Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Joke's on Spurs in Comedy of Errors; Spot Pain: Heurelho Gomes Clumsily Tangles with Fabio Quagliarella to Give Away a Penalty, Which Antonio Di Natale Scores. Jamie O'Hara Is Later Given His Marching Orders to Add to the Problems Facing Juande Ramos and His Management Team out of Arm's Way: Jermaine Jenas Is Outmuscled by the Udinese Defence, Who Were Given an Easy Ride by the Visitors

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Joke's on Spurs in Comedy of Errors; Spot Pain: Heurelho Gomes Clumsily Tangles with Fabio Quagliarella to Give Away a Penalty, Which Antonio Di Natale Scores. Jamie O'Hara Is Later Given His Marching Orders to Add to the Problems Facing Juande Ramos and His Management Team out of Arm's Way: Jermaine Jenas Is Outmuscled by the Udinese Defence, Who Were Given an Easy Ride by the Visitors

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Byline: Tom Collomosse

Udinese 2 Tottenham 0

OUTCLASSED, outplayed and outfought, Tottenham produced the kind of performance that earns managers the sack and leaves fans wondering why they wasted so much money to follow their team in Europe.

Shambolic, abject, spineless. Whichever adjective you choose to describe this display, it will not do justice to quite how poor they were.

Fans whose club have been the butt of jokes all week are already asking how Juande Ramos continues to survive when his players no longer appear to be giving everything for him and they are also questioning when chairman Daniel Levy will take decisive action to address the severity of their plight.

Spurs insist Ramos is safe and that they believe in him, but for how much longer can they ignore the evidence before them? No matter how much the Spurs hierarchy talk up Ramos's qualities, the hard facts are these: Spurs are bottom of the Premier League after making the worst start to a domestic season in their 126- year history, and they have won just two of their 12 matches in all competitions this term.

Worse still, the players appear to have lost their nerve and their self-discipline.

Even after his poor control of Benoit Assou-Ekotto's back pass had let in Fabio Quagliarella, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes had no need to shove the Udinese striker, who had his back to goal, to the ground.

Instead, the Brazilian conceded a penalty which Antonio Di Natale dispatched to put his team 1-0 up after 23 minutes.

Things got even worse just before the hour when Jamie O'Hara was booked twice in two minutes for a couple of ludicrous fouls on Alexis Sanchez. That saw the midfielder become the third

Spurs player in two games to be dismissed after Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson saw red in last Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Stoke.

After every Spurs defeat this season, it always seems as though they have touched rock bottom. But in the next game, they seem to outdo themselves by playing even worse.

Ramos's management is increasingly perplexing. His decision to drop David Bentley from the 18-man squad came after the midfielder, signed for ?16million from Blackburn in the summer, had said yesterday Spurs "didn't know what they were doing" in the early weeks of the campaign.

Ramos said he was not aware of Bentley's words, while the player, who has lost his place in the England squad since his move to White Hart Lane, spent the game sitting with the substitutes before heading straight for the team bus at the final whistle, opting not to speak to waiting reporters.

Ramos said: "I chose these 18 players from the 20 who were in the squad. I do not know what happened before this match [with Bentley's interview]. His reaction to being dropped was normal, the same as any other player told he was not playing. …

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