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25/08/2004 West Brom v Tottenham

I imagine we will be fielding a similar line up to that against Villa.

With the way Gera played I would rather have him on the right instead of Haas.

Koumas is still suspended, only 1 more after this game.

The defence looks reasonable, but I think Purse can do better, I put him accountable for a few dodgy bits v Villa, but he hasn't had a lot of time to settle in. I think we bought him as right back, but while Koumas is out we are playing a load of players out of position.

This all depends where Koumas will play Centre mid or wide right.
If he plays wide right I would think we will play

LM Greening
RM Koumas
CM Johnson/Scimeca
CM Gera
LB Robinson
RB Purse
LCB Albrechtsen
RCB Gaardsoe

If Koumas plays centre mid
LM Greening
RM Gera
CM Koumas
CM Johnson/Scimeca
LB Robinson
RB Purse
LCB Albrechtsen
RCB Gaardsoe


but for this game I imagine we will field
SC Kanu
SC Horsfield
LM Greening
RM Haas/Gera
CM Johnson
CM Clement
LB Robinson
RB Scimeca
LCB Purse
RCB Gaardsoe

I think 1-1 or 2-1 to the Baggies

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old August 25th, 2004, 06:03
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Match Preview vs West Brom

By Neil Vaughan
Date: 24/8/2004

So, Liverpool and Newcastle out of the way, two games into the season and we're in sixth position with four points… It would be hard to argue...

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Match Preview vs West Brom
By Jon Brittan for THEspursweb.com

So, Liverpool and Newcastle out of the way, two games into the season and we’re in sixth position with four points…

It would be hard to argue (while remaining fair) that Spurs have had anything but an ideal start to the season, showing great spirit to achieve what they have so far with anything but a settled squad.

Despite what has since been said by much of the media, the Liverpool game was an exciting time for Spurs fans, not necessarily the best game we’ll ever hope to see but it was obvious to all but the most blinkered onlooker that something had changed, Spurs now showed some bite, some tenacity and a great deal of team spirit. Those attributes gained Tottenham a well deserved draw in a game they could in some ways have gone on to win, but a game too often in the past they would have resigned themselves to losing and left “happy” as 1-0 losers.

Much of the same carried over into the game against Newcastle, with the addition of Atouba to the starting squad there were fully seven changes to the team that finished last season. Tottenham were put under pressure early on, but for the entire game the spirit of the team shone through and Newcastle rarely threatened for all of their early domination.

Another notable change in Spurs this season has been the effect of half-time team talks. In the recent past half-time has been a thing of dread for Spurs fans, too often we have seen our side leading only to come out for the second period and throw away any advantage we may have held. In the two matches we have seen so far this season Spurs have played reasonably and defended brilliantly for the first half and then come out to take a good hold on the game in the second. This effect was only furthered against Newcastle by the astute manner in which Jacques Santini decided to withhold the substitution of Kanoute for Gardner until he had a chance to see how the Newcastle substitutions would affect the game.

So, with Santini seemingly proving his tactical nous and both Liverpool and Newcastle handled in a particularly effective manner we should all be hopeful coming up against West Brom on Wednesday… Which is exactly why I’m not quite so sure. In fact, this will be Santini’s biggest test yet, talking the players into performances against Liverpool and Newcastle is one thing, but persuading them to take West Brom seriously is a different challenge entirely and one that Spurs have failed at all too often in the past.

West Brom are certainly a stronger team than their were in their previous, brief Premiership sojourn, but realistically still have to be considered relegation candidates.

If Spurs can keep up the level of performance they have shown in their opening games and continue to bond and improve then there is no reason we should not win this game, but let’s keep the optimism amongst the fans and hope the lads just get down to business. On the bright side, if the players approach the game with the right mentality then this is the teams first opportunity to begin to show off rather than settle to grind out a win.

We now have a better idea of team formation, and it appears my prediction for the game against Liverpool was only damaged by Atouba’s late arrival meaning he was used as a substitute as opposed to a starter.

Spurs (4-4-2): Robinson; Edman, King, Naybet, Ifil; Atouba, Davis, Mendes, Redknapp; Defoe, Keane

With Keane and Kanoute being the only real question marks, if Kanoute is fit enough then I’d leave him in for the time being, otherwise it’s the young Irishmans chance to prove he fits into this squad.

West Brom (4-4-2): Hoult; Scimeca, Robinson, Gaardsoe, Purse; Greening, Johnson, Clement, Gera; Kanu, Horsfield

I wouldn’t be greatly surprised to see Gera replace Haas for this game, but otherwise I don’t see any reason West Brom would change their side to play us.

In summary? Realistically this should be a Spurs win and a first opportunity for the team to relax and show their abilities, the only danger is that they relax a little too much. I don’t see it being high scoring, I so see it being a Spurs win… Hopefully I’ll be wrong on the former and right on the latter.




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Haha ha!

God if this muppet was a manager his side would lose every game. just shows that some fans have no idea about other team

I'm sure Santini (as he has already said) will approach this game as a hard task, even going as far as being very impressed with Gera. (who wouldn't be!)

There will be one goal difference in this game tonight, I think 1-1 or 2-1.

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1-1 Final score.

Gera scored an absolute peach superb control inthe box, before sliding in underneath Robinson, in the 3rd minute.

Defoe got the Spurs equaliser on 34, when Hoult the keeper should have really saved it.

3 games on the trot and no defeat

But no win either

Still 3 points is good. 11th in the league, above Man U and Newcastle

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do u know where us Huns can download the Gera goal?
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Well on most "premiership" clubs you can only download those sort of things if you subscribe to the clubs website. I wont do it out of principle, also I can watch 50 mins of highlights of every game through Sky tv.

