Analysis of the goals conceded against Leeds Utd (27/1)
Varney’s goal – as Spurs try to play the offside trap, Varney races on to Michael Brown’s up and under, before coolly placing the ball beyond Friedel.
Michael Brown launches a long ball forward, with Diouf trying to get underneath it. Varney is playing high up on the right, looking to run in behind Naughton.
Diouf attempts to flick on Brown’s long ball, but misses it entirely. Naughton seems to be anticipating a flick-on, and attempts to play offside. Even if Diouf had touched the ball, it would have been a borderline decision.
Varney runs clear of the Spurs defence; neither Naughton or Caulker have a chance of getting back at him. Friedel stays on his line, and doesn’t come out to try to rush Varney.
Friedel blocks off the near post, but shows Varney enough of the far post, and he bends it into the corner with ease.
McCormack’s goal – Sigurdsson’s cross is easily blocked, and Leeds counter. Diouf plays in McCormack, who races clear of Caulker, checks inside, and finishes beyond Friedel.
Spurs are attacking, but Bale’s pass sends Sigurdsson a little too far wide. He cuts back on to his right foot and attempts to deliver a cross, but it is blocked.
He chases the ball down, but he is beaten to it by Sam Byram, who gets a foot in.
The ball is played forward, and Diouf attempts to flick it on. It bounces over him though, and instead falls to McCormack. Caulker is not tight enough, and is appealing for offside rather than challenging for the header. This allows McCormack to cushion the ball to Diouf, and spin in behind Caulker.
Diouf plays an intelligent pass over Vertonghen, who has not covered round on Caulker’s behalf.
McCormack easily outpaces Caulker initially, but Caulker seems to be catching him (being very quick over distance).
However, as McCormack checks inside, Caulker’s momentum takes him beyond the forward, giving him too much space.
Friedel doesn’t cover himself in glory either – the ball pretty much going through his hands.
Two very ugly goals to concede from a Spurs perspective.
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