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Monday, 14 December 2009

Blip-A-Dee-Doo-Da, Just a bad day

Blip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
Just a bad day
Blip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
Just a bad day.

(With thanks to Walt Disney's 'Song of the South'

Music hath charms to soothe the frenzied breast of Tottenham supporters who are starting to fear that the best is behind us and that the worst is yet to come. I find that Walt Disney is a great comfort in situations like this. Mickey Mouse outfits anyone? But let's not get carried away. Only a fool would think that we could match our starting sequence of games for the whole season. Well as we are on a musical theme here, as Elvis Presley put it:

'Every now and then, there's a fool such as I'

Realistically, I suppose, we were bound to have a sequence of poorer results. Every team seems to be doing it this season. We outplayed Villa who beat Man.Utd. at Old Trafford yesterday. Bolton scored three against Chelsea. We beat Wigan 9-1 who beat Villa and so on. We couldn't hope to maintain a 2 points per game average through the season. In our first 8 games we gained 18 pts. (five wins and two losses.) In the second 8 we got 11pts. (three wins and three losses ) 'From rags to riches' or visa versa. Another Elvis offering as it happens.

You will find the Wolves' result in the Desk Sergeant's book along with Stoke under 'muggings'. It puts the away draws against Villa and Everton into a brighter perspective. These teams came to spoil and not to play, and there will be others. We are going to have to devise better formations and strategies to overcome this 'park the bus tactic'. Once again we dominated possession( 70%/ 30%) and shots (18/4) but if you don't score, you can't win: and if you don't keep a clean sheet you might just lose.

Ideally we will escape this decidedly average run against Man.City on Wednesday or they and Aston Villa will threaten to leave us behind. The challenge from Liverpool is delayed by the Arsenal win today.

We had chances to win it. Kranjcar uncharacteristically missed a good one after some slick passing between Corluka, Lennon and Modric; Huddlestone drew a good save from Hahnemann; Defoe and Crouch could have done better with their opportunities. In the end we were not clever or sharp enough around a packed box to create enough clear chances.

Until Modric came on there was little buzz or inventiveness in the midfield. He allowed us to play the ball shorter and quicker and provided a link that Huddlestone and Palacios seemed unable to provide. It was good to catch sight of Gio again as he also offers some hope of quicker thinking although ten minutes was too short to see whether he might make a difference.

In general we passed the ball well but our build up was slow, deliberate and somewhat ponderous. Some very poor passing amongst the good ceded possession at vital moments and these stick in the memory. Keane, who made some good runs, seems to have completely lost his confidence and touch. Crouch was slow of thought and movement and not one of his flick ons reached a Spurs player. In the end we went route one with little success. Defoe seemed to be in a world of his own. Lennon was well marked again and rarely made the by-line on either flank.

Our next 17 games in the run up to Arsenal in April contain Man.City at home and away, Villa at home and Liverpool away. The other 13 games are against what you might consider 'easier' teams. You need to put the Stoke and Wolves results to one side at this point. That's a bit like saying that apart from the blizzards, the hurricane and the floods the weather has been quite settled.

By then we need to be more than in contention because our last five games involve 3 of the usual top four suspects. The way its going it might be all over by then. One game at a time Jimmy, one game at a time.

I finish where I started with Disney lyrics this time from 'Snow White' and this time in honour of our one true great, Luka Modric.

'When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true.

Modric is my star and my dream is of a top four finish, this season. In true Spurs fashion we are making it harder and less likely and the rest of the season is becoming unnecessarily exciting or perhaps depressing. I'm off now to browse the Walt Disney songbook again to find some cheeringful material for future columns. You have been warned.

41 comments:

Marianne said...

Had my fill of Keane, he upsets the balance, and quite frankly just isn`t up for it no longer. Crouch is completely the wrong kind of player for our MF, i would like to see Dos Santos along side Defoe. Modric and Santos could switch giving another option to our play without making a substitution. I however remain optimistc, and with the Jan window around the corner a great opportunity for us to get rid of the deadweights and bring in some needed cover for Palacios, a CB and playmaker MF. Cheerio Bentley, Keane, Pav, Jenas and Crouch.

The future is still bright, the future is lilywhite.

COYS!

