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VB Weekend Winners and Losers
Well, that was a good run wasn't it! After a good spell of two wins on the bounce and some improved performances of late it all had to come crashing down at some point.

And so it did with a performance at Spurs that actually showed some signs of promise going forward but some kamikaze defending putting pay to any hopes of a positive result.

Sam employed the same system to the one that worked so successfully at Newcastle but invited trouble with the wing flair that Spurs possess. A change in the first half showed the wrong decision had been made but the momentum had been lost and Spurs ran out comfortable winners.

But who did themselves justice? And who should have some justice sent their way?

WINNERS

NIKO KALINIC -
For ages Rovers fans have bantered about what Niko would be able to produce if he was given some form of strike partner and whilst unable to find conclusive proof, we were shown some glimpses of what may be with his little side kick Junior Hoilett near by.

The evidence on display was promising and Kalinic looked rejuvenated and full of the proverbial beans. His hold up play at times was a joy and his movement gave Spurs some problems.

One particular moment including a turn and spin away from two Spurs defenders was outstanding and deserved a goal that a Gomes block prevented.

Better.

PAUL ROBINSON - Has a goalkeeper who has conceded four goals been so blameless and composed?

Robbo was let down badly on Saturday by his defence and without his quality reactions and shot stopping he score could have been much worse.

The best of the bunch from his catalogue of stops was a super stop down low to his left in the second half at the most awkward height imaginable.

Is now up there with Samba and Diouf as a front runner for player of the season.

BRETT EMERTON - Solid as you like, strong and mistake free which is more than could be said for others.

Was pretty much the only member of the midfield who managed to be composed at the back and a threat going forward and was a willing support act all over the pitch.

LOSERS

GAEL GIVET -
Borderline dreadful.

His goal was well executed if a tad fortunate but his all round display put his place at risk.

Looked off the pace all afternoon as was shown by his awful lapse of awareness for the third Spurs goal and his lack of attacking prowess was badly shown up by his unwillingness to press forward and offer support up front.

His marking was suspect and his movement looked bereft of confidence. Just a bad, bad day at the office.

Sometimes Givet looks like the most solid and dependable left back possible, but Saturday he looked like a centre back asked to play left back.

PHIL JONES - His first suspect performance of the season in a difficult environment.

Jones is normally calmness personified and controlled rage in bursts but against Spurs his calmness deserted him and his influence waned as Spurs overran the midfield.

He still managed to match up when needed but it felt at times as if he was trying to do too much by himself.

Put this one down to experience.

BIG SAM ALLARDYCE - Got his tactics and formation all wrong and showed his stubborn streak by failing to acknowledge that Tottingham carry a different threat to Newcastle.

Wouldn't it be nice if he held his hands up and admitted his own part in our failings? Even just once.

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Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Monday November 15 2010
Time: 9:17AM

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Not the best was it?!
Mikey Delap
15/11/2010 09:18:00
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no not the best, but spurs were good and we will play better. hopefully we'll turn the tables when they visit
retroflair31
15/11/2010 09:42:00
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El Hadj Diouf had some good opportunities and on-the-line defending kept him out. If their man Pav wasn't playing we would have lost 7-2!
FreidelNo.1
15/11/2010 13:55:00
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Anthing at Spurs would of been a bonus, we need to stick to the plan and beat the teams around us
glen9mullan
15/11/2010 15:46:00
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Hate to admit it but if Spurs play well we can't live with em, however some of the defending was shocking. what was Givet doing? just hoof the ball u wolly. We did make it easy for em on this occasion
ITSALLROVER
15/11/2010 16:49:00
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