Analysis of the goal conceded against West Brom (25/8)
Brunt’s corner is floated in, and headed away by Gallas, who is competing with McAuley.
The ball is retrieved by Rosenberg, who intelligently plays it back into the box early.
McAuley has pulled off at the far post, untracked, and heads back into the danger area.
Lukaku leaps impressively and heads goal-wards, but why is Friedel not doing everything to meet McAuley’s looped header? Lukaku is a big man, but goalkeepers have the advantage of being able to go with both arms raised – he should be looking to claim this, or at least punch it away.
Fortunately for Friedel, Gallas has dropped back on to the line, and gets it out, with Bale hooking clear. Note Morrison at the bottom of the screen grab, having just run past Walker, approaching the edge of the box.
The ball doesn’t travel too far, and Brunt heads intelligently back into the box, where Spurs have not picked up their men. Walker hasn’t tracked Morrison at all, and a number of players are sucked towards the ball. West Brom have three players unmarked in dangerous areas.
Vertonghen gambles and doesn’t meet the bouncing ball, and McAuley helps it on.
It falls to Morrison, near to the penalty spot, with Walker yards away, only now realising his error.
Morrison’s shot is guided intelligently into the corner – he doesn’t need to put too much power on it, and just focuses on hitting the target.