1. Friedal is done. There were more than a couple times that I expected him to come off his line and it just never happened. Time to get a younger backup.
Definitely. It was one of my first thoughts after watching the match. As much as I like the man, it's time to get a younger back-up. I understand that Friedel is our Europa GK, but with the weekend off in the league I was hoping that Lloris would have gotten the nod.
2. Was it just me or was Dawson a step slow most of the game. He did great to get in front of a shot in extra time but other than that, he seemed out of position all day.
Agreed. Not sure if he's just gassed or what. But I don't think he's used to getting this much action over the course of a season (not that many of our other players are). I was actually impressed with Walker last night. I've been down on him lately for acting like a little bitch. But he kept that to a minimum. He had very good pace and overall played very well defensively for us.
3. That was the Dempsey we have been looking for all season. Sneaking into position and poaching goals. He was very active today and probably played his best game as a Spur.
Most definitely. We'll need him to keep that going once Bale, Defoe and Lennon get back. I just hope AVB keeps him on the pitch.
4. Adebeyor - HOLY SHIT!!!! Must I say more?
Yes, I must. frick HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lazy stupid , and selfish. Contributed almost nothing all match. Why oh why, with less than 2 minutes in extra time remaining, didn't he pass to Sigurdson. He was wide open with both defenders converging on Adebeyor. Missing the target in the shootout was just the icing on the cake of the quintessential Adebeyor performance.
I'm done with him. I was so pumped we bought him from City...boy was I wrong. It seems as though he has the Aaron Brooks syndrome. He just doesn't look to be putting in the effort we need.
5. I don't think a penalty shootout has ever gone the way I want.
Not much to say here. We choked. Basel was money. Friedel did get close to the first kick...but that doesn't really matter. Normally I would have been pissed that Huddlestone was taking the first PK, but I'm not really sure who else we had that wasn't just absolutely gassed that could have taken the PK.
6. No more consolation prize this season. Top 4 has to happen.
This all depends on how truly "fit" Bale, Lennon and Defoe come back. We need these guys. All three push the pace of the game offensively which is our strong suit.