BMJ said after the game it was boring and he was right. Maybe some tactical alterations might improve things Martin? I don't know, I'm just a punter. But many of the names beneath here look pretty good on paper.
Robinson 6.0 Made one good save. Unsighted for the goal?
Gardner If he's reserve quality then get someone in who isn't. I'm not low scoring him because he's helping us out. It'd be like getting my dad to play and then scoring him 2.5 because he's rubbish. BMJ sort this out, please.
Kaboul 6.5 The word 'solid' is apt. Great going forward. If we learn to play football soon, he'll fit in a treat.
Chimbonda 6.0 Got stuck in. But he needs to get the ball away to Jenas and let HIM distribute. Oh yes, the 'Let's it put on Pascal's head' free kick stunt doesn't bl**dy work off the training ground - so STOP IT!
Stalteri4.0 Back to kicking thin air and looking ropey.
Zokora 5 A bit nothingy. Lucky not to get sent of for simulation.
Jenas 5.5 Which is to say marginally better than Didier. He needs to work harder on having space when the ball comes into him. Passes can be sublime, but not those panicky little 5 yard jobs.
Malbranque 4.5 Again, nothingy. Just another white shirt who made short panicky passes.
Huddlestone 4.5 The game had three shots from open play that I can remember and his was one. Whoopee.
Tainio 4.5 Poor. But then is he a winger? No he is not.
Keane 6.0 Committed but produced nothing of consequence.
Berbatov 5.5 When we're winning his 'economical' running style is languid and cool... When we're losing we're so fickle we say," He doesn't care - look at him!" He needs service.
Bent 5.5 Lively but again had no service.
Defoe Again, what is the point of scoring a man who through no fault of his own had no involvement in the game? You could have brought on Torville & Dean, Keith Richards, Pete Doherty and Amy Whinehouse and none of them would have come close to scoring. Tottenham are like Turnham Green Tube Station. Large parts of the day with no service.
In summary a rubbish game to watch even if we had won it. Which incidentally we did not deserve to. Sunderland were predictably all resolve and heart. They seem to have mastered something called 'passing to each other' and as unexceptional as they were - they were better than us. They had a touch meeting Spurs at about their least impressive and are in for a huge wake up call when they meet someone a bit good.
So are Tottenham.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Posted by Harry Hotspur at Sunday, August 12, 2007