MF looks back at Spurs 1-0 West Brom

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Jermain Defoe - Tottenham Hotspur Football News

After one of the most cynical, unadventurous and depressing performances I’ve seen for a long long time West Brom got what they deserved, sweet FA.

Roy Hodgson drew on his time at Inter Milan to recall the days of Catennacio as he left some of his better attacking players on the bench and strung five hoofers across the back. Late and cynical challenges, time wasting from the beginning, no attempt at possession or attacking play, it was a concept of anti-football that Stoke City would be jealous of. Roy Hodgson is the new George Graham. No West Brom fan at the game can surely have been proud of the way their side played? Thank God for Defoe’s instinctive and skilful shot on the spin and thank the bearded One also that we held out/limped through the late barrage.

With Parker not starting and Sandro and Livermore needing to be helped off we ended up with the paper thin midfield that left us so exposed at the start of the season. West Brom were unable to take full advantage, even during the seemingly never ending five minutes of second half injury time; in fact they instead found time for the most cynical challenge on Bale of the evening, a swipe from behind from Cox that Mark Halsey saw as yellow rather than red, presumably because decapitation is the only offence that deserves a sending off in his world.  Four Albion players were booked for lunges at Bale. Yes, four.

From the kick off we struggled hard to create space and opportunities as the match quickly resembled a schoolboy game of attack and defence with the latter hoofing the ball to the far end of the playground and then waiting for an attacker to go and fetch it so they could spank it away again. We piled on the corners; ten in the first period but were dangerous from few, if any, of them.

Our pressure resulted in any number of efforts on goal, only VdV made Foster break sweat however. After the break it was more of the same with Bale staying wide in an effort to provide some consistent width and it was he who fed Defoe with his back to goal on the penalty spot after fifty odd minutes following a nice piece of control and technique from VdV. As the ball bounced high in front of the strangely blonde rinsed Defoe nothing seemed on but in two quick touches he had squirted a shot inside Foster’s left hand post. The ground erupted with relief as much as anything and an exultant Defoe ran with his arms raised back towards his teammates rather than towards the crowd. The importance of the goal was clear and an undignified bundle in the centre circle ensued.

The timing was crucial as soon after going ahead things began to unravel. Hodgson brought on his attackers whilst our defenders and midfielders took turns to pull and cut things. For two or three long minutes at one point we were down to nine men whilst Kranjcar got ready to come on for Livermore and Kaboul changed into a number 49 shirt, his own having been covered in scarlet after a clash of heads with his own player. Chaos ensued and we never really recovered as the ability to hold the ball and pass seemed to disappear down the tunnel with the wounded. Kranjcar, who’s clearly had a good Christmas, and Modric, never really decided who was the holding midfielder of the two and there was space everywhere. Luckily the West Brom players when going forward, now let off the leash, continued to be as shitey at the end as they were at the beginning and despite being under the cosh we held out. Justice, was served, it would’ve been a travesty if anything else had occurred.

By MF

 

After one of the most cynical, unadventurous and depressing performances I’ve seen for a long long time West Brom got what they deserved, sweet FA.

Roy Hodgson drew on his time at Inter Milan to recall the days of Catennacio as he left some of his better attacking players on the bench and strung five hoofers across the back. Late and cynical challenges, time wasting from the beginning, no attempt at possession or attacking play, it was a concept of anti-football that Stoke City would be jealous of. Roy Hodgson is the new George Graham. No West Brom fan at the game can surely have been proud of the way their side played? Thank God for Defoe’s instinctive and skilful shot on the spin and thank the bearded One also that we held out/limped through the late barrage.

With Parker not starting and Sandro and Livermore needing to be helped off we ended up with the paper thin midfield that left us so exposed at the start of the season. West Brom were unable to take full advantage, even during the seemingly never ending five minutes of second half injury time; in fact they instead found time for the most cynical challenge on Bale of the evening, a swipe from behind from Cox that Mark Halsey saw as yellow rather than red, presumably because decapitation is the only offence that deserves a sending off in his world. Four Albion players were booked for lunges at Bale. Yes, four.

