Analysis of the goals conceded against Newcastle (18/8)
Ba’s goal – Newcastle string some passes together, leading to Simpson hanging a ball up for Ba at the far post. Walker manages to stretch to head clear, but there is not enough pressure on the ball, and Ba has time to bend a shot into the far corner.
Newcastle have possession in a central area, with Spurs relatively organised.
The ball is moved quickly by Newcastle, and Ben Arfa does well to feed it into Cabaye’s feet.
He plays an excellent pass out to Simpson, who has too much time to get his head up.
Ba is making a move at the far post, with Walker shadowing him.
As the ball is hung up, it looks like Ba might get a run on Walker…
…but Walker stretches and does well to win the header, albeit not getting much distance on the clearance.
Gallas is slow out to close Ba down, meaning he has time to line his shot up…
…and he picks out the far corner. Friedel is not as athletic as he once was, and was perhaps beaten too easily. He will certainly have been disappointed.
Ben Arfa’s goal – A short corner is taken, and Ben Arfa patiently waits for his moment to burst between van der Vaart and Lennon, before van der Vaart hangs a leg out and the penalty is given. Ben Arfa grabs the ball, and sends Friedel the wrong way.
Having taken a short corner, the ball is returned to Ben Arfa, faced up by Lennon.
Van der Vaart joins Lennon, and it looks like Ben Arfa has too much to do.
However, he makes a move to go on the outside, before darting between the two.
Van der Vaart clumsily hangs a leg out, and Ben Arfa goes over it.
He takes the ball before Ba can get it, and sends Friedel the wrong way with ease.
Plenty of positives from the game, despite the result. The midfield of Sandro (who was excellent) and Livermore looked very solid for the majority of the match, and could be an asset in tougher away games. Sigurdsson had some nice moments, and Defoe got a poacher’s goal. The introduction of two or three new players before August 31st is vital, though, and it is just a shame that we did not sign another striker (at least) in before this match.
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So having said all this, I am content with what I have seen from our first match of the season. Now bring it home boys and give AVB 6 points from our next 2 matches at the Lane. Let's shush the AVB-hating-media in style! COYS!
Whaaaaat?? We LOST!!!
We were outfoxed by Newcastle's short corners, which won the game for them. We were scared of their aerial threat, which meant that Kyle Walker was in the box waiting for a corner into the box. That leaves Vdv and Lennon to defend the short corner instead of Walker. Lennon slips, which gives Ben Arfa the chance to go between too easily. Lennon tries to tug at him to put him off, and Vdv trips him. We have to watch out for this short corner vulnerability on our right. Walker did not have a good game, and for the first goal perhaps Ba gave him a shove and it was not seen by the ref. It would be strange for Walker to misjudge that so badly.
I wouldn't say that Gallas was particularly slow to close out Ba, however I do admit that there are players that are quicker.
Not happy with the second half performance at all. Not matter what happened in the first half does not make up for the second.
We are missing Paker/Modric, and Sandro/Livermore have no passing.
For the second Ben Arfa's ability to get between VDV and Lennon, was all due to Lennon slipping leaving a hole to attack. VDV can't defend for toffee so it was always going to be dangerous as soon as Ben Arfa got the box side of the white line.
I was pleased with our performance and feel positive that once we have a striker up top who can hold the ball up then we'll be much better off.
Friedel as quoted is not athletic enough any more (great organiser, but not a shot stopper). Disappointed that we got two earlyish yellows with our CM's which obviously put them under a great deal of pressure and also disappointed we didn't get the ball wide to Bale more often to force more tackles from Simpson who got booked early for a foul on Bale.
Feeling positive. If we can win our next two that'll be average 2ppg from three leaving us on track for 76 over the course of the season.
Had a big head to head with my boss today (spurs supporter) who really wound me up when he said if we want to be top four we really have got to be winning away to Newcastle. FFS. Bang goes my bonus this month.
Like you, I generally feel positive though!
Great to have you back, but wish this had been a discussion on a win. That said, I'm positive about AVB and I think that his tactics will be bear fruit once the team gets greater match fitness. I wonder whether for the next match the central midfield could be occupied by Sandro and Siggurdsson with VdV sitting behind Defoe: VdV would fill the Modrić-sized hole.