What Difference Would An Early Penalty Have Made To Spurs ?

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Three penalty appeals turned down early on and a brave opening onslaught saw Spurs make a brave attempt  to make a game of it against Rel Madrid at White Hart Lane.  What a difference an early goal would have made to the very vocal and supportive atmosphere with the crowd urging their team on.

Bales early appeal was hopeful but fouls on Modric and Roman Pavlyuchenko should have brought penalties as Real Madrid struggling to contain a buzzing Spurs side.  Who knows how the level of excitement might have changed if even one of those had been given.

The longer Real Madrid held out the calmer things got and slowly they found their way into the game.   At half time the tie looked beyond Spurs and not long after Gomes made another howler to allow a Ronaldo shot to slip through his hands for a goal the shot did not deserve.  Game over and although Spurs tried to look willing and showed commendable spirit the game petered out.
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I feel Spurs beat themselves in this tie rather than being beaten by a superior team.  Crouch causing the tie to over very early with his sending off and Gomes making a mistake in both games costing 2 goals.   Also if you need to score goals I still feel the man most likely is Jermaine Defoe and he wasn’t on the pitch.  Sandro must consider himself unlucky not to start because he has been the best player for the last few matches.

It has been a great adventure for Spurs and I hope they can repeat what they did last year to qualify when they were given no chance of beating Chelsea , Arsenal and Man.City yet beat them all.

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Isn’t it great to be a Spurs fan ?

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The world is in chaos today with flights grounded , the general election nonsense going on and an armed robbery just down the road.  But all is well in the world because Spurs gave the Arsenal a beating for the first time in years.  It could only have been better if Sol Campbell had been sent off and Wenger had claimed it wasn’t fair.   Actually he was unusually gracious in defeat this time to his credit.

The difference in attitude of the Spurs players from Sunday to Wednesday was huge. Instead of the pedestrian arrogance of a team that thought it only had to turn up to win there was a work ethic and determination that was a  joy to behold.  I loved every moment even though Arsenal had much of the possession.  From the moment Danny Rose rocketed Spurs into an early lead they always looked in control keeping Arsenals intricate passing far enough away from Gomes for him to get out his deckchair.
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Bale and Modric were splendid, King and Dawson super strong and everybody else without exception dogged and determined.

When Bale scored  a well taken side foot into the corner soon after half time Spurs looked even more  comfortable and in wasn’t until Arsenal brought on Van Persie that there was any threat to the Spurs goal.

Van Persie made a big difference and had 3 efforts spectacularly saved in the last ten minutes by official man of the match Gomes.  He carved out the goal which Bendtner scored with five minutes to go.  The Spurs fans had to live on their nerves for another 9 minutes before erupting intoscenes of delirious pleasure.

Now the big ask to go do it again on Saturday against Chelsea  probably without Ledley King.  But why not?  Spurs won this fixture last season so it is not as unlikely as the pundits would have us believe.

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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.Live Football Online

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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Heurelho Gomes – Tottenham Hotspur

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Heurelho Gomes – Tottenham Hotspur current goalkeeper.

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Preston North End vs Tottenham 1-5 (09/23/09) highlights

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Tottenham vs Preston 5-1 (09/23/2009) Carling cup
The Spurs was way too much for the The Lilywhites
Tottenham le mete una paliza a Preston North End

Spurs Goals by
Peter Crouch (14′)
Jermain Defoe (37′)
Peter Crouch (77′)
Robbie Keane (87′)
Peter Crouch (90′)

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