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Sunday, 24 January 2010

And the Spurs go stumbling on


And the Spurs go stumbling on. A missed penalty and a rash, unnecessary challenge prevented us winning but we did go one better than United and managed not to lose. If I were a neutral I would have enjoyed this exciting cup tie but fans on the whole would take a boring win over an exciting draw any day.

It should have been all over within the first 20mins. But once again determined defending and inspired goalkeeping plus Defoe's fourth missed penalty in a row contrived to keep it level. There was no doubt who were the Premiership side at this point and I would gladly buy the video with the penalty edited out of the first half hour. Eventually a brilliant run by Bale, the first of several, set up Kranjcar for a first time shot which the goalkeeper stopped with his feet and Crouch gratefully scored our first from the rebound. Defoe was denied a very reasonable penalty shout but the referee knew that we would probably have missed it anyway.

They equalised soon after the break after some lethargic defending, mainly by Jenas, from a corner. It was that man Beckford, obviously, that scooped the ball over the line from a sitting position. After that Leeds rivaled us for passing and movement and it was not clear now which team were said to be challenging for Champions' league.

Harry finally took some decisive steps just to prove that he can. Rose who was making his first 1st team start was subbed for Palacios brought in to help Jenas out in midfield. It was good to see Rose given the chance. He looked quick and industrious but made little impact. Bale beat the full back more often than he did.

Pavlyuchenko, too,made an entrance with 20mins. to go and it took him 4mins. and 11 secs to score. So that makes Harry either a genius or an idiot for not playing him more often. You choose. Keane came on at the same time and once again looked interested and effective. I groaned at the sight of Keane and cheered at the glimpse of Pavlyuchenko. If there were any footballing justice Crouch would never again be preferred to our Russian misfit. It probably won't arise because he is rumoured to be on his way. I am not so sure about this myself. We had a goal ruled offside on a very marginal call and everything came down to the final five minutes of extra time.

Keep the ball and run down the clock is the usual advice on this. Not at Tottenham clearly. We went for broke and glory and eventually ceded possession. Cue Dawson's rush of blood bringing that man Beckford down on the byline in a non-threatening position. He got up and thrashed the penalty into the roof of the net. The replay is on February 2nd. Bale played well for the third game running and was credited with the Man of the Match award.

Dawson and Bassong however played as if they had never met and Dawson headed almost everything straight back to their midfield. Had Leeds been as ruthless in front of our goal as they were in front of theirs they might, but for Gomes, have had a couple of goals in the first half. They are a good, strong team but we should have won this by keeping our heads. Jenas was lethargic and didn't give Modric who played well in his unfussy way enough support in midfield and should have scored after an enterprising run.

We are in a bit of a sticky patch with poor decisions by the players and the officials going against us. But we are still in the cup and 4th in the league. Harry has given a young player a go and there was that rare sighting of Pavlychenko. Keane is no longer first choice, Bale has more than delivered on my expectations. We didn't even lump the ball up to Crouch that often.

If we beat Fulham on Tuesday my cup will be at least more than half full even if it does not not quite runneth over. Liverpool game? What Liverpool game? That's buried deep in the memory to be dredged out when they beat us for the 4th. Champion' League spot.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where did the 5 minutes come from

Anonymous said...

5 minutes = the subs, 30 seconds each. At least that's meant to be the math.

Anonymous said...

6 subs = 3 minutes, not 5 then

billospur said...

the frustrating aspect apart from some good performances....is the captain not stamping his reading on a situation in our current spurs side.....standing in a bar watching the last twenty mins........the predictable spurs thoughts started with a predicted equaliser from leeds......all the captain had to say was posses the ball well and push forward with possession keeping possesion...wind the clock down........what do we do? open up the midfield as we look for a third goal....

unbelievable the expensive spurs heads cant control themselves in parts of the 90 mins
when it matters......

so now we go to leeds and have to do it the hard way

Anonymous said...

I would like to see Crouch and Pava start all matches as Keane has passed it and Jermaine Playboy Defoe benched for the same reasons previous managers have benched him.I am very disappointed with Jermaine penis Jenas and still struggle to accept why he is still at Spurs. The guy cannot defend, he is effective for no more than 10 minutes in a match and that was evident in respect of their first goal and a couple off poor passes that could have led to our defeat. I don't mean to be negative but it's the same usual suspects who have kept the club back by their weak mentality. Well done Bale, and the rest of the team. We wold have lost this one had HR not realised that Palacios is fundamental to the team and Pava is actually the best striker we have at the moment. One last parting shot at HR, Jenas is a liability in defence and Defoe is too unreliable and lacks discipline. 4 penalty misses suggests that Defoe does not practice them. Liverpool and now Leeds at home,extremely disappointing.

Tim Hillery said...

This is our best chance for silverware, we have got to take it. Forget Champions League there is no way we will finish in the top 6 let alone fourth. Come on floppy chops get us a result.

Spurs through and through said...

Fucking poor result against a team that is below us in the league 2 divisions down....defoe has got a lot of goals but he hit 5 and 4 of them in 1 game, when i rather see a more consistent strike rate across the games we play...keane...what a joke, pity Pav and JJ should just turf it....felt like slapping him after the equaliser went in. Feel sorry for the likes of Modric and Niko, who have to put up with shit performances from the others. Good for Bale, he is coming into his own right....

Anonymous said...

if crouch and pav start, it'll be ridiculous! who would do the work up front??? the two of they are so lazy, longest ive seen crouch run is 5 yards and that was to run across the road to his missus!! i think we've to definately play keane against fulham! hes a concern to the opposition and he always looking for opportunities and is constantly moving playing players out of position. crouch cant do that, neither can defoe or pav!

defoe is an out an out goalscorer and he needs someone to help put him into those positions, with no width on either side of the pitch were limiting the chances that we can create for him

and someone tell crouch to win a header!! hes 6'7 for crying out loud!! we're like the new wimbledon lauching it up to him every second!

