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Tottenham v City Review.

Posted on January 30, 2014 by Scraggs

Yesterdays game against City clearly showed that Tottenham had it all to do against the team of the moment and one that is surely destined to win the title, probably with some ease, entering the business end of the season, though in my opinion there were far too many mistakes made that gave them an easier outing than they were entitled to. We shall never know whether the outcome might have been different had the correct decisions been made, though City were the better team throughout so were they against Cardiff and Villa, games that they lost.

City are currently the dominant team in England and might yet be in Europe, though that remains to be seen when they face Barcelona next, so to give them any sort of helping hand is always going to be asking for trouble. All the headlines refer to a City route and a Tottenham thrashing but does not really tell the whole story, true City did give Tottenham a going over for almost half an hour but still only led 1-0 when City received their first bonus from officials, the linesman disallowed Michael Dawsons equaliser from a great delivery from Christian Eriksen, he was given offside when he quite clearly he was not and the goal should have stood. Some will argue that Adebayor was in an offside position but it was not he penalised but Dawson and as we all know two wrongs do not make a right.

Had Tottenham gone in level at half time, as has often been shown to be the case in the past, the game would then be wide open again for either team to take advantage though with just a one goal deficit as the home team and with a history this season of fighting back from behind to win, Tottenham remained in the game until that is the “penalty” and the sending off after just a few minutes. Two injustices from the same incident ended the game and handed another thrashing to the home team and an easy ride to City. When Danny Rose tackled Dzeko the referee signalled a corner until the linesman notified him otherwise when clearly he won the ball and the linesman was in a better position to see that and only that, to compound the injustice with a red card finally rendered the game completely futile and ended any other possibility than a Tottenham runaround from City. It has to be said that seeing City players waving an imaginary card in front of the referee was not at all becoming for what should be glorious title winners this season.

Tottenham put up a good show with just ten men but the writing was always on the wall after that. I have to say that up against a team like City the tactics employed by Sherwood were in my opinion correct though perhaps the team selection and those chosen for the bench were surprising. This was probably a game too far for young Bentaleb who some might say learned from a chastening experience while others feel  he should have been protected, we shall see in due course. We know that some of our big guns have been back training for a week or two now as we have been told so and have seen the pictures, there was perhaps the notion by Sherwood to protect and save them for upcoming games but if they were fit they should have been on the bench at the very least, by leaving them out the signal sent even before the game started was defeatist.

This season is all about finishing in the top four and so while at the moment a little unhappy at not throwing everything at City I will give Sherwood the benefit of the doubt and trust his judgement of protecting the likes of Vertonghen, Paulinho and Townsend for the long game to the end of the season, on the night City were the better team from the off and played like champions elect, though that does not always guarantee the three points and I will always believe that Tottenham have the players to beat any team on their day we must now put this game behind us and move on.

It’s Hull next and that now becomes our focus, three points is essential but with the return of a number of our star players our chances improve, we shall take comfort from the fact that we have completed our games against the best team in the country and it gets easier from here on in.

 

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  1. classic says:

    lol Adebayor was offside

    • Tony says:

      The officials confirmed Dawson was given offside and he was not. Can you not just admit the linesman made 2 massive mistakes. What should have been 1-1 and 11 v 11 turned into 0-2 and 10 v 11 if the boot was on the other foot sure you lot would have been whining.

    • Boobaspur says:

      Watch Match of the Day, did ya?

      It was a legitimate goal disallowed by a dick of a linesman.

  2. Jide says:

    It was a touch comforting, Scraggs reading your piece (Weill written by the way), as I was seething last night that I took the decision to go straight to bed. It is time in my view that serious questions need to be asked and serious consequences faced by match officials who makes obvious errors like those made last night. Those errors were to the detriment of all the other top 7 teams and not only Spurs. This is the so called top league in Europe, why are some of the officials worse that those at a Sunday league game? To top it all, get away with their actions and still get to work next game.

    Please I do not want anyone, especially gooners coming on here to say it is sour grapes, as it is not. This affects us all. How that linesman came to the decision that Rose’s tackle was a penalty is beyond me and to top it all, the ref who had already taken the correct decisions on both occasions changed his mind. Thus snugly shifting the blame at the same time on to the linesman. That was the action of a weak ref in my opinion.

    I wonder how loud the uproar from the so called experts and journos would have been if those mistakes were made against City, Man U or Chelsea. It is Spurs, City would have won anyway, so it did not affect the outcome and does not matter. How can they say that?