Anonymous said...

totally agree, well said, our players have the technical ability, theyve just got to use their intelligence to outwit and out think these park the bus teams, cant believe the crap, the wolves manager and fans came out with, we deserved it, yeah you really did, didnt you, for building a human wall, in a football match, for 94 mins, yeah real skillful that , sod entertaining paying crowds, wanting to see a game of football, lets face it , youre right were gonna face more of these negative teams, because they cant take us on properly, but its also up to us to evolve, and learn to break them down, i hate berbatov for what he did to us, but we need a player like him again , because his style so suited tottenham, maybe pandev?.

Anonymous said...

dos santos and defoe , good shout , i like it, better than crouch.

Anonymous said...

have you seen crouches stats, we dominated the match, and yet he did 2 passes, and 0 shots on goal in 96 mins of football, wtf thats absolutely shit, isnt it, maybe we should get rid of him again, i think hell go to villa, they like the long ball.

come on you spurs

Anonymous said...

if you want check out our stats, check this outhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/dec/14/tottenham-wolves-premier-league

JimmyG2 said...

Marianne.
I have suggested Gio and Defoe but have been shouted down. Usual 'too short' stuff and Crouch gives us 'something different' and also we are doing well so don't change it line.
Your optimism is refreshing this morning.

Anon 10.05/ 10:02
Interesting thankyou.
I like Huddlestone but Modric showed immediately his class. Despite not being match fit he wanted the ball and filled in that hole between attack and defence.
He will make a difference.

Where did you get the Crouch stats from?

Anonymous said...

here http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/dec/14/tottenham-wolves-premier-league
lots of good stats with charts.

Anonymous said...

oops got it wrong crouch had 3 shots 1 blocked, 1 off target, and one on target, wow hes brilliant isnt he, (not) i think we should sell him, he doesnt get involved in the game, as the stats show.
come on you spurs

Anonymous said...

oh yes and not to forget, 2 short passes.

Anonymous said...

now check out berbatovs involvement, it is an amazing difference, what the hell is crouch doing out there,
http//www.guardian.co.uk/football/chalkboards/create
the comparison i looked at was
year 2006 07 , tottenham v bolton , sun 25-02- 2007 , bolton (h) just an example, but look at the difference.

Marianne said...

JimmyG2.

We need to change things around a bit, and if that means dropping players that have not the fire, then bring in the likes of Obika and Santos. Modric and Santos would give us another option of play without bringing on a substitute, they could swap back and forth and imo would compliment a hungry Defoe. For now, i would put Hudds beside Dawson as Bassong looks like he is of the pace and game.

My team for Citeh.

Gomes

Corluka Dawson Hudds Ekotto

Lennon Krankjar Palacios Modric

Dos Santos Defoe.

We also have the option of moving Hudds up into the sweeper role with three at the back if needed.

Anonymous said...

like the team ,and if its not working, i would switch modric and krankjer over. did you check out the stats, it just shows what we lack up front, and need, good shout, and i want us to get taarabt back, i rate him, hes got skills we need at tottenham, im sure he must have learnt to be a team player by now.

Anonymous said...

It would be nice if people posting comments had actually watched the game rather than just reading stats. I am no great fan of Peter Crouch but he was on the field for about half an hour not 96 minutes as stated, so the stats quoted are pretty irrelevant. It is perhaps more relevant that we actually created chances once Crouch came on the field, even though our defenders just started to hoof aimless balls in his direction. Crouch also gives us height when defending set pieces. If he had started, Wolves early free kick might have been dealt with.

Anonymous said...

sorry meant 36 mins for crouch and not 96 mins, but his participation is still not good enough.

Anonymous said...

im sorry but i dont rate crouch for spurs, hardly any shots on goal, doesnt bust a gut to get the ball, gives too many fouls away, hardly passes, and we resort to long ball when hes on, which is not the tottenham way of playing.

Anonymous said...

couple of comments - 1) gio is not match fit and in his time on the pitch did nothing 2) bassong was much more effective at bringing the ball out and passing it than daws who played too many long balls for my liking 3) judging by hudd's spped of thought/concentration on saturday he would be murdered in cntral defence by citeh. why is anyone talking about obika/taarabt - do you honestly believe that obika is currently a better bet than crouch or keane? - if so, he would be playing prem football! as regards taarabt, he isnt even a guaranteed starter at qpr and doesnt want to play for us! I think we should play either crouch or keane and give whoever it is the full game to build their confidence - if its keane, dont keep hauling him off after 60 minutes as it must murder his confidence and wastes one of our subs. Why must a striker score in the first 60 minutes??

