Tottenham replied against the red side of Manchester with a well fought 2-2 draw at the Lane. Tottenham goals from Kyle Walker and Sandro.
Tottenham began the game on the front foot. After smashing it forward from Kick-Off, it was evident the game was going to start a lot better than last week. United had their own fair share of attacking football in the first ten minutes with Kagawa and Rooney linking well inside our area. After just six minutes, Aaron Lennon intercepted the Paulinho pass and went to do his trademark skip around Evra but was caught. The referee did not opt for an obvious yellow card after letting Smalling off just moments before. Tottenham played on from the challenge but Kyle Walker ran just a tad too far off the pitch wasting the chance. Mousa Dembélé justified his start with some good pressure early on and helped move forward. Aaron Lennon tried to pull off a trademark diagonal run and finish around the twelve minute mark but the De Gea save prevented the goal. Lennon’s rebound pass to find Paulinho was just too far and went off the pitch. Spurs were definitely the better side.
Tottenham were playing well defensively also. Around 15 minutes, United came within inches of scoring as Rooney found himself in the box, Dawson made a dramatic challenge to block the first effort with Sandro replying with his own unique block to deny the Reds again. Come on you Spurs then rang around the stadium after escaping a major goalscoring chance. And the fans cheered them all the way to our first fiery chance. The lads won a freekick on the edge of the United area. Kyle Walker batted away his teammates claiming the chance for himself. He stood up and smashed his effort under the wall into the goal to make it 1-0 for Spurs.
White Hart Lane was absolutely flying afterwards. The pressure was high and the work rate of Tottenham was strong. There was almost a chance to make it 2-0 on the half an hour mark when Paulinho broke through to set up Soldado however the Spaniard belted over the bar much to his frustration. United however soon broke level. Phil Jones curled in a cross for the Spurs Goalscorer Walker to chip the ball back to his keeper but instead set Wayne Rooney up and he showed no hesitation in smashing it past Lloris to make it 1-1. Half time was soon approaching and Spurs fans had been shown signs of encouragement as the break finally came.
The second half was a slow burner. It was clear AVB had influenced a new venom into the side as they chased down everything, Chiriches and Vertonghen working especially hard. However, Tottenham took the lead once again through the Beast of Brazil. Sandro side stepped Cleverley to smash home a 25 yard effort into the top corner. United however replied soon after. Lloris performed a trade mark slide to scoop up the ball however caught Danny Welbeck slightly on the follow through. Mike Dean pointed to the spot and Wayne a Rooney stepped up to smash home his second of the game. The score was level at 2-2 but it didn’t look over.
Both teams looked to change matters with multiple subs. The most prominent appearing to be Defoe and Hernandez for either side. Aaron Lennon was given a mixed reception as he left, the boos for the decision, the cheers for his part in the game. The last huge chance for a Tottenham fell to Andros Townsend. Kyle Walker powered down the line to smash a cross across the face of the goal but the young English winger couldn’t reach it to make a connection. Despite a few corners remaining, the game finally finished 2-2.
Lloris – “Unlucky bro.”
Walker – “Do do do, viva Kyle Walker.”
Dawson – “You get the impression he’s a passionate lover but the special occasion always gets to him.”
Chiriches – “Watcha gonna do when he comes for you.”
Vertonghen – “Tottenham’s superman.”
Sandro – “Woop woop, that’s the sound of the beast.”
Paulinho – “I see what you did there.”
Lennon – “Not bad.”
Dembélé – “Yes Mousa. Yes. Much better.”
Chadli – “Hmm. Skills but the end product lacking.”
Soldado – “He comes from sunny Spain, man I feel his pain.”
MOTM – After much deliberation on Twitter, it seems Kyle Walker takes the prize. One mistake but the general performance and workrate was there. Ooh and the goal. COYS!