Saturday, November 26, 2011

Another scalp for Spurs

Tottenham had a tough game facing WBA away from home with both Van der Vaart (hamstring) and Modric (virus) out of the game.

Lack of creativity sure was quite visible in first half and result at half time could have been worse for Spurs, but thanks to a great run from Lennon, Adebayor managed to score after missing a penalty to cancel out Mulumbu's 10' opener.

In the second half, Spurs began to attack more and Defoe scored a beauty short before the end of the match to provide Spurs yet another victory. In the last minute, Bale was in WBA's 16 yard box for the 3rd time and this time he decided to assist the ball to Adebayor, who scored with a deflection from the keeper to settle the score at 1:3 for Spurs.

Another brace from Adebayor, though he was lucky to score both goals, while the real hero of this match was certainly Defoe, who has shown Capello that he may count on him for the Euro 2012. Could Defoe be coming into these games extra motivated to claim a place in English Euro Cup side? He sure does seem a lot better than he was last season, lets just hope he continues down this path, and Spurs might not need a striker in January after all.

Redknapp himself said he was displeased with first half, but he had a talk with the players and turned it around in the second, apparently.

Spurs sure did look a lot better in the second half with Parker being more involved in attack. With no Modric, Spurs had to rely on Parker as a playmaker today, and I  must say, he did a magnificent job out there. So far, Parker has been a ball winning midfielder for the team and he's been nothing short of a pure success since joining on deadline day. When I saw the line up, it was clear that Parker was going to have more attacking duties. Since I haven't seen him much in attack, I was a bit skeptical about Harry's decision, since he had Pienaar left on the bench, but Parker sure did prove me wrong. He showed some great technique, creativity, and what surprised me the most, pace. Had great runs through the middle and some fine passes on the flanks, though his shots weren't quite successful.

Lennon and Bale spent most of the second half on opposite sides to what they usually play. Lennon was on the left and Bale was on the right. I must say that Bale seems to be losing pace, he's not as quick as he used to be, but sure has improved some of his qualities. Lennon had some fine runs as well, proving he's an important player for the club.