Analysis of the goal conceded against Chelsea
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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.
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I think you have to take goalkeepers in the round and on the whole Gomes is in positive territory overall.
Very ominous that Harry didn't blame him, I bet that made him feel even worse.
Unlike the offside of Defoe for the first goal. Offside is offside.
Such a shame that Bale constantly fakes contact and dives without contact. He'd be such a good player if he didn't, if a lot less successful. Defoe dives and moans and isn't successful. You only have to breath on Hutton and he falls over, which as just as well, as he can't escape a challenege and is one of the worst full backs in the league.
Still, being dominated from first to last at home against a crisis club must be very encouraging. Well done both teams, especially to the one which turned up.