Liverpool 2 Spurs 1: Spurs Stutter After fast Start
There was a feeling of inevitability following Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to league leaders Liverpool and it’s a loss that leaves the club with just one point from their last three EPL matches. Tottenham briefly threatened to build on their midweek demolition of Red Star Belgrade but ultimately went down to a late Mo Salah penalty.
We had isolated chances to build on the lead but in truth, only Paulo Gazzaniga’s heroics kept the scoreline to a respectable level.
It had all started so positively when Harry Kane notched his sixth league goal of the campaign to put Spurs ahead after just 47 seconds. VAR briefly threatened to derail the celebrations but replays confirmed that Kane was onside when he responded to Son Heung-Min’s drive which had rebounded off the post.
With Liverpool taking their time to get into the game, Spurs had chances to extend their lead between the 20th and 25th minute but before the half hour mark, Gazzaniga was being called into action on a regular basis.
Tottenham maintained their advantage at half time but quickly conceded in the second period when Jordan Henderson fired home from a tight angle. With the home side dominating possession and returning 11 shots on target to Spurs’ one, the inevitable happened when Serge Aurier gave away a penalty which Salah duly converted on 75 minutes.
Tottenham did respond – Kane had a goal disallowed for offside while there were half chances for Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld but at the end, it has hard to argue with the result.
After the match, Tottenham’s official website commented on a brave display and an absence of luck. Speaking to Spurs TV, manager Mauricio Pochettino said:
We competed. If you compare the way we fight and compete it’s OK but maybe after scoring so early, we were only focused on defending and keeping the result.
In the second half it was more on the counter-attack when we conceded. They increased their level and it’s unlucky that we didn’t score the second goal and unlucky with the penalty that decided the game for them.
While there’s no disgrace in losing away to Liverpool at the moment, the result capped a disappointing period for the club which has seen Spurs lose away to Brighton and then follow that up with a 1-1 draw at home to bottom of the table Watford.
The hope is that we can still draw momentum from that 5-0 battering of Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League and take that into November. For now, we stay on Merseyside and travel to Everton for next Sunday’s 4.30pm kick off. The Toffees are having problems of their own right now and under-pressure manager Marco Silva has presided over a string of poor results that currently see his side hover just two places above the relegation zone.
Meanwhile, that defeat sees Spurs drop to 11th. We’re still only four points away from the fifth placed team but with Chelsea’s results improving, the gap to the Champions League places now sits at eight points. With perhaps the toughest fixture of all now out of the way, it’s time to start turning things around.