White Hart Lane resembled Pantomime season, with JT being the villain, as Spurs fans booed their way through an exciting 90 minutes of football. In fact there was more booing than Ewood Park on a bad day. However, as usual, the booing only inspired our captain to turn in a great performance and probably inspired him to make a last minute goal line clearance from Adebayor.
Spurs had the best of the opening stages of the game and took the lead when Gareth Bale crossed from the left for Adebayor to poke then ball in from close range. Some pundits blamed Cech for the goal but the ball from Bale was perfect and virtually indefensible. Spurs knocked the ball around a bit and flattered to deceive whilst not really threatening our goal. Then, almost against the run of play, Chelsea equalised through the in form Sturridge who volleyed in an excellent cross from Ashley Cole despite futile handball pleas from the Spurs fans and defence.
The goal inspired Chelsea who were then the team most likely to score before the interval. This was perfectly illustrated when Drogs hit the woodwork with Friedel well beaten.
Chelsea’s cause was not helped by injuries to both Branner and Mikel, both before half time. Spurs suffered their own injury woe when Van de Vaart failed to appear for the second half and the second period became a war of attrition with both teams having chances to win with Ramires missing a one on one with Friedel and then JT missing with a header from the resulting corner. Adebayor had the ball in the net after shouldering the ball in from six yards only to be ruled offside by the linesman.
Both sides had chances to win the game with Ramires missing with a header from Mata’s cross and Adebayor missing when JT saved his shot on the line. Both managers would be probably be happy with a point although a draw didn’t really help either team with the two Manchester teams winning again the previous night. With Branners injured and Alex out of favour we can only hope that ‘the Curly One’ is fit again for the visit of our friends from Putney on Boxing Day where three points is a must.
With rumours about Gary Cahill now being confirmed it seems that AVBs reshaping is beginning and it will be fascinating to see who else pitches up at the Bridge in January. With Drog and Kalou away at the ridiculously timed African Nations Cup it would be the perfect opportunity to bring in some more firepower up front. Let’s hope that Nando gets some game time and we begin to see the best of our Spanish number 9.
Petr Cech has received some stupid criticism lately with lazy pundits bringing up the old chestnut of his head injury as a reason for some goals conceded. The late equaliser against Wigan was an error, there’s no doubt about that, but Adebayor’s goal was down to an excellent ball by Bale not a mistake by our custodian. Cech continues to be one of the Premier Leagues best goalkeepers and I personally wouldn’t swap him for anybody.
Anyway a merry Christmas to you all, enjoy the holiday and don’t eat or drink too much.