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Phew!!! Great!!! So it was not a dream! :)
I thought we were outstanding from Kick Off, Sandro & Dembele really bossed the middle superbly in the first half (I think they could be one of the truly great Central Midfield pairings) with Bale and Lennon making some really excellent runs and scaring the knickers off ManUtds defence.
Agreed Kentish! Vertonghen is a gem! I love his forward runs and his coolness in his position be it CB or LB. And with Caulker doing so well, Gallas really proving many wrong with his energy, drive and stature, Kaboul on the road to recovery, I think BAE may have a real challenge to reclaim his place.
I think you're right SB... At the moment it is between Vertonghen and Dembele that could be our man of the season. Both suits me fine :)
Sandro is getting better and better and seems to be really clicking with Moussa better than he did with Modric. They complement one another more it seems.
Joe was right to point out the hard work Defoe put in at OT. It was very easy to forget him as he didn't really get any clear chances on goal. I have noticed though that this season he seems to work alot harder off the ball and stretches defences and creates space for team mates. His part in our 3rd goal was immense, his strength and determination to hold the ball until support came and then releasing Bale was fantastic.
The goals he's scored for both club and country already this season really seems to have given him a new lease of life and it is clear to see he is enjoying every moment of his time on the pitch. The hunger is back with our Defoe, long may it last!
I think if I had to be critical about our performance, it would be that we sat back too much too early. Right from the start of the second half we seemed to revert to type and gave posession away far too cheaply and invited the onslaught rather than try keep a cool head and frustrate Utd and make them work to get the ball. Like SB I was convinced even at 90 mins that we would at best finish at 3-3 and feared 4-3.
Some may say we were lucky with that penalty incident, but we were more than owed that with all the c.r.a.p.p.y decisions that have had to endure over the years against ManUtd. So I don't feel we were at all fortunate to come away with 3 points.
Well done to the ref Foy (He of that Stoke game last season) for not succumbing to Fergie and the crowd and keeping the game fair and flowing.
Also for remembering that it's a league game that does not require Extra Fergie Time that is usually mandatory if Utd are not leading after 90 ;)
As for Fergie! His comments post-match were unsportsmanlike, shameful, embarassing and alltogether hilarious! It seems he truly believes his teams require special treatment and outside assistance beyond the 11 in red.
Four minutes were more than fair as I only recall a minute or two where Gallas needed a new contact lense put in.
He got it wrong in the first half, that's it!
Yes triffic result, we had some "good" luck @ OT for a change but very proud of ...
Yes triffic result, we had some "good" luck @ OT for a change but very proud of our teams performance.
ESPN had stats of 62 to 38% to Spurs at half-time. Showed how much we bossed the first half.
Here's hoping the AVB doubters will cut him a little slack.
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some good points. people are kind of coming round to my point about defoe. he is unfairly ...
some good points. people are kind of coming round to my point about defoe. he is unfairly seen as a player who if doesnt score, does nothing.
but he always keeps the defence on their toes with his runs & movement. he keeps them occupied which allows space for others. for example vdv wouldnt have been able to make those runs which gave space for bales goal.
his all round play is decent. his passing & link up play is of a decent standard. last season he started more weight training & has become a lot stronger. as shown against rio, he can hold off defenders better & bring others in to play.
yes, if u boot it up in the air to him then he is ineffective!
i just feel he has really been under valued & under appreciated by the club.
really like sandro. he is going on my next spurs shirt.
im going to buy 1 but cant make my mind up which of the 3 shirts to get?!
as pointed out, he really works well with dembele.
dempsey is also a handy player to have. he works hard & is a good finisher.
negatives for me where sitting back too much & not man marking scholes. dont see why we just didnt stick dempsey on him.
also friedel did well with some akward shots.
great to see avbs passion. nice to know he cares so much!