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S 59%
P 61%
U 55%
R 55%
S 56%
= 57.2%

Form Guide September 2007


P  W  D  L   F-A  GD  Pts
5  2  2  1  13-8  5    2
2 Cup Matches
Pos:- 18th

August 2007 figures
Last year's figures
September 2006

Spurs have made slight progress with their performances in the second month of the season, but this is largely down to the 6-1 win over Anorthosis Famagusta from Cyprus, who we meet for the second leg of the UEFA Cup next Thursday. A decent show against Middlesbrough in the Carling Cup has also boosted the figures, which have not been helped by our two draws and that home defeat against Arsenal in the Premier League fixtures.

Thus Spurs find themselves in the bottom three, and with difficult journeys to Liverpool and Newcastle to come in October, coupled with stiff home matches against Villa and Blackburn, we might have to wait a considerable time before seeing our team in a decent position in the League Table.

There will be 7 games in October - assuming we do not lose our five-goal lead in Cyprus! In addition to the Premier League, we will face our first opponents in the EUFA Cup mini-league and on Halloween (to be confirmed), we will play the 4th Round Carling Cup game.

Martin Jol will be grateful for the availability if not the fitness of most of the squad. I am being careful to emphasis the difference as during the opening part of the season there have been criticisms levelled at Spurs over the physical fitness of the players.

There is no question about the fitness levels of 18 year old Gareth Bale, who is without doubt the Player of the Month for September. Bale made his impressive debut in August at Old Trafford, and in 4 more appearances this month (one as substitute) has continued to shine, scoring three goals in the process, which makes him the current club top scorer! Bale scored 5 league goals in 38 league games for Southampton last season, so he is already on target to beat his own record in his so youthful career.

Each of Bale's goals have been of quality. The memorable free kick against Arsenal was sadly lost in the fog of anger over another home defeat against our enemies, but his energy and running power enabled him to be on hand to score at Craven Cottage and then on Wednesday night against Middlesbrough, when he played at left back for the first time in an official game for Spurs!

We have had the Defoe debate of course, and his exciting goals against the Cypriot side brought us all to our feet in admiration. Whilst Defoe gets little chance to show what he can do, all three other strikers have struggled to find their best form, with Bent not yet full of confidence, Berbatov not looking as impressive as last season (yet), and Robbie Keane often being directed to play deep in support of the midfield.

We must all hope that October starts with a good win on our 125th birthday against Aston Villa on Monday night!

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 7 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. Paul ROBINSON 8 - 1 - - - 5.75
 2. Pascal CHIMBONDA 9 - - 1 - - 6.33
 3. Y-P LEE 4 - 1 - - - 6.25
 4. Didier ZOKORA 5 3 2 1 - - 5.125
 5. Younes KABOUL 6 - - - - 2 6.5
 6. Teemu TAINIO 3 - - 1 - - 5.33
 7. Paul STALTERI 2 - 2 - - - 5
 8. Jermaine JENAS 8 - 1 2 - 1 5.875
 9. Dimitar BERBATOV 7 - 1 1 - 1 6
10.Robbie KEANE 8 1 - - - 2 5.66
11. - - - - - - -
12. Radek CERNY 1 - 8 - - - 6
13. - - - - - - -
14. Hossam GHALY - - - - - - -
15. Steed MALBRANQUE 8 - - 1 - 2 6.125
16. Gareth BALE 4 1 - - - 3 7.2
17. Kevin Prince BOATENG - - - - - - -
18. Jermain DEFOE 1 6 - - - 2 5.71
19. Adel TAARABT - 3 1 - - - 5.66
20. Michael DAWSON 4 1 - 1 - 1 6.2
21. Wayne ROUTLEDGE 1 1 - - - - 7
22. Tom HUDDLESTONE 6 1 2 1 - 1 6
23. Darren BENT 3 2 1 - - 2 5.4
24. Jamie O'HARA - - - - - - -
25. Aaron LENNON 2 2 - - - - 6
26. Ledley KING - - - - - - -
27. Ben ALNWICK - - - - - - -
28. Lee BARNARD - - - - - - -
29. Phil IFIL - - - - - - -
30. Anthony GARDNER 4 - - 1 - 1 5.5
31. - - - - - - -
32. Benoit Assou-Ekotto 2 - - 1 - - 6.5
33. Ricardo ROCHA 4 1 4 1 - - 6
34. Andy BARCHAM - - - - - - -
35. Dorian DERVITE - - - - - - -
36. Simon DAWKINS - - - - - - -
37. Danny ROSE - - - - - - -
TOTAL MATCHES PLAYED Goals Scored Goals Against        
9 18 13