For the third time this season and the second successive match, rather than ask who earned their ‘Spurs’, I’ve had to ask if anyone deserves credit for their performance in Tottenham’s defeat at City.
According to Andre Villas-Boas there’s ‘not a lot of positives’ to take from the Spurs heavy defeat at the Etihad Stadium. We’d all agree with that. The team as a whole disappointed in their play but are there any individual players who showed the effort and commitment that deserves some recognition?
In the defensive midfield role, Sandro worked tremendously hard to stem the flow and in the first half along with Paulinho, they controlled the midfield. What Spurs lacked was a cutting edge to cause problems in the City defence and create goalscoring opportunities. The Brazilian never slacked in his effort throughout the ninety minutes, giving his all, even after being sick on the pitch.
Any threat that Spurs did produce came in that twenty five minute period in the first half when Spurs had settled after the shock of conceding after 14 seconds. On the right side Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon troubled the City defence and it was from Walker’s cross that Erik Lamela had an early chance to equalise but his shot was weak and cleared by a defender on the line. Lennon had a lovely turn in the penalty area which completely lost his defender but the goalkeeper managed to get down low to keep the ball out for a corner.
The positives moments were few and came early and it could be said to be pointless to have a poll on this question after such a heavy loss but your votes are important as it provides a record of the season and will identify players who reacted in adversity and gave their all for Spurs. I have included the option of ‘No-one’ for those who feel no player merits recognition.
Who Deserved their ‘Spurs’ Against City?
***Thank you to everyone who votes on these polls, it’s greatly appreciated. COYS!