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Saturday 7th November 2009

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PREDICTION : -  Tottenham Hotspur  -    Sunderland  -

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Tottenham Hotspur   2    Sunderland   0      (Half-time score : 1-0)

Premier League
Venue : White Hart Lane  
Saturday 7th November 2009
Kick Off :  3.00 p.m.
Crowd :   35,955
Referee :  Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
Sunderland kicked off and played towards the Paxton Road end in the first half.
Weather :  -  Bright, chilly
Teams : - 
Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes     

32  Assou-Ekotto
39  Woodgate
26  King (20  Dawson 59)
22  Corluka

  6  Huddlestone 
  8  Jenas
12  Palacios

10  Keane  (c)     (21  Kranjcar 63)

18  Defoe
15  Crouch

Unused subs: 
27  Alnwick
  2  Hutton
  3  Bale
  5  Bentley

Sunderland :

  1  Gordon (32  Fulop 66)

  2  Bardsley (  5  Ferdinand 77)
  4  Turner
22  Da Silva

  3  McCartney

  8  Malbranque (23  Healy 77)
10  Richardson

16  Henderson 
20  Andy Reid

09  Campbell
11  Bent


Unused subs: 
06  Nosworthy
26  A Reid

14  Murphy

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Tottenham Hotspur


Scorers : -  
Tottenham Hotspur

Keane 12
Huddlestone 68



Cards : -  
Tottenham Hotspur  

Gomes (foul) 52   



Henderson (foul)  38
Turner (foul)  48 


Match Report : -  
In a somewhat stilted Spurs performance, there was enough in their finishing to take the three points with a 2-0 win over Sunderland, despite the Wearsiders having a good number of openings, only to find goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes in fine form to deny them anything from the game.

While there was little in this showing to suggest that there was much of an improvement in the form that saw Tottenham lose to Stoke City and Arsenal, there was a grittiness about the team and the two goals were well created and finished.  However, without the missing Luka Modric and Aaron Lennon, the creative side of the team looks a little less than convincing.

With a large contingent of ex-Spurs in the Sunderland squad, it was predictable that the pre-match coverage would focus on one in particular, being Darren Bent, the Twitterer who thought the whole of the Tottenham supporting world was against him, as he missed chance after chance and still finished top scorer.  Well, the truth is that most Spurs fans were content with him, but many felt that he did not fit the way Spurs played and that his predilection for the long ball over his shoulder was not the set-up play the team used.  Strangely, now Tottenham play the long ball up to Peter Crouch and he was lining up alongside Jermain Defoe in attack, with Robbie Keane playing in the hole behind the front two.  Three in midfield would find a tough ask in closing down the five red and white striped shirts they would often find up against them.

Indeed, the start of the game saw the midfield out-gunned as Palacios looked uncomfortable on the left and Jenas and Huddlestone were being by-passed by the Sunderland passing.  With five minutes gone, Bent got free on the right and pulled a low cross to the penalty spot, where Jordan Henderson completely miscued his shot much to the relief of the Spurs defence.  A couple of fiery challenges from Bardsley and Henderson went unpunished except for a talking to from the referee - Kevin Friend.

But in the 11th minute, Spurs scored with their first attack.  Benoit Assou-Ekotto made progress down the left and knocked in a deep cross to the far post on Tottenham's right from 20 yards out.  Peter Crouch rose and headed the ball back across the six yard box, where Robbie Keane, looking suspiciously off-side, shot, only for Craig Gordon to dive and stop his effort, but the Spurs skipper followed up the rebound and netted at the second attempt.  The linesman's flag had stayed down and Spurs were ahead, which should have given them the confidence to go on to play better, but it didn't pan out that way.

Steed Malbranque showed the Spurs crowd what they knew already, that he could be an effective midfielder, when he squirmed past Vedran Corluka, who had a bit of a nightmare game, before crossing low to Kieran Richardson, but the midfielder pulled his effort wide of the goal.  Halfway into the first half, Phil Bardsley came in from right back to find himself without any pressure, so hit a low shot across the face of goal, but it flew past all the legs in the box and went off for a goal kick.

Tottenham were not so lucky the next time Sunderland attacked.  Former loan striker Fraizer Campbell kept a ball to the Sunderland right in play and then played Darren Bent in on goal, but Heurelho Gomes was quickly out to block his effort, but went down in a heap holding his upper right arm in the process.  The Brazilian keeper had four minutes of treatment before being able to carry on with former Sunderland keeper Ben Alnwick on the Spurs bench warming up in case he was needed.  It wasn't surprising that Sunderland would try and test Gomes while he was freshly injured, but apart from a dipping volley from 25 yards out by Andy Reid that thumped back off the post with Gomes beaten (injured or not), there was only one other nervy moment for the Spurs defence.  A ball in from the Sunderland right was ducked under by Woodgate, weakly headed back towards Gomes by Corluka and Gomes was alert enough to come out to block Richardson's low shot with his legs to keep Spurs ahead at the break.

They should also have been ahead on numbers, as after getting booked for a crude challenge on Palacios, Henderson took Corluka down late two minutes before the interval with a tackle just as bad as his booking, but he had a Friend in the referee, who was lenient on the player that the Mackems hope will spark some sort of revival for their side in the absence of Lee Cattermole.

Anyway, the half-time break saw Alnwick warming up again and the prospect of Gomes not making the second 45 minutes looked ominous, but when the sides came out he went to the Park Lane goal to carry out his warm-up routine of touching the crossbar with his elbows.  Spurs started looking bright, but could not get through the massed ranks of red and white striped shirts lined up in front of their goal.  When Defoe did turn his marker, Turner, who had managed to foul him previously without allowing him that luxury, the centre-half brought him down as he raced away and got a yellow card.  A later grapple on Crouch with one hand on the England striker's throat and an arm round his waist could easily have been his second yellow, but Mr. Friend seemed reluctant to produce a red card.

