Spurs Strikers Need Game Time Not Abuse

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If Jermaine Defoe and SuperPav were to read the some of the thoughts of their clubs supporters they would either be very depressed or wanting away as quckly as possible.

Unfortunately they are continuously described as mis-firing , goal-shy , underperforming instead of recognising that ,despite the fact they are the most likely to score , they were mainly watching from the bench.

The lone Crouch with support from the midfielder Van der Vaart was the preferred option for Harry Redknapp.  Poor old Defoe even got left out after scoring two excellent goals at Wolves last season.  It must be very frustrating for both of them. SuperPav had the best return of all the players in the squad in goals per minutes played terms.  Yet both knew whatever they did the system meant at least one if not both of them would be watching.

I believe that instead of following the vast majority of supporters thoughts of paying millions for Johnny Foreigner, which often doesnt work out, Redknapp needs to setting the team up less predictably.   The bottom six all knew how to come to White Hart Lane and stop Crouch so Spurs hardly scored in those games.  Against the top sides Van der Vaart was playing off Dawson across the back rather than Crouch so equally there was little goal threat.

Spurs biggest priority should be to sell off the players that definitely are not going to be considered seriously this season.   If it were my choice Jenas , Crouch ,  Keane , Corluka and Bassong but be gone with possibly Bentley as well although I still think he can regain his form.
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I would also like to see Dos Santos given a chance.  There is something going on there that defies logic or I am missing some vital information.  He has only been good enough to play 10 part games in the least important matches in 3 years yet he is apparently worth more now than we paid for him and is interesting top European clubs.  The boy is clearly better than he has been allowed to be at Tottenham.  He is great for his country and scored the winner in against USA in the final of this summers tournament.  He needs a proper chance though it looks unlikely it will happen.  But he is player who scores on the world stage but not good enough for Tottenham.  Spurs  will probably let him slip away.

The biggest mistakes Redknapp could make would be to continue with the same punt it at Crouch tactic and the same goalkeeper.  Start with a better goalkeeper and put forwards onto the pitch instead of onto the bench and Spurs can finish above Arsenal and in the top 4 again even without any major purchase.

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MK Dons 3 Tottenham XI 5

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Tottenham fielded a surprisingly strong side for this Spurs XI fixture.  It was great to see the starting line up included Defoe , Pavlyuchenko, Kranjcar , Corluka, Danny Rose and David Bentley and a  magificent 16ooo crowd probably deserved to see some famous faces.

The game was very open and lively throughout with both sides missing early chances but it only took 7 minutes for SuperPav to burst through the middle and slot home.   Baldock hit the post for Dons before the lively Pavlyuchenko smashed in a cracker in the near top corner to go in 2 – 0 at half time.

Spurs often looked vulnerable losing possession whilst dwelling on the ball in midfield and were very reliant on Corluka to clear things up at centre back.

Luke Chadwick seized a chance to get Dons back in the game just after half time when Kranjcar lost possession.  It wasnt long before Dons were back on level terms following another midfield mistake by Spurs.

Defoe had got himself into plenty of good positions without catching a chance early like we all know he can.  He either took one touch too many or hit it so clean it was straight at the MK keeper David Martin.  He made way for Harry Kane after 75 minutes and Kane got in between goalkeeper and defender to steal a poachers goal at the Spurs end with his second touch.   Within a couple of minutes Niko Kranjcar absolutely fizzed a long range one across  the goal and into the far corner.  It seemed like game over and Spurs took off Corluka who was the only defender with any height.   Within a couple of minutes Dons scored again to set up a grandstand finish.  However the promising Kane robbed a defender of  possession and pushed the ball along the ground for the bottom corner to seal the win. He will have enjoyed scoring 2 goals in 15 minutes in front of a sea of Spurs fans behind the goal.
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All in all a good game, good football at times but with lots of mistakes and also lots of goals and good value for a friendly match.

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Spurs please stop knocking it long to Crouchy !

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I had a brief moment of expectation in the F A Cup semi final on Sunday when I saw SuperPav getting ready to come on. Unfortunately, it was very short lived as it became apparent that it was Defoe being replaced and not Crouch.  What a lift for Pompey to see our main striker leave the field and leave the predictable and constantly falling over Crouch on the pitch. 

  I can’t see the merit in keep on  knocking balls at him early when the other team aren’t coming out of defence. I don’t like it at the best of times but when they are all around him waiting for it to happen it is just pointless. 

