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Premier League

  • 28 November 2010
  • • 16:00
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 36310

Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool: Late Aaron Lennon strike atones for Jermain Defoe’s missed penalty

Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool: Late Aaron Lennon strike atones for Jermain Defoe’s missed penalty

Deciding goal comes very late as Spurs take victory at White Hart Lane

Aaron Lennon scored in the dying moments of an entertaining game to give his side a 2-1 victory against Liverpool and leave Tottenham just one point off the Champions League places.

Harry Redknapp's men have come from behind a number times this season and this game was no different after a Martin Skrtel own goal and Lennon's strike over-turned Liverpool's first-half lead.

Tottenham’s first attack on the Liverpool goal came after four minutes when excellent work on the right flank saw Lennon get past Paul Konchesky. The England international delivered a cross to the penalty spot which Luka Modric met with a volley, but the Croatian couldn't manage a clean contact on his strike and Liverpool 'keeper Pepe Reina was untroubled by the effort.

Liverpool could have taken the lead themselves moments later when a blocked clearance from Spurs 'keeper Heurelho Gomes bounced around the penalty box before Maxi Rodriguez took  fired goalwards.  However his effort, though strong, was off target.

After ten minutes Tottenham suffered a major blow as Rafael Van der Vaart’s was force off by injury to be replaced by Jermain Defoe.

Maxi Rodriguez continued to be a focal point for Liverpool's attacks as a silky run from Fernando Torres allowed the Argentinean to test Gomes once again.

The home fans were appealing to referee Martin Atkinson shortly after when Alan Hutton’s run resulted in the Scot tumbling to the ground in the box.  However, there was little if any contact and the official waved away all appeals.

Reina would have been thankful for the intervention of his captain Jamie Carragher after the Spaniard could only deflect a low cross from Luka Modric directly into the path of Jermain Defoe. However, the Tottenham striker's shot was blocked by a sliding Carragher.

Tottenham manager Redknapp was forced to make another unplanned substitution when after 34 minutes when Younes Kaboul limped off to be replaced by Sebastien Bassong.

After 40 minutes Carragher was involved again as another run from Modric forced the Liverpool skipper to bring down the Croatian in an act of desperate defending for which he was shown a yellow card.

After much industry and toil from Liverpool, the breakthrough came from an unusual source after 41 minutes as Martin Skrtel grabbed himself a goal in scruffy fashion. Raul Meireles' deep free kick was headed by the Slovakian into the back of David Ngog's head, with the ball returning to Skrtel for him to stab past Gomes.

As the half drew to a close the Reds could have doubled or even tripled their lead.  Firstly, Maxi Rodriguez lost control of the ball as he was trying to round the keeper.  Then, more surprisingly, Fernando Torres fluffed a chance when he was through clear on goal.

As the second half began Torres saw another opportunity to score slip away as a wonderful through ball from Lucas sliced open the Tottenham defence. However as Torres reached the six yard box Bassong threw himself at his feet and poked the ball away.

Liverpool hearts were fluttering shortly after when a thunderous volley from Bale was cleared on the line by Meireles.

Tottenham have been the comeback kings this year, as they showed in their 3-2 victory against Arsenal last week, and they had a chance to level the game from the penalty spot.

From a Gareth Bale free-kick, Ngog clearly handballed on the edge of the area to concede a penalty.  However, Jermain Defoe's poor record from the spot continued as he put his strike wide and Liverpool held onto their lead.

Parity wasn’t far away though, as more determined running from Modric created havoc in the Liverpool box and his cross from the left was diverted by Skrtel into his own net.

Liverpool had their own claim for a penalty when Dirk Kuyt and Benoit Assou-Ekotto came together but referee Atkinson turned down appeals.

Both teams tried to find a winner but none was forthcoming, even though Defoe had a goal chalked off for being offside.

Carragher was forced from the game late on as he left the field with the help of the Liverpool medical staff with a dislocated shoulder.

The defining moment of the match was yet to come as Lennon managed to burst free from the Liverpool defence and score the goal which earned all three points for Redknapp's men. 

Again, Spurs showed they are never dead and buried.

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