Adebayor bags a crucial winner as Spurs beat top four rivals Everton

Emmanuel Adebayor, the Tottenham Hotspur striker, repaid the faith placed in him by his managerEmanuel Adebayor – Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images

Tottenham 1-0 Everton
Sunday 9 February 2014

A wonderful goal from Emmanuel Adebayor gave Tottenham a boost in the race for the Champions League as they beat Everton on Sunday. The Togolese forward’s goal was enough to get the win, in a fairly even game. That takes Spurs above The Toffees and into fifth place in the fight for the top four. Tim Sherwood’s men now trail Liverpool – who are in fourth place – by just three points.

Everton made a great start to the game at White Hart Lane with Leon Osman in the thick of the action. The English midfielder had four sights of the Tottenham goal inside the the first ten minutes of play. He showed lovely feet to create space and curl just wide of the post with his left foot, then brought the very best out of Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris with a sweetly struck half volley, this time with his right foot after an excellent layoff from Stephen Naismith, the Frenchman doing very well to parry the ball away for a corner. Osman then headed just over from the subsequent corner.

A forth chance to give Everton a deserved lead fell to Osman but he could not take it, as he drove the ball straight at Lloris after more good work by Naismith. Spurs’ first real effort on goal came when Christian Eriksen hit his free kick just over the bar, rippling the top of the net. Everton very nearly created another chance through some great pressing, which was the hallmark of their first half display. Seamus Coleman was the next player to threaten the Spurs goal. The right back – who already has six goals in the league this season – went on a good run, cutting inside on his left foot but could not get enough power on the strike to really work Lloris.

Then Spurs created quite possibly the best chance of the half. An incredible ball in from Danny Rose on the left beat everyone but left Adebayor inches away from converting. Any touch would have been enough to take it past Howard and give Spurs the lead. Again the pressing from Everton lead to another chance. This time Kevin Mirallas was setting off on a great run but somewhat selfishly ignored Naismith (who was in a better position to the right) and blazed over from eighteen yards.

To sum up the first half, it was an excellent display from Roberto Martinez’s side who were playing without key target man Romelu Lakaku. Stephen Naismith was flung into an unfamiliar role as a makeshift centre forward and played very well, supported well by Mirallas, Osman, and Pienaar. Everton’s pressing was also having a major effect on the game by not allowing Tottenham to settle into any sort of pattern. Martinez would be happy with the performance but not the scoreline, as his side were full value for a lead at this point.

Tim Sherwood on the other hand would have probably felt the complete opposite. He would have been happy with the scoreline but looking for better in the second half of this key clash in the chase for the top four. The Tottenham boss got what he was looking for, as his side started the second half with the perfect response. His players worked harder, played with much more intensity, got the crowd into the game and forced a number of corners. Adebayor headed over from one of them when well placed after pulling away from his marker.

Then a good run by Kyle Walker nearly created a good opening but his cross was cut out at the near post. Andros Townsend then made his return, which I’m sure was greatly welcomed by Spurs and England Fans alike, after nine games out with hamstring trouble. Moments later Spurs went in front, after some quick thinking by Walker and Adebayor caught out the Everton backline with Distin playing Adebayor just onside. The centre forward showed excellent chest control, strength to brush aside Coleman and finished perfectly by putting the ball straight past Howard into the corner.

Tim Sherwood deserves a lot of credit as he clearly told his players a few home truths during the break, and made Everton pay for a first half that was – although good in terms of possession, pressing and creativity – wasteful in the most important factor, which is finishing. Roberto Martinez was clearly frustrated at his team’s second half effort and made all of his changes in a very short space of time, bringing off Pienaar, Naismith and Osman and replacing them respectively with Barkley, Deulofeu, and McGeady.

However, not a lot changed after that, with Hugo Lloris not having a real save to make in the second half. Everton will feel hard done by based on their first half display. They will also feel aggrieved by the injury time penalty they should have been awarded when Coleman was clearly caught by Etienne Capoue with ref Mark Clattenburg well placed. But Spurs, although not at their best by any means, produced a much better second half display and limited Everton to far fewer chances than in the first half. Tim Sherwood obviously made it clear how important this game was at half time, as the race for Champions League qualification hots up.

Man Of The Match: There were several good candidates in the first half for Everton, Naismith and Osman to name two. However, I’m going with Emmanuel Adebayor. His well taken goal proved to be the match winner.

Thanks for reading,

Glenn

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WWE: Bryan and Punk team again to top off a fairly weak UK Smackdown

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Hi, and thanks for checking out The Real Mid Card. I’m going to take a look at this week’s episode of Smackdown as always. It was once again emanating from the great city of Manchester, England. I made my way home on Tuesday after seeing Raw in the same arena the previous night, and I was kind of glad that I didn’t stick around for this taping. Let’s see what was noteworthy here.

Well the commentary was top notch, that’s something! JBL was in great form as usual. I actually got a quick glimpse of the two of them legit laughing in the background shot during a match. They had great chemistry, some great banter and that really helped me to retain interest. One thing that came out of their mouths did make me sour a little, the news that Daniel Bryan and CM Punk will be teaming against Bray Wyatt’s two disciples at Survivor Series. They thought that was “best for business” apparently. It’s already making me consider not ordering, but I guess you can’t please everyone. I’m not sure who this will please though. They couldn’t even make it a traditional multi-man match. Not a lot to anticipate so far, as the second longest running pay-per-view in the company’s history continues to decline.

