Analysis of the goal conceded against Sunderland (7/12)

Johnson’s goal – Ondřej Čelůstka gets onto a Jozy Altidore pass, and loops in a cross. Hugo Lloris comes out to meet it, and punches weakly straight to Adam Johnson. He takes a touch and rifles a shot into the roof of the net.


Ondřej Čelůstka receives a pass from Jozy Altidore – with Chadli having not tracked back, and Naughton standing off the full-back, he has time to put a cross into the box. I thought Naughton had a good game today, but for me he has to get tighter here – although his decision is made more difficult by the lack of protection from Chadli, who had a disappointing match.


Lloris has time to watch the cross, and can claim it comfortably, with no Sunderland player attacking it. Perhaps he is confused by the presence of Walker and Capoue, but he flaps at it awkwardly, punching it perfectly to Johnson.


Lloris was brilliant against Fulham on Wednesday, but it’s difficult to overlook this error. He should claim the cross, but instead he deals with it feebly.


Johnson lets fly with a right foot shot which zips just beyond Dawson’s out-stretched boot and into the top corner.

On the whole I thought Spurs played really well – rarely troubled, and pretty threatening going forward. We controlled the second half entirely and could have scored three or four more goals had Defoe and Paulinho had their shooting boots on. Promising signs.

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  1. Spurs did play well. We missed some sitters and could have had a hatful and gave them a goal from nothing again. Naughton is a better left back than Verts. Townsend is better on the left than the right. So the team is emerging with Lennon and Walker on the right, Townsend and Rose on the left.
    1. I'm not sure Naughton is better than a fully-focussed Vertonghen, but JV's attitude has been pretty poor lately. Otherwise I agree!
  2. Didn't get to see any more of the match than a poor quality gif of the goal conceded unfortunately, what I did see was an avoidable goal with something more of a whaff than a punch out. With World Cup qualification under his belt let's hope he can re-focus and get back up to the unbelievable standard he set for himself over the last 12 months. Good to hear the team is more unified as I was more worried about this one than Fulham on paper, I do wonder though, for those that saw it, were we playing 4231 or pushing forward with a 4141?
    1. Dembele was certainly the deepest but he wasn't *Capoue* deep, and we generally had two midfielders covering the defence when Sunderland had the ball.
      1. so more of the traditional 433? that is interesting
  3. Good to see another good performance even though we gave them the goal. Thank goodness ref did not give the penalty from the beasts handball. That would have been 2 goals on a plate for them Liked the look f Andros on the left with Lennon on the right, goal chances created aplenty with them 2, shame Soldado was not there to take advantage.
    1. I thought Dawson should have had a penalty too, actually. Yes, Andros looked useful on the left - definitely worth a go, long-term.
  4. Chadli looks a real goal threat on the left and is defensively sound, Naughton is definitely better than Vert on left. Chiiriches and Capoue can be our first choice centre backs with Vert and Kaboul pushing hard. Fryers another option there. If we continue to play Dawson I fear the worst. Otherwise with our squad 4th at worst will be attained.
  5. Aren't you a little young to have watched Windy Miller? I watched him as a kid long ago.
    1. I never watched the show, but was made aware of it... and it was my nickname in my youth!
      1. Back to the football: do you think that despite many wanting him dropped (inc. me), Dawson is being picked for the attitude he brings to the group and that as a consequence the high line has been brought back a little to accommodate him? That may be how we play against Liverpool as otherwise Suarez would terrorise the high line...that 6-0 defeat may have been a blessing in disguise.


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