Tuesday 1st February 2005
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PREDICTION : - Bolton Wanderers 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2
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FROM THE OTHER SIDE
MEHSTG did not have time to get a View From the Other Side.
BOLTON WANDERERS : - Nicky Hunt (ankle); Cesar (broken foot); Jaidi (hamstring);
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : - Reto Ziegler (hamstring); Sean Davis (knee); Rohan Ricketts (knee); Noureddine Naybet (illness);
|Bolton Wanderers 3 Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Half-time score : 0-0)|
|Premier League||Venue : Reebok Stadium|
|Tuesday 1st February 2005||Kick Off : 20.00 p.m.|
|Crowd : 24,780||Referee : Mike Dean (Wirral)|
|Weather : Blustery, cold|
|Teams : -|
Barness (Fadiga 78)
|Colours : - (kits courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)|
|Scorers : -|
Diouf (pen) 47
|Cards : -|
King (dissent) 53
Kanoute (foul - second yellow) 70
|Match Report : -|
|A dodgy decision (no change
there) and a couple of clangers dropped in defence condemned Spurs to a
loss here that they should not have suffered, if their play had been
anything to go by.
The game ebbed and flowed in the first half with neither side seriously testing the keepers. Most of Bolton's efforts came from set pieces and Spurs created some good openings, but failed to make the most of them.
With Keane and Kanoute starting up front, with Mido and Defoe on the bench, it looked a fairly attacking pick by Jol, with a solid midfield to back up the forwards.
Kanoute engineered an early shot that was probably our best chance of the half, but from the edge of the box, Fredi hit the ball wide of the goal. Kanoute seemed to be the focus of the Spurs attacks and he got in front of Jaaskelainen, but couldn't get his header on target and it flew over the top and then smashed a volley over a few minutes later.
Bolton's tactics were to get the ball near the box and get a corner, throw-in or free-kick. A few blocks from Carrick, Edman and Brown stopped shots reaching Robinson and when the ball did get that far, then the Spurs keeper was equal to it. Nolan's volley bounced in front of Robbo, but he held it well and a couple of weak headers did not trouble him.
Tottenham's breaks were rapid, but not incisive enough and you could see why Reid had been signed, to give Spurs a more creative outlet. The side had done well in the half, but the incident where Anthony Gardner needed treatment tended to take the steam out of the match, leading to a flattening out of action from both sides.
Bolton's first attack of the half lead to a melee in the goalmouth, which ended with the referee's whistle, with all the players expecting a Spurs free-kick. Instead the match official indicated that the ball had been stopped by an arm and gave a penalty to the home side. Once that happened, it was obvious that the goal would come and Diouf hit the spot-kick high into the net.
There was a query over a block by the wall at a Kanoute free-kick when it looked suspiciously like an arm stopped the ball in the Bolton box. Was it as much a penalty as the one that was given ? No, said the ref. From a loose ball that arose out of the subsequent play, Michael Brown struck a fine shot that the Bolton goalie tipped over and then when play switched to the other end, Campo let fly and Robinson was relieved to see the ball go wide. Kelly got played in on the right and fired in a fierce drive, but it was pushed round the post by Jaaskelainen.
Defoe's entry for Edman made a tactical swap with Atouba going into the left back slot, and Keane and Davies switching positions in midfield. The move paid dividends for Jol. Taking a free-kick easily, a clearance from Robinson to Keane saw the Irishman play in Defoe and the striker's 20 yard shot got through the keeper's leggy dive to equalise. His predatory instincts have proved so valuable for Spurs that his value is inestimable.
But the value of Fredi's contribution became questionable. Having been booked with Ledley for arguing with the ref for the penalty they should have had, he then went in late on Barness to get another yellow and a red to go with it. It was the last thing Tottenham needed with just having got back in the game.
Nolan volleyed a shot just wide after chesting the ball down and a late goal cost Spurs dearly. A mess up between Gardner and Robinson caused all sorts of panic and the defender's toe saw a corner given to the home side. From that Ben Haim rose at the back post to power in a header through a ruck of players and despite a brave attempt to get it off the line, the ball went in. The Diouf set up Davies to side-foot in at the far post when Atouba was exposed and at 3-1, the team were dispirited and out of it.
The lack of the eleventh man cost Spurs a point at least and the defensive errors played into the hands of Bolton. The ref's decisions didn't help, but the way that Spurs are shipping goals and to teams they should be getting something from is a big worry. The game at home to Portsmouth on Saturday suddenly becomes crucial to any hopes Spurs have of finishing top eight this season and I suspect that the management will put out quite a different team to face Pompey.
MEHSTG TOP MAN : - SIMON DAVIES
|Reaction to follow|
|Other scores this weekend :|
|West Bromwich Albion||2||Crystal Palace||2||Tuesday|
|Manchester City||1||Newcastle United||1||Wednesday|
|20||West Bromwich Albion||25||2||11||12||21||46||17||-25|
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