West Bromwich Albion vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Dud of the Match

Shaun Botterill

The stats make it hard to pick out a dud. This is a good problem. Let's vote on one anyway.

One thing that's rough about these MotM, Dud and Working Class Hero posts: I have to use a picture. That picture, I guess, is a suggestion planted in your mind about how you should vote for. The guys in the picture usually win. Please, don't take it as an endorsement. Make up your own mind.

This week, we don't really have strong candidates for Dud of the Week. West Bromwich Albion play in a way that makes teams' stats look good no matter what, and everyone's stats look good against 10 men. Case in point, our first candidate. Stats come from Squawka.

Scott Parker: He completed 93 percent of his passes, which seems pretty neat. However, his incomplete passes were an ill-advised Modric-esque diagonal attempt, four very short passes when he was trying to get away too cute in the attacking third, and a giveaway in his own third. They were six really, really bad incomplete passes. He also only one half of the tackles he attempted, and his two interception number is pretty low considering it was his primary job.

Aaron Lennon: Wasn't poor, but was very quiet compared to his recent stellar performances. Completed 95 percent of his passes, but not a single one of those went from him to a player in the penalty area. He only had a couple of completed forward passes in the final third; most if his work in the attacking zone was sideways or backwards passes.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto: 73 percent passing. Kind of icky! He'd be a clear shout for this if he wasn't much better defensively than Parker. Also, tried a lot of risky attacking passes in spots where a giveaway wasn't the end of the world.

Clint Dempsey: Deuce had two shots on target, but also a couple of poor off-target blasts. He won just one out of his six challenges in the air. He really did not look dangerous in his time as a center forward.

The field: I'm not sure who else you'd vote for, but I'd love to hear your explanation.

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