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Match Report: Liverpool 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs Fan's Perspective)

Tuesday 7th February 2012
In a tough, physical, but ultimately unfulfilling match at Anfield on Monday night, Spurs earned their 50th point of the season. It was a match they could have won, but could easily have lost as Suarez spurned a golden chance with just minutes to go.

Liverpool dominated the early exchanges and were camped in Spurs' half.  Andy Carroll enjoyed arguably his best half in a Liverpool shirt. His link up play was solid and the movement of Bellamy helped to move Spurs' defenders around. Spurs gradually were able to get into the game but Adebayor was poor, losing possession three times and misplacing seven of his 28 passes.

This match was dominated by defenders. Flying tackles and diving blocks from both sides characterised a game devoid of many real chances. Spurs made only six chances and just 65 passes in the Liverpool final third. Liverpool were somewhat better, creating 15 chances and four shots on target. Man of the match, Scott Parker was superb. In his defensive midfield role, his aggression and drive showed why he is being mentioned as a potential replacement for John Terry as England captain. He earned a yellow card in the first half but continued to make vital interventions. He made six interventions, won the ball eight times, made eight successful clearances and blocked four shots. Parker was the very image of power and precision. His tough tackling matched by Dawson in the England defender's best game of the season. Livermore and King were also impressive in an excellent overall defensive performance from Spurs. Many of Liverpool's defenders were equally impressive. Agger was strong, Adam played well and Gerrard looked near his best. Skrtel was near his thuggish worst and could easily have been dismissed. Bale beat him more than once and drew one yellow card but the Welshman didn't have the best of nights. Rightly booked for diving and squandering a golden chance when Kranjcar put him through, Bale will know that was a below par performance; his first in some time.

Before the match, this result would have disappointed Spurs as they targeted three points but, on the balance of play, a point seems fair. While failing to take advantage of the draw at Stamford Bridge, Spurs maintained the seven point gap over Chelsea and remain just five points behind United. The true value of this point may be seen at the end of the season but, for now, Spurs continue to look up the table.
Samuel Rooke

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