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Monday, 23 November 2009

A day to remember

9-1, well played lads, 'nuff said.

Oh! The Blogmaster says I can't get away with that, check the small print in the Blogcontract. OK. then: very well played lads. Nope, still not enough. Remember, less is more, 'Brevity is the soul of wit' Blogmaster.

Anyway at half-time I was thinking 'Stoke again' even though this time we had got the early goal and Lennon was looking purposeful if not positively single minded. For 25mins. we throttled and harassed and bewildered them and could have been 3 or 4 up.

Then we relented and let them play with ball a bit and although their shooting was woeful we gave them the opportunity to get back into the game. We played as if we had forgotten what Harry had said as we left the dressing room, something about high tempo, attack and closing down the midfield.

He obviously repeated it with threats at half time because the game was transformed by Defoe's deadly finishing and Lennon's tormenting of ex-Spur Edman in his first return to White Hart Lane. He must have called him a 'hyperactive dwarf' or something at some stage in the first half because after that Lennon failed to extend him the usual courtesies.

This was a squad victory : no Keane or King our team and club captains; no Modric, our best player though Kranjcar was no mere understudy here; no Jenas, exhausted after marking Kaka against Brazil presumably.

But everyone stepped up including captain for the day Woodgate and especially Huddlestone, who has started every game this season. Even Bentley managed an assist and a goal in his fifteen minutes of fame. Goals flew in from everywhere and every mistake, and there were several, by the Wigan defence was punished. Palacios too although still giving away free kicks unnecessarily was more positive and searching with his passes. We were rightly punished by Scharner's goal which he clearly handled but there was not a man within five yards of him when he scored.

We go to Aston Villa in the top four as of right. No need to study the table or take into account games in hand. Even if we were to lose at Villa, thanks to Jermain, we would still be fourth(unless they win by seven goals). How much it means in terms of confidence and momentum is difficult to assess but clearly it can't be negative.

I stress a squad performance because we are approaching the perils of the January transfer window. This leads to the annual pleas for buying players to take us to the next level. Well friends at the moment we are already there, achieved by Harry buying frugally and well since he arrived and assembling a quality squad who deserve some stability, loyalty, and continuity.

Players who are better than what we have are unlikely to come to us mid-season and in any case may disrupt the team dynamics or may take time to settle into the team or the Premiership. I think that Harry should tinker and fine tune a little more, try a limited amount of the rotation which was forced on him against Wigan, recall O'Hara, and stick with the present squad. We don't need to replace Pavlyuchenko if he goes because we don't use him anyway.

The lessons of the 9-1 victory were that we played at a high tempo, had a balanced 442 formation, kept the approach play mainly on the ground, despite Crouch starting, and apart from the 20 minutes before half time closed down the midfield.

I always have that 'This could be the day' feeling at kick-off. Its ridiculous I know but yesterday was just such a day and one to remember. Let's hope we don't have to wait another 30 yrs for something similar.

10 comments:

TMWNN said...

'No Jenas, exhausted after marking Kaka against Brazil presumably.'

Ha ha.

elwehbi@ibleedhotspur said...

I don't know what to say! At some point I felt like we might concede another but then we just slammed the pedal to the floor and never looked back. I'm speechless to the point where I still haven't been able to post lol

Congrats JimmyG2!!!!!

JimmyG2 said...

TMWNN

If I had to pick between Jenas and Huddlestone I would back Harry in choosing Hud.if that's what he has done.
I said before the game that I would not be unhappy if he chose Kranjcar over both as I think he is a 'top, top' player as he proved on Sunday.
So I am not totally irrational about Jenas.
Is there room for Modric and Kranjcar when the maestro returns?

Elwehbi

Spurs always give you those 'Stoke' moments,at half time and at 3-1 but truthfully they were awful.
Why didn't they double mark Lennon when it was clear that Edman couldn't cope and that Lennon was going to run riot?
Hope you get your breath back for Saturday.

Anonymous said...

Beat Villa away and I'll run down Tottenham High Rd naked.

Oh yeah.

~spooky

TMWNN said...

JimmyG2

Imagine there's no Jenas or Huddlestone
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky (tv)
Imagine all the people
Living for match of the day

Imagine there's no JJ/Hudd debates
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no back passes too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join me
And the world will be as one

Imagine lots of possession
I wonder if you can
No need for dumb or dumber
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the yidos
Sharing all the world

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join me
And the world will live as one

Imagine by:
Kranjcar-Modric-Palacios-Lennon

JimmyG2 said...

TMWNN
You have done me proud here Sir.
If this is original I might pinch it and pass it off as my own.
I'm working on a reply but it might take some days. So far Ive got

Jenas and Huddlestone
went to sea in beautiful Lillywhite boat.

But as you can see it needs further work.

TMWNN said...

Of course it's original - how dare you!

Do what you want with it, but wouldn't that be an admission of defeat ;-)

JimmyG2 said...

TMWNN
Frank Lloyd Wright said that 'art is not truth' and he got you bang on.
Plato decreed that truth was the more important but granting you a bit of poetic licence I give you victory in the poetic battle but not in the 'truth' wars.

TMWNN said...

JimmyG2

Johnson had your number with:

'Everyman (bar TMWNN) amuses himself with projects which he knows to be improbable, and which, therefore, he resolves to pursue without daring to examine them'.

JimmyG2 said...

You are unmasked Sir by Harry Hotspur as The Man With No Name, a frequenter of his blog.
I have sent him your piece for wider distribution with the disclaimer that the content is total tosh in my opinion.

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