Match Review – Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland.

The last game of the season ended in Spurs beating Sunderland but failing to secure a placement in the illustrious Champions League. Although Newcastle kept Arsenal at bay for a long period, an offside Koscielny goal secured Woolwich the vital points.

The game began with Spurs on top. We kept the ball very well indeed and enjoyed good spells where the man at the top dropped to help out in midfield. Spurs didn’t really poach a threat until a few key goes on goal from Bale and a very unlucky chip from Emmanuel couldn’t reach the Welshman.

The game sparked into life on the 21st minute when Gareth Bale found himself rugby tackled down by Sebastian Larsson and to his astonishment was booked for diving. Bale then rolled into hysterical fashion at the referee’s accusation as did the Tottenham Hotspur bench. Hugo Lloris then decreased the sense of injustice with a magnificent save to deny Connor Wickham at the post.

Simon Mignolet in the opposing goal had possibly his best effort of the season. He stopped some albeit comfortable shots but challenging also to prevent Spurs from really finishing well. As the first half closed, Mignolet kept Sunderland in it again after saving Huddlestone and Bale efforts.

Both North London teams entered the second half level. A sense of optimism filled the Lane as it did in the away corner on Tyneside. But Spurs began protesting yet again moments after the second half began when Carlos Cuellar saved the ball with his hands to deny Emmanuel Adebayor a goal scoring opportunity. The Lane roared with emotion towards the referee who denied Spurs another penalty. This sense of disbelief climbed to new levels minutes after with quadruple goal scoring opportunities denied. Jack Colback cleared off the line from a Scott Parker shot that he worked round the defender to take. Aaron Lennon then followed up as did other members of the squad, all denied by Sunderland.

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This frustration was taken to a new level yet again when multiple headers from Captain Michael Dawson were saved as Spurs set up camp in the Black Cats area. The keeper saved another good volley from Gareth Bale that looked to be the goal necessary to get a win. The game took another controversial turn as Sunderland had David Vaughan sent off for a poor challenge on Aaron Lennon which was correctly ended with a second yellow for the former Blackpool man.

But the game was decided moments from time when Gareth Bale took his trademark step past a defender from the right wing to pile drive a bending effort into the top corner that no keeper on the planet could stop. The White Hart Lane then took to their mobile phones to find the score from St. James’ Park. The four added minutes were not enough for Newcastle to equalise as it looked they’d never score. Not only was the Arsenal goal offside but Newcastle did do well defensively throughout.

Player Ratings:

Lloris – 7
Walker – 5
Vertonghen – 7
Dawson – 7
BAE – 6
Parker – 5
Huddlestone – 5
Lennon – 6
Dempsey – 5
Bale – 8
Adebayor – 8

MOTM: Our man of the match award is joint this week. Emmanuel Adebayor and Gareth Bale take home the illustrious Talking THFC trophy. Adebayor enjoyed a very good game in which he looked the only player really bothered as well as running himself ragged. Bale well, he wins it because of his amazing game winning goal.

We may have missed out on Champions League yet again but Europe awaits us for another season. I’ve had a blast this season on Twitter. I really have loved being part of the club even more. This is of course our final match review of the season. I will not be offering reviews or previews on pre-season games but will blog about current events. Our season review comes out next week!!!!

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