Written by kelsey
Having digested the result and read many comments I am left thinking how we lost a game that at half time was literally in the bag and though not at our most fluent we had surpringly nullified a much hyped up Spurs outfit. Beforehand, I thought that if we contained Bale and Van der Vaart we should have no trouble in beating Spurs, though much improved, but always likely to concede.
The game plan worked a treat and an early goal from Nasri after yet another howler from Gomes and then a poachers goal from Chamakh after a clever cross from Arshavin just after half an hour, I was foolishly mislead that this could be a huge embarrassment for the tiny tots. How wrong could one be.
We squandered several more chances in that first half and someone needs to tell Chamakh that as he is a striker, a direct shot at goal wouldn’t go amiss. Over 45 minutes it was a team effort and no one had an outstanding game, but as a unit we performed well.
At that moment of time we were top of the league and we waited to see with the Champions league games coming up within a few days, if either manager would be bold enough to make changes or in Arsenal’s case go for the jugular and in Redknapp’s case, alter his game plan,which he did with the introduction of Defoe .
A two goal lead counts for nothing these days, especially with the Arsenal, and I had this gut feeling that whoever was on the pitch it would need a third goal to finally kill off the Spurs.
Should a title chasing side be in that position ?The answer is an emphatic NO.
Spurs took control more or less from the resumption of play and remember we had the same players on the pitch that had easily contained them in the first half. The second half became a horror show, and Bale walked through the defence to score. Fabregas gave away a stupid penalty and the inevitable happened with Kaboul scoring the winner with minutes left.
It was, not for the first time this season, unbearable to watch, and yet again we got caught on set pieces. There was no leadership on the field, no motivation to press on after half time and the players and the manager must look at themselves this morning and many , many questions need to be asked.
Three home defeats in seven matches is just not acceptable and don’t kid yourselves that we are still in the mix as this is the first time in twelve years that the current leaders have obtained so few points.I don’t care about United,Spurs or Chelsea, I expect my team to perform every time they take the field.
This team has one or two great players, and an abundance of squad players and fewer injuries than at any time for a considerable period, and though all is not lost, a major overhaul is needed if we are to progress this season. Beforehand I had my doubts,but now they are being slowly confirmed.