Hertfordshire Fire Service Museum
Adabeyor was disappointed to find we were going to play
a football match and not to visit this must see Watford feature.
The JimmyG2 Column
I know the Watford Civic and Preservation Society will disagree but Watford was more than just horrible and disgraceful, it was horribly disgraceful.. Picking a Spurs Man of the Match shouldn't take too long as there is a very short short list.
My vote would go to Van Der Vaart for at least trying to make use of his inate ability to impose some superior footballing quality on the proceedings. Just turning up gets him half way there in comparison with other senior players: Adabeyor and Modric to name but two. (Rumours are that Modders was ill. In which case the question arises; why was he playing?)
Some will single out Livermore for his sheer spirit and effort. Others might nominate Cudocini for a fingertip save but it was Watford's lack of composure in front of goal which in the end defeated their superior ability to create chances. Lennon, on for Modric at half time added some width and pace up front.
Defoe was what might be termed, an unused participant such was the lack of service he received. His strike partner clearly had better things to do on a Friday night. His agent had wrongly informed him that he was guest of honour at Hertfordshire's Fire Museum Open Evening and by the end of the game most of us wished he had been.
Harry, fresh from Southwark, picked a strong squad and risked mostly seniors to establish our credentials as FA cup contenders and the fact is that we won. So what's the problem? A win is a win and nobody will remember the details of the fourth round when Dawson, or Modric, or King, or Parker, or Kaboul or AN. Other holds the cup aloft at Wembley.
Well I may be a the aforesaid 'nobody' but I will certainly remember it. If this is winning ugly, a quality, if you can call poor football and lack of effort a quality, that we have lacked for several years then I can do without it. How many times do you have to win ugly before you cease to be Tottenham Hotspur at all.
I am in the 'I'd rather play well and lose' camp, not because I lack ambition for Spurs but because it is my firm belief that over a season playing well leads to success. It's in the Tottenham DNA to play good football and it's an aberation when we don't whether we win or lose.
'Winning ugly' is not something to celebrate. I accept that in some way it balances those times when we play well and lose. But increasingly fans are focused more on results than performance. Clean sheet, away from home, difficult fixture, game we might have lost once upon a recent time. This is a celebration of ends rather than means. I don't agree that the ends justify the means in whatever context.
We are third in the league and it is generally agreed that we got there by playing some of the best football seen in the Premiership for some time. The 'means' here are the 'end' and that's how it should be.You can't defend Democracy by undemocratic means. 'The plays's the thing' as Hamlet once observed long before Sir Bill.
If you play like Stoke, or Wolves or W.Brom eventually you become Stoke and Wolves and W.Brom. This is not the first time that our first teamers have performed below par in cup games, although I accept that Rose wins the accolade for 'most wasteful passer' although he had a number of team-mates vying for the prize.
I can't imagine that the inclusion of say Kranjcar, Piennar, Pavlyuchenko or Bassong would have materially affected the result. They couldn't have played much worse or shown less interest than their alleged betters.
Remember: "It's no use just winning, we've got to win well."
And Mr. Nicholson is undoubtedly right. He laid down the standards, the template by which Tottenham are to be judged. And his judgement on the Watford game would have been just this. We won but we didn't win well. It doesn't pay for Tottenham fans to step too far out of line with William Edward Nicholson.
Now Watford know how we feel when we play better than the opposition but come off the pitch without the victory that should have been ours. In the Cup that's the end of the road and the effect is more dramatic than in the league. There's always 'next year' rather than there's always 'next week' to make amends.
It was a terrible performance lacking in effort, co-ordination, and skill. Take it and move on because there is no delete option available. I might 'forgive' eventually but I am not inclined to 'forget'.
This is not what Spurs are about and even if the players lose their way one of the functions of fans is to hold their feet to the flame of quality because we will be here long after Harry and the current crop of players have departed. Starting to accept too much 'A win is a win' mentality is a rapid descent to nowheresville.
Next up Wigan a better team than Watford on paper but more likely to allow us to play if we are in the mood.
Should be a return to routine.
Once again I'll spare you the actual game. But just for Ade here's some footage of the appliances arriving at the new Watford Fire Station to compensate him for his disappointment on Friday night.