Colchester United 0 (0)
19th July 2013
Venue : Weston Homes Community Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
Kick off 19:00
|Crowd : 9,988||Weather : Warm, Sunny|
|Referee : Mr. M. Russell (-)||Assistant Referees : Mr. M. George; Mr.N. Kinseley|
|Fourth Official : Mr. A. Waters||-|
|Colchester United kicked off and played towards the North Stand end in the first half.|
|Colchester United :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Mark COUSINS 70)
2 David WRIGHT
Ryan DICKSON (35
Michael O’DONOGUE 70)
Kyle NAUGHTON 46)
Nabil BENTALEB 60)
Shaquile COULTHIRST 60)
10 Emmanuel ADEBAYOR (37 Harry KANE 46)
|Manager : Joe Dunne||Manager : Andre Villas-Boas|
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|Kit Supplier : Puma||Kit Supplier : Under Armour|
Lower league fans … don't you just love them ?
It must be thrilling for them to have the opportunity to boo well known Premier League players, marvel about which ones they would be happy to take on loan and then get over-excited when their first choice XI goes toe to toe with a mix and match Tottenham team, who were happy to have the feel of the ball at their feet rather than going for the jugular.
The club had also provided an Italian style atmosphere with smoke from a flare drifting across the ground, which was bathed in early evening sunshine. Oh, no. I'm mistaken ... it was just the product of a barbecue from just outside the ground.
It was difficult to determine which team was which, as both were donning their new away kits, with Tottenham's bright 'Capri' blue strip looking very good. Perhaps better than the team as they played out a goal-less draw with the League One club.
It was clear that Tottenham were approaching this game as a staging post for their preparation running up to the first day of the Premier League a month away. Colchester were perhaps more keen to do well after a poor season last time out and the fact that their season starts in two weeks time.
An almost full ground contained a good number of Spurs fans spread throughout the stadium, with the Colchester United fans making a bit of noise, seemingly with their chants sponsored by a telephone company … “Col U” !! They almost had something to cheer about in the first minute when a corner came in to the far post, was headed back where it came from and it dropped to former Gooner Sanchez Watt, who fired a ten yard shot against the post. Tottenham had been enjoying a lot of time on the ball and the use of Michael Dawson's diagonal ball over the U's right back's head to Danny Rose was annoying the home fan next to me. Although, when Friedel launched a long kick up field, he then said “Long ball down the middle as usual” !!
Rose was finding space on the left from left back, over-lapping and linking up with Yago Falque. On the other flank, Andros Townsend was also enjoying running at the Colchester left back – Dickson. He ran inside him into the box, stopped and then went again, firing a left foot shot towards the top corner that Chelsea loan keeper Sam Walker beat away for a corner. Andros then pulled another save out of the goalie, forcing him to dive low to his left to push the ball wide before David Wright went close with a shot that curled over the bar from the edge of the area.
Kyle Walker was linking well with Townsend on the right and his runs took him into good crossing positions, nearly setting up chances for Adebayor and Rose. Spurs had a great chance when one ball in cleared everyone and found Falque at the far post. The Spaniard flicked the ball up and hit a dipping volley that looked destined to go in under the bar until Sam Walker pushed it over the bar.
Tom Huddlestone and Tom Carroll were the two who were making themselves available to receive the ball and Carroll drifted left, while Tom held the middle position. Both were guilty of giving the ball away cheaply on occasion, with West Ham reject Freddie Sears taking advantage of one turnover in possession and ran straight at the Tottenham goal from the centre circle, but he lacked composure when in shooting range and the ball flew to the left of Friedel's goal without troubling the keeper. Tom did have a shot from outside of the box, but it was straight at Walker, who held it well.
The first half had seen Ade play up front more or less on his own, with the midfield supporting, especially in wide positions. The defence was rare troubled, with Jabo Ibehre (a extremely slightly slimmer version of Northampton's Adebayo Akinfenwa … look up the photos) was trying to throw his considerable weight around without a lot of success and Sears was too lightweight. Sanchez Watt seemed to get the home fans charged up when he got on the ball, with them thinking he was the best thing since Colchester got electricity, but his effectiveness was less than one might expect.
Few Colchester players stood out, apart from Magnus Okuonghae, who looked like a bloke pulled out of a pub to play. He was effective in that it took a long way to get around him, but his tactic against Harry Kane and Jermaine Defoe was to hang onto their shirt for grim death. There were a couple of iffy moments in the game. One when Dawson won a clearance, but went in with his studs up into the Spurs skipper's foot, another when took Parker out with a nasty tackle and Andros Townsend was frustrated by a foul on him which wasn't given, so he took his own action with a foul on Drey Wright and then with what appeared to be a tackle that made contact with the ball, but looked like a vicious swing of the boot. Unfortunately, the referee, who looked as if he might have been pulled out of a local park game, such was his inability to keep up with play, let a lot go that wound players up.
At half-time, Spurs started with seven new faces and Colchester fielded the same eleven. And with that, Tottenham took a bit more of the initiative to push forward. With Defoe looking more lively up front than Adebayor, who had drawn boos every time he touched the ball and laughs every time he missed a chance, Spurs created more problems for the United defence and goalkeeper.
Attacking the end with the most
Spurs fans in it, Townsend's dipping effort just flew over the bar,
Defoe turned his man on the edge of the box to fire wide and Harry
Kane was put through by Tom Carroll but was foiled by Walker in
goal, as he tried to slip the ball past him. The loose ball could
not be turned in by Defoe, who shot over from ten yards out.
Colchester made their last
throw of the dice, bringing on Mr. Bean, who failed to make much
impact nor make us laugh and Kyle Naughton had a shot when it opened
up in front of him on the edge of the area, but Cousins was behind
Marco van Hip
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