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Friday, 2 October 2009

Bullies, Bolton and Bollocks

'Tottenham tend to bully teams lower in the table' says Lawro. Well that's all right then because we play Bolton, who are below us in the table, on Saturday and it should be an interesting spectacle if he's correct. For 'bully' read 'out play, out pace, out pass, and out score' the other teams but never mind O pundit wise we know what you mean.

This vision of Tottenham as 'bullies' will please those Spur's fans who think that no team is complete without a midfield destroyer; who tear their hair out when those two wussies Big Tom and Mary Anne Jenas are pussyfooting round the pitch and who believe that the height of Spurs achievements was Dave Mackay lifting up Billy Bremner by the collar.

All our recent success is attributed, almost solely by some, to the recruitment of Wilson Palacios and nothing to do with a more talented, more settled squad, under an experienced and clever manager.Oh yes and little Luka. The last time this topic was raised it was claimed that no successful team existed without a hard man or two in midfield as protectors, but many correspondents rattled off dozens of teams who won major honours without them.

Some no doubt regret that we have the smallest team in the Premiership and feel that it somehow undermines their manhood. 'My Dad's smaller than yours' is not a threat heard often in the playgrounds or likely to strike fear into the hearts of real bullies anywhere. However I view football mainly as a game of skill, you know the 'beautiful game', the result of preserving an image of Spurs at their best in my mind, and that adverse weather and opponents who set out to obstruct that concept are really a challenge to skilled players to play better.

Yes you have to have some balance; yes this is the Premiership, the toughest blah blah blah league in the world and the most overpaid, but the emphasis should be on skill regardless of size and I wouldn't pay a penny to watch Bolton or Stoke or (insert your own least favourite here) every week. It might be effective to a certain level but its not good to watch.

Considering 'hard men', my thoughts turn to such as Vidic who are more thugs than hard men, and I cannot see how his habit of turning round and hauling down a player that has just skinned him is not an immediate red card offence anywhere on the pitch just as a studs up tackle is. It negates the whole idea of football to me. It says 'Yep you're too good for me but I have ways to make things even'. He's already perfected the elbow jab, just ask Crouch, and perhaps he has a patent on the Rugby inspired two handed grab.

It will be interesting to watch Kevin Davies tomorrow although I'd rather the referee did, because his behaviour in particular at corners: obstruction, pushing, pulling and general mayhem has gone on virtually unchecked for years. All the fans are aware of it but not apparently the referees.

Action has been taken over the years to protect talented players but depite the macho groans of ex-pros, Lee Dixon for one, who hint darkly that tackling might be outlawed soon there is still progress to be made to preserve the best features of the game. Certainly players need to have some balls, there is a physical element to the game I accept but talking bollocks on the subject is not the same thing. It needs to be kept in its place and not allowed to dominate.

Crouch, Gomes and Dawson will probably play tomorrow, they are quite tall after all, and I anticipate us winning by a couple of goals. Bolton haven't scored in open play once this season so height at set pieces might be useful. More on Sunday.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Typical bollocks from a southern jessie. Football is not just a game of skill any more than boxing is uncontrolled violence.
Kevin Davies is the most FOULED player in the last five years see Opta, and he should get a lot more fouls! He only gets the obvious ones.
Get over yourself and inparticular 1961.

Anonymous said...

Who mentioned 1961? It was hardly an article that was critical of Bolton or do you dispute that Davies puts himself about a bit?

Another sad northerner with a chip on their shoulder.

Love and Kisses
Southern Jess x

Anonymous said...

Same result a fixture at the Reebok last season, you are no better than you were then.

Anonymous said...

Really? Hope all the Trotties believe that because they are in for a mauling.

Anonymous said...

Things are a little different this year.Spurs seem to have found some away form.Bolton have every reason to be worried.

Anonymous said...

Bolton 3-0 Spurs. No worries

JimmyG2 said...

Pleased to see some solidarity between us 'southern jessies'.
'Most fouled player', there must be a lot of players who agree with me then, obviously retaliation. Or is it a typo for 'most foul'?
Mmmm 1961.
Anyway all are welcome,its good to talk.
We will see tomorrow, and may the best,i.e. the most skilful team win.

JimmyG2 said...

Have been looking at the 'OPTA' stats as recommended by our Bolton friend and can only find 'Our Kevin' at the top of the most fouls commited section.
Perhaps you've got the paper upside-down.

elwehbi@ibleedhotspur said...

Anon 13:25

"Bolton 3-0 Spurs. No worries"

Must be the alcohol talking...

Anonymous said...

Well deserved draw, Bolton CAN play football, Kevin Davies is 1000 times better than Emile Heskey so give him a shot Capello

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