No complaints. Spurs were by far the better team first half. Bale's pace and movement are terrifying and our midfield are chasing shadows. Noble's lack of pace has been exposed a number of times and Defoe did him far too easily ahead of firing home a superb goal. From the moment he turned Reid we were in trouble, but again, credit where credit is due, he attacked the space behind Reid, jinked inside one challenge, turned back inside Noble and then fired home an unstoppable shot. Hurts to say it but it was a brilliant goal.
Going forward we have offered nothing. Maiga was pulled off after 31 minutes and I saw no sign of an injury. The guy was crap once again I'm afraid, too often stationary when receiving the ball and needing ten minutes thinking time before attempting to move it on.
The back four keep dropping very deep, terrified of Bale, Lennon and Defoe getting behind them, and there are huge gaps between them and the midfield when ever Spurs attack. Diame has lost possession countless times and neither Nolan nor Carroll have been in the game. But at least Nolan is running. I've spotted Carroll break into one sprint so far and have lost count of the number of times he is either stationary or walking. He needs a rocket up his arse and I hope Allardyce is delivering it. At one point Nolan gave him a mouthful, and quite rightly.
O'Brien will be walking a tightrope throughout the second half because of his early booking. Can we get back in the game? Not unless we can either get hold of the ball. The trouble is, we lack the pace to score on the break.
Sadly we have been outclassed so far, which is worrying with the phase of games we are now in to!