Anonymous said...

that set piece should have been dealt with by our defence, we shouldnt play him just because he can header a ball, dont get me wrong, i dont hate the guy, but hes not first team, and i really hope dos santos gets his chance on wednesday alongside defoe as stated, the comparison was a bit unfair, but 36 mins and 1 shot on target, come on, thats not good enough, surely.

Anonymous said...

basically they havent got the fire in their bellies, like all spurs sides. they turned up thinking we would win and when that happens we are in trouble. every year is the same and its why we wont be anywhere near top 4 for a long long time. Thats the differnece, chelsea or arsenal go behing they come through it, we go behind and we're done. Top 6 is the best we can hope for yet again.

Anonymous said...

if what you say is true that dos santos is not fit, then i agree with you to play keane, and youre right about not hauling him off, i watched him for rep ireland, and he was really good, he must get that confidence back to be first team, i want to get the robbie keane we know and love, playing the football we know he can, and leading us on the pitch , as he used to, just because he went to liverpool, so what, hes back, and if he gets encouragement and love from the fans, instead of slagging him off, im sure he would start getting better, the only reason i would put dos santos in instead of keane, is like many others, who have seen him play for, mexico, barcelona, he is really clever technical player, who can unlock defences, and we want to see him play that way for us, keane is certainly suffering from lack of confidence, and i really hope he shrugs it off, and he starts playing well for us, we do need a leader out there, and it shows.

Anonymous said...

did man utd ,chelsea or liverpool at their grounds come through it, i dont think they did.

Anonymous said...

if you want fire in your belly players, check out sandro when he turns up, great tackler, athletic, with good brazilian football skills, this guy is as tough as they come, and will be a great player for us.

TMWNN said...

Anon. 11:46

Good comments, although it's become glaringly obvious to me that both Keane and Crouch shouldn't start. One does almost nothing and the other completely changes our game to one that I hate.

I'd start with Modric playing in the hole behind Defoe (both a bit small I know). Get the ball down and play our fast passing game. If that fails to bring goals, only then should we resort to bringing Crouch on.

Keane and Crouch have lost the hunger and are just not up to it. We need a striker who has more than one string to his bow.

Anonymous said...

thats what im saying, crouch is a late plan b sub, when the pretty football is not working, but please spurs fans , get off keanes back, you never know he might get his confidence and game back, and we all want the old KEANO back dont we.

Anonymous said...

2 clean sheets in 16 games is the problem. We need another centre back with leadership qualities. Dawson shows some but that is it regarding the rest of the team. We need to show more mental strength too, we don't have that winning mentality yet. It's hard not we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves regarding league positions. I think we will finish the season in 6th or 7th and that is a realistic expectation.

Anonymous said...

fickle fickle fans,one defeat and you all want to change the team,errh foget we banged 9 past wigan 2 weeks ago with crouch and co,i was at the lane and although we didnt play well we were better than wolves who just defended for there lives for 96 mins,we played alot worse against sunderland and won..thats football.its not time to change the team more so build a consistant side week in week out.had spurs scored first wolves would have had to attack us a we prob would have spanked them.for once lets get behind the players who have given us our best start for many a year and stop this knee-jerk reaction...C.O.Y.S!

Anonymous said...

So from now on we should stick with that useless cu@t Crouch because we scored 9 against Wigan. Bollocks!

Anonymous said...

Many fans (!) seem to forget. Football is a team game and these days many clubs score most of their goals from set plays. A decent manager has to consider this and make sure that there is enough height in the team to deal with set plays. To say that a forward shouldn't be picked because he gives presence in the air at set plays, both offensive and defensive, is to miss the relevance of picking a balanced team. Let's face it, if you want Defoe, Lennon and Modric in the team, then you can't have many more small players. At the moment Crouch and Defoe is working OK and so unless you want to bring Pav in, we don't have any real options. Talk of Defoe/Modric or Defoe/Dos Santos is based on what evidence? Get real people!

Anonymous said...

finish 7th, whos gonna be above us then, bank city, the villa who we spanked the last time, liverpool, who aint that good now, and i am not saying change the team, but modric is going to get in, and huddlestone will be dropped, and keano will be in for crouch, all we have to do is learn to break down these negative park the bus teams, and well start picking up points again, top 4 here we come, no doubt, we are so close to achieving top 4, come on spurs , we have the ability, but we need a leader out there, show some fight.

JimmyG2 said...

Crouch.
Is not good enough to be more than an impact sub to change or chase the game. Poor on the ground and in the air. The story about him having 'good feet for a big man' was put about by his Mum.

Keane
Isn't doing it as good as he was once. Do we play him back through the confidence barrier or try something different.

