At some point this season we are going to have throw caution to the wind and go for it at home. Yes we dominated a very good Spurs side on Monday night and should have come away with the three points but overall we didn't create enough clear-cut chances as we failed to get men in the box in support of Andy Carroll.
The big striker was much better on Monday, his work rate, hold up play and desire to get on the end of crosses was evident, but twice when presented with chances he failed to take them. Early on Dawson made a great tackle on the big man, live I thought it was a penalty, but on the replay it was a great tackle. Late on after a Kelly cross he slashed at the ball with his right foot rather than just taking his time. But it's easy to say that watching from afar.
Gerrard was very impressive in a more advanced role, clearly it's his best position and he was the best player on the pitch until he tired late on. I also thought Johnson had a fine game on the left side of the defence as we didn't miss Enrique all that much (which is saying something). During the match I was hoping Kuyt would switch flanks with Bellamy as this was Bellamy's least effective game for us in some time as Walker matched him for pace. It did keep Walker from ending up in our half however, which was a nice benefit.
When Suarez came on the mood of the game changed and we really were on top. We had the best chances to score when the little man was on and it's nice to have him back (as Kenny rightly said he should not have been gone anyway). Right away he was annoying them and twisting and turning in the box. Somehow the referee failed to spot the ball striking the Spurs player’s arm... yet the ball rebounded back to Suarez’s arm and he gave it. How is one a freekick and the other not?
Overall though the ref did a decent a job, although he completely lost it on one occasion as Bale should have seen red. Bale goes charging down the wing and completely dives. Ref gives a freekick for diving which is a yellow card. Same player gets up and shoves Agger in the chest, another yellow card. So two yellow's equals a red and good bye. Agger should have also seen a yellow card brandished at him as you can't stand over a player and yell at them but the ref didn't book either Agger or Bale for the post dive incident. If that would have Suarez rather than the Welsh superstar it would have been on the back pages.
Kenny's changes were positive although I did feel he waited a bit too long to bring on Downing. who once again had a great chance to shoot from long distance but his shot was way over the top. His lack of shots on targets are starting to really get on my nerves.
Eight home draws out of twelve is really shocking but hopefully we can start to turn some of these draws into wins.
By the way, I was on holiday during the United and Wolves game but did manage to watch both of them. I thought United should have been smacked around but it made even sweeter that we waited until the end to win with Evra switching off.