Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tottenham 0 West Ham 0

The first twenty minutes of this game looked very ominous for West Ham. Tottenham dominated possession, found space all over the pitch and peppered the West Ham goal with shots.

In the first ten minutes Dawson hit the crossbar, Defoe shot just wide from 8 yards and Lennon shot over from 12 yards. In the following ten minutes Modric and Van der Vaart both just shot wide with shots from the edge of the penalty area.

Despite all Tottenham's pressure the best chance of the opening twenty minutes actually fell to Carlton Cole. In the 19th minute Ba played Cole clear behind the defence. However Cole shot straight at the out-rushing Gomes in goal.

That chance for Cole seemed to spur West Ham into action and they looked much more comfortable for the rest of the half. Spurs however still managed to create a couple of good chances.

Tottenham's best effort of the half came from an excellent Lennon run, cutting in from the left wing. His shot from wide left in the area bounced back off the far post and fell to Defoe. However with an open goal in front of him Defoe shot wide from 5 yards.

For much of the second half Tottenham dominated possession but up until the last ten minutes the chances created were fairly even. Straight from the kick-off Cole tested Gomes from 12 yards. At the other end Defoe had another great chance from 5 yards but Green stuck out a foot and managed to save the ball.

In the 55th minute Noble came very close with a great overhead kick from 11 yards, putting the ball just wide. In the 64th minute Ba thundered a shot from 25 yards that forced Gomes into a great diving save. Then in the 71st minute Noble shot just wide from the edge of the penalty area.

In the last ten minutes Tottenham really came to life and created a number of really good chances. Pavlyuchenko twice forced saves from Green from the edge of the area and Defoe also had another couple of good chances which he failed to put away. In the 85th minute Bale curled a freekick in from 25 yards and Green did really well to dive and stop the shot, which was heading into the top corner.

Tottenham probably felt that they created enough chances in this game to get the three points. However, despite Tottenham's dominance of possession for much of the game, West Ham had enough shots on goal to feel that on another day they might have nicked a win. In the end a draw was probably a fair result.


At 3:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Defoe was clearly wearing a '100 Goals' T-shirt under his top! Tough Shit Tosser!!!!!

At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great collective defensive performance. Best we have defended all season. Thoroughly desrved point despite Spurs' many chances


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