Kranjcar, Gio, or Modric in the hole.
Well worth trying in my view, starting with Kranjcar until the others are match fit.

Statistics
They are very interesting but as Anon 11:37 says they are are no substitute for watching the game with as unbiased an eye as possible.
I have been known to use, or misuse them to prove a point.

Sandro, Pandev or whoever.

Will take at least 6mths to settle in and will not have a lot of bearing on our struggle to get into top 4 this season
We have plenty of talent in the squad already but need to use it more flexibly.
Good job Bale didn't start or else he would have got the blame.

Size
Not a problem up front for me if it means we keep the ball on the ground and pass it to each other. We have plenty of height in defence and for set pieces.

Anonymous said...

great to see modric back on the pitch the other day, he will improve us further, and enhance our top 4 aspirations, and special mention goes to krankjer, one of the best purchases we have made, and him and modric linking up will be great.

come on you spurs

Marianne said...

It`s blatantly obvious that Keane and Crouch are out of sorts, I`m just saying, give a hungry promising youngster a go. I`m sure they have a lot more energy and enthusiasm to offer thanthe afore mentioned, or shall we put our faith in players that are not performing right now? I know what i want.

COYS!

Anonymous said...

what the hell did liverpool do to our keano, come on man get your game back, and feel the love.

Anonymous said...

Forget stats we should never lose home games to the likes of stoke and to follow it up a couple of weeks later with the wolves result is more than poor. With our squad it shouldnt matter who plays against these teams.
Alan

Anonymous said...

your all mugs and you aint even getting in europa mate!!

FOYS

Anonymous said...

and arsenal aint gonna win anything again

pushnrun said...

Great post as usual,

In the prem there are no gimmes....I am reminded.

Couldn't bare to watch the highlights or to read any websites after the game but you hit the right note! As I trudged to the pub to shake hands with a Wolves mate, ringing in my hesd was the wisdom of Madge: "Every little thing that Spurs say or do, I know I've got a crush on you." Can't change that and don't want to. Winning those sort of games (Bolton, Stoke, Villa, Wolves, even 1 up at home to Utd) is about experience. This lot need time.

Results will go against us, but we are SPURS, WE ARE FIFTH, with a good run of fixtures coming up. On another day 70% possesion would have been enough to win. Good season so far for me, which looks rotten when we dominate and loose, but ok when we are average and draw. I want 3rd but will accept anything up to 6th in Harrys first season. We will win 20 games and lets see where that gets us, maybe "every little thing, every little thing that we want." COYS

JimmyG2 said...

pushnrun
I'm hanging in there with you.

marianne.
Pragmatic approach which makes sense to me.

I think its too early to start slashing wrists yet , or for desperate measures on the pitch.
The game against City will tell us more, draw wouldn't go amiss for either side but a win,we are at home after all, might just set us back on the right track.

Anonymous said...

Nice article-- but hard to get by the fact that Zip-a-dee-Doo-Dah is from "Song of the South", not "Snow White".......

alwyn said...

(and there i was thinking Jimmy got his dee-doo-dah gig from my comment in the previous post about the Everton game being just dumb yippee-doodah luck.)

i take some consolation, though, in Harry's saying that he "couldn't have asked more from the lads" (somehow i don't think he was just putting on a PR show and i trust his estimate the team tried very hard - unlike w Chelsea and Arsenal earlier).

whilst i feel there should be a rule against using a 10-0-0 formation for 87 minutes, i also hope Harry to look into the attacking creativity - here's hoping Modric magic sparks something against City.

COYS.

JimmyG2 said...

Anon 01:38
'Song of the South' Bugger. Thankyou. Sorted.
And todays award for spotting the deliberate mistake goes to Anon 01:38

alwyn.
I'm sure I did in a subliminal sort of way.
I don't believe a word that Harry says.If he said 'My name is Harry Redknapp' I'd want to see his birth certificate.

elwehbi@ibleedhotspur said...

Great post JimmyG2!

Up until today, I was so heartbroken by the loss that I couldn't read any posts or news on the net. The Disney song was refreshing. Thanks for that!

In regards to the match, I thought Keane might have been sloppy but he shouldn't have been subbed. Defoe was lost and maybe Keano and Crouchie could have had a go.

Marianne: Defoe and Gio would be too small of a lineup up front, although they would be mighty quick and cause problems on the offside trap. Can you imagine trying to cross balls into the box on attack with those two going for it?

COYS!

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