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Saturday, 6 March 2010

Down to the bare bones

Three Human Skeletons

                                       The Spurs bench

If we can find enough players down the back of the sofa we should have enough to at least bring Fulham back to the Lane and finish them off. We have done this in the previous round . I don't know if its an actual plan but it seemed to work against Bolton.Leeds we did the hard way drawing at home and winning away. We can put out a reasonable first team but we are 'down to the bare bones' in reserves as Harry would put it.

We've found a couple, Livermore and Townsend have been recalled and of these Livermore is the more likely to start in place of Huddlestone. Rose is ahead of Townsend in the left flank position Unless Harry puts Ekotto at full back and pushes Bale up into midfield.

Up front without Defoe I think it will be Crouch, fresh from his England triumph, and man of the moment Pavlyuchenko. Gudjohnsen will probably be held in reserve to fill a more defensive role depending on the state of the game. If we keep the ball mainly on the ground we should create enough chances. Defoe might still make it and Harry could be trying to mess with Roy Hodgson's head. It always looks and sounds as if someone has when he's interviewed but he is an experienced old hand and has worked wonders at Fulham.

I think Harry will go for as little disruption as possible with Ekotto as an option if we are chasing the game. The smart money seems to be on a 1-1 draw but I think we can edge this one and get it all over and done with on the day. Both strikers are in positive mode and I think the usual back five can cope with the threat that Fulham pose.

My main worry is that Palacios charged with the main defensive duties in midfield might find himself stretched and lured into reckless tackles. His tenth red card and subsequent two match ban needs to be carefully stage managed. But he wasn't booked against Everton and might escape again today. Modric will probably join him in central midfield, if Livermore doesn't start, where he usually plays for Croatia with Kranjcar starting on the right as he did so successfully last week.

O'Hara cannot be recalled and Kaboul is cup-tied so that closes those options off.
My official forecast is a narrow win for the skeleton staff probably 2-1.


alwyn said...

my friends were howling for Gomes to be whipped after his howlers against Everton (of course, they ignored his match-saving stops but don't we all?). it was good to read of him keeping us on track for Wembley.

i'm also glad that Harry didn't stick a (small) dagger into Pav 4 for not scoring for the 5th game in succession.

am looking fwd to us charging ahead of the Reds (after their collapse at Wigan) this weekend. please oh please not another Hull or Villa (or worse, Wolves/Stoke).

we should (oops, bad word) win easily, right?

JimmyG2 said...

Hi Alwyn,

I review the Fulham and Liverpool games in my next blog. Its up now.
A cock-up with Newsnow means that you and I seem to have the blog to ourselves this time.
'should' What sort of word is that.
Every time we see a little bit od daylight we usuallyshut the curtains.

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