoe are out I think Saha should start against Newcastle alongside Adebayor. Overall though it was a good point at Anfield with Parker, Dawson & Walker excellent.

    • the biggest problem we have is Krankjar, runs as if the turn has been covered in 2 foot of treacle. Although Parker was awsome, not many people have given JL29 much credit.

    • Ade is beginning to look a little lethargic. I don't suppose he was helped by VDV's absence, as he's usally the MAIN (because of course other do as well) link man that stops Ade being isolated.

  3. This is Harry's fault Ady looked excellent with Defoe ant then Harry dropped Defoe this left Ady isolated and overworked with a hamstring stretch away of being injured and a few times he has been taken of with a tight hamstring. Also is form has not been helped by Harry once again putting his boot inby saying he will have too take a wage drop to come too Spurs. How the hell can you say something like that to a player on loan other clubs could have alredy tapped him like Chelsea Arsenal City Malaga anyone, We should have bought him in January and then i think he would be back too his best, Harry needs too play with two strikers Defoe Ady or Saha

  4. I agree with the post about Adebayor – no goals since Clhelsea game I think . This puts a lot of pressure on Bale if VDV or Defoe not playing . I love the hold up play of Adebayor but thought he would score more . Personally if VDV and Defoe not fit Saturday then think Saha has to go up front with Adebayor we need more goal threat than just Bale .
    Felt sorry for him last night – Bale is so good everyone expected him to score the 1 on 1 . I have seen great strikers not score those chances . Seeing the line up and the bench think a point shows how far we have come but must follow this up with a win on Saturday .

  5. there is still one challenge for us in every game; corners. There was one where Suarez got a header in on target despite being maybe the shortest on field, and we have none even threatening from our numerous corners. The corners were poor and hardly cross the near post. How come?

  6. If we set up defensively we are going to end up defending. Five in midfield with a lame striker was only going to mean one thing. When we flood the midfield, Modric has no space to work his magic and nobody forward to release. We could have changed in the second half by putting Livermore at RB, Walker RM and Kranjcar in the VDV role rather than keep inviting the pressure upon ourselves.
    Why BAE is still around is about as unfathomable as what is the meaning of life – the meaning of BAE's life is certainly not Spurs.
    A great team performance however by the other 9 on the field.

    • Like your ideas about pushing walker up, that could have been good. – No Harry though eh.
      However, your thoughts on BAE are way off! Sure he's not having his best spell, but he's still good. Cole and Evra have/are having worse spells than him currently. Who would you rather have!?

  7. I think that we've already regetted loaning Pinaar out. If either Sandro or Pinaar had been there in think we may well have nicked it, as we set out to do. Sandro, a slight upgrade on Livermore, would have given us more possession, and I think Pinaar with his extra pace would have given us more natural width that we're used to. (This is not to say that with Livermore or Kranjcar had poor games at all!)

    WITH the absentees (possibly not without), and in the overally run of a season, a point at Anfield is not a bad result.

    Good write up.

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