Analysis of the goal conceded against Fulham (6/11)
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Younes Kaboul’s own goal – Fulham were a threat from set pieces, but this goal was a gift – King heading against Kaboul and the ball trickling in.
Fulham caused us problems from set pieces all game, and Duff’s corner here is whipped into a decent area.
But ironically, with all of the Fulham efforts on goal, this one stems from two Spurs players. King gets to the flight of the ball…
…but he fails to get his header up or out, and it hits Kaboul on the back…
…and trickles over the line, just far enough away from Bale.
To say we rode our luck in this game would be a massive understatement – the Friedel/Modric double clearance, and the Walker handball (which looked unintentional, but was still a penalty by default in my opinion) were verging on the ridiculous. We were clinical in front of goal, though, and to score three goals away from home nearly always sees you on your way to three points.
A quick nod to Aaron Lennon – he has had the least touches of any of the 22 starters in both of our last two league matches, but was influential in both games. His cross for the first goal, and run and finish for the second today were both superb.
The Spurs go marching on!
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Love your blog.
Please stop being so negative when the games on though.
Sandro on at 50 minutes is just saying to Fulham - attack!
Give our coaching staff some credit, as Defoe did nick one at the end.
Keep up the good work.
Had we gone to three in midfield, one of our players would have been able to press higher up the pitch, knowing that we still had two to get past. That means we can win the ball further up-field and use Bale and Lennon's pace to spring their defence. As it was, we brought on an attacker for an attacker and sat on the back foot for pretty much 45 minutes!
Really appreciate your kind comment, though - cheers!
@davspurs: take your facts to Panorama or Dispatches
They are, of course, managed by Martin Jol - does this mean he's involved? Could he have used similar methods whilst our manager? It is unsettling at best.
We are prone to pressure from corners because Friedel doesn't do dominating the box and Fulham have good headers of the ball and good delivery from Murphy.
We still had to score their goal for them though.