An extraordinary game!
If nothing else comes of this match, I do hope that Alan Smith’s future as a commentator is if not completely scrapped (one can but hope) at least he’s asked by those who employ him if he might care to leave his anti Tottenham bias at the door in future.
The Carling Cup game against Arsenal was painful enough on the ears with him cooing over every single Arsenal move – in a game which regardless of who you supported – was pretty unedifying fare.
But Smith last night actually went into an insane overdrive, mapping out suggestions as to how FC Twente could get themselves back into the game as Spurs powered on and on in the teeming rain. What a sad character he is.
Gomes demonstrated how sorely missed he was. Some expert saves in conditions that would test the world’s best.
Hutton appears to have shaken off whatever was wrong. He arrived at The Lane in this form, so we’ll draw a line *cough cough* under the past and welcome him back into the fold.
King was pretty much magnificent. Who knows how long he has left, but when he is going, he is going very well indeed.
Bassong is coming on nicely.
Assou Ekotto appears to be forging a relationship with Bale and that can only be a good thing. An accomplished shift.
VdV might be remembered by some as the guy who was sent off, but his red card didn’t quite diminish what was a superb performance. He clearly wants to wear the shirt and these days that itself is a welcome sight.
Huddlestone played a vital role and chased and closed down and harried at every turn. A shining example to up and coming footballers.
Modric only really came into life after VdV went off. What a sleeping giant to have within your ranks is all I can say. He is a Champions League standard player all day long.
Bale has come of age. We will see just how so come the next transfer window where at this rate he will be linked to every major side between here and Hong Kong.
Pav can do little wrong. An under-performing striker who’s name is sung from from the stands anyway. Last night he covered more ground than Allied Carpets and his second penalty earned him automatic admission to The Magic Circle.
Crouch couldn’t get on top of it at all (cue 300 Monica Mint jokes and assorted sniggers).
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