Spurs away. What was the score? Lost 3-1
I watched the game (on re-run) in the Dupont Circle area of Washington DC. It was nice to see two other Addicks in the bar when we arrived, unfortunately the support they were giving proved that they did not know what the final score was, unlike my pal and I, who upon realising that we couldn't watch the game live, succumbed to temptation and opened up various texts that had been sent to us.
Disappointing, but for me a result and a performance not unexpected, which is a shame when you consider our record at White Hart Lane and Spurs' recent form.
At times I thought we played the ball around quite nicely, but our play in the final third was unambitious and generally poor, Smertin's probing aside. The only pieces of excitement came from three individual moments of fine play from Thomas (the goal), Marcus Bent (the shot) and HH (the header). Otherwise it was a tale of systematic errors again giving the opposing team help, they probably didn't need, in beating us.
One thing about the team. Why wasn't Thomas playing from the beginning? What more does the boy have to do? His response to his goal was a message not only to the Spurs fans' but also his own management I feel. And are we really benefiting from not even having a hungry and angry Jason Euell on the bench?
Finally, I have just read New York Addick's
take on the game and he makes some very good points with the use of statistics. The one that really made me sit up was that how many more games we are losing by more than the odd goal.
There was a time when we would only suffer a good beating once or twice a season, and normally to one of the top 4 clubs. In other games, I felt that we were always in with a chance, even when we weren't playing well. We rarely went two or three goals down but this has become a regular feature in the last season and a half.
Reports from those that were there: BBC Sport
; The Shelf