Anonymous said...

To be honest we created so many chances (17 on target) and played some very good football. I honestly think we are not getting the rub of the green at the moment. Although we should remember to see out games when we have to and run into the corners to run down the clock. 6 minutes of extra time did seem to be a lot. JJ again was so poor and that back pass to Gomes was awful and so nearly offered Beckford a free run on goal. I really can't see what he offers the team. There was no protection of the back four no shots on goal. He had a great chance but he got it horribly wrong. Waste of space. Pav proved a great point when he came on and scored a lovely goal. He is a talent, no doubt about it and Spurs would be fools to let him go. Keane gets chances from the sub bench, it's time to give Pav some. Rose looked bright and has pace, I felt it was harsh to sub him. We must get back to winning ways against Fulham. The away game against Leeds will be a test of our mental strength, I hope we show it this time like we did against Villa and Blackburn away for example. If we keep on creating so many chances in games surely a team is going to get a hiding from us. Good news lads Arsenal just lost 3-1 to Stoke after Stoke pressed them all over the park and showed amazing workrate.

Anonymous said...

Why is Bale rushing towards the goal with secs remaining? No doubt our best player during the 90 mins but another rush of blood to the head costs us a win.

Bale, next time, go to the corner and protect the ball like everyone else would do from Hackney mrshes to Timbucktoo. Idiot!

pushnrun said...

A sober reflection on a week when my perspective went missing.We were rotten at Anfield when none of their players could get into our team. At least we turned up for Leeds, even if in the end we were the authors of our own destruction. Why let Defoe take another penalty? Why chase a 3rd and repeatedly concede possession cheaply in extra time? Where was our RB for the cross field pass that led to Daws poor choice to tackle when a block would have done the job.....?

On the up side I thought Bale(apart from the last seconds)and Hutton gave us pace on the flanks and,Rose was steady.Pav should get a start against Fulham alongside Defoe and we should leave the back4 the same BUT I expect Charlie and Crouch to get the nod from HR.

Midfield,Krankie,O'Hara,Wilson,Modric.Dominate here and we should win.

For us with just the league competition,a replay is not the end of the world.No matter how well Leeds played(respect due),they are still a League 1 side and we 'should' win the majority of encounters wherever they are played. I look forward to it,potential banana skin and all. With 3 of the sky4 out, why not a final for us?

COYS

Anonymous said...

Harry should take a look at the central midefield of Stoke, he could do a lot worse a then put in a bid for one of them. The tackles flying in and the workrate I just saw against Arsenal was amazing. Compare one of them to JJ and your left thinking why is he at Spurs?
Leeds away could be big trouble for us, I hope we are switched on mentally for that one. It's a shame we didn't get the result yesterday with the Goons, Utd and Liverpool all out. Well it's in our hands....

Anonymous said...

Why would you throw a tackle in a space of few minutes?Dawson for England..yeah..

Just close him down put your leg in direction of the ball do not make a stupid tackle..Bloody Dawson..

Anonymous said...

Dawson has been fantastic for Spurs of late and should be made Captain. He made a mistake and it's still not that clear if it was a pen or not. Give the guy some credit. What about the class tackle he made minutes before? Spurs should of run down the clock and been goals clear before it came to that. We gotta start taking our chances, if you have 17 on target then score more than 2. Hope Pav gets a chance from the bench now.

Anonymous said...

O'hara has to be picked over JJ! How many chances can one man have? JJ will never be the player he could be.

Anonymous said...

is all this Crouch rubbish. Take a look at the game again and see his contribution.
JJ is as normal rubbish and not sure how he ever gets a start.
O'Hara would give us a better work rate. There are so many whingers, we are still in the cup unlike them up the road or Manure. Cheer up you could be supporting Wet Spam.

JimmyG2 said...

Some good responses here though obviously I don't agree with all of them.
Jenas
He has played quite well this season when he has come on as sub. Not yesterday though. Good squad member.

O'Hara
I think would have been cup-tied if he had played and he is likely on his way back to Portsmouth. I would keep him and play him personally.

Dawson and Bale.
Serious errors by these two especially as Dawson was captain and should know better by now. No-one on the field or the bench seemed to instruct the players to calm down and wind down the clock.
Even if it wasn't a pen.it was a rash challenge.

Chances.
We are making them but not taking them.I've been agitating for Pavlyuchenko to be given a chance for months. He made my point for me.
A much better footballer than Crouch. I don't care what his attitude is like or whether he trains well.

Anonymous said...

playing Crouch turns us into Wimblespurs and Crouch is no John Fashanu!

Anonymous said...

i like to see starting GOMES. HUTON OR CARLUKA. DAWSON. WOODGATE. ASUEKOTO.LENON MODRIK PALACIOS KRACJAR or DOS SANTOS [STAR] PAVLISHENKO DEFO OR KEANE. never start Crauch?

Anonymous said...

PAV is GREAT PLAYER WAKE UP HARRY

JJ said...

Alright Jim, I'm trying my hand at this blogging lark. Let me know what you think:

http://whentheyearendsinone.blogspot.com/2010/01/lessons-to-be-learned-from-leeds.html

elwehbi@ibleedhotspur said...

Great post JimmyG2!

Initially, I wasn't so sure of the Rose substitution. After watching the flow of play change, it seemed to work. The part which was disappointing is that even though we removed Rose and added some players with bite, we let Leeds boss us around at the end. Wasteful really. Oh well, that's football.

COYS!

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