St Pat's Away.
Kaboul was awesome.
As was, naturally enough, awesome Dawson.
But first things first. Kaboul looks like an exciting purchase. He has height, power and talent a plenty. I honestly didn't see him put a foot wrong. His heading and passing were spot on and the quality of his tackling stood out.
Gardner had a good game but it was the second half combination of Dawson and Kaboul that gave real food for thought.
Elsewhere.... Murphy was awful. I don't particularly like jumping on the 'Let's gett'im!' bandwagon when players start to slide, but Murphy was notable only for his poor passing and looking decidedly sweatier than everyone else. St Pat's weren't brilliant but they were too much for him and he has to go.
Tarabt I see looking around on gets favourable mentions, the Irish Sun made him MOTM. Sorry folks, but not on my shift. His selfish play deprived Bent & Keane endlessly. And his laboured stepover routines would've been more at home on The Benny Hill Show. Even Joe Cole looks smoother than our lad.
Bale had an okay first half but really began to shine in the second. Up and down the wing all night. One spot kick chance which sadly didn't live up to his you tube displays, but an endearing performance marked by intelligent play and excellent tackling. Zokora too had a better second half once we were shed of Murphy and I can report I am still a huge Zokora fan wanting more.
Steed Malbranque was fantastic from start to finish. Quality play.
Bent and Keane looked alright. Nothing more. Keane held the ball up well enough but St Pat's had about three men on Bent and nothing clear cut really evolved for him. Robbie's goal was soft enough and more a credit to green defending.
Berbatov made a clean run off the Spurs coach with his walkman on and followed this up with few well placed text messages on his mobile. Jenas looked comfortable playing a little deeper to his left exercising close control over his iPod.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Posted by Harry Hotspur at Friday, July 13, 2007