Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 West Ham United
Monday, 10th March 2008
by Gordon Thrower
I’m getting bored with this. Losing 4-0 twice in a week is bad enough, but to do so a third time to a team whose supporters still think shell suits are a good idea is just plain embarrassing.
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Player RatingsRobert Green
Left woefully exposed for the goals. Kicking left a lot to be desired.
Another shaky one. The right back position is becoming of some concern to me at the moment.
Stuck to his task despite the lack of help from in front of him at times.
It?EUR(TM)s all very well playing ok ish for 20-30 minute spells but if you fall asleep and cost two goals to start with you haven?EUR(TM)t done your job.
This was not a Premiership display by any stretch of the imagination. The fact that it took injuries to three potential first choice centre backs to get him a start should tell you all you need to know.
Stuck to it as much as possible but then undid any good work by cching the defensive malaise for the third goal.
The pick of the side today, a return that gives us a bit of hope for the next few games.
Too much running into blind-alley territory for my liking
Luis Boa Morte
No meaningful contribution to the match. If he?EUR(TM)d kept his head until half-time we could have smuggled him off and, with eleven on the pitch, we might still have been in with a shout. Given that he was on a yellow already ?EUR" whether earned or not ?EUR" running around like the proverbial headless chicken was just plain daft.
Given that he spent the second half out on the left this wasn?EUR(TM)t a bad run-out. Hopefully we?EUR(TM)ll keep eleven on the pitch long enough to give him a full 90 some time soon.
Playing one up is a thankless task when you are down to ten men. To his credit he worked harder than we have seen from him of late.
(replaced Ljungberg, 71) So-so-ish spell in the second half. The ironic cult hero thing is wearing a bit thin now though.
(replaced Parker, 76) Not as dominant as Parker had been but got a couple of good feet in.
(replaced Zamora, 77) Failed to make much of an impression.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, George McCartney, Anton Ferdinand, Jonathan Spector, Hayden Mullins, Scott Parker, Freddie Ljungberg, Luis Boa Morte, Bobby Zamora, Dean Ashton.
Sent off: None.
Tottenham Hotspur: Robinson, Hutton, Chimbonda, Woodgate, Dawson, Zokora, Huddlestone, Lennon, Malbranque, Keane, Berbatov.
Subs not used: Cerny, Boateng.
Goals: Berbatov (8, 10), Gilberto (85), Bent (90+3).
Booked: None booked..
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Scott Parker.