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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

It's All Coming Out at Tottenham.


A penalty shoot out; a goalkeeper knock out; a defensive shut out and some performance stand-outs. Yet  in some quarters the jury is still out. The performances agreed are not as far out as we would like but the results are enough to make some rivals eat their hearts out.

Hugo Lloris:
What a knockout this boy is: literally on this occasion. Should have gone off without a doubt but proved conclusively that the modern Frenchman is no surrender monkey. Can I say 'monkey'  in this context? A glance at Kaboul will back this up if you need convincing.

Whether his staying on was right or wrong medically, and it was almost certainly wrong, Brad would never have got out to make that save late on. Speed of thought as well as movement.

Harry Kane.
Stole the show against Hull in the Cup: scored one which was disallowed for handball by Defoe who could only stand and admire. Scored another to take us into extra time. Smashed one against the bar and scored his penalty in style. And wasn't offside once. You get my drift?

What do we want? Harry for back up to Soldado. When do we want it? Now.

He's not getting the ball or the goals expected. Although the second results from the first.. Is it his fault or the team's? Chicken/egg: egg/ chicken. He received just the one pass in the box against Everton despite numerous runs and clear indications that he wanted the ball in the channel.

Nobody in the midfield was quick thinking enough to oblige. Eriksen and Siggy are the only ones with enough football brain to respond to him in time. Sandro and Dembele are poor at seeing a pass, Lennon and Townsend run infield too often and hold the ball for too long.

 Holtby and Paulinho are better but not good enough to supply the man in the manner to which he is accustomed. More one touch training urgently required.

Right, I 've changed my mind. He's the goods. Still likely to give us the screaming ab-dabs occasionally but the upside is all positive.

Gone. Thanks for everything and goodbye. Need a new backup. Gomes should be given first option against Sheriff on Thursday.

Gone. Goodbye and thanks for everything but that was then. Harry Redknapp might like a Friends Re-united reunion after Xmas.

MOM on Sunday. Pity he doesn't like left back but he was back to his imperious best, apart from the daft tackle in the penalty box that went unpunished. I know Jan should have had one himself but you can only push your luck with refs so far. We've had our share for this year in any case.

Our most successful Manager in terms of points/games played seems to be getting a lot of stick lately. A more attractive playing style and goals will come as the team continues to gel. The first half against Everton was one of the best 45 minutes we have played this season.

Ten matches in and we are 4th averaging 2 points per game. Last year that average would have got us 3rd. We've kept 7 clean sheets in 10 league games for the first time in our history according to Official sources and 13 in 17 in all matches. Mr Villas Boas you are surely spoiling us.

 He must be doing more right than wrong at the moment. All the old pro's and pundits will tell you that a tight defence is the best foundation on which to build a winning team.

Did more in 15 minutes than Aaron did in 75. Forced an excellent save from Howard at least. And I am a big fan of Lennon's although his USP, speed, has been commandeered by Andros.

AVB is getting criticised by some for subbing The Beast for his understrapper the man previously known as the beast, Moussa Dembele. Madness when he was playing so well, stupid and unjustifiable decision. Except Sandro was taken off for an injury not just for whimsical serendipity by AVB.

Seems people are just looking for reasons to have a go at Andres. God knows why at this stage of the season. Spurs fans have had it too good lately. It's not exciting but it is effective and I anticipate better things to come.

At Spurs conceding goals is going out of fashion. But the next item on the agenda is that we have had the most shots (133) but the worst conversion rate. I blame Townsend with an assist from Paulinho.

Jimmy's Video Spot.
We might as well make this a Hugo Hug-in. Devotion above and beyond. But when you don't trust your back up keeper that's what happens.


Anonymous said...

All too true..

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Anonymous said...

..While you're at it, can you explain why is the Milka Cow lilac?

Morgan. said...

All spot on, oh and.........I've never seen a purple cow, I never with to see one, but I can tell you anyhow, I'd rather see than be one. .......hope that helps.

IKnowAlanGilzean said...

Good stuff Jimmy.

I was very happy with the result and thought we looked good first half.

JimmyG2 said...

Shut that door. Who let that first lot in?
The lunatics have taken over the asylum.

Thank you Morgan sanity restored.

I wasn't even worried when the 10 minutes extra time went up. Normally I would be in a panic.

Jesup said...

I couldn't agree with you more. Great article. Someone talking sense about spurs at the moment for once. The defence was the big AVB debate last year, the high line etc. That's so successful now people have totally forgotten how critical they were of it. Now, he's adopting a new attacking method, which is also have teething problems. What are the chances he'll make that a raging success as well? I'm guessing he will because when he does sort things out with time and also attacked the way he is trying to at Porto. That was a side that was already in place and played that way and his players couldn't stop scoring goals. I'm guessing it will just take a bit more time at spurs because it has to be coached and the new players have to settle to the league and each other. It will come.

Paul said...

one touch football. Tom Carroll.

JimmyG2 said...

And we are trying to integrate 7 new players + 2 if you count Rose and Townsend. It was always going to be a stretch.

'It will come' exactly.
Tom Carroll never stood a chance I'm afraid. Still it worked for Andros lets see if it works for Tom.

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