August 29, 2010
We can’t say we weren’t warned! Wigan had just created two wonderful chances down the same side of the pitch – Martinez obviously recognising that Bale was bombing on, and that the gap between him and King was exploitable. I won’t often criticise King, simply because he doesn’t make many mistakes, but three times in a row he gave Rodallega far too much room – twice the Colombian picked out teammates in very dangerous positions (and both should have scored), and the third time he picked out the bottom corner.
I think it’s Hendry Thomas who picks up the ball just over the half way line, and looks to make use of a huge gap in behind Bale.
This image shows just how far Bale has pushed on – absolutely fine, as we’re looking for a goal, but King should be aware of this. Look how much room Rodallega is in.
Rodallega has pulled away from King, just as he did twice prior. Ledley simply can’t influence play from this distance.
Rodallega gets the ball under control and takes the shot early. King can’t make the block as he has given him too much room.
The ball goes straight through Cudicini.
Despite his reputation, Cudicini is not a good goalkeeper, and we saw enough of him last year to know this – why we are at this stage without having replaced him, I’m not sure.
Much will be said of the “Champions League hangover”, but Spurs struggling against a team that defends deep and in numbers is not a new thing.