So for the second week running, around 15 minutes into the second half – having dominated the match – we get awarded a penalty, and for the second week running our Spanish soldier sends the keeper the wrong way and gives us victory. Same scorer, same score, same result, (same old, same old) and another three points, putting us – for the moment at least – in third place in the table.
It is early days but if we were given this result every game would we really care?
At the moment it is results that count, points on the board. Better performances and bigger winning margins will come, as the newbies bed in and get used to playing together. And with Kaboul and Sandro yet to return to full fitness, plus a couple more signings at least on the horizon, it may take a few more games before we see the real new look Spurs. But it is a promising start to the season.
Can anyone remember the last time we won our first three games of the season and kept a clean sheet in all of them? I can´t. Any statos out there willing to assist on this one?
Individual performances were good. The defence looked sound if not overly confident (Lloris excepted who did everything asked of him), Capoue and Paulinho controlled the midfield while Chadli and Townsend again terrorised the full backs, but with Dembele looking out of place and out of sorts in a slightly unfamiliar role we lacked a cutting edge and could not get the ball in the right areas for Soldier Soldado to fire us in front. We created chances, some from long range and some closer to goal but the first half was notable for a lot of endeavour, closing down the opposition and maintaining possession – something which we rarely do against Swansalona.
We should have had a penalty in the last minute but I can see why the ref gave the free kick for the initial push in the back which was just (but only just) outside the box, even if Townsend was still in control of the ball and he should have waved play on – if only for a split second – as the Shelvy lunge was a definite foul and inside the area.
The second half was more of the same although eventually, after the penalty, Swansalona regained their normal composure and had equal possession, getting in a few attempts on goal which Lloris dealt with admirably. They pressed us but never looked like getting a goal. Even when Boney M came on – sorry W Bony – they didn´t look like scoring. (He does look like a 70s pop idol doesn´t he?)
As for the penalty, there was contact – albeit minimal – but it was a foul. We have seen them given, we have seen them refused – far too often in our case over the past few seasons – so it was pleasing to get yet another. We may not get another all season but its already two more than last year. At least there were no OTT theatrics to dsitract the refs attention.
Man of the match? I always hate it when this happens as, for me, the MOTM was their goalkeeper. Michael Vorm was superb, he kept them in the game when we dominated and should have scored through Paulinho and Dembele in the first half, but was powerless as Soldado switched sides and was sent the wrong way.
Our MotM – close one between Paulinho and Capoue, but for his work rate and ability to get up alongside Soldado more I give that honour to the Brazilian.
I really cannot wait to see those two starting alongside Sandro – three beasts cutting down the opposition and setting us on our way. Won´t be long one hopes.
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