    Finally can I ask why Bentaleb was not substituted by Sherwood? He was simply out of his depth. Secondly, I could not get our manager’s post match interview. There was no outrage, it’s like there was no belief that we can win the match anyway. No mention of appealing the appauling Rose red card. I was left wondering why all the “Mr nice guy” performance with the media. Show some teeth man!

    Well done to the players. The spirit and performance was great despite the injustices. Now bring on a Hull.

    • Tony says:

      Good reply and thanks on behalf of Scraggs. agree that Sherwood’s interview yesterday was wet and week. give credit where due but he would have been justified in being furious with 2 massive decisions going against us, 3 if you include the red that automatically followed for Rose. I want to accept and like Sherwood but probably only because I am desperate for Spurs to do well but I am finding it difficult to do so. He has probably improved in short time but still believe he should be learning at much lower level than a top 5 hoping for higher position Spurs.
      Your right in saying that those decisions have affected the top 7, at 1-1 and a full compliment of players any result was still possible and the table could have looked very different today and consequently at the end of the season. Playing Bentaleb might have done him more harm than good last night as he has gone from a position of great confidence to the complete opposite on the strength of his performance, after losing Dembele to injury surely his replacement should perhaps have been a creative player.

      • Boobaspur says:

        Agree that Bentaleb looked out of his depth, but in fairness Dembele looked equally as bad last night. The ridiculous risky passing, more often going astray by these two and others simply put us under added unnecessary pressure.

        That linesman though, god did I want to place a hex on him.

        3 enormous decisions that made the game into a non event.

        I fully agree that City looked like winners early on, but until they do so of their own ability, the officials are there to ensure fairness.

        That complete c*** of a linesman practically handed an already lethal team the game.

        Does anyone know did he make it home safe last night – bastard.

  3. Jide says:

    It was a touch comforting, Scraggs reading your piece (Weill written by the way), as I was seething last night that I took the decision to go straight to bed. It is time in my view that serious questions need to be asked and serious consequences faced by match officials who makes obvious errors like those made last night. Those errors were to the detriment of all the other top 7 teams and not only Spurs. This is the so called top league in Europe, why are some of the officials worse that those at a Sunday league? To top it all they get away with their actions!

    Please I do not want anyone, especially gooners coming on here to say it is sour grapes, as it is not. This affects us all. How that linesman came to the decision that Rose’s tackle was a foul is beyond me! and to top it all, the ref who had already taken the correct decisions on both occasions changed his mind. Thus shifting the blame at the same time. That was the action of a weak ref in my opinion.

    I wonder how loud the uproar from the so called experts and journos would have been if those mistakes were made against City, Man U or Chelsea. It is Spurs, City would have won anyway, so it did not affect the outcome and does not matter. How can they say that?

    Finally can I ask why Bentaleb was not substituted by Sherwood? He was simply out of his depth. Secondly, I could not get our manager’s post match interview. There was no outrage, it’s like there was no belief that we can win the match anyway. No mention of appealing the appauling Rose red card. I was left wondering why all the “Mr nice guy” performance with the media. Show some teeth man!

    Well done to the players. The spirit and performance was great despite the injustices. Now bring on Hull.

  4. jack says:

    I find dim tim’s wholehearted endorsement of man city slightly embarrassing . For a born and bred gooner he is really letting the side down. I know a pay cheque is a pay cheque but jesus.

    • Boobaspur says:

      Might have been helpful had you added a link to what makes you call him dim, but is this interview your reason:

      http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ApSRNij8Zjo&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DApSRNij8Zjo

      Sure he might have been a bit more outraged – but what does that really serve to do?

      Perhaps he is doing the right thing and not giving his players an excuse to go away feeling slighted – perhaps he sees and is wanting to face the reality, that despite those 3 horrendous decisions – he ultimately does not want his players to feel sorry for themselves, but instead wants them to realise that heads must remain lifted and much improvement is needed.

      He clearly acknowledges that giving the ball away countless times added to the detriment of our performance and the result, as much as the linesman poor performance did.

      Dim Tim – what does that achieve eh! Nothing.

  5. Jide says:

    If we are seriously thinking of being in the CL next season and even after we should not be selling players like Holtby and bringing in Berbatov. That guy could not wait to leave Spurs in the dump the last time United came calling. I will be very disappointed if he rejoins Spurs. Putting aside my view about his past behaviour, what exactly will he contribute to the team that the current players cannot?

    It seems we never learn from our mistakes. If we sell Holtby to Fulham this season, I will bet that he will not be there next season if they go down, he is most likely to be sold on, and for a higher price probably.

    What is all this noise that Andros Townsend may be going to United? Can any of you guys shed more light on that?

    Secondly, any news on Vucinic?



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