September 3, 2012
Livermore commits a needless foul, which gives Norwich City a chance to pile on some pressure – the ball is kept alive and is eventually crossed from their right – I think by Howson.
Johnson peels away from Adebayor a the back post, and heads back into the danger area…
Huddlestone doesn’t put enough pressure on Holt, who is able to head on. Note the bodies in the box who are simply not marked tightly enough.
As Walker tries to rush out to Snodgrass, it is too late. He has the time and space to take his shot first time…
…and he finds the bottom corner, with Friedel unable to reach it.
Credit to Norwich City, who were excellent throughout, but unfortunately this was a very similar goal to the one conceded last week – we were inviting pressure, looking nervous, and sitting deeper. Livermore had a very poor game overall, and it was his needless foul which led to Norwich being able to keep the ball around our penalty box.
Villas-Boas’ team selection was odd – the Livermore/Sandro combo didn’t work in midfield last week, yet he selected them again. Likewise, Defoe struggled up front alone against West Brom, and surely even a not-match-fit Adebayor would have been a better selection on Saturday – Defoe simply doesn’t have the intelligence or awareness to lead the line alone.
I would also add that Gallas looks increasingly slow and error prone and, whilst he has a wealth of experience, I would argue that we have lacked a leader in the last fifteen minutes of the last two matches and, as captain, he has to take a proportion of the blame for that. Personally I would be looking to start Caulker and Vertonghen in the absence of Kaboul, but even Dawson would be preferable to Gallas right now.
Onwards and upwards for Spurs – hopefully the two week break will allow Villas-Boas to work with the players and get his ideas across, as well as being able to integrate the new boys.