Analysis of the goal conceded against West Ham
That was a horribly frustrating game to watch as a Spurs fan – yet again we struggle to break down a team that defends deep and in numbers, and we looked slightly vulnerable on the break (as with the Wigan game).
With Crouch totally ineffective, we were badly lacking in the final third, and bar a brilliant Modric volley, a couple of efforts from Jenas and van der Vaart, and Huddlestone’s poor miss, we didn’t create enough chances. We need one of our forwards to step up and find some form.
West Ham’s goal came from one of their 14 corners – they were shooting from anywhere, and enjoying the rewards, with Cudicini generally rooted to his line at most dead ball situations (we probably miss Gomes most when defending set pieces).
On this occasion, it’s Corluka marking Piquionne, and he gets rather caught under the flight of the ball, whilst Piquionne gets a bit of a run on him.
Corluka and Piquionne are both positioned centrally. Notice that we have Modric on the near post, but nobody on the far.
Piquionne starts to make a run, and then checks – in this time, Corluka has stood still, trusting his standing jump.
Piquionne gets up well, helped by a slight run; this gives him the aerial advantage over Corluka.
He angles the ball well into the corner which is unguarded – whether that was intentional or otherwise, it was sloppy.
With Bale forced to play at left back in Assou-Ekotto’s absence, and Lennon lacking form and confidence, we lacked width for the majority of the game. Redknapp’s changes did nothing to solve this, with Keane coming on for Lennon, and then Pavlyuchenko and Giovani replacing van der Vaart (who had moved wide), and Crouch.
It’s easy to say in hindsight, but I think it would have made more sense to switch to three at the back – Hutton right, Corluka central, and Bassong left, giving Bale freedom to get forward on the left.
Two local derby defeats in a week – not a good one for us.
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passing was poor......movement was late and obvious
something wrong in the minds............the ball looked uncomfortable
at our feet which is a confidence problem........?
the problem for redknapp is getting the saturday and wednesday teams to flow consistently.........
the photos here prove errors of concentration.....
no players should state how good we are eg. jenas on europe ......
its bound to make the team look stupid etc
Look for the positives Windy.
Even with our three most creative midfielders on we could't plot a way through a crowded defence.
Agree not enough effective width and Crouch doesn't offer enough movement and control up front.
champions league is not the priority, the league is. if we want to qualify each year performances or lack of creativity like today is not acceptable
Even when we've won or drawn, we rarely get platyers into the box and have rather few shots from inside the box, no matter how much possession we may have.
This would've widened attacking options.
Wings - Lennon and Bale feeding crosses to Crouch.
Central attack - VDV and Modric feeding chances to Pav or even Keane.
I'm afraid that the way things are currently going, Spurs' attack is very one-dimensional due to relying too much on wing attacks which other teams learn to deal with and then counter.
BTW, enjoy your site, pics and all.
Anonymous @ 18:05 - I don't disagree that for the first half hour or so we were totally outplayed by a neat, tidy, high-tempo West Ham side, that were prepared to take shots on. After that, it was all hands to the pump, with 9 or 10 men mainly behind the ball, and long balls down the channels at every opportunity. I'm not knocking it, I'd have happily swapped our displays!