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http://www.soccerclips.net/ has prem goals but I guess we have to wait for it to be updated.

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that Huszti deal is under discussion now, as our left back (and captain for the night) was always out of positions and kept giving the ball away. I'll be very happy if we sign him

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Megson happy with point
By Oliver Bhurrut


GARY Megson hailed Albion's draw against Tottenham as a point gained rather than two dropped.


The Baggies manager watched his side remain unbeaten thanks to their third successive 1-1 stalemate as Zoltan Gera fired a third-minute opener with only his second touch on his full debut.


But Megson admitted after a bright start his men were second best to a slick Spurs outfit who levelled through Jermaine Defoe's 34th minute strike.


"I'm not particularly happy to start the season with three draws," he said.


"When you look at a draw you look at it in one of two ways. It's either a good point because you didn't play particularly well and you've not been beaten or it's not a good point because you've been on top.


"We've had both in the last few days. The point we got against Villa was two points dropped but today it was certainly one gained because we didn't play anything like we can after the first 15 minutes.


"We were probably a bit fortunate to get a point.


"We played terrific at first. We were passing it around and had lots of movement and invention off the ball.


"We scored a good goal and then played well for about five minutes but gradually let Tottenham back into it and in the end they really bossed it."


Megson revealed Russell Hoult had accepted full responsibility for the equaliser which denied the Baggies their first win of the campaign in front of a capacity Hawthorns crowd.


But he admitted his troops paid the price for conceding possession too easily throughout the game.


"Houlty is disappointed at conceding the goal. He's held his hands up," Megson added.


"But it was an awful goal from a technical point of view. You had Neil Clement running into a position in the middle of the park where you're never going to receive the ball and we gave it away.


"Defoe picked the ball up in the area Neil vacated and that allowed Defoe to turn. Then Houlty made a complete hash of it - but that happens.


"The work-rate, effort and desire of the team is still there and always will be.


"We've just got to get better in possession.


"I don't think we've learnt a great deal tonight, other than that if you sit back and let good teams dictate to you you'll have a problem.


"We have now scored in three games but haven't kept a clean sheet.


"The belief is not a problem. It was just at times we chose the wrong option today."


One man the Albion manager did reserve praise for was his £1.5million summer signing Gera, whose goal celebration would have scored ten in the Olympic gymnastics finals.


"As Zoltan gets stronger and more atuned to the pace of English football I think he'll get better and better," said Megson.


"He's got good quality and some of the passes he knocked from wide right were terrific.


"He started to tire towards the last 15 minutes but it's certainly a good start for him to score on his full debut."

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West Brom 1-1 Tottenham

Spurs kept their unbeaten run at the start of the season going with a
well-earned point at West Brom.
Zoltan Gera gave the hosts a quick-fire lead when he controlled Riccy
Scimeca's pass and slotted past Paul Robinson.

Spurs hit back and Pedro Mendes and Jermain Defoe went close before
Defoe's 20-yard shot crept under Russell Hoult.

The lively Kanu saw an overhead kick disallowed for offside while Sean
Davis' volley was tipped over by Hoult as both sides pressed for a winner.


The hosts got off to the perfect start when just three minutes in Gera
neatly controlled a pass from Scimeca and shot low into the bottom corner
past Robinson.

Despite their disappointing start Spurs soon got into their stride and
began playing some neat one-touch football, with the maverick Thimothee
Atouba central to their attacking threat.

The Baggies missed a chance to double their lead when Geoff Horsfield
took advantage of a Noureddine Naybet slip but saw his shot blocked.

KEY MOMENTS
4 mins: Gera puts West Brom in front
34 mins: Defoe levels matters
38 mins: Kanu effort ruled out

At the other end Freddie Kanoute skipped through the West Brom defence
but his cut-back could not find a Spurs player.

Mendes, a cultured influence in the centre of the midfield, saw a
fierce right-foot shot deflected narrowly wide before the same fate befell
Defoe as the visitors began to up the tempo.

By the half-hour mark it was all Spurs, Davis and Atouba both going
close before Defoe got his team back on level terms.

The England striker evaded two tackles before sending in a left-foot
shot from 20 yards that crept under the body of Hoult.

Moments later West Brom had a goal chalked off after pinball in the
Spurs box led to Kanu hitting the post and then scoring with an overhead
kick, only for the Nigerian to be ruled offside.

Spurs started brightly after the break too and Atouba's clever cross
picked out Davis, who saw his left-foot shot tipped over by Hoult.

West Brom thought they should have had a penalty when Horsfield was
played in by Kanu and fell under a challenge from Robinson, but the keeper
looked to have made contact with the ball.

Spurs boss Jacques Santini brought on Robbie Keane for Defoe, the
Irishman's first action of the season after recovering from ankle ligament
damage.

But the 24-year-old could not find a way through and the Baggies ended
stronger, with Robinson punching impressively from a succession of high
balls knocked into the Spurs box.



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West Brom: Hoult, Scimeca, Purse, Gaardsoe, Robinson, Gera (Moore 81),
Johnson (Dyer 54), Clement, Greening, Horsfield (Dobie 61), Kanu.
Subs Not Used: Kuszczak, Albrechtsen.

Goals: Gera 3.

Tottenham: Robinson, Pamarot, Naybet, King, Edman, Redknapp (Brown
78), Davis, Pedro Mendes, Atouba (Jackson 88), Defoe (Keane 67), Kanoute.
Subs Not Used: Keller, Gardner.

Goals: Defoe 34.

Att: 27,191

Ref: B Knight (Kent).

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