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By George Lacey
Monday, November 4, 2013
Tottenham blogger George Lacey gives his verdict on yesterday’s goalless draw with Everton at Goodison Park.
Tottenham’s lack of goals continued at Goodison Park yesterday afternoon as were held to a goalless draw away at Everton.
The result means that, to date, we have only managed nine goals in our 10 Premier League games and Everton, who remain unbeaten at Goodison Park this season, again proved to be a tough nut to crack.
It was a game of two halves and a draw was the fairest result as, again, we seemed to lack energy and spark in a second-half performance which allowed Everton to crank up the pressure.
However, Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris didn’t have too much to contend with – although he was knocked unconscious after a nasty collision with Romelu Lukaku.
Personally, I feel our first-half display was as good as we’ve performed in the league this season. We dominated possession from the first whistle and had the Toffees pinned in their own half until the interval. However, despite our dominance, we failed to get the all-important breakthrough.
It’s hard to pin-point where we are going wrong in terms of finishing chances. Roberto Soldado is constantly making runs in behind up front, and he links the play very well, but our more creative players are somewhat procrastinating in the final third at times.
In my opinion, our lack of goals isn’t yet a pressing concern as we haven’t conceded many either - only five in the top flight so far.
But, as the season rumbles on, Andre Villas Boas’ side will have to find a way of creating more opportunities for attacking players because, at the end of the day, goals win games.
A concern I had after watching the yesterday’s game was Villas-Boas’ decision to bring on Mousa Dembele in place of Sandro in a defensive role, as I feel he is best utilised when given the license to drive through midfield into the final third.
Dembele hardly touched the ball and he seemed to double up on Lukaku, sitting just in front of his Belgian counterpart.
It seemed AVB had settled for the draw with his use of substitutions - bringing on Christian Eriksen for Lewis Holtby was a like-for-like replacement when I thought Jermain Defoe should have been thrown on to give us more options up top.
In reflection, it was a pity that we seemed to run out of ideas again. In the game against Chelsea at White Hart Lane, we should have killed the game off by half-time, having had all the play and a few chances similar to yesterday’s.
However, a big positive is that we look very comfortable defensively. Vlad Chiriches seems to have settled in very well and, alongside the impressive Michael Dawson,, they made Lukaku look ordinary, the defensive pair winning most of their personal battles.
Nevertheless, Everton’s resilience earned them a point after a spirited second-half performance so credit has to go to Roberto Martinez and his players.
Ultimately, we now sit fourth ahead of Sunday’s game back at White Hart Lane, when Newcastle are the visitors in north London.
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