Spurs home. What was the score? Lost 3-2
Immensely disappointed after today's game. I listened to it live on BBC Radio London
and then put myself through the pain of watching the match replayed later on television here.
How we threw 3 points away I will never know. The difference was in the strike-forces. They have 3 forwards that can score and we have only one. Bartlett was a waste of space when he came on frankly.
We can only hope that Curbishley's estimation after the game of Bent's injury, "a badly swollen eye"
is correct because otherwise it will be back to normal resumption up front without him.
Watching the game after did ease the pain, I was less pissed off than I was after the 90 minutes because I saw many positives for us to take forward. Murphy & Smertin dominated the anonymous Jenas and the past his sell-by-date Davids in the middle. Kish made far less errors, Rommedahl was a constant threat, El Karkouri had a good return to the first team and of course Bent was on fire, dispatching two superb finishes, although he did miss a sitter just before the break.
In the first half once we settled we played some entertaining stuff, once again looking exciting and dangerous going forward augmented with some simple and inventive passing.
However the problem is obvious. We race into leads and then cannot seem to close games down or clear our lines quickly, putting ourselves under pressure and conceding quick goals at decisive moments in games.
Nevertheless we are still 2nd, only Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd have started a Premiership season better, we have more than 2 weeks before our next game and I don't have to listen to any delusional Spurs fans rattling on about the 80's and Danny Blanchflower at work on Monday. Small mercies.
Reports from those that were there: cafc.co.uk
; Sunday Telegraph
; All Quiet
; Addicks Diary