Date: 19th February 2018 at 4:16pm
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Steve Davies`s late leveller for Rochdale last night was a bitter pill to swallow considering we were so close to the end, but over the course of the match, there is some merit in saying that the League One side had shown enough threat going forward to secure a replay.

It certainly wasn`t one of the best displays that Poch`s men have put in this season, and just like the last round of the FA Cup, there was a significant drop in intensity compared to their stunning performances in the league, and in Europe. Seeing as this came off the back of a fantastic result against Juve, it makes the 2-2 draw against a third-tier team even more galling. So, what did we learn from the game last night?

1) Complacency was again a problem

You can give Keith Hill`s side a lot of credit for their attitude yesterday. They were looking to play the right way and wanted to get forward to cause us problems. They did not sit back. From Pochettino`s comments after the game though, I don`t think that was a shock to the manager, and therefore the players must take responsibility for the lack of intensity shown, especially in the first half.

Complacency clearly was in play here, and in some ways, it`s not surprising considering they were coming off the back of that result in Turin. However, they have already had a warning in the FA Cup.

The 1-1 draw at Newport, a team who are certainly inferior to Rochdale, should have led to greater focus for the tie at Spotland. Bear in mind too that we had United a few days after the draw in the last round. We have a week until our next fixture against Palace so there is no excuse for having our thoughts on matches further ahead.

2) Llorente`s form shows no sign of improvement

The Spaniard`s troubles in front of goal continue. He curled an effort wide in the first half he should have done a lot better with, and he is clearly suffering with a lack of confidence.

It is just two goals in 26 outings for the veteran forward, and although there are some mitigating factors, such as the fact he has started just ten times this season, his form is a major concern.

It is a stark contrast to last season when his fifteen goals helped keep Swansea in the Premier League. With his lack of mobility and inability to press the ball, there are serious question marks over what he can contribute to the side if he isn`t hitting the back of the net.

3) Lucas looks up for the fight

A goal was not a bad way for the Brazilian to mark his full debut! The winger has bags of ability and has pace to burn, but he also should be given credit for not shirking responsibility on a difficult pitch, and in surroundings that are a world away from playing for PSG.

He took his goal extremely well. I especially liked the way he deliberately lofted the ball over Rochdale`s keeper to ensure he had no chance of saving it.

We will now need to see how much game time he will be afforded in the Premier League, and if he can replicate this performance against higher calibre opposition.


17 Replies to “3 things we learned from Tottenham’s draw against Rochdale”

  • what did you expect changing the whole team.Poch learn;t nothing from the Newport fiasco.Why mention Turin ? totally different side played Rochdale. Play strong team, will game first, then bring subs on. Another replay we could do without.

  • spurman61 – And when you’ve run your best eleven into the ground by playing them every game what do you do for the rest of the season ?

  • What I keep learning over and over again is that Spurs never play well when Eriksen isn’t in the side. We look clueless a lot of the time without his talents. It’s as if Poch’s system is totally dependent on him playing. I dread him getting injured or dare I say it, wanting to eventually move on.

    As for Llorente, I’m staggered Poch is picking him. We’ve seen quite a lot over the last 4 years that when players don’t put in the effort, they will get removed from the 1st team setup until their attitude is right. For me, Llorente should be running himself into the ground even if that means he only lasts 70 mins. We’d all be happy with that. I would rather now use Son or Dele as backup to Kane and move him on in the summer.

  • Geof – there is only one lesson to learn from the Wigan game: no matter how good you are, when you’re down to 10 men for a full half, you will struggle, even against lower league opposition. Not sure there’s much more to learn beyond that…

  • Geof – no of course not… I know that you were joking, and a lot of people are making jokes about City right now. But I just wanted to point out that what they were doing was almost unprecedented – to still be involved on the latter stages of the 4 competitions they were involved in, it’s very impressive. The title is theirs already, they’re qualified for the CL quarters, they’re in the LC final, and they probably would have been a very serious contender for the FA Cup if not for a moment of madness from Delph. It’s a game of fine margins and it goes to show that one small act can have big consequences sometimes. We Spurs fans like to over analyse things, and articles such as this one prove that. Any football game can be dissected and any goal can ultimately be pinned to one mistake from one player, and we’re very good at doing that. Sometimes rightfully, sometimes wrongfully. But sometimes the game just escapes from your grasp despite approaching it the right way, and that’s exactly what happened to City. I just wouldn’t mistake this poor, untimely result for anything else than a glitch. city are a winning machine, and if anything, having one less competition to worry about will only make them stronger for the others. Given the way the league is shaping up, they can afford a couple of bad results and still be OK. It’s just bad news for anyone having to play them in the CL next.

  • BS …. I agree with everything you just said. TBH I thought the Cup, and everything else, had City’s name all over it. Wigan just brought the competition to life. I’ll be a bit sad when we knock them out in the semi-final! It’s all those things you can’t foresee that makes football even more interesting.

  • I’m not sure how the rest of the way works. Assuming we beat Rochdale, we play Swansea or Sheffield Wednesday in the quarters next. If all goes well and we play like we can, we should be through to the semis. Now, is there yet another draw after the quarters to determine who plays who in the semis, or is it already decided that we will be playing the winner of Wigan v. Southampton? If that’s the case, you’d fancy our chances of making the final…

  • Man City with 10 men should have still been able to beat Wigan, or at least not lose. After the red, the dynamic of the game didn’t even change.

  • I didn’t watch the whole game (just the highlights) so I can’t really comment, but the earlier you go down to 10 men, the harder it is to keep up physically. Inferior players will gain an edge they would not have otherwise had over better players simply because of fatigue. Is that what allowed Will Grigg to beat Kyle Walker in a foot race? Would Walker have been able to recover had he been fresher? I don’t think Man City could have continued playing the same way, at the same speed, with the same intensity, being down to 10 men. And maybe that little drop in quality gifted Wigan a chance they wouldn’t have had otherwise. Wigan still had to make it count, and they did.

  • I think if you watched the game BelgianSpur, you’d have a different opinion. Walker didn’t start the game, he came on at half time so he has no excuse. Man City just didn’t look up for it, from start to finish, although they still dominated possession with 83% of the ball and had 29 shots to Wigans 4, such was the gulf in class.

  • Who knows. Incredibly, Wigan have beaten Man City in the FA Cup 3 times in the last 5 years. If the players lack motivation, then an upset is always possible.

  • What is happening with Kyle Walker-Peters? I feel Poch is being a tad unfair to this youngster who was MoM in our first league game and has hardly played since. Lets give him a chance in the FA Cup at least.

  • I’d imagine that Trippier and Aurier are both probably already playing less than they had hoped. Two internationals, who are fully fit, including one who cost 20+ million and the other who has been at the club for a several years. KWP is down the pecking order. Either he’s not be showing enough on the training ground to change the hierarchy, or MP just doesn’t think it’s worth upsetting one of his senior RBs. Given the amount of games coming up in 3 different competitions, I’d imagine the last thing MP wants is a disgruntled senior player who desperately wants minutes ahead of the WC.

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