Analysis of the goal conceded against Manchester United (1/1), plus competition
Welbeck’s goal – Danny Welbeck latches on to Adnan Januzaj’s clever through ball and lifts the ball over Hugo Lloris.
Teams are said to be at their most vulnerable when they have just scored themselves, and this was certainly the case for Spurs on New Year’s Day. Antonio Valencia has possession shortly after the kick-off, and is looking for a forward pass.
Adnan Januzaj takes possession, and gets his head up. Notice Welbeck, on his toes…
Welbeck makes a move away from Dawson, runs across the pitch to stay onside, and then darts in behind Chiriches. Rose doesn’t get tight enough to Januzaj to influence his decision, and it allows the young winger to slip a terrific ball in behind the Spurs defence into Welbeck’s path.
It’s a quality piece of movement, and a quality pass. The Spurs defence are caught out by both.
Welbeck waits for Lloris to commit himself, and lifts the ball over him. Could Lloris do more? Possibly.
Overall, this was a very mature away performance from a relatively young Spurs team, and a shrewd tactical victory for Tim Sherwood. Whilst United had chances (and probably should have had a penalty – as should Spurs), Lennon missed two golden opportunities, and Soldado also put one over the bar on the stretch. In truth, we deserved the win despite being dominated in terms of possession, passes completed and corners.
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