September 19, 2010
Alan Hutton, what an unlikely hero! I am not his biggest fan – primarily because I think he’s a poor defender – but he did well yesterday after replacing the equally impressive Kaboul. It was his driving run which drew the penalty, and then he also got the fortuitous third goal with another determined piece of play. On the whole, I felt Spurs dominated, and will be disappointed not to have kept a clean sheet -the goal we conceded was yet another sloppy one.
Steven Fletcher’s goal (and the others too).
David Jones comes off the touchline, tracked by Assou-Ekotto. At the bottom of the picture is Gareth Bale, who should be responsible for following the right-back, Foley, who is already well clear of him, and about the make a break to the by-line.
Jones tempts the challenge from Assou-Ekotto, and then slides in the full-back, who is in acres of space (Huddlestone has had to take up a more central position to stop the shot), with a nice reverse pass.
Gallas tries to step up and play offside – he has not only got that wrong, but has no idea of what is going on behind him. As a result, Foley is played on by both Gallas and Kaboul.
Foley gets his head up, and he has Fletcher making a dart from far to near post. He is goal-side of Kaboul, but is surely Gallas’ responsibility, with King near post. Having tried to play offside, Gallas is in no-man’s land.
It’s a good ball in but, and I say this yet again, I would fancy Gomes to deal with it – his anticipation and reach would have seen him palm this one out in my opinion. Cudicini makes a move for it but doesn’t get there and, with Fletcher unmarked, leaves a tap in.