Analysis of the goal conceded against Fulham
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Secondly, I’ve had a number of comments recently criticising me for always focusing on the negatives. In order to disprove this (I am generally very positive, honest!), I will endeavour to analyse some goals scored in the future, but for now (time is limited), here is my take on the goal conceded against Fulham.
Damien Duff carries the ball forward having received it from Etuhu. I have made no attempt to cover up the fact that I don’t think Modric works in the middle of midfield in a 4-4-2, and this sort of explains why. Palacios is a destroyer, very much defensive-minded, but he doesn’t hold. Therefore, when Modric is caught upfield (as he is here), Palacios needs to have held position. He hasn’t, and therefore Duff has a totally free run at our defence. This wasn’t the first or last time in the first half that it happened.
Due to our midfield players having gone walkabout, Bassong has to come out to close Duff. By the time Palacios has got close to Duff, Zamora is alive and ready to make his move. Note at this point that Assou–Ekotto has his eyes firmly on the ball. Many full-backs in this position would have an arm on the attacking player to feel where they are.
I overuse the phrase “ball-watching” on this blog. But then our defenders overuse the act! Lovely little ball from Duff, but the way Assou–Ekotto has just switched off and let Zamora run off him rather sums up the 45 minutes that he had last night. The follow two shots illustrate better how Zamora gives Assou–Ekotto the slip.
Now you see him.
Now you don’t.
Zamora is on the crest of a wave, and has the confidence to take it early and first time – it’s a cracking finish, and Gomes has absolutely no chance.
But what a comeback, eh? Most unlike Redknapp to make changes so early, but it worked a treat. Huddlestone for Assou–Ekotto was a no-brainer; Benoit was having a shocker, and Modric is shackled by the defensive duties (which he’s not that good at by the way) in the centre. Bentley for Kranjcar was a stroke of genius, and Bents was inspirational in the second half.
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I agree BAE could have done better, but overall it was a good run and finish by Fulham.
Modric is best at LM
Bale is best at LB
Hudd is a good CM
Maybe you should analyse the 23 passing move for our 3rd goal.... sheer genius
I think Dawson was doing the correct thing and dropping to cover the ball in behind the defence which was the biggest risk. BAE should have been doing the same. So I disagree about having a hand on Zamora, I think he should've been staying a couple of yards deeper than Zamora so he could see both the ball and his man and so he'd have a headstart in the race to the through ball.
Yes that means a ball to Zamora's feet then becomes an option, but it's a better option for us than the ball behind as BAE would be between Zamora and the goal and BAE's quick enough that he wouldn't have had to be so deep that he couldn't close Zamora down as the ball was travelling to him.
Totally BAE's fault. Poor defending.
The first three or four times that Gomes had the ball he fed Ekotto who for some reason turned and played it back across the back four instead of playing it down the line or inside to Modric.
After that Gomes started kicking it long towards Crouch.
I think that Bale is better operating from full back in any case.
I was gutted when Zamora scored, but I always knew we would come back to score one... not predicting 3 however! Pleasant surprise. A resilient Tottenham is a delicious prospect.
The signs were there several times, before Fulham's goal. Palacios repeatedly had two Fulham midfielders running rowards him and Modric nowhere near, each time. Couldn't understand why Modric couldn't see the danger he was allowing.
A number of mistakes/wrong decisions conspire for this particular one: BAE ball watching, Dawson not holding the line, Modric not tracking back. I believe it is the unfortunate combination rather than any particular one (any of BAE, Dawson, Modric could have prevented this one). That said, one thing that I noticed is the amount of space that tends to open up between our back line and midfield. I think Dawson and Bassong are sometimes lazy/slow to push out and position themselves further up the field while keeping a watchful eye on the oppositions forwards. A question of defending from the front?