December 1, 2011

Analysis of the goals conceded against PAOK Salonika (30/11)

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Salpingidiss goalGallas loses the ball in central midfield and when the ball is played into the box, it’s headed home by the unmarked forward after Bassong had stepped up.

Gallas tries to bring the ball out from the back but gets in a muddle and, rather than turning back, tries to cut inside a player… unfortunately his touch is heavy and he is dispossessed.

The ball is played forward down the left channel and, as Gallas charges back, there are two men running towards the box, with Rose caught out and trying to make up ground.

The winger backs Corluka into the box, before looking up and seeing Salpingidis in the centre, with Rose having tucked in a bit, and Bassong in front of him.

Bassong takes a stride forward as the ball is delivered – is he, bizarrely, trying to play the striker offside?! Either way, it leaves the eventual scorer totally unmarked, with Rose having one eye on the runner behind him. Gomes doesn’t even make a despairing dive – he just stands and watches as the ball finds the corner of the net. A very ugly goal from our point of view.

Athanasiadis’ goala good pass inside Corluka has the full-back treading water, and Bassong’s man gets a yard on him to finish as the ball is slid across.

As Livermore and Kane attempt to press the ball, it is played forward between Gallas and Corluka.

Corluka’s lack of acceleration on the turn shows (even more so than usual, possibly as he is coming back from an injury), as the winger gets to the ball before him despite him having a clear head-start.

As the ball is played across the face, Bassong hasn’t marked his man tightly – if you actually watch the video, Athanasiadis is trying to play on the shoulder, and Bassong never really gets to grips with him as the move unfolds.

As a result, he is left unmarked to slide in…

…and prod the ball beyond Gomes and into the corner.

Spurs’ back four were at sixes and sevens for the majority of the first half, with all four caught out on a number of occasions. It is understandable to an extent that they might be rusty after injury/irregular appearances, but such basic mistakes were quite concerning.

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  • Anonymous says:

    Bassong has been a disaster in other games too, he always makes mistakes and plays as if he couln’t care less and I won’t care less when he leaves in January.

  • Anonymous says:

    Have to agree about Bassong – sadly. I don’t want to be down on anyone who puts on the shirt, but it’s just poor poor play.

    Corluka’s positioning on that second goal was terrible, but he’s normally solid in defence and such a good provider for Lennon that I hope he still has a future at the club. My concern is that when/if Walker burns out, Corluka will be so out of condition, he’ll suck – much like he (mostly) sucked last night.

    It’s basically not fair on these players to have them not play for 6 months and then throw them out for a 90 minute game.

  • Parker for player of the season. Where are all you doubters! says:

    Bassong is a complete and utter waste of a crazy 8 million. He has never been good enough. He was a major part of teh Newcastle defence that went down. What was Harry thinking? It has to be Harry`s worst buy! Bassong is an accident waiting to happen. I have never seen a pro footballer so inept on the ball, The guy is totally clueless and brain dead. Rose had a stinking game too and Charlie was way off it. gomes is so hot and cold he is either brilliant and makes blunders on bread and butter…… Gallas is coming back form injury and it clearly showed. I never understood Harry`s pre match comment of saying we were strong in defence. I never felt confident we would keep a clean sheet and I have never rated Bassong form his newcastle days it`s not a knee jerk reaction to this game…The guy is PANTS!!

  • JimmyG2 says:

    Three of the back four have been out with injuries and have never played together before.
    Disaster waiting to happen frankly.
    Bassong has played well with King and Dawson but never as the main man.

  • bonse says:

    In the first half my thoughts were that 4 out of the back 5 had already mentally left the club. Rose looked horribly lonely on the left while Pienaar was on, going forwards and backwards.

    I don’t think it’s worth pointing the finger at individuals as no one really stood out, the defence has been spotted above, but Livermore was too far forward, modric too far back, Pienaar tried to get into the game by filling the void that modric left ahead of him and Lennon seemed a little too happy to sit patiently out wide and was often let down by Corluka’s untypically appalling passing.

    A big concern for me was Kane, and perhaps I’m being too picky as big lumbering forward was what I did but when Modric, Pienaar, Livermore and even Gallas decide that the only way forward is a mazy run through 5 defenders then someone is not making or finding space. With most parts of forward play you would say an 18 year old has time to improve on it, and with shooting or partnership awareness this is true, but for the last twenty years instinctive space finding is something that has been the deciding factor as to whether a striker makes it through from apprenticeships or not, there’s no real way to improve on it you either have it or you don’t. I hope it’s nothing more than finding Europa League standard defenders too big a step at this stage in his career.

    Second half was a bit more entertaining but I don’t think we should have been playing ten men if I’m honest. The only thing that really came through was that we really really need an Adebayor MkII for January.

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  • Sean Kelly says:

    bit harsh reading this. bassong aint great, fair nuff, but who has a better 5th choice centre half ? no one, gallas, yeah , well off the pace, but he was a lot sharper v bolton, when it really mattered. charlies a sloth at the best of times, will forever be outpaced if rest of defence and midfield is out of position, and danny rose is a left winger, lwb at best but not really a left back, however benny needed a day off to get his hair cut, but the weather was against him, our poor defending stood out because its quite rare these days, thanks mainly to scott.

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