A heavy downpour before and a
thunderstorm afterwards gave the evening a dampener that the action tried
to shake off.
There was enough
"competitive" tackles to give Hoddle and the Celtic management
(minus Martin O'Neill) heart flurries, but the game was pretty good
natured and there were no really bad tackles. The atmosphere was
somewhat subdued, with the ground barely 2/3
full and although the Bhoys made a lot of noise, it was difficult to know
what they were going on about. There were a few ejections from the
East Stand just after Celtic scored, which was a bit unnecessary, because
it was only a friendly and not really worth getting worried about.
The players looked fitter and the
mass exodus at half-time is now a thing of the past ... until next
pre-season. Injury struck again, with Ziege limping off, but Carr
came through another full game and Iversen managed to struggle on despite
getting a couple of knocks that required treatment ... standard medical
rider for him, I suppose.
The only thing more spectacular
than the thunder and lightning after the game, was Maloney's curled
free-kick that left Keller grabbing air. Iversen's goal in
comparison was not a thing of beauty. A good free-kick from Ziege,
but a deflection, a lucky bounce and a shot he couldn't miss (could he ?)
put us ahead for 20 minutes. Nothing that Ted could do could add to
the tally, leaving a draw the right outcome to a decent match.
Tottenham should stop trying to walk the ball into the net though and have
a crack sometimes. No-one wants to take the responsibility !!
The fact that it was even easy to
move around the Spurs store when raining outside must have meant the
attendance was low !!
Here's how the players are shaping
Kasey Keller : Not a lot
to do apart from pick the ball out of the net. Must learn to line
his wall up better, but his handling was sound and his shot stopping
OK. Hard to know what Hod will do with the goalkeeping situation.
Mauricio Taricco : Came on,
gave away the free-kick that was the equaliser, but otherwise he had a
solid game. Got a shot on target and set up good chance for Steffen
Iversen. Looked better defensively, although not the best at that
part of his game.
Dean Richards : Deano
was fresh back from injury, but looked slow and worried playing out of
position. He did make two late tackles to stop Celtic getting the
winner, but players were going past him too easily.
Chris Perry : Looked
alright, but didn't pick up the man when they hit the bar. Made a
couple of well timed interceptions in the box and passed the ball to a
white shirt most of the time. Might drop out when Gardner and King
Goran Bunjevcevic : Didn't
see too much of Bunjy's skills tonight, as he was involved in a fairly
physical battle with Crainey. Tries to get his foot in front of
players before the ball reaches them, but if it is nicked past him, he has
sold himself. Needs to stand off his man sometimes, rather than
Stephen Carr : Another
game under his belt without too much trouble. Got forward and nearly
got on the scoresheet, but decided to set up a fellow Spur, but nothing
came of it. Got back well to place himself goal-side of his
opponent. A good performance.
Christian Ziege : Seventeen
minutes of action and in that
time, he showed that he was keen to break forward and supplied the cross
for the goal. Leaving the field, he might now be out for the first
League game. Bummer.
Milenko Acimovic : Went
off to a good reception after showing some of his skills, but also gave a
few balls away. Has the ability to play passes without even looking
and this might be what Hoddle refers to when he talks about him being like
Trevor Brooking ... it's those "pictures in his head".
Might need to be stronger on the ball when the real thing starts.
Simon Davies : Another
good game, being the only midfielder who wants to tackle and run between
the boxes energetically. Mae some good chances with his movement on
the right side and you would think he would be the first name in Hoddle's
Darren Anderton : A game
where he was involved, but made little memorable contribution. Must
have linked play, but really slipped my attention throughout the 90
Gary Doherty : Another
game up front after two at the back. Gary soon won't know where he
is, or perhaps that is the plan ... at least to not know who he is and
then the coach can tell him he is Ronaldo !! Missed the one decent
chance that came his way and looked out of place up front tonight, when
coming off the bench. Needs to return to where he is comfortable.
Teddy Sheringham : Looked
good at getting into positions tonight, but could not finish them off.
Tried to be too clever in shooting with the outside of his wrong foot with
the one-on-one and the chance was missed. Spurs could need to make
sure all these chances count when the real stuff begins. He played
well, linking the front and back though.
Iversen : Reacted quickly to take his goal well, but missed a
later sitter. Seemed more full of running than usual and he did
appear to know when to be in the box. Pulled out wide too to allow
others to flood the area. Needs to be more clinical.
Tedburn St. Mary