MF looks back at Newcastle 2-2 Tottenham

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Harry Redknapp - Tottenham Hotspur News

A very average affair I thought despite the efforts of the Sky commentary team to hype it up.
I watched this one in a local pub in London’s sunny East End, only marginally further away from the pitch than the vocal Spurs contingent in the ground who, despite being high enough to fix one of the broadcaster’s satellites should there be a break in service were still loud enough throughout to be picked up by the mikes down at sea level.
Van der Vaart’s penalty after Taylor’s late challenge on Adebayor and a quality effort from Defoe helped disguise some pretty poor attacking and possession play I thought. Both our goals came slightly against the run of play. Van der Vaart played too deep leaving Adebayor isolated; Bale was ineffectual and profligate when with the ball whilst Modric was too peripheral which was a shame as his seemed the boots most likely to bring a cultured bearing to the game if given the chance. Parker and Livermore were disciplined in defence but mostly unadventurous in their distribution. Of the full backs Assou-Ekotto got into a couple of good positions early on, but he and Walker were mostly occupied by events in their own half during the ninety minutes.
The back four was hindered by the inevitable King groin strain that we’ve been waiting 5 games for but Bassong came on and did okay. Kaboul was superb throughout. Walker too suffered a knock but it was before he was injured that Gutierrez skipped past him to supply the cross for Ba to equalise for the first time. Very late on Ameobi belted a pinpoint left foot drive for their second equaliser after it seemed that he should’ve been closed down quicker. Both goals came down the right hand side where Modric was being played was out of position. Bale started on that flank but was switched over after half an hour or so.
Defoe’s fine left foot thump for our second was the meat in the sandwich of two should’ve done better efforts, the second of which was at point blank range when smacking it straight at Krul from ten yards wasn’t the best decision he made all day.

We were workmanlike against the Arse and also here but have picked up good points in both games. Newcastle bore the air of plucky fighters just waiting to have their bubble burst. Cabaye wasn’t nearly as good as had been reported but Tiote was sensational, a superb display of running that was nearly capped by a fine goal when he forced Friedel into the most athletic save of the day. Aside from him there was little to worry about until Ben Arfa came on late on and found space.

Having done so well with Adebayor and Defoe at the top of a 4-4-2 Harry felt the need to tinker, apparently just to fit Van der Vaart into the team. I’m a big fan of VdV, he gets a lot of goals in big games but we looked stodgy today until Defoe came on, mostly due to Adebayor being left on his own for long periods.

Taking the bigger picture, in the battle for fourth, of the people we expect to be up there and challenging, the Arse gained two points on us whilst we matched Liverpool. Another away game next up, Ewood Park and Blackburn, and another opportunity to gain ground on those above us, but we’ll need to up our game from today.

By MF

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  1. agreed – I left the pub on the 42 nd minute after yet another misplaced pass from Gareth Bale ( right wing ?

    Ade looked a little clumsy and Scott Parker tends to hold on to the ball a bit too long at times, ( admittedly when the rest of the team switches off and offer nothing.

    The shape looked wrong and when ledley came off I thouight we looked decidedly average.

    We seem to have the playing staff but not the iodeas in my opinion, with this thorn in our side we will be lucky to finish in a champions league place.. what i do not get is, man city are now playing the match in the way we were a few seaons back. With appetite discipline convictin and flare, how did we lose this imputus ?

    COYS

  2. It's interesting to get the views from the other side of the fence, and in this case, I think you are being unduly harsh on your team.
    I agree that Adebayor was isolated: I thought you were playing 4-5-1 at one point and you bossed the midfield accordingly. Neither Bale nor Cabaye had good games but both were tightly controlled by the opposition.
    Defoe took his goal well and underlines his credentials as one of England's best.
    As for discussing Newcastle in terms of 4th place? I think yesterday's result shows that to be a fallacy. Realistically, the top 6 teams go to those just below them and get draws; they go to bottom teams and win. You will be in the top six and we will be in the middle based on that result. A draw was quite fair and in such cases, the away team is happier with that.

  3. Spurs supporters tend to be a bit negative about our teams performance unless we beat Arsenal and do it in style. Yesterday wasn't a good match for either sides. They closed each other down – but I think it's disrespectful only to pinpoint spurs failure on our players. Newcastle workes very hard and were in my opinion a lot better than I've imagened though their league position probalby lies a bit. They are a very solid outfit and lots of other footbaling temas will be in trouble there – Arsenal only managed a draw as well – so we shouldn't be too harsh on the boys from White haeart lane. What we should do is buy Steven taylor in January in stead of pursuing Cahill – beside the penalty he's a very good and strong defender.

  4. Newcastle are indeed a growing force, but we still lack imagination and always depend too heavily on the like ly boys… this is too predictable and we need to be able to show versatility. overall , would not grumble as we did not lose, though the first half hour had me leaning in to my pint.

    COYS

  5. Square pegs, round holes.
    Harry played our best player (modric) out of position. To begin with on the left and then on the right. While on the (slightly better and more familiar to him) left, this put Bale out of position to the right. Their goals came from down the right while he was there defending in an unfamiliar position with unfamiliar players. Both him and Walker really struggled.

    I think it probably would have been better to have our best player in his best position where he can influence the game most. We nearly always stuggle when Harry, sometimes unnecassarily, finds it difficult to pick a balanced team. Yes there is the VDV 'problem' and playing Livermore was a not too unsensible attempt to add more bite into midfield, but better to have livermore out of position or pick a right sided player on the right (dos santos?) than displace the one player capable of dominating most midfields!

  6. Newcastle were shite as well. Their birds stink and have got hair growths coming out of their pussy area.I 'd rather go out with Elton John's wife

  7. Harry shd get his starting line up sorted out. Stop tinkering! Bale on the right is waste of time and space. Why is harry obligated to play VDV? Just play 2 upfront. The more Defoe and Ade play together, the better their partnership will be. VDV shd only come on as a sub.

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