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Apart from the stupid penalty I though Gomes had a good game and made some cracking saves.
However here is a list of players that I thought were sh*t on the night (some I think are sh*t all the time but thats another debate)
Bale - seemed scared to death
Hutton - ponderous and erratic
Akotto - was he playing?
Zokora - just goes backwards or sideways
Jenas - faded again
Lennon -predictable and no finished product - a defenders dream
Bent - waste of money
Modric, Dos Santos, Ohara, Woody, King all tried hard and deserve praise for effort.
Only 2 of those in my first list do I want to see at Spurs in the future.
Are Udinese a top Italian team? Or are they a 'Hull', playing well and in a good league position but will probably be lucky to be there halfway through the season.
The reason I'm saying this is because I think they a re a slightly above average team but every time they went forward they looked threatening. Good distribution, good running off the ball, good vision. Yes they made a meal out of every tackle but it won them free kicks and obviously the penalty.
Now compare that to Spurs, laying off, no pressure/closing down, panic passing. Kick and hope football. Bale epitomised the whole lack of confidence when he sliced that clearance.
Bent cannot hold the ball up, he's a tall fella and should be picking up clearances, goal kicks and long balls - he rarely wins a header. Totally agree with Essex, he's a complete waste of £16m.
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I agree John...we can only call it as we see it......and thats probably why none of us are top flight managers lol.
I got frustrated with Bales dead ball work an general lack of confidence so he got on my list. Hutton I like.. but last night the attackers had him for dinner.
The rest of them are not good enough for a Spurs challenging for top honours ..yes I know that seems a long way off but it will always be if we keep hoping that the likes of Jenas, Lennon and Bent are suddenly going to come good......you cant be on the fringes of greatness for 5 - 10 f*cking years...you either make it or you dont!!
Talking of Bent.....what about that lame header in the first half when even my 8 yr old son would have chested it down and blasted it into the net? FFS ..Ive defended him in the past but I was SO wrong.
See we all see different things.
I thought Hutton/Lennon worked the right ok - but when Lennon was switched left to make way for Johnny Two Saints, he hardly had a kick.
Modric I thought started really well (and I thought he was going to grab the game by the scruff of the neck), but then seemed to do a Jenas. Jenas - well, I really thought he'd turned the corner at the end of last season, but...
Gomes made a couple of good saves - but one was definitely because he was out of position - so could have given a second goal away. He flapped at crosses, and that 'juggling' episode was a farce.
Bale - started really well - good in midfield, but it was all but that he could hear the 5 commentators and as soon as they said his dead ball kicks were poor, took a confidence nose dive.
Zokora - I think he tries, but he does seem to lack 'vision' (but having said that, so have the complete midfield since the start of the season). I didn't think he was as bad as the commentators said - but you obviously did.
To me it just seems we have a defence, we have a midfield and we have an attack - its just that they don't always play together. It just doesn't look like a team at times (last night it did for a good proportion of the 1st half) and the ten men at Stoke did for a while. But it has to be 95minutes each game.