Analysis of the goals conceded against Newcastle (16/10)
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Ba’s goal – after a loose ball is not challenged, Newcastle make inroads down our right and Jonás Gutiérrez picks out Ba with a superb cross; the striker is left with a tap-in.
There’s a loose ball in midfield – look at Modric, towards whom the ball is travelling. It is most unlike him, but he is stood watching and waiting, whilst Ba is alert and wants to win the ball back.
Ba takes control and still no Spurs player is particularly close to him. He has time to find Tiote…
…who fires out a first time pass to Gutiérrez.
Gutiérrez has just Walker goal-side of him, although Modric now works hard to get back into position.
Having got there, Modric actually does more harm than good – he points for Walker to watch the overlapping Taylor…
…and then he fails to make a challenge (he could have conceded a free-kick as a last resort), as Gutiérrez dances round him. In doing this, he has also put Walker on the back-foot, and made it very difficult for him to make a decision. Note Livermore, side by side with Ba on the edge of the box.
Gutiérrez gets to the by-line and lifts over a fantastic cross – Livermore has let Ba steal a match on him.
Ba is left with a simple finish.
Although he hits it straight at Friedel, the pace on the ball makes it difficult for Friedel. Could he have done better? Possibly, but it wasn’t as easy as it looked.
Ameobi’s goal – Ameobi holds off Walker, and finds Friedel’s left corner with a fine shot on the turn.
Tiote snaps into a challenge (as he did all afternoon), beating Livermore to the ball.
Ryan Taylor plays a clever first-time pass to Ameobi, but look at Assou-Ekotto on the edge of the shot. If he had got into a proper position, the flag may have gone up.
Ameobi still has a lot to do from this position – the angle is against him, and Walker is working hard to stop him getting a shot away (despite having picked up an ankle knock).
Walker flies into a challenge, but Ameobi strikes the ball unbelievably well…
…and picks out just about the only part of the goal that he could have scored in.
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Focus should be why 2-2? Shouldn't it be 2-4? The two missed chances are, the first one, Walker, he tried to outrun the defence on his own whilst Ade was there unmarked and shouting for the ball..or was he going for "a go" again like he did against the Arse..? Clearly he has tasted blood...and he wants more!! The second one, Defoe..should have squared the ball short to Livermore (who was just a few feet away and in a much better position to score) instead of trying to take the shot himself with all angles shut. Obviously they both go for glory... I am so pissed!
The second goal was just a wonder strike. If Gomes was playing, we would probably have conceded the well struck freekick as well.
As someone else has pointed out, we should have scored more. Bale was poor tonight, while Livermore had his best game. Vdv needs to be reined in and be more disciplined, while Defoe still needs to convince me that he deserves to start (you need to pass to teammates who are better placed then you). HR needs to open his eyes and sub players who are not playing well (Bale) and change formation if needed. I would sub Defoe in for Livermore/Walker/Bale. Why was Ade subbed for Pav?
Hope there is an improvement in the next match.
Spurs looked very off today and losing King was a massive blow. Also what the f&ck was the formation with modric on the wings...if he didnt have lennon then he should have stuck that livermore on the wing to do a job and let modric control the middle when he came inside and picked the ball up that is when spurs looked most dangerous.
Good luck for rest of season except when we play you at whl.
1st goal, midfield switched off, simples.
v frustrating, we had the chances for all three points. final result is probably a fair enough result
A little bit of lethargy after internationals it seems, I don't remember so many misplaced passes but Parker didn't seem to be picking up as many 50-50 balls as he usually does. Personally would have prefered to see modric in the center and given one of the youngsters a try out on the right, it seems we need some cover for Lennon, never did understand the hate for Bentley
Kaboul was impressive in the air but everyone was ball watching, especially Livermore for the first.
Why didn't Ekotto cover when he saw Ba coming in unmarked?
Gomes would have got stick for both those goals.
Modric started to play well at 1-1 carrying the ball through the midfield.
A lot of lose clearances, giving them possession.