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Monday, 17 March 2008

Another frustrating week

Ok so we lost the war but as I predicted we won the battle.Not that it helps.To take the positives we beat a champions league side away from home,played some good footballand were within one kick of going through.The downside was that Jenas who has yet to convince Spurs fans had the chance to be the hero and misread the script.I have argued his case for some time but hey fella give us a hand.His side kick in the little playlet was Chimbonda who also has his detractors and missed his penalty in some style.Zokora and Bent did their case some good with well taken kicks and Ohara showed character in stepping up when more experienced colleagues did not.

Anyway we lost and so on to Man.Cityy who usually donate three points even away from home.I assume that Ramos knows exactly what he is doing and that all will come right in the end.Is he not playing Tainio and Ohara because their fates are sealed,is Gilberto injured,does he keep subbing Keane because he has afunny sense of humour,does he keep Berbatov on even when he is playing poorly because he hates to see a grown man cry?These are all questions that only Juande and perhaps Gus know the answers to.

Or do they?I think the Juande Ramos tactical genius show is looking a little threadbare to this mere fan.It certainly didnt work against City.We went ahead,played some nice football but apart from Keanes brilliant strike managed very little incisive passing.Two duff decisions by linesmen and a return to our dire set play defending saw us concede the game and we looked as if we couldnt really be bothered to win it.This from players alledgedly playing for their places.Unless Ramos has a stategy for the remaining games which is not clear to me then we seem to be drifting aimlessly to a bottom half finish.We need another win to be safe,then perhaps we will seeTaraabt,Peckart,Rose et al starting games,unless Ramos is going to get rid of everyone except Berbatov,Keane,King Woodgate and Hutton and cant wait until the end of the season.Who knows?

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

On the eve of PSV 2nd leg

A better week for Spurs after Birmingham.At least we turned up for the first leg at home to PSV and although we played in fits and starts we had enough chances to get a draw but in truth they were at least on the night the better team.

However come Sunday we not only beat W.Ham we thrashed them. Ramos has notched up another milestone in his early Tottenham career,beating all our bitterest rivals and bringing home a cup.This keeps the fans very happy and we are another three points nearer safety and might just make the top half of the table.Delivering the fans deepest wishes even if the league season was never likely to be saved after that start is a happy knack that Ramos has,long may it last.

Now with Berbatov back on scoring form we can overturn the PSV result,no doubt,and I am looking foreward to the game (live on 5)I dont do detailed predictions but Tottenham can win this one.

Robinson nearly threw a goal away early on against W.Ham and is for the chop without doubt.He recovered the situation bravely but if that goal had gone in thee game would have been entirely different such are the narrow margins in football.An early goal tomorrow could set us up for a clear victory.

Good to see Gilberto score although the commentators on Radio London were quite clear that it was Bent,they must be psychic because he scored just after.Listened to the commentary and in the second half got a good internet stream.The picture was about two minutes behind the sound commentary but hey Ill take whatever I can get.Gilberto looks quality to me though a lot of fans have been quick to write him off an unfortunate Spurs fans habit which I have condemned on other forums.Now apparently Jenas is irreplaceable,earlier in the season some would have cheerfully given him away though they doubted we would get any takers.

Thursday, 6 March 2008

On fans, supporters and followers.

Ive followed Spurs since childhood.When my mother remarried after the War(no not the great war the second world war) I had a decision to make,my mother's family were all Arsenal fans and for a couple of years after my 7th birthday I went with my mum's brother Ted to the Gunners.But my stepfather's family were all Tottenham fans and it became increasingly clear that regular visits to top class football would require a slight shift in allegiance.So I made the switch and have never regretted it.
Perhaps thats why I find the visceral hatred of Arsenal so uncomfortable when I encounter it, mainly it must be said on websites rather than in real life.We all come across Arsenal fans and basically they are just like us,they just support the wrong team usually by some accident of geography or family.
I lived as a boy in North London at the Archway,close to suicide bridge at the start of the Great North Rd.It was slightly closer to the Arsenal but there was a pretty even split amongst my mates between the two sides and Arsenal vTottenham was the only game we ever played.My switch at about 9yrs.was only a temporary embarrassment.
When after school I moved up North and had the money to follow Spurs I didn't have the time, and now Ive the time I dont have the money.(I'll give an address later for donations to the poor old blokes supporters fund)So I put myself down as a fan of Spurs,a follower of Spurs but only in a limited sense a supporter.The real supporters and the true fans are those that regularly watch Spurs in the flesh and I always bow to their right to be the most opinionated and the most avid.
Not that they are always correct but they have earned the right to be wrong and have to be listened to.
And they are wrong sometimes: they were wrong about Carrick;they were wrong about Berbatov for a time and they are wrong about Jenas,although they seem to be coming round at last.They are probably wrong about Zokora and maybe Bent although the jury is on them and maybe Boateng.
But I love Tottenham:its tradition and history:its style and panache;its commitment to individual skill and team attack:I love it.
I believe that the club let itself down over the handling of the Jol situation,an honourable man dishonourably treated,but whilst not trying to defend his treatment firmly believe the Ramos is a man in tune with the spirit of Tottenham.I dont really buy into the Ramos myth but if other teams believe it all well and good.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Have we given up in the league?

Dangerous game concentrating on the UEFA cup when our league position is still precarious.I dont think we will but we could get relegated!
The display against Birmingham was not acceptable.I dont think Ramos wasnt bothered about the display or the result.It was not a fringe squad. None of our up and coming youngsters were playing,all the players were 1st teamers though we were short at centrehalf.It was not good for team morale and was certainly poor for Spurs longstanding supporters who possibly half expected such a performance,especially those unlike me who are regulars at the Lane and the real faithful who travel to away matches.
Now Gus Poyet is appealing for a great response on Thursday.He'll get it because thats the nature of football supporters but diehard supporters are not happy with the way they are used and abused although they are delighted with the new manager.They hated the way Martin Jol was treated but have given due appreciation for the support of the board in financial terms. Where are we now?.If we win well against PSV and beat W.Ham all will be forgiven:if we lose either or both we will replace the joy after the Carling cup win with a mood close to depression-oh well whats new for the followers of the Spurs.