Well that was a lot better than I expected! To be fair to Maiga, Vaz Te has looked every bit as ineffective in the striker role, but the rest of the team have been huge. Tomkins and Reid have made countless crucial interceptions and well timed challenges and the midfield have been chasing and closing, but also breaking as well.
The formation is difficult to work out. Diame is playing incredibly high, Nolan is dropping deeper, Morrison is trying to run beyond Vaz Te when given the chance, and both Rat and Demel have been pushing very high when they have the opportunity to do so. It seems pretty fluid and, thus far has worked well.
The trouble is, can we keep it up for another 45 minutes given the energy already used up in the first 45? Spurs have had a couple of sniffs, but no clear cut chances yet, although Townsend is looking very dangerous. He is one hell of a prospect!
But the best chances of the half have both fallen to Nolan. The first came from a Downing cross but was headed tamely wide. The second was created by a superb Noble freekick, dinked over the wall into the path of Nolan who had peeled off the wall and ran in behind. Sadly his volley, on the stretch skidded a yard or two wide.
It's likely to be a heart stopping second 45. Spurs have some big guns on the bench and will be looking to exploit our tired legs in the last 20 minutes, and any sleepy brains in the first five minutes of the second half.