Valencia defeat highlights issues across the park

by Matthew Harris on August 10, 2012

The reports from last night’s 2-0 defeat against Valencia seem to be united in their assessment of the game: They suggest that while both sides were evenly matched for much of the contest, a lack of cutting edge up front eventually sealed Spurs fate, even if the scoreline flattered the hosts.

After an even opening, Valencia started the scoring on 18 minutes after collecting the ball from 30 yards out and drilling it into the top corner of Friedel’s net. It was an unstoppable shot with no blame attached to the Tottenham keeper but it left us chasing the game for much of the second period.

Tottenham pressed but on 76 minutes, the Spanish doubled their lead with a rare chance that was well taken by Feghouli.

If you read the report on the club website and took it at face value you could be forgiven for thinking that there was only one side in it. However, other reports back up that story so the need for reinforcements up front must be abundantly clear – although they must have been pretty obvious before this clash.


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