From the kick off we struggled hard to create space and opportunities as the match quickly resembled a schoolboy game of attack and defence with the latter hoofing the ball to the far end of the playground and then waiting for an attacker to go and fetch it so they could spank it away again. We piled on the corners; ten in the first period but were dangerous from few, if any, of them.

Our pressure resulted in any number of efforts on goal, only VdV made Foster break sweat however. After the break it was more of the same with Bale staying wide in an effort to provide some consistent width and it was he who fed Defoe with his back to goal on the penalty spot after fifty odd minutes following a nice piece of control and technique from VdV. As the ball bounced high in front of the strangely blonde rinsed Defoe nothing seemed on but in two quick touches he had squirted a shot inside Foster’s left hand post. The ground erupted with relief as much as anything and an exultant Defoe ran with his arms raised back towards his teammates rather than towards the crowd. The importance of the goal was clear and an undignified bundle in the centre circle ensued.

The timing was crucial as soon after going ahead things began to unravel. Hodgson brought on his attackers whilst our defenders and midfielders took turns to pull and cut things. For two or three long minutes at one point we were down to nine men whilst Kranjcar got ready to come on for Livermore and Kaboul changed into a number 49 shirt, his own having been covered in scarlet after a clash of heads with his own player. Chaos ensued and we never really recovered as the ability to hold the ball and pass seemed to disappear down the tunnel with the wounded. Kranjcar, who’s clearly had a good Christmas, and Modric, never really decided who was the holding midfielder of the two and there was space everywhere. Luckily the West Brom players when going forward, now let off the leash, continued to be as shitey at the end as they were at the beginning and despite being under the cosh we held out. Justice, was served, it would’ve been a travesty if anything else had occurred.

By MF

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5 COMMENTS

  1. this article makes me laugh! i'm a baggies fan so expected the match report to be biased, but this was on another level. to all those who read this who didn't see the game, go and watch some highlights because this guy watched a different game and obviously hasn't done his research on west brom.
    "with the paper thin midfield that left us so exposed at the start of the season. West Brom were unable to take full advantage" your paper thin midfield is like a sheet of iron compared to our whole team. you have money to buy players to fill in for missing defenders like dawson and king. your squad is of a nature where it doesn't matter if two midfielders are missing. ours on the other hand was missing our player of the season from last year in mulumbu, our captain chris brunt, zoltan gera was also out. that was just the midfield. in defence we were missing olsson our strongest defender as well as steven reid who has played almost every game until now. upfront out top scorer shane long was also out. so although you may criticise our performance, what option was hodgson left with other than to make the best of a bad situation. he protected our goal difference, and almost took a point off your players. i think the writer of this article needs to take a reality check and recognise this is our second season since promotion and accept that as a team we have to try to get as many points as possible, if this means that in our third game in 7 days we have to take a negative approach it is not one that should be criticised so readily. we had an 18 year old making his debut playing centre mid, and our defence has less premier league experience than the amount experience king has of been injured. hodgson should've warned them that he had a cold though as they went down every time he sneezed. bale could win a bafta if he's not careful.

    • Lol, you came here to complain? To take your frustration with your team out on Spurs supporters. Good one chump. Newcastle are also in their second season after being promoted. They lost two of their best players and have also had their share of injuries but look at how well they're doing. You think you're the only team fielding a teenager? Jog along. We had something like 18 attempts on goal as opposed to your 4 or 5. Spend your efforts on supporting your team rather than whining at the winning team each time or your gonna be nackered by the end of the season.

  2. yeh but west brom once upon a time produced really good sides regardless of money, now they are a collection of mercenaries from everywhere:I like West Brom as regards their history especially the sides from the 60's and 70's but what happened to the bomber browns of yesteryear.By the way HOPE YOU DO WELL

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