Writer: Cider spurs.
Date:Monday November 11 2013
Well...I'll bid you hello, good morning it is not. Never can be when our beloved club loses at home.
First 5 minutes I thought we started brightly, balls pinged Left and Right, switching of play from one wing to the other. I thought if we continue like this we'll be too much for them. How wrong I was. Dembele, Paulinho, Siggy and Eriksen were all guilty of sub standard performances in the first half. Dembele could not keep the ball, Paulinho was guilty of this also and the passing, well it wasn't. Siggy I forgot was even playing. Townsend runs fast, but apart from one ball played to the overlapping Walker, nothing to his game. I will admit that it was hard for Townsend because they doubled up on him, even trebled at one point.
Others were also of sub standard performance, but I'm not one for continually bashing players, reason I mentioned those above is because basically they are everything between defence and attack. You cannot afford to have all 5 under achieving and expect to win. Not going to happen. Paulinho let the ball run across him with a view to start play on his right foot, trouble being the ball moved past him a little too far resulting in a 50/50 with Gouffran who had pounced. Paulinho looked weak in the tackle, one through ball later Remy rounds Brad and we're all fecked off. Could've Brad sprinted from his line quicker? He did pause for a second and make a little backward movement. No point blaming Brad, we don't know if Lloris would've saved it. With the goal coming early in the 1st half, there was plenty of time for a response, however, we did not look like we were responding, we looked more despondent. Krul did have to make a few decent saves, one from a Soldado flicked header and one from an Eriksen speculative. Both good efforts both good saves.
Second half saw the introduction of Sandro for Dembele and Kaboul for Chiriches (whom I thought had a decent first half, made a great run back to get a last ditched tackle in, this was on the Right side). We absolutely dominated the second half, wave after wave of balls into the box, shots on target, possession etc. Begs the question, why don't we play like this all the time? We most probably had more possession in the second half when we were attacking with intent and pace, than we did in the first half when we were all the more considered and slow in our build up. Only one team looked like scoring in the 1st half...and they did, we looked like the only team who could have scored in the second half. On that basis, and in the knowledge that it does not stop us having the lion's share of possession, let's have more of the second half as opposed to the 1st. Obviously with us scoring.
Krul made save after save in the second half, on reaching 12 saves he had bettered the record for most saves in a match in Prem this season. i think he went on to make a couple more. This tells us one of two things. Either he was in sensational form, or our finishing is poor. Was it a combination of both? I'll leave that one to you guys. The fact that we managed so many shots in the first instance for Krul to save suggests we can create the chances, strange how this is after we have upped the tempo. I've said all along that quick tempo denies defenders reaction time to events happening around them resulting in errors and opportunities. Defoe's introduction for Siggy did not work, and I for one thought the way we bossed the game in the second half that it would've suited Lamela. Switching Townsend to Left.
All in all, gutted with the 1st half performance too many not on their game, as witnessed, you will not get away with it in this league too often. 2nd half showed a great determination and something that resembled the Spurs of old. Two halves of that with the addition of goals next week please. Imagine Adebayor playing in that! game today. See he wasn't on the bench again. What injury is he carrying?. Gobshiteitus.
Krul why so Cruel.
Written by Cider spurs
Date:Monday November 11 2013
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