February 11, 2010
This won’t take long.
In what I would call comfortably our worst performance of the season, we gave away a terrible goal. The commentators tried to make out that it was an excellent, flowing move by Wolves, but they ain’t fooling me.
Karl Henry picks up the ball. Spurs are defensively well set, and Wolves players are attempting to make triangles.
Henry feeds the ball into Jones, who turns 360 degrees in an effort to lose Jenas. Doyle sees that he has a chance to play a one-two, and drops off Bassong.
Bassong doesn’t read the situation, and nor does Jenas, who ball-watches and let’s Jones run off him.
Jones now has much time and space as he wants to pick out Matt Jarvis, who himself is in space.
Just look at how much space Bentley, and particularly Kaboul, have left him in. Dawson is now recovering his position having come out to Jones, and Jenas too is now in a good position to watch play unfold.
But that’s all he does. Look at the picture above, and now look at the picture below. That will tell you all you need to know about Jermaine Jenas‘ performance yesterday. Utterly unacceptable ball-watching has left Jones free to run in behind him. Jarvis spots the run, and picks him out well.
Jones sweeps first time – he doesn’t strike the ball hard, or particularly into the corner, but I think Gomes is taken by surprise.
Make up your own mind on whether Gomes could have done better.
An absolutely horrendous performance from Spurs – right through the team. Jenas had a shocker, and was rightly taken off at half-time, but he wasn’t the only bad one – Huddlestone, Defoe, and Gudjohnsen (clearly half-fit) were particularly poor IMO.
It’ll be very interesting to see what Redknapp does against Bolton.