And I suppose he could have done so when Bent raced round the back of Woodgate to prod the ball from Reid's pass past Gomes, who brought him down inside the Tottenham penalty area.  However, as we Spurs fans are aware, Bent's touch isn't always that great and it took the ball a long way away from goal and the referee's judgement was that the trajectory of the ball meant that it was not a clear goal-scoring opportunity.  Having seen Bent miss from a similar position against Liverpool a couple of weeks back, I suggest he was probably right.

However, it still left the former Spurs forward with a spot-kick against an injured keeper.  Knowing how the script usually goes on these incidents, it looked odds on that the returning scorned striker would get his revenge.  But what happened was that Gomes dived to his left to keep the ball out and the ball was kicked away.  The goalie pointed heaven-wards to thank God for his save.

Sunderland pressed forward, as Spurs lost their way and conceded possession too often.  Malbranque lined up a shot from a clearance when 25 yards out, with it taking a deflection off Corluka that caused Gomes to make a change of direction to grab the ball as it flew to his right.  Just before the hour, Tom Huddlestone played a cute ball through that Jermaine Defoe chased and although Gordon beat him to it, he got an injury in the process and as he lay on the floor, Hud tried a shot from 30 yards out, but Bardsley threw himself to knock the ball wide, as the empty goal beckoned behind him.

Gordon got as much treatment as Gomes had in the first half, but continued to play on, although Ledley King could not do so and was replaced by Michael Dawson.  It did not change the general force of attacking and Gomes had to throw himself down to his right once more, as Malbranque fired in low after a one-two with Richardson.  Things did change when Kranjcar was introduced for the disappointing Keane and his energy sparked a mini-Spurs revival, although the 67th minute removal of keeper Gordon to be replaced by another ex-Spurs player - Marton Fulop.  Unfortunately for him, it was not a happy return to the club, as his first task was to pick the ball out of the net without even getting a sniff of the shot that took it there.

The ball was picked up on the left by Jermain Defoe, who held off Turner and Da Silva, before rolling the ball in front of Huddlestone, who struck a shot from a couple  of yards outside the box that hit the underside of the bar and bounced behind Fulop and the line for 2-0.  It was a fine strike by Tommy and showed what he can do, but additionally, it showed that apart from scoring, Defoe is a vital player in other parts of his game.

Kranjcar made Turner stretch to deflect wide his shot from a poor clearance and then looked keen to get on the score-sheet, as he tried a long range effort that dipped too late over the bar.  Gomes still had work to do, but headers from Bent into his arms and Turner, which the keeper pushed away at the foot of his right hand post were not good enough to beat him, as he cemented his man of the match performance.

Spurs tried to push on towards the end, as Anton Ferdinand came on at right back and the team tried to get something from the game, but Dawson's resolute defending helped Tottenham keep a clean sheet and earn a good three points going into the international break that sees a couple of weeks before the next fixture at home to Wigan.

For all the good play Tottenham had in the first half against Stoke, they struggled to get going today and perhaps only looked settled when Keane went off and they returned to a 4-4-2, with Palacios and Jenas to take up their normal places in the middle of the midfield four.

Despite his goals against Everton in the League Cup and one today, Robbie Keane is not playing well and the three men up front formation does not seem to suit the personnel and perhaps Harry should ditch it unless it is against a team we are well ahead of in a game.

For once, the return of the ex did not rule and Gomes kept the home sheets clean to put Spurs on 22 points and back in fourth place for the time being.

east stan


Fan Reaction : -



For Wyart Lane's take on Saturday's win over Sunderland, click here to read the Times Online Fanzine Fanzone article.
For all the pre-match talk about the ex-Spurs striker, it proved correct in that Darren bent was the difference between the two teams on the day !! 

benny the ball







Other scores this weekend :
Aston Villa 5 Bolton Wanderers 1 Saturday
Blackburn Rovers 3 Portsmouth 1 Saturday
Manchester City 3 Burnley 3 Saturday
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Arsenal 4 Saturday
Hull City 2 Stoke City 1 Sunday
Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0 Sunday
West Ham United 1 Everton 2 Sunday
Wigan Athletic 1 Fulham 1 Sunday
Liverpool 2 Birmingham City 2 Monday



League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Chelsea 12 10 0 2 29 8 30 +21
2 Arsenal 11 8 1 2 36 14 25 +22
3 Manchester United 12 8 1 3 23 12 25 +11
4 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 12 7 1 4 23 17 22 +6
5 Aston Villa 12 6 3 3 20 12 21 +8
6 Manchester City 11 5 5 1 21 14 20 +7
7 Liverpool 12 6 1 5 27 18 19 +9
8 Sunderland 12 5 2 5 20 19 18 +1
9 Stoke City 12 4 4 4 12 15 16 -3
10 Burnley 12 5 1 6 15 25 16 -10
11 Fulham 11 4 3 4 14 14 15 0
12 Everton 11 4 3 4 15 17 15 -2
13 Wigan Athletic 12 4 2 6 13 22 14 -9
14 Blackburn Rovers 12 4 2 6 14 25 13 -11
15 Birmingham City 12 3 3 6 10 14 12 -4
16 Bolton Wanderers 11 3 2 6 15 24 11 -9
17 Hull City 12 3 2 7 10 25 11 -15
18 West Ham United 12 2 4 6 16 20 10 -4
19 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 2 4 6 12 22 10 -10
20 Portsmouth 12 2 1 9 10 18 7 -8

Position before the match :  5th
Position after the match :  4th
Position after the weekend :  4th


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