Good morning where you are.
There was nothing inevitable about the win, but a win it was. To keep ourselves grounded, we might want to temper any gripes we might have about how damn long it is taking us to rustle up a goal this season. History is littered with sides that done very well, yet been frustrating to watch. And remember we were never on of those teams.
Tottingham have enough form to fill the last 30 years of my life alone, of going off to play games like this and coming home with nothing, other than a couple of terminal injuries and some interminable post match mumbling about a tough place to come to from whichever hair was in office at the time.
So I can cope with this. Whatever it is. But if I could ‘tweak’ a couple of things, then they’re contained in what follows.
What we have is a team that by and large, but not exhaustively, has the talent and strength to pass the ball about to good purpose.Our dominance from possession achieves two obvious things. We limit the opportunities the other lot have to attack, and we’re able to create chances. We are creating chances like nobody’s business.
The problem, is the Brits. What a mixed up muddled up, shook world we live in that I can type that nobody will call the police. Oh hang on, I momentarily forgot about Peter Herbert. I’d better pack an overnight bag.
But it’s true. Anyway, let’s spin through the individual performances.
Hugo wasn’t lucky, he was decisive. That said his mis-control that gifted them a corner was a bit of a bungle. That said, we did have a goalie who used to be a striker, a bloke called Gomes who had a breakdown. So on balance, I’ll stick with a keeper who’s solid with his hands forgive him an oddball blunder with his feet.
On Naughton, I think the nastiest thing we can say about him is that he’s a man on the bench material, not first team stuff. If he ever makes it is questionable. He’s 24. Gareth Bale is 24. Just saying. He’s British.
Bonzo is what Bonzo does. Like a hyperactive puppy in the car. Will he charm you by playing about from lap to lap, giving out the occasional lick or happy woof? Or will the mentalist dive out a window while you’re doing 60 down a motorway? High point? He did manage to find Soldado with a pass. Low point? He made Naughton look assured. He’s British.
Dawson looked amateurish on several occasions against a side that are not going to be title challengers this season or anytime soon. Some will say he tackled well, but on another day he’d have been carded. And if you pull
stunts tackles like that in Europe these days, they frequently give you a red. He’s British.
Not making excuses, but if ever there were a player who starts to go wobbly when players around him go wobbly, it’s Jan. Dawson and Naughton are SuperJan’s Kryptonite. I’ve been saying this about Tottingham defenses forever, but I’ll say it again; you build a team from the back and this back four is another cut and shunt. In an ideal world, this coming window, we by a ready to go – not one for the future – left AND right back.
Paulinho‘s confidence won’t have suffered any with that goal. The sort of finish that Tottingham fans live for. His contribution otherwise was a major factor in us bossing the game so much. His pass completion rate was 85%.
Moussa as mentioned above was, yet again, a phenomenally important player. His pass completion rate was 92%. If you look at the Squawka charts for both players, you can see just how well the two compliment and combine to put a stranglehold on a midfield.
Townsend is either in my mind, or in reality becoming a parody montage comprised of of bits of Jermain Defoe, Bonzo with just a hint of Eddie The Eagle Edwards. He has Defoe’s unerring selfishness, Bonzo’s lack of forethought and Eddie The Eagle Edwards complete and utter determination to plough on, regardless.
Andros had the lowest pass completion rate of our attacking players and he made 6 shots on goal, all of which failed. 2 shots were hit straight at Marshall and were saved.
4 were blocked. My heart sinks when he gets the ball. First thing he does is get his head down. He’s British.
Siggy was unfortunate not to get something more out of the game. Frequently a victim of being looked over when he was in fact in a decent position and all 3 of his attempts on goal tested Cardiff. I’m not going to blame Townsend for the weather if it rains later today too, but I really do feel that if Andros looked for players like Siggy and Soldado, we’d get more done.
Eriksen was sold. 2 good, if unsuccessful cracks on goal. His contributions were understated here; which isn’t coded language for saying he was invisible, but frequently Cardiff didn’t so much park the bus, as tip it over, torch it, and use it a flaming barricade. My commentary called that their were 8 players behind the ball at one stage.
Soldado was as good as you can be when you’re a striker that doesn’t score. He produced 4 shots. 2 produced brilliant saves from Marshall, 1 was blocked, another off target. As a team, Spurs put in 33 crosses (not including corners into the box). But this amounted to 4 completed passes and 1 key pass. That leaves 28 that for whatever reason, didn’t achieve anything. Slim pickings, I say.
Holtby‘s second excellent performance on the bounce. Perhaps he’s being coached, but the up and at ‘em routine looks more focused now. Every time he gets the ball his default setting is forwards. His plan, is to lay a killer assist into someone. He must replace Townsend against Villa and earn a starting spot against the Blue Racists.
André‘s getting it right, but he’s taking too long with his substitutions. Nobody could have predicted that the game would run over for the second half. Christ knows where those extra minutes appeared from.