The battle of the reserves indeed, but in fairness Tottenham had a couple of top drawer players in theirs.
The Tottenham Manager was clearly using this game to get a few of his senior reserves fit - Eriksen, Ali and Son - three players who would start for most top half clubs most weeks. Our manager on the other hand was shuffling his pack, shorn of real options in key positions. The lack of squad depth was our undoing.
Grady Diangana had a really good game, Rice too was decent and although Diop did well enough I feel he looks better with the experienced Balbuena alongside him. We change the backline and we ship goals, quelle surprise.
We created plenty of chances, had our fair share of the ball in the right areas of the pitch but looked like a scratch side , which to be fair is what we were. The goals we conceded were soft, a combination of individual errors and a lack of concentration. The good news is the manager knows his best XI, and several of tonights starters clearly aren't in it.
Overall I'm disappointed for the 50,000 who made the effort to turn up tonight. That's a very good crowd, and quite a few of them if they didn't know before know now what the Captain brings to this side. We missed him tonight, and we'll miss him, when he's gone.
We weren't bad we just weren't good enough, and to rub salt in the wounds we got caught up in all of the stop/ go nonsense. An hour and forty minutes to get home