Cudicini 7 – Made some good saves, but also made some simple saves look difficult. His distribution was generally OK, aside from one ridiculous roll-out straight to a Charlton player.
Corluka 7 â€“ Steady performance, worked quite nicely with Townsend; got forward well in support and made more overlapping runs than usual.
Dawson 7 – Much happier as the right-sided centre back.
Bassong 6 – Understandably rusty, but got better as the game went on.
Assou-Ekotto 7 – Some odd moments in the first half, but was excellent in the second.
Townsend 8 – Playing in a slightly unfamiliar role (as an inverted winger), he had an excellent debut and scored the opener. Kept the full back on his toes by showing a willingness to trust his weaker right foot.
Sandro 7 – Some good, some bad, but looked much better alongside Modric. Made some useful forward bursts. Picked up a booking for persistent fouls, but he certainly reads the game better than Palacios.
Palacios 4 – Under par again; sloppy passing, bad decisions, and rarely showed for the ball.
Kranjcar 4 – Some good, but mainly bad. Needed to start wide, and then come in – instead his starting position meant that we were frequently too narrow. At least he worked hard.
Pavlyuchenko 5 – Had some nice touches, and one excellent strike which was well saved, but didn’t have too much to work with. Made one fantastic challenge â€“ it was nice to see him track back for a change!
Defoe 8 – Lively, and finished well. He needed this, really pleased for him.
Modric 9 – Oozed class from the moment that he came on. Constantly wanted the ball, and constantly made things happen. Game-changer!
Redknapp 7 – Picked a good mix of a team, and spotted the necessary change at HT. However, I have no idea why we only selected six substitutes – what a waste of an opportunity to give a young player a run-out.
By Windy from the excellent WindyCOYS blog
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