Disappointing in the end given how close we were, time wise anyway, to gaining a good point but frankly we were second best for the majority of the game. We lacked ideas and penetration going forward, were lucky to survive a couple of close penalty appeals at the back and despite a typically energetic performance from Sandro were unable ultimately to cope with the mountainous Toure and the sly prompting of Silva in midfield.
The latter it was who threatened regularly to force an equaliser and then winner after Caulker had put us ahead in the first half. The Spaniard’s continuous efforts to prod a through ball between our defenders caused many a Spurs heartbeat to flutter (and the lino to contract RSI as Tevez continually failed to successfully time his runs) before he finally found Dzeko at the death to kill us off. Aguero had worked space and finished neatly to make it 1-1 before then.
We had virtually no decent possession, especially in the second half. Composure and technique appeared to have sacrificed on the altar of shape and discipline. We were rigid and predictable, there was no slickness to our play, no attempt to wrest control from Silva and Yaya.
The full backs rarely crossed the halfway line, Bale and Lennon were unable to find space (not without getting fouled anyway) and Dempsey was once more ineffectual. Adebayor did well, coming deep purposefully and often. AVB may well be challenged on picking him after Defoe’s efforts midweek but we would’ve seen even less of the ball than we did without him.
Three defeats in four league games. It was all going so well. At least next weekend we’re playing a side as equally out of form as we are.
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