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All Has Gone Mad
"You'll Never Walk Alone" is sung by the away fans once more as we steady ourselves for yet another spectacle at White Hart Lane. One point out of six away from home isn't disastrous form but it is not Champions League form. Here we go against 4th placed Tottenham who had a decent start and we will sure be challenging them by the end of the season for that all important Champions League spot. I lined up with another tactical line up as the fans were also unsure of whether to cheer for it or not, nonetheless I always choose my line ups for a reason:
Johnson - Agger - Skrtel - Enrique
Lucas - Adam
Suarez - Henderson - Bellamy
So the skipper (Gerrard) was out through injury that was aggravated when I pulled him off the bench at Stoke City last week. He'll be out for around 2 weeks and I told the press that it is of my doing that I should be handling him better. For my line up, I picked the usual solid back 4 (probably my back four for the season), Lucas and Charlie Adam as shielding midfielders with Lucas as the one picking up the balls and Adam distributing the balls (much like the Masch-Alonso combination). I put Suarez out on the right to expose Assou-Ekotto while Bellamy on the left to deal with the inexperienced Kyle Walker. Henderson is there to link up the play between the midfield and Mario Gomez, who plays on top.
I told the players before the game to keep their cool because the home fans will try their best to knock them off and get them sent off. The whistle blew and just after that, I wished that it would end sooner.
Modric picked up the ball in the 3rd minute and slid a pass through to Adebayor, who ghosted past the defense and slammed home the opener. I was not pleased by this because of how easily he went through my defense. I gave Agger a shout before we kicked off and we gave the ball away easily as Tottenham kept on piling on the pressure. It finally payed off when Modric (again) picked out Gareth Bale from the left he went down easily from a challenge from Skrtel as the referee unbelievably gave the penalty, he gave the freaking penalty. I was pissed off and I went straight to the fourth official and gave him a piece of my thoughts as my players surrounded the referee. Replays showed that there wasn't even contact between the two and Bale went down on his own, a disgrace I say.
To make matters worse, Charlie Adam picked on Van Der Vaart, he was provoked by the Dutchman and the referee saw that and what did he do? He gave a straight red card, much to the dissatisfaction of the away fans while VDV only escaped with a yellow card, another disgrace. Modric picked up the ball and put it down on the spot and as he hit it, Reina saved it but it bounced off to Modric again who slammed home from the rebound! I wasn't taking any of this, we had to fight with 10 men for the next 70 minutes with 2 goals down! I immediately made a substitution to calm things down by taking out Jordan Henderson (who was clearly disappointed and he went straight through the tunnel, without talking to me) and I put on, Jay Spearing to shore up the midfield.
We made it to half time without anything happening other than Tottenham hitting the post....thrice, no biggie. I told them in the dressing room that they are playing for the badge and that we were playing as individuals earlier. As we started the second half, I received a note from my second man that Charlie Adam (who was sent off earlier) had gone off the stadium and drove off! Unbelievable!
The second half was not really as bad as the first but it was still bad nonetheless. Craig Bellamy slid in on Bale in frustration (with Bellamy already having a yellow card) and the ref had no option but to send him off as well. I was furious on the touchline as Bellamy simply ripped off his shirt as he walked down the tunnel. I was incensed at this game and it was made worse when Adebayor lached on to a cross from Kyle Walker for a simple header past Pepe. 3-0 with 40 minutes left to play.
Tottenham were really playing around us and they were simply playing us out of the park! The commentators were talking about how this is the Premier League, not your usual Sunday Football on the park. Matters almost looked bright when Suarez was sent through and he dazzled past a couple of players before getting on the touchline and swinging in a beautiful cross which Gomez headed...unto the post! Our only real attempt of the game it was against the post, how unlucky.
It was soon 4-0 at the 90th minute as Adebayor completed his hat trick following a run from Gareth Bale and he simply slid it to Adebayor from the edge of the box as the striker simply passed it home! Home fans were chanting "You're getting sacked in the morning" but credit to the away fans, they were singing their hearts out from start to finish and it looked as if none of them walked out when it was getting bad. Credit to them, they know how to lose with us. The only positive from probably the worse game of my career as the final whistle blew and the misery finally ended. I couldn't take it anymore as I walked down the tunnel immediately and waited for the players to come back to the locker room...
"You lads played a stinker. You didn't play for the team or the fans, you played for yourselves..."
There were harsh words towards them and rightly so. I had to face the media afterwards...