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Monday, 30 November 2009

There's people all over the media

There's people all over the media. They think its all over. Its not yet. Managers; ex-managers; managers about to become ex-managers; ex-managers about to become managers are all over Spurs like a rash. The latest is Sir Alex` but as we play them on Tuesday in the Carling Cup we have to examine this gift horse with care. Does he want us to play Huddlestone , our most gifted but most vulnerable player and Palacios, who has been off form for a while? Or not?

What sort of team will he put out? What sort of team will Harry put out? Given that this Cup gives maximum benefit for the minimum of effort will we go for it? If you have a clue drop me a line. I've no idea.

In the meantime after Villa its not just the managerial ranks who are auditioning to be in our backing group. Its senior pundits too. Hold the front page! Senior pundit says Spurs are favorites to take Top Four place ahead of Man.City and Aston Villa. (But don't write of Liverpool just yet, obviously) And who was this senior pundit? Well actually it was Alan Shearer on Match Of The Day, but let's not split hairs here. Be nice to those you meet on the way up you might meet them on the way down.

Do we need 'Our Alan' to tell us what we already knew after Saturdays game? Man.City, they of the award winning seven consecutive draws couldn't beat Hull at home, and we exposed Villa as mere 'pretenders' while establishing our own credentials as the real 'contenders' as the TV. billing had it.

We were put onto the back foot for 25 minutes by their early scrambled goal and they had six corners in this time, but by the end of the match they were hanging on and we had claimed every statistic. This included an astonishing successful pass tally of over 300 to their 170 and 64% possession. We played like the home team and on the front foot which is where I like us to play.

They defended well and got a grip on Lennon but last week against Wigan everything flew in and this week it didn't. We would have taken a point before the game and so would they but in the event we might easily have won it. More importantly we played as if we thought we could do so. This without our two first choice centre halves and Modric.

Dawson was captain and goalscorer and playing for the first time in the league with Bassong they gave a convincing impression of a first choice pairing. If Kranjcar hadn't turned in another classy performance I would have made Dawson man of the match.

Gomes did not have a single save to make in the whole game. Jenas came on for Palacios to confound his critics again, as he did against Man.Utd, to give a demonstration of forceful attacking midfield play. He immediately struck up a partnership with Huddlestone which threatened to win the game for us and we pressed for the winner until the end.

I was completely fooled by Harry's pre-match interviews and thought that Keane would start and that Jenas might be preferred to Huddlestone. I aught to know better by now. Tom has started every game this season and so far Palacios has been our midfield anchorman.

This was a statement of intent by Harry and the squad and added the element of belief to our play. And why not? We've been in the top four almost the whole season, we are well into the second third and there is clear blue Lillywhite water appearing between us and the rest. We are developing an attitude and the mentality to achieve success.

The return of Lennon and Defoe and the quality of Kranjcar have given us a lift and one wonders where Modric will fit in. Only joking Luka you can play where you like mate, we'll slot the rest in around you. Unfortunately I don't think we will see the best of him until after Xmas now. What price a cameo role for him or Gio on Tuesday in the Carling Cup where even the ghost of Pavlyuchenko might get a start. He wasn't even on the bench on Saturday.

We are the only team standing now between a return to the 'normal' Top Four. It makes us an objective for a new level of player and helps to keep our own top players happy to stay. If we slip up then the bloodhounds will be sniffing around and cocking their legs on Modric, Lennon and Defoe and marking out their territory on our key players.

Tottenham supporters as always are more circumspect not to say downright fearful that we are peaking to early, getting too much attention, putting our heads above the parapet and drawing the sniper's fire. All this praise is a Trojan horse designed to swell our heads and unbalance us from the high wire. Now you don't recall the Trojan horse episode but friends I was there. Its a load of balony. Remember Bill Nicholson
' Its better to fail aiming high than succeed aiming low.'
I'm with Bill on this one and I don't intend to keep quiet about it. 'Chutzpah' covers it.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice read!

Allan said...

I want to believe!!!

Anonymous said...

Lets have a word of praise for Levy,
although Harrys doing a great job
hes had plenty of assistance
Harry has a large coaching staff,
some came with him,some arrived after he
took over.
Also hes recruited some 9 players
which cost a good bit of money.
Of these in any order Defoe, Wilson, and Krankar, are the best
followed by Bassong and Crouch
of the two from Shef Utd , Naughton
looks decent, dont know about the other,
of the 9 Keane and Cudicini i wouldnt miss.

Anonymous said...

By all means aim high, but don't pretend we've succeeded already.We're doing well and have a chance of at least th spot, but telling everyone we're great is pride before a fall. You're confusing chutzpah with hubris.

