Two halves, two different games, three goals let in by Charlton in the second half.
The first half was to say the least…terrible. Evidently, if you remove Van Der Vaart, Bale and Modric, the creative midfield play which we expect from Spurs flies out the window faster than Roy Hodgson’s England Manager prospects.
It was rather stagnant as Ekotto could think of nothing more than simply passing to Kranjcar on the wing or Palacios in the middle. If Charlton hadn’t been below par, they could’ve gone 3-0 up. Spurs encouraged danger to come to them but luckily it didn’t cost us dearly – It was like licking a 9 volt battery.
Onto the crowd atmosphere for now. I’ve worked out that the amount of noise we tend to make at White Hart Lane is proportional to the quality of the football we see in the opening minutes. It wasn’t anything to shout about at first, so we didn’t shout about it. Charlton on the other hand gave me something to listen to in the first half so all credit to their spirit. Chanting like they had won already wasn’t wise though, as they were about to learn from the addition of Luka Modric to centre midfield at half time.
I saw that substitution work wonders for us with immediate effect. Modric’s extra invention had turned the tap to release the chances and run at Charlton from every corner (even if there were only two). I have to give a special mention at this point to Andros Townsend, who opened the scoring with a fantastic low strike into the left side of the net. As I said before, who needs Beckham!!?? That deal seems to have fallen through anyway.
Ok, so Townsend doesn’t have the pace of Lennon, but it’s not all about pace and sometimes Lennon falls over himself. Sometimes his legs work faster than his brain does, but that’s a separate matter. Townsend showed his potential today, regardless of the rickety defence Charlton may have exhibited at times. He even threw in a few pieces of skill for good measure. The whole team worked around Modric though. The second half was a major improvement on the first.
A brace from ex-Charlton schoolboy Jermain Defoe sealed the win for Spurs to the further detriment of the Addicks.
Hopefully, the pre-Modric lineup was just a one-off to give Lennon and Bale a well-deserved break rather. Unlike the League Cup, the FA Cup is not a lager marketing ploy so where possible, Harry and the players should pull out all the stops in this competition. They did today and Modric turned out to be the missing link in this chain of Tottenham highs.
My man of the match – Andros Townsend. Opened the scoring to fire up the Yids’ voiceboxes and ran the leftback ragged for a solid 90 minutes. Sorry for getting a bit Andro-centric there *BA DOOM TSSSH*.
All that’s left to do now is write a chant for him and our new signing Bongani Khumalo….
We certainly have a player of the future in Townsend, let’s hope it doesn’t ‘-end’ there.
Onwards and upwards. COYS!Follow @TrfficTottenham