March 22, 2012
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Cameron Jerome’s goal – Spurs are undone by a Stoke set piece (not for the first time!), as Huth wins a header from a Pennant free-kick, the ball comes off Shawcross, and Jerome is there to finish at the back post.
Pennant’s cross is aimed at Huth, an obvious target. Note how many of Stoke’s “big men” are in the box, and how few players we have defending.
Huth’s header deflects off Shawcross’ shoulder…
As the ball is about to strike Shawcross, note the position of Jerome – number 33.
He continues his run, whilst Bale slows down, leaving him with a tap-in.
Various issues here:
Lack of tall defensive players (Sandro could have started in my opinion).
And, above all, a lack of desire to get the ball clear.