Treks like this
pre-season and in our wonderful Cup competitions really open the eyes,
don't they. The Tottenham "end" was little more than a
glorified Nissen hut with about 12 terraced steps. I suppose we
should be grateful that there was a roof. The toilets were wholly
inadequate for a club of our standing and even then only two could stand
and one sit !! And on the way out, if there had been a crush, then
instead of turning left and to the exit, you might have ended up going
down the stairs and ending up in the toilets.
How they cope with a big crowd, I
don't know, as it took them an extra half an hour to fit everyone in
The overall performance was good
from Tottenham and they had a bit of opposition from Colchester, as they
didn't want to be out-classed in front of their own fans. In fact,
the second half showing from Tottenham, with more of the fringe players
in the side, was an improvement on the first half and a 3-1 win was
about the right result. As for the players, this is how they did
Neil Sullivan : Had to
dive to make a few saves, but didn't have a chance with the goal.
His new Kappa keeper's shirt made him look like he had been working out
all summer, but I guess it must have been some inserts in the arms
Lars Hirschfeld : Another
who benefited from the new look kit, making him look super-thin and a
lot taller than he was last season. Good handling and not really
threatened during the second half when Spurs dominated. Couldn't
understand a word he was shouting at his defenders. Don't know how
they get on with it !!
Mauricio Taricco : Coming
in for Carr, he had a solid game. Didn't go past his opponent
on the wing too much, but did show tendency to get forward as much as
Dean Richards : Looked
better today than Sunday, showing he wanted to bring the ball out of
defence, but didn't look as accomplished as Bunjy. Couple of good
tackles to prevent Colchester getting in on goal.
Chris Perry : Read the
game well and looked more comfortable than Sunday. Not hugely
under pressure, but did what he had to effectively. Made some
timely interventions to stop shots on goal.
Ronnie Henry : Another
84 minutes to make him the player who has been on the pitch for the
longest during these two matches. Did well and although up against
some more experienced strikers, Ronnie showed he could be one for the
Goran Bunjevcevic : A
class act. Hopefully, we will be able to see more of this ball
playing central defender in the Premier League this season and that he
will be able to replicate this sort of form.
Ben Thatcher : Ben
didn't look to get to the by-line and get crosses in, preferring to put
the ball in from deeper. Did well in defence and linked well on
the left wing.
Johnnie Jackson : A
full ninety minutes showed Johnnie is growing in stamina at this
level. Strong in the tackle, full of running and skillful on the
ball, he could be one to break into the first team squad this season
because of his versatility.
Oyvind Leonhardsen : A
fringe player this season I reckon, but did well in the second half
here. Got in the right place to score the second goal and was
Gus Poyet : A quiet
game for Gus, being happy to put the ball into areas for others to
exploit. Helped the team tick over and keep the ball moving.
Milenko Acimovic : Another
starring performance from Acimovic. Showed he can turn on a
sixpence (or 2.5 pence for you youngsters), open a defence with an
excellent pass and although he might get more attention from Premiership
defenders, his quick feet will get him out of trouble.
Simon Davies : Played
his usual dynamic game and tried to make things happen. His
trademark run into the box just failed to pay off this time, but always
a worry to the opposition.
Rohan Ricketts : A
quiet game. The man who links the defence and the forwards, he
tried to ensure the ball kept moving, but got some rough treatment from
Diego Bortolozzo : Although
little is known about this player, he looked very good today.
Slipped a divine pass through the home defence for someone to run onto
in the box. Playing a similar role to Poyet, without getting forward as much, he
looks a good player, with a great ability to play a little one-two.
Darren Anderton : Flitted
in and out of the game and provided the cross for the first goal.
Another who linked play well with the ball on the ground. Showed
good movement and wanted the ball regularly.
Matthew Etherington : Again
showed good pace, but tonight he used it better, pulling the ball back
to oncoming forwards. This is a skill he must develop, otherwise
he will not make it at the top level.
Sergei Rebrov : Showed
another good amount of movement and passing, but easily knocked off the
ball and did not look confident in front of goal. Still looks
classy, but will not show his true form unless given a run in the
side. Catch 22 comes to mind.
Gary Doherty : Scored
a goal that he will get if he plays up front. Rising at the far
post, his heading skill is good, but his touch on the ball made it
difficult to hold it up while support came through from midfield.
Only playing there at the moment because of the lack of striking options
Lee Barnard : Took his goal
very well and showed good movement along the line during his second half
performance. Linked well and played energetically, nearly getting
a second goal late on. Promising showing.