It was great to see a result from our boys. Don't get me wrong glad to see us score and win. I think the atmosphere in the Park Lane end was shocking. I could hear the guy talking about his marriage problems 5 rows up. The boo boys weren't there and we actually got behind Naughton for the silly back pass. However there seemed to be a stadium full of spectators and not fans. My throat is still hurting, so much for single handily lifting the place, I only managed to get a few around me to join in. Respect to the Shelf who sang throughout, Well Done Lads.
So players in summary:
Hugo: Calm and collective in goal, quick distribution and was quick off the line to collect the ball. Was out of position for the goal and maybe could have done better however I feel it was merely a mistake by Naughton. I was pleased with him in goal and I felt a little easier with him in goal than Brad. (who may not have done anything wrong but presence the Latter brings)
Naughton: Supported Bale well, worked hard and made an excellent slide tackle to save a goal in the second half. School boy error with a silly pass back to Hugo but otherwise linked well with Jan.
Super Jan: Solid as a rock, not very vocal however he oozes class with or without the ball. His distribution and positioning is excellent and hardly stepped out of place.
Dawson: Won some commanding headers, did a job for us however you could see why AVB doesn't rate him. He was slow, out of position at times and with the ball at times seemed to be clueless. Could be he is lacking game time however I feel he is out of his depth with the new regime and playing style.
Walker: There is signs of improvement, linking up with Lennon was better, pushing forward was great, however there were times a long ball was shot across to his side and he was simply out of position and Lennon had to save him a few types.
Huddlestone: If this guy had the legs of Usain Bolt he would be world class, frustrates me as a fan as he pings a perfect ball however to slow for our pace at times. He did well to dictate our flow yesterday and got stuck in but clearly not mobile at times. Best I ever saw of him was under Ramos in terms of conditioning. Big game for him Sunday, hope he picks the pace up for that one.
Carrol: Very impressed by this young man. He got involved, got stuck in, played some amazing passes and did not seem out of his depth at all. Hope to see more of him and believe he could have a big career if he can turn out like that against the big boys.
Bale: Man of the match for me, ran his socks off, made plenty of space, tracked back and played in some beautiful balls. Had some world class moments and had us on our feet every time he was on the ball.
Lennon: Also had a good game, tracked well and offered plenty of link up with players around him. Hustled for the ball and even won the odd header or two. Has been a stand out performer this season. Would like to see him cut in a shoot as I think he has that in the locker.
Adebayor: Was the difference for me, he linked with midfield, opened up the opposition and played in bale for Defoes goal. His work rate and presence was refreshing and you could see what we clearly missed. Glad to have you back Ade.
Defoe: Can't fault the little man for the hat-trick however both Bale and Ade in front of us had a go at him to get near post whilst Ade covers back post and in turn he eventually got the first goal from it. Do feel at times he positioning is totally off. With the service Bale puts in surprised he doesn't get many more goals from it.
Well done to the boys to pick themselves up and get the result. I am just being fussy and couldn't really fault the team performance as a whole as they started show signs of a unit and not 11 players kicking a ball. I am still surprised that we at 2-1 still could not find the vocal chords to get behind our team. I have never seen White Hart Lane like this. What is going on, can someone tell me if all the faithful been priced out of tickets or something as I can't put my finger on it.
Anyway now to City and I will be sure to make myself heard there. COYS!!!!!!
written by G Star
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