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Thursday, 3 March 2016

Spurs players to be kept in the dark.



They blew 'em up 
but we were supposed to burst 'em.
.
The JimmyG2 Column. 

Well that was nasty wasn't it. Not the sound of bubbles bursting though hopefully. A collective brain freeze the like of which we haven't seen for some time. 'Win tonight and Spurs go top' as the pre-match build up had it.

Fortunately with Arsenal and Man.City both losing  no immediate damage was sustained and Leicester moved only a point further ahead. But it's a worrying development which can be wiped swiftly from the memory banks on Saturday.

If only life were so simple. This was poor team performance with no-one stepping up against a robust W.Ham side that deserved to win. They were quicker and more inventive and Bilic got his tactics and approach right.

We were not allowed to play out from the back and through midfield and uncertainty spread from Hugo right through the team. We lost the midfield battle and with Kane stifled and the full backs pinned our normal game plan was torn up.

We rallied in the second half especially with the appearance of a not quite fit Alli but it was too little too late. W.Ham had the goal and psychological advantage and with The Boleyn Ground in full song never looked like losing it.

Alderweireld and Eriksen did OK, but that's the best you can say. Lamela gave a good imitation of his old self; all commendable effort and blind alleys. Chadli should stick to the super sub role.

The stats seem to show a different story; 65% possession and twice as many passes but those who saw the game know better. We were essentially second best and this should sting us into action in the games to come.

Let's not dwell, as Mauricio says 'a missed opportunity' but it's hard not to hear the pundits chuckling to themselves at the thought that Spurs might bottle it at the death.

Against Arsenal we need to ram that thought down their throats and Arsenal's too in their own moment of crisis of confidence.

Beating W. Ham would have given us the luxury of a draw being acceptable on Saturday but we don't now have that option. So once again we have to do it the hard way; the Spurs way, but that's nothing new.

Was it the sudden realisation that it was just within our grasp? The weather? The pitch? The referee? The emotion of the setting? Wily old Bilic? The high octane season starting to take its toll?.  One of the above? Some of the above? All of the above? None of the above.

It's usually not one thing but truly I don't know and probably neither does Pochettino. Having only a couple of days to put it right is both an advantage and a disadvantage. Remount as quickly as possible they say.

But all the positives from the season are not negated by a single goal loss, away from home to a team itself pushing for honours. And looking for straws to clutch at, even our goal difference was hardly dented.

The last time we were beaten we went on a six game winning run so all is not lost but a win on Saturday is important in so many more ways then the three points.

We can go top briefly if we win, but keep it to yourselves and don't tell the boys whatever you do. It's just the normal NLD with bragging rights and pride at stake. That should be enough.

Jimmy's Video Spot.
I dedicate this famous Harry Lauder ballad to the boys for the rest of the season.
Some good advice here for Mauricio and the team:
Well it helped us through two World Wars and it's Birmingham City's theme song too and look what good its done them over the years.

( 'Happy Abode' is The top of the Premiership)

Keep right on to the end of the road 
Keep right on to the end 
Though the way be long, let your heart be strong 
Keep right on to the end 

Though you're tired and weary still journey on,
Till you come to your happy abode 
Where all you love, you've been dreaming of 
Will be there, at the end of the road.

4 comments:

Yossarian said...

We were not allowed to play and were out-muscled, but even then we created a clear cut chance that had to be buried. I thought Christian Eriksen was outstanding, best player on the park.

Anonymous said...

6 points between us and woolwich would really make monday atwork soooo much easier

JimmyG2 said...

Yossarian.
All agreed

Anon.
I'll see what I can do.
If necessary you could have the day off. I'm joking, I'm joking.

IKnowAlanGilzean said...

Come On You Beautiful Lilywhites !!!

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