A great second half performance, so many positives to take.
1. We have found two important partnerships that work. Gallas and Silvestre with Gallas as a sweeper and Silvestre as the ball playing stopper worked brilliantly for us, and they really only had one clear cut chance in the game, that Bellamy chances in the first half. Gallas was brilliant, MOTM and great captains performance, Silvestre also did well, but is still adjusting to our set up. and The other was Song-Fabregas. Fabregas was influential, and back to his brilliant self this game. That is because he had Song always behind him. Song knew when to attack (once we were already winning) and where to pass, who to pass to and when to pass. He did brilliantly to stop probably 90% of enemy attacks. Terrific performance.
2. The opinions we have on the bench. It just shows how much how much strength we have to have someone coming off the bench to score twice. Great cameo from Adebayor, both goals were just like Henry, and so was teh one versus Fenerbahce. Diaby also did great when he was on the ball. We have a world class attack in our first team, but also a world class midfield on our bench!
3. Sagna will be available for Spurs!
4. Our options up front. We have six strikers in Adebayor, van Persie, Eduardo, Bendtner, Diaby and Vela, and Diaby can also play midfield. 4 of the 6 played today, and it was great to see all the height in our box, there were only 3 players on the field that were under 6 foot after the subtitution!
Almunia: 8.0 In the second half didn’t have much to do, but was briliant in the first half, with two stunning saves of Di Michele, and Bellamy
Eboue:6.5 Not his greatest performance, very hesitant, but good in attack
Gallas:8.5 Brilliant contained all three of West Hams strikers, MOTM
Silvestre: 7.0 Did his job well.
Clichy:7.0 Typical Clichy performance, but we found out today that Bellamy is faster than him!
Nasri:7.0 Was good, energetic, skillful, good link up with the midfield and Clichy, but gave the ball away several times.
Fabregas:8.0 Looked like the Fabregas of lat year, absolutely sublime
Song:7.5 Great job in that DM position. Stopped attacks all day, pushed forward well onces we were in the lead, hopefully he keeps his starting place versus Spurs. He kept it simple, but gave it away once or twice.
Walcott:8.0 Great performance, had a great run in the first half, and as usual was a vital part of the attack throughout.
Bendtner:7.5 Below par in the first half, unimpressive. Did better in the second half, and a significant moment happened in the match: He had a sublime link up with Adebayor, 3 quick passes, Ades shot was saved brilliantly by Green (who had an absolutely UNBELIEVABLE performance) but after Adebayor put the rebound over from claose range, Bendtner went over and picked him up. Also, a stunning ball for Adebayor for the second goal
van Persie:7.5 Did great, attacked with purpose, always was looking to score or create would have had a hatrick against any other keeper.
Adebayor:7.5 He won us the game, what else can I say. He almost pulled a Bendtner vs. Spurs, as he almost scored with his first touch, a header from a corner.
Diaby: Looked very skillful on the ball, couldn’t have the influence that he had against Fenerbahce however.
Sagna: N/A good that he got some minutes, will hopefully start against Spurs.
I think that Nasri needs a rest, and Diaby deserves a chance. So I think that all three subs will start vs. Spurs.