Spurs only have themselves to blame for losing this match. It is all very well saying the pitch was terrible and contributed to the goal or the referee disallowed a perfectly good goal but they did nothing significant in 90 minutes against the worst team in the league.Live Football Online

I think Redknapp could probably even have afforded to take Corluka off instead of a forward because they only played with one up front the whole game and Corky  was having a stinker.  I can’t see what makes him better than Hutton. He runs like my Grandad and I have ever seen him hit a decent cross. He is tidy and composed on the ball but that isn’t much help in a match like Sundays when the other team don’t come out of their own half.

They are going to need a bit more imagination and a lot more determination to beat Arsenal on Wednesday and keep the season alive a bit longer.

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Bentley revs up again

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The Bentley was firing on all cylinders again at Elland Road as Spurs saw off a spirited performance from Leeds United in the FA Cup replay. David Bentley put in a man of the match performance to show that he can still play. He has been largely written off as a player on his way out of Tottenham but he has had 3 good performances in a row and his confidence was clearly growing with every minute in this match.  

  He showed a hunger for the ball and a desire to make things happen that had been missing from the odd appearances in had made earlier in the season. 

 When I saw the Spurs line up with a centre midfield pairing that were overrun at White Hart Lane, to the extent Palacious had to come on to shut Leeds down, repeated I was amazed. However Jenas gave a much better performance in this match and it wasn’t such a problem.  I also looked at the Spurs squad and saw some little boys as substitutes and wondered if Harry Redknapp might regret loaning the bench out to other teams.

In truth, Spurs were dominant the whole game and Defoe could have had 6 or 7 although he looked at one stage like it might not be his night. He did miss several chances he would normally score and had a tap in goal disallowed for running unnecessarily offside.

If Spurs had realised that all the danger came when Bale or Bentley who got round the back in wide positions instead of knocking so much at Crouch they would have won more easily.  

Bale is another player who has suddenly found confidence.  He has a great injection of pace and goes past people almost effortlessly which is great to watch.  If Spurs can continue to get these two in behind the opposing defence pulling back quality crosses they can be a very formidable side.

Bentley picked out Defoe for the first goal which he fortunately sliced into the top corner.   Becchio was on hand to slide in a rebound off Gomes in first half injury time for a Leeds equaliser.

Defoe latched onto a precise low cross from Bentley to put Spurs back in front. For all their superiority Leeds were pressing right up to the end and it was only their over commitment to equalizing that let Defoe in to seal the win.

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Myhill plays well but sloppy finishing to blame

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The Hull goalkeeper was rightly acclaimed as man of the match, however he would still have been the most effective player on the pitch if Spurs had won 3 – 0. He made several superb saves, ‘worldys’ to use the latest phrase,to deny Modric Keane Palacious Defoe and Crouch.  I have to say that Crouch was particularly wasteful near the end first shooting from a ridiculous angle and then a lazy header when  putting any sort of direction on a perfect ball in would have left the keeper with no chance.

Harry Redknapp really needs a rethink on how to deal with teams that come to White Hart Lane just to defend. It is happening more and more the stronger that Spurs get the less the opposition wants to come out and play. Who would have thought Spurs wouldn’t manage a goal at home against Hull , Wolves or Stoke? They all just camped in and defended and Spurs were suckered by all three. Spurs have the talent to cope with this but unfortunately didn’t .  Once might be unlucky but three times is a worrying trend and if Spurs want to mount a realistic challenge for fourth spot this wastefulness has to stop now.

Of course most people consider Keane and Defoe as an ineffective pairing so were disappointed with the starting line up.  Crouch and Defoe or Pavlyuchenko and Keane or any combination of big and small would be preferable to a small and small pairing.  Spurs really should know enough about Anthony Gardner to exploit his weaknesses yet they really didn’t get at him at all.  If teams are going to keep turning up with this game plan Spurs need the anti game plan because it is becoming expensive keep giving away the home bankers.

 Many fans are wondering where is Gio Dos Santos because he is a tricky talent who hasn’t had a chance yet didn’t make the bench again against Hull. He would add a bit of unpredictability that might unlock a stubborn defence.

 

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Tottenham Hotspur Compilation

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A short history of Tottenham Hotspur, from 1972 – 2007.

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Torres hat-trick all goal Liverpool vs Hull city 6-1 (26/09/09)

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Torres made hatrick at anfield that was amazing man :D poor video btw im suck!! plz comment and rate subscriptions btw!!!!

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