Player Ratings vs Manchester United

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Cudicini (5) – A few smart saves but could’ve done better with all three goals particularly the first when his step/sway to the right as the free-kick was struck meant that he couldn’t adjust in time as the ball disappeared past him to the left.

Corluka (6) – Sound defensively, unable to get forward to help Lennon as he normally does.

Assou-Ekotto (6) – Looked a class act a lot of the time but again didn’t do much going forward.

King (6) – Doesn’t seem as comfortable on the right as when on the left of the centre pairing. Poor clearance for second goal.

Bassong (7) – Much more assured than of late, probably because Rooney and Berbatov provide less of a physical encounter. Great block on the line in first half.

Lennon (6) – One excellent run that included a penalty shout but otherwise subdued. Didn’t give Evra his normal runaround.

Palacios (5) – Very low-key for him with mistimed tackles and passes. Most un-Wilsonlike.

Jenas (7) – Replaced Palacios at half time and immediately played with authority and composure. Will threaten Huddlestone for his place next week.

Huddlestone (5) – Struggled with the pace and aggression of Scholes and Anderson, played at too low a tempo and seemed to require an extra touch too often.

Keane (5) – Hard to be too harsh on him as he was played well out of position and had O’Shea and Fletcher double teaming him most of the time but having said that, he had no influence on the game whatsoever.

Defoe (6) – Great goal but found space rarely even when dropping deep.

Crouch (7) – Caused most of our problems to them, almost all in the air inevitably. Hit the bar with one header and put another just wide.

By MF

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  1. Why did we change our game just because of Crouch? We’ve been playing very well along the ground, keeping possession and making chances, because of two small strikers. Playing Crouch doesn’t mean we have to change to a long ball game. He’s even better on the ground than in the air. Black mark to Harry.

  2. Palacios 5 and Jenas 7? Keane, Huddlestone and Jenas were ghosts. We played with 9 men the whole match.

    'Caused most of our problems to them'. How about just 'their' problems? Must try harder.

  3. Billy the Yid, did you watch the match?

    Jenas was arguably our man of the match. Our passing improved 100% when he came on, and he hardly put a foot wrong.

  4. crouch did not deserve a 7! the reason we looked innefective was becsuse we kept playing long balls … not the way spurs play!

  5. Bassong still dwells on the ball too much and was caught twice.
    Don’t blame Cudicini.
    Lennon was forced insight, and often doubled-up-on – and didn’t provide enough threat inside.
    Keane’s worst match, just about – in hindsight, maybe Kranks form the start or Dos Santos (or even Bentley/Lennon), may have been a better ption, but think ‘Arry want the experience.
    Huddlestone was hustled out of having any influence on the game.
    Jenas did okay – but lost the tempo along with the rest of the team after 15 minutes of 2nd half.
    Palacios was absolutely fine for the first 15 minutes, but whether it was tiredness or rhte yellow card, or both, he completely lost the game.
    Maybe ‘Arry should have overcame his scruples and unleashed Pav. to give new life into proceedings.
    All-in-all, perhaps there was an international hangover – though I would not use that as an excuse. United were the better team on the day, fair-and-square, no dodgy refs decisions; and, unlike in most recent Spurs/United games I wasn’t screaming that Scholes should have been sent off – he was (and perhaps a little unfairly, on the day, though well deserved to even the balance), and it didn’t make a blind bit of difference (unless it galvinised them even more).
    The plain truth is that we found out the limitations of the team, at present (without Modric). There will be better days, injuries will be kinder, the tiredness will go, and ‘Arry will have more preparation time for most other matchs. But even so, a goal up so quickly, and then with a player advantage, that was the time to really sweat blood, and assert dominance – the mentality just wasn’t there IMHO.
    Cover for Wilson is a must!

  6. When a thirty six year old asthmatic stops a 22 year old from playing then uk sport needs to visit utd training ground and so does harry because giggs fletcher first game Ferdinand and the most energy i have ever seen rooney never run out of juice thats what beat spurs and thats why burnley beat utd 1-0 .These two will let you no whats going on man citys irland said about is new slimmer figure and extra energy i run up mountains all-day and night so hi can keep up with the other city players . Andy Reid sunderland on his 22 pounds of weight loss this weight loss has made me a better player why dident he do this before staggering .And the most laughable excuse and probably the real reason for all my last statements . Paddy KennyS for is man of the match performance in the play off semi final against preston WERE HE FAILED A DRUGS TEST the reason i had weight loss energy boosting heart attack and stoke causing

  7. missed the end bit about Kenny . EPHEDRINE ITS MY BAD CHEST I STUPIDLY BOUGHT COUGH MIXTURE FROM A CHEMIST .WELL HE COULDN’T ITS BANNED FOR KILLING PEOPLE WITH HEART ATTACKS AND STROKES LIE NUMBER ONE LIE NUMBER TWO MR BLACKWELL SAYING IT DOE SENT ENHANCE YOUR PERFORMANCE EXCEPT IT CAM MAKE YOU TEN YARDS FASTER AND HELP YOU RUN ALL DAY AND LOSE LOADS OF WEIGHT APART FROM THAT IT CANT HELP YOU WIN GAMES

  8. Totally agree with Sean's post. Particularly that Pav should have been brought on. Whether or not it was the gameplan from the start the players where using Crouch as a long ball option far too often. Harry should have spotted this and either brought on Kranjcar for Crouch and pushed Keane up or straight swap Pav for Crouch.

    Would like to see Crouch on the bench against Chelsea with Pav starting. Keane could prob do with being dropped for a game, there's no point having a strong squad and talking about competition if good players are kept on the bench when other's are not performing.

  9. Cudicini is one of Spurs worst goalkeepers ever. Every good team needs a solid defence. Its impossible to build a solid defence with a goalkeeper who can´t catch crosses. He is not even solid on the goalline, and was at fault (more or less) with every goal against ManU. Why is Gomes on the bench?

    And where is Dos Santos? The most creative Spurs player. He needs to play to get experience.

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