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Spurs 2-0 Pompey

2 - 0

White Hart Lane

Sat 22-03-08, 12.45pm

Attendance: 35998


The first of 2 visits to the capital in a matter of weeks saw us off to White Hart Lane today to face Spurs. We were on a good run of form having won our previous 3 league and cup games but we have not had a good record against Spurs at White Hart Lane, and this carried on with an eventual 2-0 defeat.

Harry Redknapp was forced into several changes as Sulley Muntari and Papa Bouba Diop were both suspended and Jermain Defoe was ineligible. Lauren missed out through illness and Lassana Diarra picked up a slight knock in training, whereas Milan Baros dropped to the bench.

In came Lucien Aubey, Richard Hughes, Pedro Mendes, Sean Davis, John Utaka and Kanu with Dave Nugent returning to the bench after injury being joined by youngster Marc Wilson, who featured on the bench against Sunderland earlier in the season.

After holding out for 80 minutes we finally succumbed to goals from Darren Bent and Jamie O'Hara.

The Match
Most of the early possession was with Spurs and the first chance came after a quickly taken free kick, which we managed to scramble away with Pascal Chimbonda lurking, with David James shortly pressed into the games first save from Robbie Keane.

We almost conceded when James nearly carried the ball out of the area, he then dropped it to kick it when Keane - who had been lurking off the pitch - almost nicked it off him.

A quick break, with a long James kick was collected by John Utaka who passed to Sean Davis who tried to chip Paul Robinson but he recovered well to tip the effort over the bar.

Chimbonda went close again, this time getting an effort on goal, his volley from the edge of the area was inches wide with James beaten.

30 minutes in and Dimitar Berbatov had the ball in the net after being played in by Keane but he was offside so this was ruled out.

We should have had an attacking throw in but it was given to Spurs, who then broke to win a corner. From this corner Michael Dawson thundered an effort against the bar, with Tom Huddlestone also going close before the break.

It was a decent opening to the 2nd half, but in the first 15-20 minutes of the half there were no real clear cut efforts, although Spurs had a few half chances, we then had a really good chance to possible do something as a break involving 4 players was wasted with Kanu giving the ball away.

The best chance of the game did fall to Kanu in the final 15 minutes as he got clear from a through ball to head over Robinson who came out to meet him, but his header lacked conviction and Didier Zokora got back to clear the danger - had Kanu gone in 100% committed he would have scored but he seemed worried about being clattered by Robinson.

Shortly after his arrival Darren Bent succeeded where Kanu failed, his header saw James beaten and Spurs were ahead. A little over a minute later fellow sub Jamie O'Hara wrapped up the 3 points, Bent broke to pull the ball back and the arriving midfielder made no mistake.

Harry Redknapp made his first chance of the game immediately after this as Milan Baros came on for Kanu - a move that happened some 20 minutes too late for me, as I reckon had we brought Baros on sooner we might have won this game. Arnold Mvuemba also got on in the last minute, replacing Richard Hughes.

Match Summary
It was a decent fairly open game, but I think it is fair to say that Spurs won deservingly so. The win also meant they achieved the double over us.

Had we offered a little more offensively and not gave the ball away as cheaply as we did once again - as we have been doing a lot recently we could have won this - getting Milan Baros on sooner would have also made a difference for me.


Spurs 2 - Darren Bent 80, Jamie O'Hara 82
Pompey 0

David James
Glen Johnson
Hermann Hreidarsson
Sylvain Distin
Lucien Aubey
Sean Davis
Pedro Mendes
Richard Hughes (Arnold Mvuemba 90)
John Utaka
Niko Kranjcar
Kanu (Milan Baros 83)

Substitutes Not Used
Jamie Ashdown
Marc Wilson
Dave Nugent

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Date:Saturday March 22 2008
Time: 3:23PM

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ahhh ... a new article.. I'll start again...
22/03/2008 15:38:00
22/03/2008 15:38:00
good open play. think we definately derserved the win and seem to have you under the cosh for nearly the entire of luck in the FA cup
22/03/2008 15:39:00
We came for a 0-0 & at hoped to nick it on the break. Never looked like winning but we almost got a draw. The loss of 5 first team starters for any team is hard to legislate for. We move on.
22/03/2008 15:45:00
Think you did deserve the win given the play lilywhite but always thought we might nick it but hey given our team on the day I think we expected to lose.. Spurs look full of goals and with Ramos in charge you must be looking forward to next season.. a refreshing post from a Spurs fan ......3.....4......
22/03/2008 15:59:00
Pompey's game is about soaking up the pressure and hitting on the break and it could have happened today with some luck but we never get much of that at the Lane. No complaints as Matt says we move on.
22/03/2008 16:07:00
We looked dangerous in spells in the second half but didn't make anything of them. We had nothing radical on the bench to change things up and therefore lost out to Spurs' strength and depth on the day. Could have been a different story but I won't be moaning about that result.
22/03/2008 16:31:00
Was good to see the y1d faithfull sing Defoes name. Good luck in the FA Cup!
22/03/2008 18:27:00
Was quite a good game. I like Pompey good team. I want you guys to win the cup. Oh yeah make the most of finishing above us in the league this season because it won't happen again.
Real Deal
22/03/2008 19:34:00
I thought we were going to hang on for a point, never mind, the lads who came in did their best, i reckon that Aubey will be worth a punt. Long journey home tonight due to the bloody M6, never mind we will soon be having the day at Wembley. Good noisy turnout today well done everyone, although most of the talk seemed to be about the hassle we have had getting our tickets from Ticketmaster.
22/03/2008 19:35:00
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