Writer: Cider Spurs
Date:Monday December 30 2013
Greetings one and all.
Well, let's get the negativity addressed. I care not for comments suggesting Stoke were poor, are poor, are under strength. We too have been at times this season so I am more than happy with our performance as opposed to the so called lack of Stoke's. Positive from here on in, no excuses, just the way it is.
What a great performance by the team, all of the team. We trounced Stoke and with some better finishing from our forwards the scoreline reading 5 or 6 nil would not have been out of order. Adebayor and Soldado both guilty of missing chances you'd expect them to bury, their goals will return, and at least they are getting in the correct positions in the first place. It was a joy to see Adebayor tracking back and helping out at times, something I suggested would have to happen if we were to play 4-4-2, Soldado worked the channels and came deeper at times, something we have seldom seen this season. Some may argue that he needs to be in the box to score, maybe, but in this system strikers will have to drop deeper at times. He was still in the box numerous times and could have scored one or two. Nice to see us getting numbers in the box yet again when attacking.
Right, the team, Lloris had very little to do, well done 8th clean sheet in prem this season. The backline, again little to do, Dawson, penalty claim to discuss amongst yourselves. For me, think he might just of got studs on the ball, but you can't take the player as well these days. Seen them given. Fryers was also close to maybe giving one away. Other than that I thought all the defenders coped well, did everything that was asked of them and did it well. Midfield was all about moving the ball quickly, it was much more fluid, looked so much more natural. Players were moving, wanting the ball, passes were forward and dribbles were purposeful and effective. Paulinho was immense, loved that flick and the guys energy. Amazing what a rest can do, imagine what kind of talent we'd have if he can find his scoring touch. Dembele played well, he beats every man so effortlessly and once past seldom can the player win the ball back.
We saw Eriksen Left and I thought he too had a good game, he kept the ball moving well and I for one appreciated some of his intelligent passing, he covered a lot of pitch and linked well with his team mates often popping up in the middle. Lennon, yes my boy, more of the same please, numerous pullbacks, constant running in behind their backline and in general, a right thorn in their side for the duration. Top this off with a very well taken goal and he had a very constructive afternoon, excellent. Soldado, as stated worked hard, and although still not scoring regularly from open play he is putting himself in these positions, goals I'm sure will come from open play. Pretty assured with those penalties though isn't he?. Ade, well where would we be if we'd had him all season?, he can be a handful, and a couple of times I saw him moaning about not receiving the ball. I like that, it shows desire, a drive to score and win, it shows you care. Lamela, Chadli and Capoue were called upon, and all performed well with Capoue not having to do much. Lamela I can see has got the tools, his passing was intelligent and crisp and pretty much always seemed to find the target. I would love to see him get a run of games, but a Right winger he is not, so here lies a problem. Chadli had a 10 minute cameo, not much to comment on that.
In summary, I'm loving the fact we are back scoring, I'd like Soldado to start bagging a few, the pace has returned and we look more relaxed in our style, even enjoying the football once more. Whether a 4-4-2 will work at all times, who knows, but at present it is a joy to watch regardless of whom we play. I for one will never get bored of watching Spurs put the ball in the net. Dembele, more of that please, beat one or two and let's start lacing them in. It appears you've got it in your locker, great goal. Lennon, again, have some confidence to shoot, Paulinho does and he hits row z most weeks. give it a go, some may just fly in.
Closing thoughts.....Why do we still give the ball away so many times from throw ins?, Why are corners so poor? Why does Charlie Adam always feel his season is incomplete until he injures a Spurs player?. This 3-0 result was just the tonic pre Manchester United, a 90 minute performance, please, let's try and enjoy it for what it is, an improvement. Let's not forget, many were saying Hull, Palace, Cardiff were poor. Don't recall performances like this against them. Excellent result, happy days. Wait to the injured return, twice in 3 games now I have had to write about the fact that we could have quite easily scored 5, that's telling me something. Let the good times begin. I LOVE IT!!!.
Written by Cider Spurs.
Date:Monday December 30 2013
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