Spurs 3 Spurs Rejects { Fulham} 1

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For all the first half the 5 Spurs rejects and their pals were by far the better team.  Their neat passing and organised structure made them look dangerous going forward and untroubled in defence.  Damien Duff was excellent but ex Spurs Danny Murphy and Simon Davies were in control of the centre while Zamora looked menacing up front before putting Fulham ahead in the 17th minute.  Spurs offered only the predictable punt towards Crouch as their best effort at attacking.  It didn’t look like it could work.

     At half time Harry Redknapp made brave decisions and took off Kranjcar whose touch had let him down several times and Assou Ekotto who was also struggling with his decision making.  They were exactly the right choices to come off introducing Huddlestone and Bentley in their place.  Redknapp is often slow to make changes but on this occasion was spot on with Bentley scoring from a free kick with his very first touch.  Corluka was another one not on his game and luckily his ineptitude served to confuse Schwarzer in the Fulham goal allowing Bentleys cross to drift in between  them both into the net.  Another brave substitution followed as the injured Corluka was replaced by Pavlyuchenko in a very attacking move.  It was rewarded almost instantly when SuperPav swept home Bentleys cross to the back post with style and a smile. The crowd just love SuperPav.  Spurs were suddenly purring , playing football that was nowhere to be seen in the first half. Now it was Fulham who looked lost.  Spurs third goal was the goal of the game with some sweet interpassing started by Gudjonssen and also finished by him.  Bentley was excellent as was Bale again for Tottenham and Duff was different class for Fulham.  It was an excellent game in the end and also an excellent evening for Spurs with League results going their way too. Live Football Online

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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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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.Live Football Online

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 Vs Burnley 5-0 – Harry Redknapp Full Interview – [High Quality] – September 26 2009

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Spurs 5-0 Burnley
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was pleased with his side’s comprehensive 5-0 win over Burnley.

The Spurs boss opted to start with strikers Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe, leaving in-form Peter Crouch on the bench, but Keane produced a sublime performance to bag four goals.

And Redknapp admitted it was tough to leave Crouch out of the side.

“It was a difficult decision to leave Peter Crouch out today having played so fantastic against Preston,” he said. “It wasn’t easy, believe me, it was a very difficult decision for me.

“But I decided to go with the two little ‘uns as we started the season and they played well again today. Crouchy is in great form as well so it’s a nice problem.

“The game could have been over at half-time, we missed a couple of great opportunities to finish it off.

“It was a good performance and it’s been a good week for us – two great performances.

Good start
“We’re going well, 15 points is a smashing start for us from seven games, we’ve just got to keep it going and see where it takes us.

“Keep playing like that and the fans will enjoy the football. We’re an attacking team. I thought Niko Kranjcar had a great debut today, I thought his ability on the ball was superb, he worked hard and passed it great – he’s a real Tottenham player.”

Redknapp was quick to hail Keane’s finishing in front of goal but the Spurs boss had praise for Owen Coyle’s Burnley, despite the emphatic scoreline.

“They pass it, they keep the ball well and they came out second half and started to pass it and it gets a bit frustrating to get the ball.

“They have an extra man in midfield who can play, Alexander, who is a good passer.

“They play well, they’re a good team I think. But every time we went forward we look dangerous and I feel we missed a lot of good chances as well to make the score even higher.”

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