Kneejerkless Report, Ratings & Reaction from Holtby & Sandro

Liverpool 3 Spurs 2
Premier League – 10th March 2013

A frustrating loss that one. Got ourselves in a position to take all three points and then threw it away with some highly cretinous play. I can accept defeat, it’s part of sport, it’s hard to accept the nature of the defeat, but ultimately it gets put down to “a bad day at the office”… something which we’ve not had too many of recently.

But the worst thing about the whole saga, is that once again the Arsenal fans have clawed their way out of the woodwork and into the light where they are able to feed on the tiny morsels of hope that Spurs gifted them yesterday. Like a opportunistic and starving fox, they sense the food and dash out of their hidey holes, gobble it up, hiss at you a bit and then crawl back into their pit of despair. It’s the only thing that has sustained them over the past 7 Years, 9 Months and 17 Days, and they mock us for it.

But I digress, back to the game…

The first goal came as the Spurs defence was left chasing shadows. Enrique slid a nice pass down the left which was received by Suarez who poked the ball under Lloris. Perhaps our defence could have been on their toes more, perhaps Lloris should have done better at his near post, but that was a goal from a side clearly in some slick form. 1-0 Liverpool.
Spurs equalised as Dembele did well to come away with the ball after having Liverpool defenders nip at his heels. He passed back to Bale who swung in a cross that was met by the head of Vertonghen. 1-1.

We then went ahead in the second half as a Bale cross pinballed around in the box for a bit before it fell to Vertonghen who wasted no time in lashing it into the net. 1-2.

Sigurdsson hit the post when he perhaps should have squared to Defoe… and then it all went to pot.

Walker hit a cross field back catastrophic pass into the middle of nowhere, Lloris comes out to sweep it up but his attempt just hits Downing, falls kindly for him and Downing gratefully squeezes his shot through Vertonghen’s legs on the line. 2-2.

But wait, there’s more. Defoe attempts a clearance which actually turns out to be a great pass to Suarez who is then rugby tackled by Assou-Ekotto. Gerrard steps up, Lloris goes the wrong way. 3-2 Liverpool and a shocking day at the office complete.

Spurs Player Tweets
Lewis Holtby – Should ve Never lost..:-( Well we will bounce back, COYS..Great Support 2day! Big thx..
Sandro Raniere – Don’t worry guys… Keep going ..

Spurs Player Ratings
Lloris 5 – Beaten at his near post for the first, didn’t deal well with a bad situation for the second, and went the wrong way for the third. Made a couple of saves in between all that, but a rare blip in his Spurs career so far.
Walker 5 – Mad.
Dawson 6 – His first defeat in 18 and not his fault.
Vertonghen 8 – Two goals that should have won us the game, good ball control, and surged forwards on numerous occasions. Maybe, MAYBE, should have done better when attempting to clear Downing’s shot off the line.
BAE 5 – A few good balls down the line punctuated by some appalling ones, getting caught in posession and bundling over Liverpool players.
Dembele 7.5 – Had a hand in our first goal, some decent shots and some classy play throughout.
Parker 6.5 – Decent game, battling display, but must remember he is not Modric.
Livermore 5 – Was on the pitch.
Sigurdsson 7 – Dragged a few promising shots wide, should have squared to Defoe when he hit the post, but other than that, went on a few promising runs and played some good football.
Bale 8 – Assisted both goals, troubled the keeper with a few free kicks, and left Liverpool players for dust a few times. Could have had a third assist after a brilliant run had Sigurdsson scored.
Defoe 4 – Wasted countless opportunities and lost the plot with his attempted clearance that led to the Liverpool penalty.

Subs
Holtby & Carrol 5 – Both on late.

Not a good day, but it’s all about perspective. Only two losses in 17, reports of a meltdown are premature. Onwards and upwards. COYS.

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