It’s scant consolation that we saw probably the most exciting game of the season today. In the first half we looked awesome with Noble and Tevez in great form. Tottenham didn’t really look in it. They had a couple of good chances but just didn’t seem to be at the races. Jol must have given them some half time team talk because they emerged a different team in the second half. Somehow you just knew that they were going to get a couple, but when Zamora scored with his first touch even I was optimistic that we’d do it. But Anton Ferdinand made a needless challenge on the edge of the area and Berbatov’s quality showed. Konchesky didn’t get back on the line quickly enough and the shot went in over his head. But the fourthg oal should never have been. It came after 5 minutes 50 second of injury time, when the fourth official had only indictaed there shoul dbe 4 minutes. Such things happen when the Gods are against you.
We are down. No two ways about it. But we have to take heart from this performance. If the players had put in that amount of effort all season we wouldn’t be where we are. We now have another two weeks before a game (trip to America, Anton?). It had better be used wisely.
The two big plus points to come out of the game were the performances of Tevez and Noble. Tevez was fantastic in the first half and his goal was so well deserved. His celebration showed what it meant to him. Noble was in tears at the end of the game. He should now play in every remaining game as he is going to be a key player for us in the Championship.
And to cap it all, we’re fined £25,000 for getting six bookings in what was never a dirty game. Sometimes you just know things are not meant to be. And so to the marks…
Green 8 – made several crucial saves, shame about the spill at the end.
Ferdinand – 6 – crucial error led to Spurs third goal
Upson – 5 – only managed ten minutes
Davenport – 6
Konchesky – 7 returning to his old form
Neill – 8 – a leader of men
Noble – 8 excellent, committed first half and took his goal brilliantly
Quashie – 6 – gave the ball away too often
Etherington – 7 – returning to his old form
Bowyer – 6 – bad tackle for the pen
Tevez – 9 -outstanding in every respect
Harewood – 5 – was he playing?