Softly softly, catchee monkey. Take each game as it comes.

I've now run out of cliches.

Anonymous said...

It appears I've also run out of "4"'s

alwyn said...

wow, Gomes didn't have to make a single save after the first goal? this against a team which beat Chelsea? was Villa under-strength or something? still, from what i've read we're certainly playing top class - even the writer in footbal365.com said that we were MORE impressive than last week!

as per anon1206, i want to believe!

JimmyG2 said...

Allan

Believe Allan believe. It makes you feel better and doesn't cost a penny.


Anon 12:26

Levy is well paid for what he does and its in his interest to have a successful club so that he and Joe Lewis can make a good profit when they eventually sell it.
Its self interest rather than genuine love of the club.But better Levy than some foreign multi-national corporation or a billionaire who wants a new toy.
I'm not a great Palacios fan. Vastly overhyped and not playing very well at the moment. He supplies a need we have had for some time but not very well.

Anon 12:38

'Hubris. or 'chutzpah' Thankyou there's nearly a whole new blog there.
However for starters I think that 'Hubris' is always regarded negatively. It leads inevitably to nemesis, or in this case coming 5th.
'Chutzpah' is a more positive quality which can cause you to make the most of yourself without implying an endeavour that is doomed to fail.
Read the rest of my blog if you want to stock up on cliches. Ive got A level cliche and a degree in platitudes.
Help yourself.

TMWNN said...

Oh JimmyG2, what is to be done with you?

Just when I was about to write 'Nothing to disagree with here' and move on to another blog, you came out with yet another classic:

'Jenas came on for Palacios to confound his critics again, as he did against Man.Utd., to give a demonstration of forceful attacking midfield play'

Now, call me paranoid, but if I didn't know any better, I'd say you were slotting this kind of nonsense in for effect. He made about 3 passes.

Wind up merchant!

Anonymous said...

Harsh on Jenas.

http://tinyurl.com/yzj3ysm

27 passes, only 2 unsuccessful. Finally got Lennon into the game, and he was on as a defensive midfielder, to replace Palacios.

TMWNN said...

Anonymous 14:39

Never let the truth (or Guardian 'Chalk Boards') get in the way of some good ol' Jenas bashing.

'..he was on as a defensive midfielder..'

To defend against what exactly? By the time Jimmy's lover boy came on, any threat of opposition attack was non-existent.

Harry himself could have notched up 25 sideways passes.

JimmyG2 said...

Anon 14:39

I'll let you scrap it out with TMWNN.
But your stats show that he barely watched the game and is therefor not in a position to dispute your figures.
(27 passes only two unsuccessful) I thank yew.
Give it up TMWNN your getting close to being in the minority.

Luka Modric said...

Niko Kranjcar was man of the match. I am very impressed by his form lately. Hopefully he will continue to improve..

TMWNN said...

Wise words Luka; extremely insightful.

JimmyG2 said...

Luka

You have made an old man very happy. I will treasure your contribution to this humble weblog along with the Birthday card Igot signed by Ledley King and Dimitar Berbatov.

When will you be coming back?
It is really you isn't it?

TMWNN.
Show some proper respect there fella.

elwehbi@ibleedhotspur said...

Niko has been great so far. The best value-for-money deal in the transfer market in my eyes.

TMWNN said...

JimmyG2

Never mind that you old codger.

Pull your finger out and write the Manure preview!

JimmyG2 said...

TMWNN

I said in the Villa report that I havn't got a clue because I'm not sure what teams will be selected.
If Sir Alex plays the 'youngsters' and Harry plays our more experienced squad players who need a game, something on the lines of:
Gomes/Hutton/Dawson/Bassong/Naughton// Bentley/Jenas(obviously)/Huddlestone/Bale// Pavlyuchenko/Keane with perhaps Gio fit to play a part we could easily win.
442 and attack them please.

There you are mystery man your very own preview.
Don't say I don't share the love.

TMWNN said...

'I said in the Villa report that I haven't got a clue'

Bang to rights ;-)

Anonymous said...

Watched the game v man u
please sombody explain to me why
the useless Keane has to be picked
i wouldnt even have him on the bench
pointy shouty please go

JimmyG2 said...

Anon 12:05

Harry clearly feels that as we are doing so well and that Keane as captain contributes a great deal, presumably off the pitch rather than on, he plays,and substitutes, him practically every match.
Not sure I buy this myself. Keane is best when he plays up front but he seems to me have lost his touch and /or confidence.

TMWNN

Poor show Sir taking quotes out of context.
The best I can say about Jenas last night was that he was no worse than Keane,Bentley,
Crouch,Palacios and one or two others.
But we still bossed the first half.
If you don't score you can't win.

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