Form Guide November 2011
P W D L F-A GD Pts
5 3 0 2 9-5 4 9
(2 Europa League Matches)
· October 2011 figures
· Last year's figures
Flair play and fair play!
Many congratulations to Spurs manager Harry Redknapp for winning the Barclays Manager of the Month award for November (his second award of this season already), and to Scott Parker for winning the Barclays player of the month award. These awards are based upon Premier League results and performances only, but in Parker's case, his heroic interventions against Spain at Wembley did not do his cause any harm!
Scott Parker is also winning the Spurs Odyssey player of the season votes so far, but the votes cast for November have actually given Brad Friedel his second Spurs Odyssey player of the month award. Friedel scored a fantastic 8.7 for his game-saving efforts at Craven Cottage, and remains consistent in his other games. Carlo Cudicini actually scored higher in Russia, but made only that one appearance in the five games played this month.
Harry Redknapp's decision to generally playing a weakened team in our Europa League matches leads to some anomalies in the Spurs Odyssey Form Guide, particularly this month, as two defeats inevitably led to less than average player and team performance grades. Thus the overall figure for the month is affected.
We know though, because of what we have seen on the pitch and our continuing unbeaten run in the league, that this is the best Spurs side in years. Another point worthy of note is that not only are we winning well (all three league games in November were won by two clear goals), but we are winning fairly. Spurs have had no red cards in the 20 games played up until the end of November, and in our 12 premier League games have received just 15 yellow cards. That's flair play coupled with fair play! We've had only three yellow cards in our last five league games, and none in two of those games.
Younes Kaboul got a yellow for arguing about what was a harsh handball decision given against him at Fulham, and Sandro got a yellow for a foul at The Hawthorns. We've always been proud of the tradition for entertaining football at Tottenham, and fair play is nothing new to us, as recent seasons' tables prove.
Indeed, Spurs do stand top of the Premier League's fair play table at the time of writing. Chelsea are bottom with three red cards. Arsenal have also seen three red cards, and only Bolton have a worse record than these two clubs, with five. Spurs are one of five clubs not have seen red so far. The others are our next opponents - Stoke, then Fulham, Wolves and West Brom.
Here is a quick reference to this month's games:-
· Rubin Kazan 1 Spurs 0
Spurs Man of the Match - Carlo Cudicini.
Voter comment:- "Carlo earned his money tonight." - "Obvious, I think, man of the match"
· Fulham 1 Spurs 3
Spurs Man of the Match - Brad Friedel.
Voter comment:- "Friedel was magnificent" - "Friedel was brilliant, saved us the three points."
· Spurs 2 Aston Villa 0
Spurs Man of the Match - shared by Younes Kaboul and Luka Modric.
Voter comment:- "Kaboul had a massive game and is beginning to look the real thing" - "Kaboul oustanding - didnt know he was that quick? Parker brilliant and getting better every game. King -words cant express the worth of him. But Modric was awesome and shades MOTM for me."
· West Brom 1 Spurs 3
Spurs Man of the Match - Emmanuel Adebayor.
Voter comment:- "Adebayor is playing brilliantly and setting people up........"
· Spurs 1 PAOK 2
Spurs Man of the Match - Luka Modric.
Voter comment:- "High marks for Modric who played his heart out."
As you can see by the below cumulative score for this season so far, Luka has been playing catch-up since his tentative start to the season in Spurs' colours. He is now once again at the very top of his game, and one of seven regular Premier League starters for Spurs, who scored better than 7 out of 10 for November alone. In Luka's case, bearing in mind he played in the defeat against PAOK, where marks were lower than usual, that's quite an achievement.
There is so much that is good about our Spurs at the moment, isn't there?
Don't forget to check out the cumulative appearances and grades for the players as the season progresses - below. The grades are based upon a mark out of ten, given by Spurs Odyssey readers.
...if you want to read reports of the matches played during this month, then links are on the Spurs Odyssey Fixtures page here. By working your way back through the previous month's figures, you can review the performances over more than 10 years!