Player Ratings – Spurs v QPR

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A typical Spurs performance you might say. Despite controlling the game for large amounts, we failed to kill off our opponents and had to endure a nervy few minutes having let QPR back into the game.

But Spurs came through in the end to make it six wins from seven. Here are the individual marks for the players involved.

Brad Friedel – 7 – A virtual bystander for most of the game, the only thing he had to do was pick the ball out of the net, something he had no hope with. Some good distribution and a couple of decent saves when we were on the ropes.

Kyle Walker – 7 – Not as dynamic going forward as usual, as Shaun Wright-Phillips presence meant he was required to stay back a bit. But kept SWP quiet without too much trouble.

Younes Kaboul – 7 – Misunderstanding with Ledley King led to QPR’s goal, but otherwise was solid, heading clear anything that landed on his bonce.

Ledley King – 8 – It’s talked about how important he is for Spurs everytime he steps on the pitch. Clear today as he was imperious at the back, showed some neat touches and even got forward to claim an (inadvertent) assist.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto – 7 – Got forward to good effect on a regular basis, exploiting the freedom given by Joey Barton pulling inside, and was maybe unlucky not to have an assist to his name. Caught napping a bit as Jay Bothroyd headed home, but there are questions why he would be marking him anyway.

Aaron Lennon – 7 – Not at his cavaliering best and maybe short of full fitness. Instead he showed some excellent passing ability, culminating in his wonderful link up with Gareth Bale for the Welshman’s second of the game.

Scott Parker – 9 – What a signing this man has proved to be. The industry and athleticism he brings to the midfield has not been seen at White Hart Lane for years, and he tackled everything that came into his path, whilst also going on some dangerous forward runs to set up attacks.

Luka Modric – 7 – Better, after a couple of quiet away fixtures. Passing was back to his normal standards, with some clever touches. Unlucky not to end the first-half with a goal to his name, before going slightly quieter as QPR got stuck in during the second half.

Gareth Bale – 9 – Had a quietish season by his standards, but was fantastic against QPR. His first goal was classic Bale, surging into the box and arrowing the ball past Paddy Kenny. The second, a less talked about feature of his game, showing some delicate exchanges with Aaron lennon, before curling home a superb shot and finishing a beautiful team goal.

Rafael Van Der Vaart – 9 – Everything dangerous Spurs did in this game, came through the Dutch master. Ingenious and inspiring, his creative side was at it’s best and could have had a number of assists on another day. Took his goal excellently, having made the gamble to occupy that gap between the defenders.

Emmanuel Adebayor – 6 – Profligate would be the word used to describe his game. Had several chances to get his name on the scoresheet, but fluffed his lines on a regular basis. His work-rate continues to be a source of frustration, especially as when he did battle, it led to our second goal. Showed a few good touches, but one suspects one of our other strikers could have had a field day, if given the chance.

Subs:

Sandro – N/A – Not on long enough to make much impact, seemed to only be introduced in order to give Parker a much-deserved standing ovation.

Manager:

Harry Redknapp – 7 – Lined the team up perfectly to make a big statement on the league. However, whatever he said at half-time seemed to allow Spurs to take their foot of the gas and allow the visitors back into the game. Failure to change the team when they did was frustrating, likewise the decision not to remove Adebayor. Maybe he’s taking the Europa League more seriously than we thought?

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7 COMMENTS

  1. think your being harsh on adebayor. Ok he missed a couple of sitters, but his movement and presence provided a platform for others to build on. He was worth a 7.5 in my opinion. Rest of the marks are spot on

  2. Agree. Ade did alot in the game and held things up and linked play where defoe and pav would not have. He could have had a hat trick on another day.

  3. I think 6.5 for someone who spurned good chances and only put half a shift in is a bit high. I also think 7 shouldn’t be the average, it seems harsh, but I don’t see how friedel gets a 7 without having todo owt. N/a would be more appropriate maybe, or a 5/6 if u have to number him. Scotty and vdv at 9 is spot on, quality games as always

  4. How on earth can you give Lennon a 7, he did not seem to want to get involved, since he has been at Spurs he flatters to deceive, all the right baks and midfielders try to play down the channels, all lennon does is mark the full back, he is blessed with incredible pace, so use it or bring in Hoylett from blackburn

  5. There is something wrong with our team when we only play fro 45 mins and then hang on Bales superb goal eased the nerves otherwise this could have bean Newcastle mark two.This has happened in our games since we beat nine men Liverpool whose energy was dampened by lack of numbersor we could have struggled in that game. Newcastle are winning games with Oberton Guttares Collocini Zorro Taylor Ba Best and all the rest running running and stopping opponents from having the ball and there work rate is way above ours 106 klm too there 121 Klm. So there is something wrong with the balance of our team causing us too struggle in games we dominated for 45 mins. Newcastle played. Harry needs too look back over our last games and see how playing Vaart has changed the teams work rate because Black burn Wigan Newcastle Qpr have all caused us to struggle in the most important part of games the second half Parker has run 11 klm of our 106 and this cant be substained or he will become ill you can see he is in pain with all the tackling and putting is body where it hurts. If you have a team who are built too attack you must score the goals when you are on top or teams will top up the energy at half time and exploit us and this is what has happened Danny Murphy said at half time QpR need to up there tempo a magic word in Football i have found out so we no his team will not give us the space too move on Sunday. When Defoe got dropped for Van we looked comfortable and won 2-0 since we have gone too 4411 we have struggled drawn one and won twoand our work rate has suffered and Ady looks a different player since Defoe has bean bebched and Harry said we cant afford him and he will need to drop his wages. 442 OR FULHAM WILL BE VERY HARD

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