Why go all that way?
Tottenham have one of their own.
The JimmyG2 Column.
.Three points. the magic quack doctors cure-all medication: new Stadium not complete? But we won: 3 points. No summer investment? But we won: 3 points.
Our joint best Premiership start: 18 from 8; six wins in eight games.Keep on taking the medicine. The worse it tastes the better it is for you. However that was the worst 3 point performance I have witnessed for many years.
Papering over the cracks; the best cover up since the Kennedy assassination investigations or the recent FBI Brett Kavanaugh probe. Who cares? Well I do for a start.
And Danny Blanchflower for another:
"The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It is nothing of the kind. The game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish, about going out and beating the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom."
Sorry Danny wherever you are. The Cardiff game was exactly what he had in mind. I know, I know: ''The past is another country they do things differently there.'' But the truth is that this is an enduring thought and applies equally now as then.
Cardiff have 2 points from eight. ( Where's Redknapp when you need him). They played 30 minutes without Ralls sent off for a crude, deliberate, cynical hack on Moura when he ran free. Harry Kane was booked for confronting him.
All such 'professional' fouls should see red. Well done Mr. Dean. Makes 'divers' look like vicars at the proverbial tea party.
We are playing poorly but are challenging for the Top Four. It took us 18 passes and at least five back passes from Sanchez to Lloris to get out of our own half at the start of the game.
It might have been more but boredom set in.. We smothered them with passes but mainly in the Tottenham Triangle of Toby, Davison and Hugo .The Bermuda Triangle may be a myth, ours is a stone cold depressing fact.
The high line disappears into it; quick build up and attack is swallowed; excitement and tension disappear from the radar. I understand the tactical reasons but it is all just too ponderous and fools nobody.
But for a fine Lloris save at the end and a timely Alderweireld intervention in the first half it might have been a whole lot worse. 'In the beginning the word was'' slow and dull.
But Dier's close range finish 'early doors' following a corner mix up was the winner so 'All's Well that Ends Well'. Chew on that Mr. Blanchflower.
Early goal, poor opposition who were down to 10 men on the hour; 76% possession, 19 shots but only 7 on target tells a story in itself. Cardiff had 6 on target their best total this season.
We made hard work of it until Winks perked up later on. Cardiff didn't exactly die of boredom but many Tottenham fans did. Sissoko got a few plaudits which shows how poor the rest were. He passes under a very low bar that boy.
People are unduly impressed if he remains standing up for 30 minutes at a time
.As Dr. Johnson said of women preaching and dogs walking on their hind legs.
Johnson: "Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all."
So I'm a bit 'miserable-ist' this week. Apart from Winks and Toby and possibly Kane who failed to score to complete the set of teams scored against nobody deserves much of a positive mention.
Sanchez was particularly negative for most of the game and continually turned back even with wide open spaces ahead of him. Lloris on at least one occasion stayed when he should have come unlike in midweek.
But we won. We are hovering there or thereabouts. 'There' being the Top Four which given the injury situation especially in our creative heart is remarkable in itself.
But with both Chelsea and Arsenal winning convincingly we drop to fifth level on points with a resurgent Arsenal.
The draw between Liverpool and Man. City means we are still in touch, only 2 points behind the three way split for top place. A decent base for when we start to play better though the fixtures get tougher now.
This will hopefully be balanced by more home games and the return of injured players. But 'Don't hatch your chickens before they count' as they say.
I'm not convinced by Harry dropping deeper and letting Moura 'run about a bit' ahead of him. They seem to want to occupy the same space and Moura's finishing has become wayward.
I trust that all those external, off pitch considerations don't worry the players as much as the fans. For now playing poorly and winning is the formula for success.
May have an abdominal strain which if not treated properly may become chronic which simply means lasting for an extended period and may not imply a serious injury which would prevent him playing.
Lucas Moura is recalled to the Brazil squad.
Looking on the bright side here.
Jimmy's Video Spot.
Fascinating insight into the dressing room at Spurs through the eyes of Harry Winks. Lovely lad, one of our own and back in the England Squad.
I love this sort of stuff. Highlights when he gets more game time. My hope for the future.
Remember many if not most fans said Harry Kane wouldn't make it.
Some probably still do.