|Some players just
look right in a Spurs shirt. Milenko Acimovic is one such
player. His play made the game worth going to and hopefully that
will show through in the Premier League when we get going on the
As the match will be covered
elsewhere, I will just give a quick critique of our players performances
Neil Sullivan : His absence
at the end of the last season was due to an injury (allegedly), although
he looked OK today ... but then it's been along time. Got caught
out by a long throw and got away with it, but held everything else that
came his way. Will be interesting to see how (or if) he plays when
Lars Hirschfeld : Back for
another trial, Lars looked solid and having shaved off his flowing
locks, looked a lot harder than before !! His shot stopping was
again good, while he held a couple of longer range shots capably.
Not a great deal to do in the second half though.
Stephen Carr : Good to see
him back, but for how long ?? Showed he still wants to get
forward, but still coming to terms with match fitness. Did well
and showed that his knee is not playing him up with some solid
challenges and a turn of pace to get back when required.
Dean Richards : Looked a
little leg-heavy and nearly got caught out once or twice. Solid in
the air, but should make more use of his height in the opposing
area. Might be looking at the experience angle to get his place in
the side when King and Gardiner return.
Chris Perry : Showed good
reading of the game, but then trod on the ball to give Stevenage a goal
opportunity in the second half. Played in more of a back three ...
not sure if he would be happier with the extra man in defence.
Ronnie Henry : Only man fit
enough for 90 minutes !! Did well against some experienced
Conference strikers and wasn't phased by it. Broke into the
reserves last season and now looking to get past the massed ranks of
central defenders between him and the first XI. Used the ball
simply, but well.
Goran Bunjevcevic : Good to
see him back. Well, good to see him really. Relaxed on the
ball and while not physical, he can win the ball by picking it off
forwards. Reads game well and can bring it out from defence.
Again, how he will be used by Hoddle will be interesting.
Ben Thatcher : New slim
look Ben let his man get past him and didn't seem as assured as the end
of last season, but it's early days. Linked well with Etherington
on the left flank and seemed to be ready to play the ball more.
Johnnie Jackson : Very good
contribution to the match on the left side of midfield. His goal
was the result of his willingness to get forward and his finish was very
well executed. Showed a hunger to do well and this will be a big
season for him.
Oyvind Leonhardsen : A
second half appearance and his foul throws were the main point of
discussion before Dreyer let him have the ball on the right of the
box. He did well to look up and pick out Rebrov to set up his
goal. Will be a squad player if still here when season starts.
Jamie Redknapp : Played in
a deep role, aiming his passes for people to run onto. Didn't work 100%,
but he was probing and moving well, so with more games, hopefully his
influence will be greater.
Milenko Acimovic : A star
is born !! Played some beautiful touches and looked like a mirror
image of his manager at times. Astute and skillful, this could be
the man to provide chances for our forwards ... if only we had any !!
Simon Davies : A quiet game
for Simon. Last 45 minutes with the game won, he produced a couple
of his trademark runs, but the ball was pinging past him a bit in
Gus Poyet : Passed the
ball well to link with Doherty, but didn't get into the box as much as
usual. His lob that went over the bar was unlucky, but overall his
contribution for the side was good. Made a couple of excellent
link-ups with Acimovic and Ricketts.
Rohan Ricketts : Showed a
calmness on the ball and an ability to keep it moving ... perhaps, long
term, he is seen as filling the Sherwood role when he first came to the
club. Young and mobile, he will be on the fringes, but might be
called upon when we need fresh midfield legs.
Diego Bortolozzo : A
mystery man. Don't know where he's from or what his background is,
but looks like a younger (and better) version of Nicola Berti. He
showed a penchant for a back-heel and looked happy to be on the ball,
but loped around rather than sprinted. Tall for a youngster (guess
he's around 19-20) and looks stylish. Not sure if he is a first team
player yet, but might settle in the reserves.
Darren Anderton : Another who
quietly went about his business to good effect. Two opportunist
goals were the noticeable end of his product, but he did a lot of good
link-up play that helped make space for others. Another who might not
play every game, but will be a player who could open things up when
Matthew Etherington : Matty
is fast and skillful, but he does disappoint when he gets in a position
to deliver a cross. Needs to make sure that every ball counts and
find a team-mate. Willing to get back behind the ball and tackle,
he could get a chance in Ziege's absence at any stage of the season.
Sergei Rebrov : Looked up
for it ... perhaps thinking the shop window was a good place to be
?? Took his goal well, even though it was not a difficult chance
and made intelligent runs, without being picked out. Showed what a
good touch he has.
Gary Doherty : Struggle up
front on his own as he does not have a good enough touch to play that
role. Had some good chances, but put one header over and a shot
wide. In my opinion, a better defender than attacker.
Lee Barnard : Surprising to see
him get the nod over some of his Under-19 contemporaries, but he did OK
with Rebrov up front. Made some nice runs off the ball that were
not seen and had a physical run-in with their centre half that earned
him a talking to from the ref. Had some chances, but rarely looked
like scoring. Looks like he could do with a season in the reserves
to bring him on further.