Posts Tagged ‘Hearts’

5 out of five

August 19, 2011

That was a surprise, right?

5 goals from 5 players. Hearts didn’t stand a chance against a lightning quick Tottenham squad. If that’s how we plan on playing footy this season, then all teams will need to take notice.

Now a very close friend of mine and an extremely loyal Spurs supporter said that I had to keep in mind that it was Hearts of “god knows where”. Agreed. However, I think it could have been any team on the opposite end yesterday that would have had to deal with the wrath of our pin-point one-touch passing side. Definitely a proud moment for the manager and his crew.

Niko Kranjcar played the full match and was honestly fantastic in Modric’s role. He actually showed that they have very similar characteristics in their playing style… must be a Croat thing. I don’t know if this will just create another problem for Kranjcar because if Modders sticks around, he will most probably get the starting nod.

At first, I thought it wasn’t going to work having Defoe and VDV paired up at the front, but it seemed to work out deliciously. But forget about all the experienced players. I would rather focus on how solid our younger ones performed last night.

Jake Livermore did a fantastic job, passing the ball very well under pressure while showcasing a few Hudd-esque looking passes himself. Andros Townsend came in for Bale and also put in a decent run. Kyle Walker looked like a seasoned pro! The boy definitely likes to go forward, but he showed that he could hold down the defencive side of his game as well. I hope we’ll get to see more of these kids throughout the season, Kyle Walker definitely looking like he could seal a 1st team position sooner than later.

So Harry and co. picked it right last night. Let’s see more of the same at Old Trafford please.


Postponed… now left patiently waiting

August 15, 2011

Watching this weekend’s matches, I started to wonder how we would have performed on opening day of the Premier League. Many of the teams seemed to be struggling to find their feet looking somewhat rusty.

Liverpool started off their match with great enthusiasm, but failed to seal the win at Anfield, drawing against Sunderland. Arsenal drew away at Newcastle with their newest signing – Gervinho – getting a straight red. Chelsea also drew while United pulled a United… winning towards the end of their match (I hate lady luck).

Could these results be good news for us in the short term?

Our actual first taste of competition this season will be the Europa League fixture away to Hearts on Thursday. Guess it could work in our favor that we’ll probably use some of our younger players, while also giving some of our key players a proper run prior to the away match at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Had the Everton match actually taken place, we would have had 3 matches in 9 days which might have been too much; especially when the 3rd match is at a venue where we’ve rarely tasted success.

One does wonder if our team will look any different by the time we face United. Talk of Adebayor coming in on loan is gaining ground, with Keane openly stating that he will be leaving the club (no destination as of yet). I don’t think Crouch, Pav or Defoe will be leaving this season; hopefully neither Modric.

So I’m left waiting. I’m sure you are as well. We all want a glimpse of how our team will perform when challenged competitively. A win at Hearts would be a nice way to reward our patience.