Perhaps we weren’t taking the Asia Trophy final that seriously, given our starting XI, Phil Brown used the second game at the Workers Stadium as a chance for some of the kids ( Nicky Featherstone, Tom Cairney and Nathan Doyle) and lesser used senior players (Err, ok, just Tony Warner) a chance to shine against Premier League opposition. Michael Turner’s absence will no doubt have had the perpetually paranoid assuming that means he’s about to be sold, but then why would we risk our most valuable player in two games in two days? Instead, our one new face Steven Mouyokolo was given a start.
City were dreadful in the first half, seemingly content to just punt the ball aimlessly upfield when we had it, most of the time it was in Tottenham’s possession. Despite that we conceded just one of the three goals let in in the first 45, Robbie Keane struck a shot that squirmed underneath Warner and in. City played better in the second half, perhaps because we threw Geovanni on at the break, but it ultimately bore no fruit. Keane grabbed a second from the penalty spot after Warner clumsily felled Jermaine Defoe, a man who evidently only I think resembles the taxi driver in Total Recall.
Lennon added a third late on to guarantee Spurs the rather fetching Asia Trophy, err, trophy, which they’ll keep for the next two years. Anyway, don’t rely on my descriptions of the goals, see for yourself on the video.