December 12, 2010
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So close to another massive win at White Hart Lane – it may sound harsh, but Gomes cost us two points virtually single-handedly, and he almost cost us another at the end!
Petr Cech claims the assist – it’s a free kick which he leathers forward in search of Drogba (they went early to him a lot in the half).
Drogba out muscles Dawson, and gets to the ball, but it clearly comes off his arm.
He’s at quite an angle, with Dawson making a last ditch tackle, but he takes the shot on – smashing it hard but straight at Gomes.
Gomes gets both hands to it,and should be either beating this out, or pushing it wide for a corner. But he’s unbalanced, and seems to be already falling backwards.
As a result, all he can do is parry the ball over him.
A dreadful error from Gomes, and such a shame, as we were otherwise wonderfully resolute. The performances from Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Palacios (great to see him back to his best form) and, especially, the returning Michael Dawson really deserved a clean sheet. No doubt he has saved us points in the past, but we were let down by our goalkeeper today.