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S 58.75%
P 66.25%
U 50%
R 58.75%
S 48.75%
= 56.5%

Form Guide february


P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
4  1  2  1  3-4  -1   4

2 Cup Matches
Pos:- 14th

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February 2008

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SUNDAY 8TH FEBRUARY, 2009
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0 (0) Arsenal 0 (0)

Spurs will have to wait for at least another 6 months for a chance to beat Arsenal in the league for the first time in nearly 10 years. They started with some gusto and had the better of the first half, but faded in the second when 10-man Arsenal defended stoutly and had several sharp chances on the break. Robbie Keane made his second debut, but failed to score, although he did have a couple of good opportunities, as did team mates such as Luka Modric and Roman Pavlyuchenko. The star of the show though for my money was Wilson Palacios, who had an outstanding home debut, winning just about every challenge he offered, passing accurately 98% of the time, and even testing the keeper with a decent shot. Palacios had me on my feet several times, applauding his skill and tenacity.

UEFA CUP ROUND OF 32 (1st Leg)
THURSDAY 19TH FEBRUARY, 2009
SHAKHTAR DONETSK 2 (0) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0 (0)

There were some 200 Spurs fans who did make a determined effort to reach south-east Ukraine in freezing cold conditions who no doubt hoped for a reward for their efforts from the team they love. In fairness, Harry Redknapp had clearly telegraphed several weeks before his feelings towards the UEFA cup whilst Spurs faced a relegation battle. Hence he fielded a much weakened side in the hope of holding out for a draw to give the team hope in the second leg next week. Spurs were over-run for much of the first half, but made a better fist of the second. However, late lapses in concentration and ability led to the home side seizing a two goal advantage that looked to be unassailable for Spurs.(Note - Dean Parrett made his debut in this game)

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
MONDAY 23RD FEBRUARY, 2009
HULL CITY 1 (1) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2 (1)

Almost one year to the day since he had scored the crucial extra time winner at Wembley in last year’s Carling Cup Final, Jonathan Woodgate stepped up with four minutes of normal time remaining to score what could be just as crucial a goal. Woodgate’s headed goal from a super cross by Ekotto gave Spurs a vital win that lifted them to 14th place, and allowed them a comfort zone while they had to miss a league game due to the Carling Cup Final.

Spurs had gone ahead in an almost packed KC Stadium, before being pegged back by Michael Turner’s goal after a howler by Cudicini that easily matched any mistake that Gomes has made this season. Hull had the better of the first half, but Spurs came out for the second half in determined fashion, putting the hosts under pressure without managing to convert their chances. Spurs were easily the best side in that second half, but it was the sort of game where so often we have seen opponents score late winners, and the match could have gone either way.

Jermaine Jenas was the only survivor from the team that started in Donetsk, and it was weird to see the team led out by Robbie Keane despite the return of club captain Ledley King. Michael Dawson was again denied the chance to play against his brother, but did get a few minutes at the end of the game, replacing Woodgate who had sustained a head injury after his goal.

UEFA CUP ROUND OF 32 (2ND LEG)
THURSDAY 26TH FEBRUARY, 2009
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 (0) SHAKHTAR DONETSK 1 (0)

Those that had the honour of representing Spurs in Europe in this game took their opportunity with gusto and purpose. They played with pride and not a little skill, which was sufficient to not only stay level with a former Champions League side, but to take a 55th minute lead and actually give the 30,000 crowd genuine hope that just maybe there was a result to be had. It was not to be though, as Shakhtar snatched an 86th minute equaliser that secured their two goal aggregate advantage and their passage to the last 16 of the UEFA Cup.

Note that Giovani scored Spurs third goal of the month (his first senior goal), thus ensuring that none of our recognised strikers got on the scoresheet in February. Jonathan Obika made an impressive debut in this match.

Don't forget to check out the cumulative appearances and grades for the squad below.

...if you want to remind yourself of the matches played during this month, then See the Fixtures page here. By working your way back through the previous month's figures, you can review the performances over the last 9 years!

Key:
S Skill levels
P Pluck (ie effort)
U Unforced errors*
R Resolve (defensive ability)
S Score ratio (goals to shots)
= Overall mark Total Percentage
Percentages given for each category.

* less errors equals a higher mark

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Player Played Sub Used Sub Not Used Booked Sent Off Goals Grades
 1. Heurelho GOMES 35 - 1 1 - - 6.21
 2. Alan HUTTON 6 1 2 1 - - 6.14
 3. Gareth BALE 22 4 10 4 1 - 5.9
 4. Didier ZOKORA 35 1 3 4 - - 5.9
 5. David BENTLEY 29 3 3 5 - 2 5.64
 6. Tom HUDDLESTONE 18 6 7 3 - 2 5.77
 7. Aaron LENNON 25 12 - 3 - 3 6.57
 8. Jermaine JENAS 22 4 - 5 - 2 5.76
 9. Roman PAVLYUCHENKO 22 6 1 1 - 12 6.06
 9. Dimitar BERBATOV - 1 - - - - 6
10.Darren BENT 20 13 - 1 - 14 5.66
11. GILBERTO 3 - 9 - - - 4.33
12. Wilson PALACIOS 4 - - 1 - - 6.75
13. Paul STALTERI - - - - - - -
14. Luka MODRIC 29 2 2 4 - 4 6.57
15. Robbie KEANE 2 - - - - - 6
15. Hossam GHALY - - 1 - - - -
16. Chris GUNTER 6 2 16 - - - 5.62
17. GIOVANI Dos Santos 5 7 6 - - 1 6.23
18. Fraizer CAMPBELL 9 12 11 2 - 3 6.18
19. Adel TAARABT - 1 6 - - - 5.66
20. Michael DAWSON 21 4 9 3 1 2 6.27
21. CESAR Sanchez - 1 30 - - - 6.0
21. Pascal CHIMBONDA
wore 97 in UEFA Cup
2 2 1 - - - 6.0
22. Vedrun CORLUKA 29 - - 2 - - 6.33
23. Kevin-Prince BOATENG - 2 6 - - - 6.0
23. Carlo CUDICINI 4 - - - - - 6.0
24. Jamie O'HARA 15 9 9 6 1 4 6.45
25. Jermain DEFOE 4 1 - - - 3 6.2
26. Ledley KING 18 - - 2 - 1 6.42
27. Ben ALNWICK 2 - 5 - - - 5.5
28. - - - - - - -
29. - - - - - - -
30. Oscar JANSSON - - 2 - - - -
31. - - - - - - -
32. Benoit Assou-Ekotto 24 1 8 4 2 - 6.23
33. Ricardo ROCHA - - 5 - - - -
34. - - - - - - -
35. - - - - - - -
36. - - - - - - -
37. - - - - - - -
38. - - - - - - -
39. Jonathan WOODGATE 33 - 1 4 - 1 6.47
51. John BOSTOCK - 3 2 - - - 6.33
52. Dean PARRETT 1 1 1 - - - 6
59. Callum BUTCHER - - 1 - - - -
63. Dorian DERVITE - - 3 - - - -
67. Adam SMITH - - 3 - - - -
77. Ryan MASON - 1 2 - - - 6.0
80. Jonathan OBIKA 1 1 3 - - - 6.5
81. Andros TOWNSEND - - 1 - - - -
Own Goals - - - - - 4 -
TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED Goals Scored Goals Against        
41 55 42