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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Justice done at Spurs.

Wolf Pack resting after the hunt.
From a Spurs training Video.
The JimmyG2 Column. 
Where to begin? It's all getting more than a little surreal at Tottenham these days. There's the Press adulation which takes a bit of getting used to for a start. No doubt  they will claim most of the credit  if the fairy-tale comes true.

I fully expect 'It was the Press wot won it' headlines come the end of May. In fact they are all scrambling to board a runaway bandwagon that in the past they have preferred to try to derail rather than assist on its way.

But let us not be too hard on them: “I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”  Luke 15:1-7.

If ever a match personified the new Pochettino Spurs it was Sunday's against  Manchester City, a talented expensively assembled all star outfit, Premiership winners in two of the last four season.

Money might not buy you love but it sure pays the wages of some of the Premiership's  most expensive players. With Kompany and Silva back and Aguerro on form it looked like the 'take a draw' option if ever I saw one especially away at the Etihad.

But we didn't let them play for the first hour and led by that penalty. Arguably technically correct but so close to the edge of the area that it would not have surprised anyone for a free kick to be awarded just outside.

Did the referee blow for the handball before he realised or was told by the assistant that it was in the area. We may never know but it's nice to share some of the Top Four largess at last.

In fact the way things were going with two yellow cards offences by Ya Ya Toure ignored early on by Mark Clattenburg it was a surprise that it was ever given. Had it been the other way round we would have been mightily miffed or worse.

Justice delayed but eventually delivered, and all the sweeter for that.

Harry Kane didn't let Joe Hart get into his head with the pre-kick suggestion that he might put it down the middle and he double bluffed him by doing just that. First blood deservedly to Spurs.

City equalised and at 1-1 it looked all over as they stirred themselves having slumbered for the first half.We got ragged and lost our composure. More passes were going astray.

But we dug in and dug deep and the New Spurs mentality kicked in. A posse of players dry-gulched Ya Ya Toure on the half way line and set Lamela, on for barely two minutes, on one of his runs at the heart of the City defence.

With less than ten minutes remaining enter 'Late Goal Eriksen' again,still running in the 82nd. minute who calmly side-footed home Erik's astute pass. And on his 24th birthday too. Second blood and three points to Spurs.

The Good News is that that our  most creative and quietly effective player has been offered a new contract unfortunately not for life but 4yrs will do. He'll be at his peak by then.

Nobody played badly, Walker got himself into scrapes and out again, Rose was one of several potential MOM and Lloris saved the day at the end as he often does with a piked back flip with twist.

Eric and Moussa were strong and purposeful again in midfield and Toby and Kevin quietly effective in the centre of defence. Aguerro was isolated and never really got a look in.

Ya Ya cracked a free kick against the bar but did little else other than avoid bookings. Silva and Kompany looked like just what they were, players returning from injury though Silva was at the heart of the equaliser

The real star was Mauricio for his game plan and effective substitutions and for the spirit and attitude he demands from his squad. Lamela's introduction was a master stroke. His direct running was  a timely change of tactic.

How many hearts dropped when Carroll was sent into the Lions' Den to see the game out with a full 20minutes left. But the Head Coach knows and trusts his squad and Tom's neat, controlled play helped to see us through.

The celebrations at the end were a joy to behold. I cannot express how delighted I was to see another of our own playing his part in this victory especially one so much maligned as 'lightweight' by many fans.

He is perhaps not built like a tank or even Moussa but quick feet and a football brain more than compensate even if he is occasionally pushed off the ball. There is more than one way to skin a rabbit.

Six points taken from potential rivals for a Champions' League place apparently all in a day's work  for our boys whose confidence never faltered for a moment even if mine did flicker from time to time.

North London rule this weekend and thanks to Arsenal for at least pricking Leicester's balloon if not quite squeezing all the air out. 10 points ahead of Man. Utd. in fifth: two behind Leicester: it's ours to lose.

 I am confident that Mauricio will not let up or let them get distracted.

Jimmy's Video Spot.
My favourite player currently (apart from Harry obviously). Not quite worth all the Bale money but quite a chunk certainly. How calm was his winner on Sunday and a turn of speed at the right moment.


Anonymous said...

Old news now. Get with it!

Anonymous said...

Delighted it was the diver Sterling who gave us the penalty

Anonymous said...

I am glad to see that someone else appreciated Carroll.. Don't bother to argue with those who do not, just tell them to watch the first 45 vs Everton when he ran the game(in the second he was constantly fouled illegally by Barkley and Barry and was given no protection by the referee. this will NOT happen again as Poc noticed it in the video.

JimmyG2 said...

We only played on Sunday evening but thanks anyway. You want me to make up some transfer nonsense like the real newspapers.

2nd Anon.
Sorry for the poor misguided youth myself.

3rd Anon.
Love Tommy Carroll, proper footballer in the Tommy Harmer, Christian Eriksen tradition. and love Pochettino for loving him too.
Brain over brawn every time.

alwyn said...

I work at AIA so I take some credit for an inspiring jersey (smile).

For once, luck went our way - the penalty, the post, the damn good saves. we didn't cave in like we did at home to Leicester - so encouraging that our GD this season makes us forget all those drab GDs' from past years.

The City win was esp top-quality, as it prepares us for the upcoming matches; we have a tougher schedule than Leicester (and I'm not even including the Europa fixtures).

I personally MP will prioritize the EPL, but hey very few Spurs fans are telling HIM what to do now, eh?

JimmyG2 said...

Hello again.
The luck factor is seems to favour the brave Damn right about not telling Poch what to do.

IKnowAlanGilzean said...

Thanks Jimmy,

While I have always liked Poch as a fella and manager, I've been slower than many to see that his way is the way. Whether it brings us the title I have given up on winning since the early 90s, his way is the way!

Whether they were always the right decisions, poorly excecuted by the players in the past, his substitutions usually work these days. As with a few of our players, Poch is still a young manager, learning and growing.

Heady days.

JimmyG2 said...

You're welcome.
'early nineties' what sort of Johnny Come lately are you?
Good point about substitutions.

IKnowAlanGilzean said...

That's when I gave up dreaming of the title. I have been a "sufferer" (with some shiny bright times) a couple of decades longer than that!

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