Date:16th January 2011 at 6:59pm
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Had you asked me before the game what I was expecting I would have told you a draw. Everyone had this down as a game we would lose and we have emerged with our record relatively blemish free.

The game was a hard fought one, I as well as everyone else, was aware of our away form going into the game and with Spurs strength people picked against us but a solid defensive display sent a lot of people’s accumulators down the pan.

I thought the game would have been more entertaining than it was but it wasn’t loaded with chances, Van der Vaart’s late attempt probably being the highlight.

I keep saying it and if you want me to stop tell him to stop doing it but Vidic really is a monster at the back. On the floor and in the air he refused to budge and beside Rio and with Edwin behind them I have a confidence in our ability to not concede. Vidic is looking like a captain and we are lucky to have two men who seem leaders playing in the heart of our defence.

Rafael was a huge talking point before the game, with his battle against Bale mooted as the key battle on the field. At Old Trafford, Rafael was a lot more disciplined but today he focused on his game and whilst we benefited with his forays forward, he wasn’t as solid defensively.

Bale was allowed to get down the line and put balls into the area, thankfully he wasn’t as pinpoint as he can be with his crossing so we weren’t made to suffer but the game showed that as Rafael is developing as a player he offers massively to the team both going forward and defending.

His sending off was quite harsh and whilst his first yellow was reckless the second was a joke (hope Rio doesn’t tweet a pic of Dean in a Spurs kit!) but I don’t suppose you will hear too many people complaining about Dean’s performance.

Nani was disappointing for me, didn’t have the best of games and was subbed off for Anderson but talk of him being in a slump seems a tad premature. Didn’t have the best game against Liverpool either but before that scored the winner against Stoke so I’m not sure where it has come from.

Wrote about Hernandez earlier this week and thought it was going to blow up in my face when a sloppy mistake almost allowed Van der Vaart to score late on but he more than made up for it late on when he tracked back and put in a challenge stopping Lennon from getting his cross in.

Giggs in his 600th top flight appearance looked good and the fact he did the whole 90 is a tribute to how good a player and a professional he is. If some of the youngster can watch and learn from him we will be OK in the future.

So back top with 2 games in hand over our closest rivals and another tough away game out of the way, we just need to keep struggling on and May will be here before you know!

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