Tottenham Hotspur put together a solid, complete 90 minute performance against Norwich City at Carrow Road on Tuesday, but they didn't have their finishing touch in the first 45 minutes. Norwich put together a solid performance, defending well and denying Tottenham chances, but they eventually found the breakthrough and coasted to a 2-0 win.
Gareth Bale was the man of the match, scoring both goals, but Luka Modric certainly deserves and honorable mention for his fantastic passing and composure on the ball in the center of the park. Even with Aaron Lennon out, Harry Redknapp made the great decision to not move Modric out of the center, instead playing an imbalanced 4-3-3 with Rafael van der Vaart on the right, cutting inside. This strategy proved effective again, with the midfield trio of Modric, Scott Parker and Sandro dominating the center of the park.
Spurs took 20 shots in the game, but many were half-hearted or long-range efforts, while only six hit the target. The goal finally came in the 55th minute, with Emmanuel Adebayor holding up the ball and laying it off for Bale, who finished from 15 yards out. For the first time in the game, Norwich's defense looked a bit disorganized and lost Bale as he made his run into the box.
The second goal, on the 67th minute, was a bit more spectacular. Running onto a through ball from Modric, Bale took the ball 50 yards, running at full speed towards John Ruddy before hitting a wonderful chipped finish over him into the back of the net.
All in all, a fantastic result. On to Swansea!