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Lads looking good in emphatic win

Posted on 18 September 2011  - 12:00

Goals from Luka Modric, Jermain Defoe and two from Emmanuel Adebayor gave us a second straight Premier League win in emphatic fashion with a stunning 4-0 win over Liverpool at the Lane.

Goals from Luka Modric, Jermain Defoe and two from Emmanuel Adebayor gave us a second straight Premier League win in emphatic fashion with a stunning 4-0 win over Liverpool at the Lane.

The Reds may have ended the game with nine men after Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel were dismissed, but our performance was so good, it is unlikely the result would have been far different had Kenny Dalglish’s men kept their full compliment on the pitch.

From the first whistle, we were on the front foot, the crowd was up, and the first half was capped by one of the goals of the season so far from Modric.

The second half was all about our new strike partnership, as both Defoe and Adebayor made it three goals each for the season so far.

Harry Redknapp named the same XI that defeated Wolves last weekend, meaning home debuts for new boys Scott Parker and Adebayor.

It was clear from the off that the introduction of the pair, plus the recent return of the ever-influential Ledley King, has created a far more buoyant feeling around the Lane than was present last time we were here for that defeat against Manchester City three weeks ago.

And this was transmitted to the pitch in a fantastic first half from the team, who should have been ahead after just three minutes when Adebayor linked up well with Niko Kranjcar before dragging a shot wide in front of goal.

It then took some great defending from Daniel Agger to deny Defoe at the near post after Gareth Bale’s low cross before we took a deserved lead on seven minutes in stunning fashion.

Patient build-up play involving Bale, Defoe and Adebayor resulted in Modric picking up the ball 20 yards out and curling home a stunning effort in off the underside of the bar, his first goal of the season.

The subject of so much speculation during the summer months, the Croatian’s wild celebrations that followed were somewhat poignant.

And we weren’t finished there. Modric was denied a second six minutes later when Pepe Reina got down low to his left to keep out a daisy-cutter, with Adebayor just failing to find Defoe with the follow-up.

Liverpool did have the ball in the back of our net on 18 minutes through Luis Suarez, but he Uruguayan was flagged offside as he and Andy Carroll bundled their way through our defence.

But we were soon back on the offensive with Adebayor curling a shot just over before things went from bad to worse for Liverpool around the 25 minute mark.

Agger had picked up an injury in the build-up to goal and limped off before Charlie Adam was given his marching orders for a second booking after a poorly timed lunge on Parker.

Younes Kaboul headed a Kranjcar cross wide just before the break as we looked to capitalise on the man advantage.

Rafael van der Vaart made his return from injury to replace Kranjcar at half-time, and it should have been 2-0 just the other side of the interval when Defoe missed the target from 10 yards after Adebayor’s clever pass.

But Defoe clearly had his tail up and you just knew there was more to come from both him and his new strike partner, who linked up well again on the hour mark to create an opening for Adebayor, whose shot at Reina was tame.

A second Liverpool dismissal soon followed as Martin Skrtel’s torrid afternoon at right-back up against Bale ended early thanks to a second booking he had earned for fouls on the at times unstoppable Welshman.

The game became there for the taking, and we duly did, putting the game to bed within two minutes midway through the half.

It was fitting that the two strikers were the men on the scoresheet, just as at Molineux eight days ago.

First Defoe beat the offside trap to latch onto Van der Vaart’s ball, hold off Jose Enrique and slam home a low shot inside the near post.

Then, moments later, Reina spilled Defoe’s shot from the edge of the box at the feet of Adebayor, who calmly lifted it over the Spaniard and tapped home.

Game, set, and match.

And there was still time for more in the closing stages. Carroll came close to getting on the end of Jose Enrique’s cross at the other end and Van der Vaart saw a chance go begging before Adebayor made it four with his second in stoppage time.

The big man controlled and slammed home a Benoit Assou-Ekotto cross with what turned out to be the last kick of the game.

Our season is well and truly under way with the first two league games consigned to the past.

Spurs (4-4-2): Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, King (Bassong, 83), Assou-Ekotto; Kranjcar (Van der Vaart, 46), Parker, Modric, Bale; Adebayor, Defoe (Giovani, 83)
Subs not used: Cudicini, Corluka, Livermore, Pavlyuchenko

Liverpool (4-3-3) Reina; Skrtel, Carragher, Agger (Coates, 25), Jose Enrique; Henderson, Lucas, Adam; Downing (Spearing, 70), Carroll, Suarez (Bellamy, 70)
Subs not used: Doni, Robinson, Maxi, Kuyt