Spurs moved to the top of The Premiership yesterday with a hard won victory against a well organised and disciplined ‘Boro side. Goals from Jermaine Defoe and Mido saw us through although Paul Robinson had to be at his best to save two free kicks and Downing somehow missed a sitter when storming into the box.
The first half was a dull affair with only Edgar Davids providing any entertainment. Within 30 seconds of the start he had upended the local Gipo who used to have his caravan parked down the road in the occupied territories but now plays his football up north. In fact everything Spurs then did went through him. However it was very even in the first half with neither Spurs or ‘Boro looking like they would score. In fact ‘Boro looked content for a 0-0 with the dull time wasting they employed throughout the first half. Even McClaren, probably the most boring man alive, looked fed up with it. Maybe it was a ploy to bore the opposition to sleep so they could then sneak in and score a goal.
The second half saw Viduka come on. Looking fatter than ever he actually caused us some tricky problems winning a lot of the high balls and knocking down for the on rushing (ha ha) Ray Parlour and co. We were then able to counter attack. Tainio picked out Defoe who ran straight for goal before unleashing a powerful shot that left the ‘Boro keeper stranded. 1-0 Spurs. ‘Boro then had the best spell of the game. Spurs midfield disappeared for a while and they just kept coming at us and were unlucky not to score. I was getting worried especially when Downing screamed into the box only to blast over. Luckily we got the second. Mido decided to shoot when there were much better options. His shot tamely bounced towards the ‘keeper only for him to scramble it over the line for us. Thanks very much, game over. It could then have been more but time and time again Andy Reid would put completely the wrong ball across even when he had plenty of time. Not good enough.
There are things we need to improve for the trip to Balckburn and for the visit of the Mafia. The right wing was non-existent as Tainio came in field a lot. He had a good game but we were not able to get forward and attack down the right too often. Reid was also poor and must raise his game much more than it is now.
Nevertheless, this was a good win. ‘Boro are a good side and I feel they probably haven’t got going yet. Lets hope they try and be a little less boring. Come the end of the season they will probably be challenging us for the top sixth finish we want. However they seem like Spurs under Hoddle a little. Maybe a little too much experience now a days and not many younger legs.
Pre match entertainment:
Who had the pleasure of listening to Gary O’Reilly befor the game? Wasn’t he awful? I have emailed the club about it and a copy is below. Lets try and get this moron the boot before too long.
I write regarding the pre-match entertainment at Spurs and the introduction of Gary O'Reilly. When I saw him at the Porto game he was truly awful but I did not worry as in the program it stated he was a guest presenter. Imagine my horror when he turned up again yesterday! His presenting skills are atrocious, I find him irritating at best. Although he played for the club he doesn't seem to know anything about us. No one is interested in trivia questions before the game and the cheering a goal section is just embarrassing. No one cheered, as they couldn't care less. Gary's introduction at the Lane has worsened the pre-match entertainment to a new low. I understand that the club wants to bring more people into the ground earlier for security and revenue reasons but I find it hard to believe that anyone will be able to sit through another dreadful show presented by Gary again. I for one will not be arriving at the ground early anymore if I have to watch that rubbish again. Brian Alexandra, from last season, is a proper journalist with years of experience. He did a far better job. Can the club please remove this idiot before they drive everyone into the surrounding pubs until 2:45pm!