MF’s Report: West Brom 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

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William Gallas - Tottenham news

A performance that threw up many more questions than it answered and throwing up would’ve been the reaction of most Spurs fans if Cudicini hadn’t produced two top class saves in the last five minutes to deny the home team a win. They still would’ve nicked all three points if Tamas hadn’t poked wide after being allowed to run from his own half virtually unchallenged in the 89th minute.

Redknapp flooded the midfield presumably in the hope of making the best of the options open to him but whilst we kept the ball superbly for long periods in the first half, in general it just led to congestion. It was only Bale who consistently made space and forced West Brom back, everyone else operated at a pace that caused zero problems. Lennon in particular struggled to find the room he needed to make an impact. His form is such that it’s almost as though he’s not really recovered from his injury at the start of the year.

We scored after a comedy balls up by the Baggies centre halves and lost an equaliser after one of our own men in the middle, Gallas, was made to look a mug by Fortune, which doesn’t bode well. He was booked in the second half for rugby tackling Jerome Thomas after he’d gone past him on the same side. Let’s hope it’s just ring rustiness as he’s going to play a lot in the coming months and he can’t just throw himself at anyone who runs at him and hope for the best.

Pav up front on his own was a waste of space but he’s not got the tools for that job. He is no Zamora/Cole/Carew etc or even Crouch when it comes to holding up play & keeping possession via the medium of hard work and sharp elbows.

Plus points were the magnificent Bale, the saves by Cudicini, even though he was out jumped for their goal and the signs from Modric and Van der Vaart that there’s magic to come. Against this, there was the inability of the midfield to get a grip in the second half, the lack of sharpness by almost everyone near goal plus the signs that Harry’s not sure how to fit all the pieces of this jigsaw together, especially with no Defoe available. All of sudden we seem to have become a work in progress.

By MF

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I am wondering why Dos Santos and Robbie Keane,2 of our best performers in the pre-season games seem to have been set out in the cold as soon as the league began.Any confidence they had going must be dwindling fast meaning it may take them a few games to get up an running again but they will be expected to star with their first opportunity so likelyhood of them getting a run of games to get back to top form will probably not happen.Wish Harry could just tell us straight out what the story is with these two and why Palacious can play so shit pre-season (and present)but still get so much playing time.

  2. I surely i cant be the only fan who has worked out why teams suddenly find extra energy in the second half of games . Then attack attack in the last 15 mins of games resulting in late goals and incredible comebacks . When energy drinks first appeared you hardly seen them now every time the game stops through injures on came the drinks . This would be okay if that’s is all that was happening . But sadly i am afraid this is just the tip of a scandal that would rock Football and shame some medical back room staff, there is a good reason for Spurs looking slow and tired playing these teams. It has nothing to do with formation players form or Harry’s tactics .You can see the embarrassed punters who predict a score and repeatedly get it wrong and so would i if i hadn’t discovered the secret to Shocks like Barcelona 0 Hercules 2 Burnley 1 Man Utd o has become Footballshock. So when you watch a geame and Spurs look like sure winners keep your fingers crossed we score more than one goal and the opposition fluff there chances or they are saved or like Utd a two goal lead with three mins left his not enough when Teams have full tanks of energy and its not bottled drinks i discovered and Uk spot admitted to me is rife and they cant or wont tackle it. The reason two many players are involved there is also two alarming things to look out for loads of weight loss and sadly sudden deaths lets hope more fans back my campaign to have this cleaned up from the sport i love

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