A look back on Tottenham’s win at Liverpool

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That Howard Webb eh? What a ref. Won’t hear a bad word against him. The Collina wannabe’s decision to point to the spot when Pienaar fell under schoolboy Flanagan’s shoulder barge shortly after half time meant that he’d managed to court the controversy he seems to love and also that Luka Modric now had the chance to double our lead and make the prospect of that rarest of things, a win at Anfield, a very real one. For once we made the most of an important penalty and as Pepe Reina hurled himself at empty space, our favourite Croatian sidefooted the ball into the middle of the net.

Luka’s goal followed on from Van der Vaart’s first half right foot dipping volley and meant that this game joined Blackburn at home and Villa away (I think) as the only league games this season where we’ve held a two goal lead. We held on without needing to hit the panic button to notch a result that turned the form tables and all of a sudden puts us back in pole position to finish fifth and qualify for the Europa Plague. Whether we want to or not is open to debate.

It was fitting that Modric featured on the scoresheet, as his and Sandro’s were once again outstanding performances. In many ways the overall display was very similar to that given at Eastlands on Tuesday except that here we managed to trouble the scorers in the right net. We started at a high tempo and again we dominated possession for long periods in a fashion that was pleasing was to see and bore the hallmark of a good & mature side. Sandro’s ability to be everywhere at once allied to Modric’s talent for taking & using wisely any ball at any pace and any angle meant that we forced Liverpool back from the off. Van der Vaart and Lennon were busy but as usual we looked lightweight up front.

However VdV’s volley gave us the reward for our early pressure and, a miss from a free header by Carroll excepted, we never looked back. Suarez and Maxi spent as much time hurling themselves to the floor as attempting to help their side back into the game. Kuyt’s muscle and bluster seemed the most likely threat but the back four were all superb and kept him, and the rest of the home team, at bay. Ledley showed that class is permanent, Dawson gave a perfect example of being in the right place at the right time, Kaboul kept the in form Rodriguez totally quiet and Rose again made one wonder at his transformation from nervous winger to confident and accomplished fullback. Cudicini was unfussy and calm and only looked like losing it when Maxi fell under a phantom challenge in front of him.

It wouldn’t be a Spurs game without losing a couple more players to injury and both Van der Vaart and Rose failed to finish this game (much to the annoyance of the excitable home crowd who seemed to think that deliberately weakening our own side was some sort of cunning and dastardly tactic). These two will hopefully be back for Birmingham next week which promises to be quite a battle given the Blues predicament at the bottom and our need to at least match whatever the scousers achieve at Villa.

By MF

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  1. Why no word on Suarez's violent conduct and red card escape? I'm baffled by it's widespead ommission. Webb did Pool more favours than he did us.

  2. N ever mind Mr Webb its the FA who have done them more favours and City by keeping Kolos B test quite till City claimed fourth and won the FA cup. Why Liverpool played in fifth could be me calling them on every blog site for playing in sixth gear all the rage in the North Wes i was not surprised we won only the score 2-0 but with the King back Gomas the Gaff prone on a forced sabbatical i suppose it was expected . The sad thing it came to late to save our season.

  3. What we did right was to have Cudicini. Let’s face it, we will not get a top goalie and he is calm and good enough. The next better thing was to have King back, really composed and need not run too much. Such was the reading of the game

    Now we really need to settle the front. How about pushing Modric to support Crouch/Pav when vdv not available or no form? Let Kranjcar fill in Modric.The guy really wants to play and can play.

    • I think it makes more sense to have Modric deeper than Kranjcar rather, he is extremely good at retaining possession in tight spots, while Kranjcar is more offensive and is a superior 'shooter' (if that's a word). He could be pushed further forward if Sandro and Thud were to be played as central duo however. Unfortunately I don't think anybody expects Kranjcar to be here next season.

      • dont u think we should try to adapt to the more 4-3-3 (4-5-1) style of play like chelsea, liverpool, man city, man utd, arsenal do. we have the players to do so. with the introduction of a top class striker in the summer this could benefit our players.

        keeper
        defender defender defender defender
        hudd modric sandro
        lennon new striker bale.

        if bale is going to be found out again next season and be double teamed then presumably play him left back and use vdv or someone else.

        • I agree, and this looks to have a good balance. I particularly like the midfield three of Hudd, Modric and sandro. VDV? Well we don't have to/can't play all of them all the time. I suppose the question is what is the starting 11 on an ordinary day? I wonder if we need a more settled line up than 'horses for courses'.

          Bale will come good and the team will help him out. He's been injured and kicked a lot lately. Real Madrid simply body checked him everytime, it's not his fault the refs let them, or Charlie Adam for that matter, get away with it.

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