Blackburn1- Tottenham 1
In the first of our tough run of encounters, Tottenham visited Ewood Park in what was always destined to be an open and free flowing game. With both teams heavily relying on delivery from the flankers, Mark Hughes opted to give Johann Vogels his first team debut for the Rovers. Samba was restored into the defence ahead of Zurab. As for the Spuds, Radek Cerny replaced Robinson in goals.
Tottenham got of to the brightest of starts, with a 6th minute tap in to Berbatov. Poor marking on the right flank by Ooijer allowed a cross to be tucked in, sloppily finished by Berbatov. TOttenham then dominated the next 20 minutes, bombarding the Rovers defence, who at times, appeared a little shaky.
However, nothing could stop a free flowing Bentley attack. Bentley recieved the ball in full stride, hitting the byline and tucking in a cross, with Morten Gamst Pederson continuing his scoring spree, netting the equaliser.
Now it was Rovers chance to dominate, with good chances falling to Roberts and Santa Cruz, with the energetic strikers only managing to hit Cernys chest. Half time, 1-1.
Sparky decided to bring back my boy Emerton, taking off Ooijer. Tottenham once again started their free flowing attack, playing one touch passes which at times, almost rivalled their London Rivals, Arsenal. Robbie Keane had the best of the Chances for Tottenham, forcing Friedel into a save. Nelson and Samba really started to stand up in defence, whilst a Bentley Free kick was smartly saved by Cerny.
WIth Gamst and Bentley bombarding the Tottenham goal, it came to a surprise when Gamst was replaced by Benni McCarthy. BOth teams continued with their attack, Bentley dissalowed what would of been a difficult penalty to give. A dart in the box led to him being checked off the ball, one of those 50 50 decisions which we really needed to go our way.
Brad Friedel 7
Andre Ooijer 5.5
Christopher Samba 5.5 First Half, 7.5 Second Half
Ryan Nelson 7.5
Steven Warnock 6
Morten Gamst Pederson 8
Johann Vogel 6.5
Steven Reid 6.5
David Bentley 8.5
Roque Santa Cruz 7
Jason Roberts 7.5
Brett Emerton 6
Benni McCarthy 5