What a game. Based upon the first half we might have won by 3 or 4. Based on the second we were lucky to we didn’t concede by a similar margin. Spurs sit 5th and a the thought of Villa indoors to savour. The style of play really seems to suit our squad. Possession driven play and pace driven counterattack. I like Brad I really do, but he’s giving me a naffin’ migraine with his sadly outdated play. I want Lloris in next week.
Keeping the ball on the floor is key when retaining possession. It doesn’t guarantee it, but it stacks the odds in your favour. Brad made 17 passes. His accuracy percentage was a woeful 18%. Anders Lindegaard by contrast passed 13 times, his accuracy percentage was 85%. So 82% of the time Brad had the ball, he gave it to a bloke wearing a Manchester United shirt.
All heart, lots of pace but as daft as a brush.
Monster game. If you hurt your thigh at home though kids, ask an adult before liberally applying Duck Tape.
Fortunate not to concede a penalty but what an extraordinary talent he is. He wins the ball and he immediately counter attacks.
This chap is a real talent folks, only Billy made more effective clearances and total clearances. So refreshing to see him step up and look right at home.
Really had his work cut out and by and large he succeeded, making more interceptions that any player of either side. In the second half he was fighting fires, which given all the free petrol Brad was handing out was no surprise.
Some elegant touches and inspired dribbling. He’s a sort of Modric/Carrick hybrid who I believe could become one of our most significant signings of that last 30 years.
Some interesting runs but he just didn’t get involved enough. His pass accuracy rate was 91%. Tip top. This matched his opposite number’s Paul Scholes’ rate. But Scholes made 148 passes, Nani had 43, Kawaga 39… Azza’s passing figure was close to the lowest on the pitch which given his position is pretty damning.
I’ve accused him of slacking of late and he certainly joined in a hell of a lot more yesterday. The goal was great and he needs to thank Defoe for drawing their last man. Whether it was intentional or not is another matter, but it made the space.
The bottom line with this guy is that he’s not the world’s greatest footballer, but he is an intelligent player and dare I say it very, very reliable.
To his credit, he really is trying to offer more than perhaps his default setting game and this was probably his best game yet in this respect. Lots of running and some useful defensively play.
An historic win that upset the odds on sport betting sites. He needs to (and I’m certain he will) figure out why we had so little possession in the second half. I will mail him a tape of Brad continuously giving the ball to Manchester United players if he needs it spelling out. Chris Foy could’ve ruined us and if we want sustain doing this well, then we must iron out the daftness that could let the officials put us back in our box.
The passion of Villas-Boas is to be commended. Ray ‘Frank Sidebottom made my head’ Houghton was scoffing this morning, ‘You’d have thought he’d won the league.’ Well Raymond, one of you is a hero this morning and one of you is getting their lunch out of a vending machine.
Love our away fans. They’re top of the range. No straightforward task to heard there. They were. Lots. Well done.