Defeated by a spectacular goal scored after only 113 seconds, Tottenham showed endeavour in their efforts to get back on level terms but weren’t up to the task. Who earned their ‘Spurs’ in defeat against Arsenal?
Tottenham have failed in recent big matches through a lack of effort and application. Over the past week, Tim Sherwood has called for greater endeavour from his players and he can’t say they let him down in the north London derby against Arsenal at White Hart Lane.
The bigger problem is that having conceded the early goal, Arsenal, for all Tottenham’s hard work, were able to defend and hold their advantage without too many alarms and on the break were more dangerous than Spurs were at any stage in the game. The stats provided by BBC Sport show Spurs with 59% possession but for long periods of the game it was much greater than that and it was only late in the game as spurs flagged, Arsenal had periods of possession. Tottenham had 17 attempts on goal but only 2 on target, neither of which troubled the goalkeeper greatly.
The first was an attempt by Nacer Chadli early in the second half, following a handling error by the goalkeeper, he had a chance to shoot but delayed his shot which gave the central defenders the opportunity to block his shot towards an empty goal.
The second came in the 88th minute, Emmanuel Adebayor creating a chance for himself on the edge of the area. His shot was well held by Szczesny diving to his left but in limited space the Spurs striker was unable to get real power behind the shot.
The whole team worked hard but without reward as for their efforts they probably deserved a draw.
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