Sunday, August 12, 2007

Tottenham blow it against Sunderland

Tottenham against Sunderland was not the best football but an intriguing exercise in measuring up what each side would bring to the Premier League this season.

In fact it was a touch boring. I struggled to sit thru it. Opening match and all, I expected better.

Sunderland, to their credit, were not very talented but eager. Their new goalkeeper Craig Gordon looked very good with what little he had to do. They were fighters, that’s for sure and for a Sunderland crowd grown accustomed to winning in the Championship, the newly promoted team did not disappoint. You can consider this a major coup: 3 points, 90th+ minute, a touted top 4 side –it was an even bigger dream start than that of Manchester City’s.

For Tottenham, where is the improvement? Lots of new signings, but no pace on the wing and an obvious hole on the left where the team tried and failed to sign a noted winger –time to make a buy, and quick. That hole will only grow larger as the season wears on. Moving Robbie Keane out there in the second half didn’t help, in fact it probably hurt the team as Keane didn’t settle into the role (maybe sensing a season in that position).

Tottenham as a whole didn’t play badly, but they didn’t play well. Tactically they were good, Berbatov played well enough, but there were so many errant passes and carelessness in possession. This could work in Tottenham’s favor though, a wake up call might be just what the team needs.

A bright spot for me was the play of newly signed defender Younes Kaboul. I thought he did very well for the most part. He was agile, great in the air, played some classy touches and made some impressive forward runs only to be let down by poorly weighted passes.

While Sunderland have a long way to go and Tottenham have many injuries in defense, this might be a blip on the radar for both teams but, at least in terms of the Premiership table, the teams couldn’t be farther apart.

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Anonymous iain foster said...

Surely it is incumbent in a commentary site to have an independent commentator for a given match, not a Spurs biased voice omitting the wing play of Ross Wallace, the determination of Dean Whitehead or the power of Nosworthy and McShane. It wouls appear their was only one team on the pitch for your 'comentary', stange how they got beat.

8/12/2007 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stange, what the fuck is stange?

8/12/2007 7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You shall ave a little fishy when the boat comes in

8/12/2007 7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Incumbent, It must be incumbent that you are a cunt

8/12/2007 7:02 PM  
Blogger Harry Hotspur said...

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8/12/2007 7:23 PM  
Blogger Harry Hotspur said...

5.53 iain foster child

You tedious, patronising museum piece. If you disagree with the writer then say so.

If you wanted the piece to be written from a different perspective then try somewhere else.

If you want the piece to express your views (and the clue is in the question, mastermind) go and bl**dy write it yourself.

'Surely it is incumbent....'

NEWSFLASH It f**king isn't.

8/12/2007 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

basically you london teams play a game and expect to win no matter the opposition-well SUNDERLAND won get over it you sanctimonious tw--ts

8/12/2007 11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tottingham are crap
tootingham are crap
my lordy tottingham are crap
break into top 4

8/12/2007 11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone explain why spurs lost.They have the most feared forward line in the premiership-or so the spurs fans say.All their sites were giving it large on how they were going to win 3-0,5-0,4-1
etc etc and who and behold they got beat.Top 4 ------lol

8/12/2007 11:47 PM  
Blogger Rio said...

I lost 30 points in prediction league because of this crap. pisses me off!

8/13/2007 6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

come on then sunderland fans have your little shout now, its not going to be often, spurs always, always lose the first game of the season, you did well, but dont start talking this bollox, you know it, we know it, by the end of the season we will be a country mile from you in the league.

8/13/2007 7:53 AM  

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