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Blues 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2

When you give up 4 or five chances against the likes of West Brom you may get away with a draw. Against Spurs two was enough. They were the only chances Spurs had against a Blues defence that was 100% better than last week.

Blues gave a full debut to DJ Campbell who along with Emile Heskey made the side look livlier but still lacking that cutting edge.

Heskey set up Campbell on the six yard box with Blues most potent attack of the game but the former Brentford star was just off the pace.

Heskey burst through on the keeper and was brought down on the edge of the area. Urriah Rennie, the ref, in a difficult situation could have given a free kick or a penalty and red carded Dawson the Spurs defender. Was it a dive? Inevitably when pressed into a key decision the ref did nothing.

For forty-five minutes Blues pressed the Tottenham side looking for a Champions league spot but could not open up the Londoners. Pennant and Melchiot on the right were too much for Davids and Lee but crosses and corners forced came to nothing.

With 25 minutes to go and the pattern of the game unchanged. Heskey was forced off with an ankle injury. The Blues had no-one to pressure the clumbsy pairing of Dawson and King. Forssell his replacement looks less and less fit as each game goes by. He is a shadow of the shadow of his former self.

Campbell is not a Premiership striker and was not likely to create anything for himself.

On sixty five minutes Melchiot who had been outstanding both defensivly and in supporting the attack tried an elaborate move near the touch line when a simple clearance would have sufficed. Defoe disposessed the Dutchman and while Blues defence retreated in panic he set up Lennon who scored from 12 yards.

The crowd distastfully began booing Melchiot who to his credit ignored those morons and continued to forage forward.

The Pennant-Melchiot combination is still Blues most likely route to goal.

On 75 the game was settled when Lennon raced free on the right and picked out an unmarked Keane on the far post who sidefooted home.

Blues injury list grows as pressure increases. Pompey drew level when they were able to take advantage of West Ham's reserves. No old pals act there of course.

Albion improved their position again in that they managed a goal against Manchester United.

The pundits still believe Blues will survive.They don't watch them every week.

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Date:Saturday March 18 2006

Time: 8:35PM

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Umm, not a 100% accurate article. Spurs had way more than the two chances they scored with. Notably the chance Keane would have tucked away just before halftime but for Melchiot's excellent last ditch tackle. You are having a laugh if you think there was a pen or red card in Heskey going down on the edge of the area. Through ball was great but his first touch was far too heavy, pushing the ball well beyond retrieval and on seeing it he clearly dived. A very desperate penalty hope and lucky not to be carded. The Jenas/Forrsell head knock was a better penalty shout, but looked as accidental as Butt's handball so I wouldn't criticise either decision. 'Clumsy' pairing of King and Dawson? Huh? Sorry thats just nasty. King is playing so superbly he's off to the WC and is wanted by every club in the Prem, and Dawson was Man of the Match, mate. BTW it was Jenas not Lennon who outran your defence for the second goal, and not for the first time yesterday.
I'd be looking at the manager , he's had far to much time and is not delivering .
So who will escape the drop YOU, West Brom or Pompey.
It's going to be an interesting run in that's for sure. As Alex would say, squeaky bum time.
nice Reply Lonespur. I said Blues only gave you 2 chances they gave Albion 5. That was a complement to your team. Lead legs king is not wanted by every club as we have a far better player in Upson. Lead legs has a threpnebit head and ten to two feet. Was impressed with Dawson actually his diverting Heskeys cross probably won you the game. As for Heskey being fouled on edge of box . You were probably nearer to it than me . Point is BBC did'nt bother to show it. how come you and I both saw significance of the incident yet BBC didn't? Hope you finish 4th
You reckon Upson is a far better player than King?!! Upson was out against Liverpool so can hardly be blamed for that but goals conceded over this season would tend to suggest our 'clumsy' back pairing is the better. Still, if that's your view.. Its gotta be a minority opinion! I can't say Heskey going down was a foul or not. He'd lost control by overhitting his first touch anyway he did for England countless times. I always felt the big lump is a handy targetman but just doesn't have the ball control skills for an out and out front man.
King is all at sea against anyyone with a bit of pace. Blackburn Humiliated him. If he cant impess against us shotless shower then whats he going to be like agians Ronaldino. Erickson never missed a home game at Spurs so you are bound to get a preferential treatment. By the way that was the Turnips first visit to St andrews EVER on Saturday who were we playing? OH SPURS

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