I never seem to be able to contain my nervousness before any Spurs game. Last night’s game at Anfield, was no different, despite my effort to suppress the anxiety that always comes over me before the kick-off.
Harry Redknapp wasn’t on the bench, due to the cancellation of his flight to Liverpool, because of the heavy fog. Matters were not helped with several injuries to key players in the Spurs squad. Or that Liverpool recently disposed of Manchester City and United in the League Cup and FA Cup, respectively. Suarez, returning after an eight match ban only added to my anxiety. As the game progressed I calmed down considerably after noticing that Liverpool was unable to repeat their recent form in which they disposed of both Manchester sides. They appeared mediocre and unable to breakdown our brilliant defence, with both Dawson and Parker playing leading roles.
In contrast to Tottenham’s good defence, we saw a very weak Spurs attack, proving once more that Adebayor no longer is a potent forward, and dare I say, his services will not be required for the next season.
Bale was a shadow of himself and when the one true opportunity presented itself to him,
he squandered the chance. Knowing what a wonderful and honest player Bale is, I was surprised to see him go down when no contact was made. He got a yellow card for trying to deceive the referee, which was well deserved. I was not happy with the referee, Mr. Oliver, who was very lenient on Skrtel who only saw a yellow for his late tackle on Bale, when a red card was more deserving. The same applied for Suarez after a blatant kick on Parker’s abdomen, when the ball was nowhere near him.
If our squad was at full strength against Liverpool, we would have come away with all three points, whereas we left Anfield with one point, just like several other inferior teams have managed this season.
As far as winning the Premiership is concerned, this was not Spurs target for this season.
Only dreamers could have entertained such thoughts. We set out to qualify for a CL place and we are currently doing that job, very well. We are currently in third place with a seven point cushion from fourth placed Chelsea.
Pepe Reina, Martin Kelly, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson, Jay Spearing, Charlie Adam, Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt, Craig Bellamy, Andy Carroll. Subs used Luis Suarez, Stewart Downing.
Brad Freidel, Kyle Walker, Ledley King, Michael Dawson, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Scott Parker, Jake Livermore, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Niko Kranjcar, Emmanuel, Adebayor, Subs used Luis Saha, Danny Rose.
Man of the Match Scott Parker