Curiously, our most emphatic win in recent years was achieved without us ever really hitting top gear. There were some moments at the end of the first half when we played true champagne football, and Defoe might have finished off a couple of moves so pleasing on the eye they ought to have been put on canvass and stuck in a gallery. Aside from that however, it was generally a little sloppy and lacking in fluency. You know the sort of thing – mis-placed passes and lack of movement. It was most noticeable in the slightly lethargic start to the second half, which might have been punished by better teams.Ah, who else but a Spurs fan could find room for complaint after a second five-goal salvo in a week? We may not have hit top gear, but there was no real need. While Jenas’ goal had a touch of fortune about it, we scored four others and created plenty more chances besides. The third goal effectively ended the contest, but I suspect we would have raised our game if it had been necessary to do so. Winning 5-0 when playing within ourselves is quite an achievement.
Keane Silences The Bloke Behind Me Who Was Laying Into Him In The First Half
Robbie Keane’s doubters have been given some food for thought. Scepticism about his finishing ability – much of which has emanated from AANP Towers, I must confess – was fairly emphatically addressed today, albeit after he had had saved a first half one-on-one. Another concern since he rejoined us has been that he spends too much time dropping into midfield, where he mixes industry with incessant moaning at anyone in his line of vision, rather than operating as one of a pair in attack. Indeed, at times in the first half he was at it again, buzzing dementedly around midfield areas; but this seemed to change once Defoe went off. Thereafter we were treated to the welcome sight of the Irishman rolling back the years and scampering straight up the middle at the head of the attack whenever we broke forward.
Fear not however, all ye Keane critics – while I’m not sure of the extent of Defoe’s injury, it can be assumed that he will retain his place in the team when fit, meaning that Keane will presumably revert back to his slightly deeper role, and there will be opportunities anew to moan, grumble and raucously curse the man. Hopefully though, he’ll never be stuck out on the left again.
First Impressions of Kranjcar
Our first chance to cast beady eyes on the boy Kranjcar. First impressions are that he is decent enough, without threatening ever to blow up anyone’s skirt. More Corluka than Modric, notably in that lumbering running style of a man attempting to get around while a rope around his waist drags behind him a set of tyres. He certainly seems happy enough to get forward, but his phobia of the touchline might need to be addressed, and his right-footedness leaves the team still looking a little lop-sided sans Modric.
Elsewhere On The Pitch…
I was pleasantly surprised to see Bassong start at the back. When he was stretchered off last week he looked so badly beaten up he seemed for all the world a man about to be euthanized – yet he was full of beans today, and from my vantage-point did not appear to put a foot wrong. Nor did Assou-Ekotto, although it was disappointing to see there was no foundation to rumours that he was once again sporting the ‘fro.
The Hudd just about coped with the rigours of central defence. Although culpable for the disallowed Burnley goal in the first half, he rather appeared to enjoy himself in the latter stages, bringing the ball out of defence with aplomb. I hesitate to suggest that he would handle the likes of Drogba and Torres with any comfort, but for the next few weeks he ought to do the job.
Cudicini had a rather wobbly moment however, his loss of concentration almost gifting Burnley a goal. With Gomes back to fitness, Cudicini’s every move will be under the microscope now. That said, ‘tis pleasing to note our first clean-sheet of the season.
By the closing stages it had turned into something of an exhibition match. Hudd started rolling out his Beckenbauer impressions. Bale was brought on to break his non-winning Premiership hoodoo. Dawson was ushered back into the fold. (Bentley was nowhere to be seen). Chas’n’Dave were honoured in fittingly unmelodic fashion. News of the Chelski result prompted another celebratory cheer. It may not have been a bravura performance, but we natives departed contentedly enough.
How The Blazes Did Burnely Beat Man Utd A Few Weeks Back?
Finally, a word or two on our vanquished opponents. A couple of weeks ago Man Utd came to town and were sublime; Burnely were ruddy awful. Quite how they beat the champions last month is beyond me, because at times they displayed basic technique so bad they resembled a pub team. If there was an opportunity to mis-kick they mis-kicked; if a pass could be mis-placed they duly pinged it miles off target. Presumably they are a much better team than they showed today, and we can expect a much tougher test at Turf Moor later in the season, but their efforts did much today to lull us into a quite appropriate sense of security. Still, our players had to trot out there and beat them, and did so with plenty to spare. Top-six form, at least.
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7 replies on “Spurs 5-0 Burnley: Keane Sticks Four Fingers Up At Doubters”
I despair of the absurdity being spouted following the display. True, after the initial normality of PSB missing an easy one-on-one in the 10th minute, you have to celebrate four goals in a crucial game. But are we really now blind to 9 months football. And I truly hope the excited commentators are right in suggesting that this means he has now settld in. But those of us who have watched every game since his return have the right to reserve judgement. Does the very controvesy surrounding the player not suggest there is a problem? Personally I dont understand how a player who misses so many chances is ever defended, annual displays of brilliance aside. But consider this: we don’t have such controversy over Modric!
Top article, which I now confess only to have skim-read before my first comment.
Did anyone else think Bassong held onto the ball a bit too much? Too close for comfort? There were times when I was screaming at him to punt it away.
here we go again, i have said this for years robbie flops and flops and in a game against no one he will score a few. This was burnley, before you start getting excited look how many goals they have conceded away already.
Keane has hours to compose himself and actually hit the target and even then only just managed to get the ball in the back of the net for one, and the other was a pen. I guess these goals guarantee him starts in our next ten games, come on be serious, against decent teams not even good ones, he will not have this time and space and will not score goals. I was pavvy to be given a chance. Is he really injured???? im not so sure
Well yes it was only Burnley but on the other hand it was 5-0.In the past we might have made hard work of this and perhaps won by the odd goal after a struggle.
And we contrived to miss at least three good chances.
If their ‘offside’ goal had stood it might have been different.
Can I mention how well Jenas played today and how well he has played since his return from injury.
Nice review of a good performance. Lots to enjoy but no need to get carried away.
Same with keane. He was fine today, a good player but never a great one. Did someone once say he and JD could not play together?
And yes, you most certainly can say how well JJ played, outstanding. Now can you please play like that every week? Thanks.
I agree with the rest on JJ’s fine form against Burnley. I went back and watched a recording of the match and he was a handful to deal with. I do think this will add another headache to Redknapp’s midfield selection which is a blessing.