In my preview of this match yesterday, I stated that there was now no Robbie Keane to blame everything on, should things go wrong. Someone commented that they hoped Jenas would play, so we could all blame it on him instead.

It made me laugh, but I never thought that it would become a reality, as I didn’t think that Jenas would start. Huddlestone and Palacios had played pretty well against Villa I’d thought, so why would you change anything?

Yet in his wisdom, Harry decided that we didn’t need a defensively minded midfielder against the likes of Wolves. The trouble is, nobody thought to tell the Wolves goalscorer David Jones, whose run into the box was completely ignored by both Jenas and Huddlestone, as he gave the home side a 1-0 lead. For the second half Jenas was replaced by Palacios, which tells you how well this little experiment went.

It wasn’t just in central midfield that Harry had made unnecessary changes. In total there were five changes from the team that played on Saturday, of which only one (Bassong) was enforced. Did I miss something against Villa? I’d thought that we’d actually played pretty well, even if it was an ultimately frustrating display.

Maybe one or two changes would have made a positive impact, but this amount just served to unsettle the side. Gudjohnsen doesn’t seem like he’s match fit, which isn’t surprising considering that he hardly played for Monaco. Surely he should have been eased into first team action from the bench, rather than just stuck in from the start, in an away game.

Gudjohnsen’s best contribution was a pass to Defoe, that the striker flicked into the path of Kranjcar, whose shot was saved. That was pretty much our best opportunity and shortly afterward Wolves took the lead.

At 1-0 there was a certain inevitability that the score would stay the same. Kranjcar brings more goalscoring ability to the team than Modric, but he drifts into the centre of midfield more often than his Croat teammate, which meant that we lacked width.

Presumably Kaboul was put into the team to provide more attacking thrust from right back, but he didn’t look like a natural in the position and I notice from looking at several message and comments boards that we all seem to have collectively just remembered that he is left footed.

Harry described this as our worst performance of the season and gave a general air of being mystified as to why the team played so badly. He doesn’t look very far to see who was to blame. I’m not saying that we wouldn’t have lost had we just fielded the same side that drew with Villa, but we certainly would have had more of a chance.

Villa and Liverpool also dropped points last night, but notice that this was against Manchester United and Arsenal, rather than Wolves. At the moment, it looks like we should be more worried about whether we can get into the Europa rather than the Champions League.

If it wasn’t for the possible return of Lennon, then I’d write off our chances completely. Get well soon Aaron.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Let’s not lose our heads after one bad game

    Since Man City have to play Stoke and Liverpool in the next two weeks and we have to play Wigan (who actually play football) we could get back in the top 4 soon enough

    Villa stand no chance of a CL spot

  2. These were my thoughts on Spurs, having been to the game last night:

    Bale. Excellent, ran us ragged throughout. By far and away your best player last night. Only criticism was his final ball at times.

    Huddlestone and Jenas. Far too happy to stroll around and make simple passes, rather than take the game by the scruff of the neck. We had a kid from Belgium playing his first game in the Premiership and he made those two look average, simply because he wanted it and was prepared to have a go.

    Palacios gave you so much more.

    Gudjohnsen. Anonymous apart from two clever touches. Seems barmy to me that you’d ship out a proven Premiership striker in Keane and bring in a player that’s obviously seen his better years come and go. You don’t do that if you’re serious about a top four finish.

    Kaboul. Not a right-back. Came down here with Pompey earlier in the season and bossed Doyle at center half. But out on the right, Jarvis gave him the run around, which culminated in the cross for the goal.

    Meanwhile in the middle, Doyle won everything against Bassong.

    Dawson was solid and made me eat my negative words about him prior to kick-off. Did give away a blatant Pen on Jarvis, which I don’t know how the linesman didn’t give, but otherwise faultless.

    Anyway, those are just a few impressions from an outside perspective.

  3. “What can you do” says Harry? Well mate you can start by keeping your gob shut about us being in the top four, you are an embarrassment every time you open it. Just concentrate on getting the best out of the players you have and come up with fresh ideas on how to create chances to break down these teams. Don’t play JJ anymore!!

  4. well said Paul….
    WTF is Pav doing warming the bench whilst that excuse of a donkey Gudjohnsenn is starting??….Please explain Jenas Arry!!
    we will be veryy lucky indeed to make the europa League as Anon above is only looking at our next fixture maybe he should look at the month of April where we surely will garner a big fat zero points!!!!

    Harry is a two bit oarsman now in control of a cruise liner!!

    do me a favour Harry and jump ship…..back to that city noted for seafarers preferably

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