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Both Brad Friedel and Clint Dempsey made the start and went the distance for Tottenham in their 1-0 loss to Wigan.
Friedel made two big stops in the 29th and 34th minutes on open chances after defensive breakdowns to keep Tottenham in the game early. Then, in the 56th minute, Friedel made the initial push while Tottenham were defending a corner kick, but William Gallas apparently thought that would be a good time to take a breather and let Ben Watson walk in unopposed to put back the rebound.
Dempsey’s day was decidedly less interesting and he made little impact on the game. In most of Dempsey’s appearances for Tottenham, he has been quiet, but it is difficult to tell why that is.
Playing as a withdrawn forward, he does well to find and sit in the little pockets in front of the opposing defense, but either doesn’t demand the ball from his teammates or is getting ignored by them as he rarely receives the ball.
With the USMNT in their recent qualifiers, Dempsey was very vocal, so it’s tough to tell if he’s just still getting used to his new teammates, or if other factors are at play.
Over his career, Dempsey has never been the most vocal player and has never been the most “active” player, even drawing calls of laziness from many USMNT fans, especially early in his career. He has always been the type of player that specializes in popping up in the right place at the right time and has done that for Tottenham multiple times this season, but was largely uninvolved in Saturday’s game.