It’s always frustrating to lose a game to a late goal but there is very little doubt that Manchester City deserved their win over Tottenham at the Etihad stadium. Despite leading for a large portion of the game, the visitors were second best throughout and did not perform to anywhere near what they are capable of. It might have taken another late winner from Edin Dzeko to earn the victory but City were undoubtedly the better team.
Tottenham’s goal came via Steven Caulker’s head from an excellent Tom Huddlestone free-kick, and with a helping hand/chest from Joe Hart, however they were poor otherwise. Contrary to the reaction of some of the media, and indeed a portion of the fans, the decision to start with Emmanuel Adebayor over Jermain Defoe was the right one. Of course it seems harsh to drop a player having scored a hat-trick in his previous outing but for the specific game plan that Spurs tried to implement the Togolese international was the right choice. Adebayor’s link-up play was good and the poor performance was no result of his presence.