The Wyatts were involved in a terrific opening match with The Usos. I have no problem with the two big guys. I even get why they are keeping Bray out of the ring whenever possible, but to not even have him wrestle on a major pay-per-view is a step too far. One of the supposed main event matches will be a standard tag-team affair that wouldn’t look out of place on this very episode of Smackdown, and that’s difficult to swallow. The Union Jacks made another appearance to job to R-Truth and the Prime Time Players, and The Funkadactyls took on The Bella Twins in a match which must surely have set a new record for the least crowd reaction ever.

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Alberto Del Rio and John Cena appeared in the ring with Michael Cole, in an arm-wrestling contest of sorts. This was marginally entertaining, and I credit them for trying to do a different kind of segment to move this one along. There isn’t much they can do with these two that won’t be boring. I’ve seen their feud before, and I really don’t want to see it again. I suppose doing this was better than just doing a random tag team match. Hunico and Camacho returned, and were subsequently squashed by The Great Khali. That almost made me shut off the TV.

Our new super-group aptly named “The Beard with The Best” concluded the show against former Paul Heyman guys, Curtis Axel and Ryback. They were involved in a backstage conversation earlier in the show, in which they made it clear that they are going it alone, or together, or something without Paul, from now on. This match was very solid. That’s something you would expect from the former. The show ended with another Wyatt Family run-in brawl mayhem moment. Too predictable.

[6/10]: You know me by now, I will explain my rating. Some would call me a WWE fanboy. I’m easily pleased by their product, and rarely have a bad thing to say about them. That’s why this show shocked me so much. I’m glad I didn’t attend. It was predictable and average. Survivor Series does not look too great at this point. The announcement of the Bryan/Punk tag match at the start of the show, did not make the abundance of filler and rebounds any more bearable for me. Hopefully things will improve, but it looks like the second oldest show is going to fall stagnant before it even starts.

Thanks for reading, and leave a comment letting me know what you think.

Craig[Editor]

Brains For Breakfast has been kidnapped!

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Check out the trailer for the upcoming Work. Rest. Play movie, which we shot on the Brains For Breakfast tour. If you like this, get ready for the full film, coming free to YouTube next month! Be sure to check here for every episode!

Act like you want it.

Check out all the written blog entries I posted every day while we were on the road here.

Birmingham 2022: The Commentators

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The Commentators – Source: Capsule

Here is another piece I wrote for the Discovery brochure, as part of the Birmingham 2022 project, to celebrate the opening of The New Library. Check it out, and check out the artists. You can also get the brochure at most information and cultural points in the city. All of these pieces, and many more are in there. Thanks for your interest.

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The Commentators

The Commentators, brought to you by theatrical provocateurs and internationally renowned performance company Stan’s Cafe, will be in residence to carefully document everything they see, from the vital, to the peculiar, or the mundane. Which books are being borrowed? What is the weather like on the rooftop terrace? Look at the queues for the large print romances! If you drop in and check out some of the installations, you could even bump into them, but be careful what you do as you could provide them with some amusing material for their live show!

After previously commentating on a mammoth twenty-four hour Scalextric in 2009, Artistic Director James Yarker and Associate Director Craig Stephens went on to harness their unquenchable enthusiasm and keen observational skills to create marathon commentaries on everyday life. Now, you could be a part of one of their renowned shows. These two sheepskin fanatics will be happy to bring some audible colour to all that you see.

They will also be at the New Library of Birmingham VIP opening to webcast descriptions of the glitzy event, and will stay through the first three days of public access. To hear more and get an idea of what to expect, simply check out their work here.

Craig

Chameleon Recordings: Brum Town Bad Boyz

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@bigdogyogo – Source: Twitter

This is the pre-release review for Big Dog Yogo’s upcoming single ‘Brum Town Bad Boyz’ released on Chameleon Recordings – If you like what you read here, get it on iTunes, AmazonMP3, Spotify, etc on 20th September 2013.

Brum Town Bad Boyz

Fresh out of the thriving Rap scene emerging in the second city, Big Dog Yogo is ready to unleash his latest track on you. Taking clear influences from hip hop, grime and trap, and with an unmistakably UK feel, Brum Town Bad Boyz is set to be the new soundtrack to the city. While extensively sharp and polished, it retains a raw and violent atmosphere. But when it comes right down to it, this tune is about Brum pride.

Big Dog’s not alone on this one. Fellow Smethwick native Bomma B adds more of a grime orientated twist to this progressive UK trap sound with his distinctive flow. Yogo’s trademark catchy style and pitch perfect delivery blend well with that grime approach. The pair of them spit menacing and violent venom, while still managing to create a feel good vibe for the streets.

The beat has a certain intensity that is hard to describe. It gets you amped up, but it has a slightly haunting edge. The production is slick and tight. The bars are gritty and dark, but not it’s not a comedown tune. It’s the finished article, a big sound gangster rap anthem with identifiably UK genetics. It’s a tune to be proud of, a sign of things to come from the buzzing UK scene, and it’s a unique symbol.

Also watch out for Big Dog’s final free mixtape dropping on Grime Blog, along with the official Brum Town Bad Boyz music video on P110 on the same day, September 20th.

Follow Chameleon Recordings:

http://facebook.com/chameleonstudios
http://youtube.com/user/chameleonstudiostv
@chameleonmojoe

Craig

Unsanctioned Wrestling: Episode Four

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This is Episode Four of the YouTube wrestling Q&A series Unsanctioned Wrestling. It features questions on CM Punk, John Cena, Chris Benoit and much more. Check it out! Get involved by leaving a question in a comment if you would like. Hit play and enjoy it.

Unsanctioned Wrestling: Episode Two

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This is Episode Two of the YouTube wrestling Q&A series Unsanctioned Wrestling. It features questions on the Stone Cold, Goldberg, classic wrestling moments and the debut of the Wyatt Family. Check it out! Get involved by leaving a question in a comment if you would like. Hit play and enjoy it.