Temporary set-back. Of course it's not terminal!
(I know it's a chicken. No cockerels available)
The JimmyG2 Column
Normally you would take a draw away from home to a team with a new and respected Manager that we have struggled to beat recently. But expectations can make fools of us all.
This was our first eleven bar Dembele and they were without Lukaku and others. We only turned up for the latter stages when Everton ran out of steam and Janssen, on for Dier, made an impact
Only Lamela looked his usual self and scored the equaliser on the hour from a rare decent cross from Kyle Walker. He should try it more often and then teach Danny Rose how it's done.
Wanyama on his debut did exactly what it said on the tin, strong but limited and he gave away the free kick from which they rather luckily scored after 5 minutes.
There were few signs of quick interplay or moving the ball forward swiftly. Vertonghen was clearly not fully fit, Harry seemed stuck in his Euro rut and both Deli and Eriksen looked half asleep.
Both full backs got forward well but neither can cross reliably. Toby was his usual composed self, and on half-time, Vorm saved our bacon after a woeful back pass from Rose and Janssen might have pinched it at the end.
I know you want me to reassure you: early days, not quite up to speed, options up front, new players still to come in, new Manager bounce will soon fade; promising youngsters and great expectations. Whats not to like?.
But the youngsters on the bench didn't get a minute between them and the established stars looked jaded before we even began. But even then we might have won it.
Perhaps with Winks or Mason on from the start to add a little dynamism to the mid-field we might have done so. Dier with Wayana didn't seem to work but credit Mauricio for changing it round early and salvaging a point.
So a disappointing beginning to the season, though we got what we deserved in the end.
Another one of those games where we clearly got the kick off time wrong and the early error and subsequent goal made the job even more difficult. But we got there, more or less, eventually. One point gained certainly.
So don't panic Mr. Manwaring, at home to Crystal Palace next week and only three more games until Moussa returns. I don't expect to see Victor partnering Eric at the start next time and can't believe that Deli and Eriksen will be so uninspiring.
Mind you supporting Spurs I like to get my panic in early. Let's hear it for the the New Spurs; a bit like the Old Spurs. All last years flops under new Managers won so playing catch-up is going to be a risky business.
But that's five league games without a win. Just because we started slowly last season and still made third it's not a game plan I recommend. Thumping Palace will settle the nerves. Well mine anyway.
Things could be worse:we could be W.Ham or Arsenal supporters.But lets not gloat at the misfortunes of others. Well not just yet anyway.
Hamstring could be out for 4 weeks give or take. Mauricio attributes our poor 1st.half performance partly to his injury. Hmm. Like Spurs he's up and limping
At least he's not citing the end of season disappointment at not winning the League, or even coming second, for it.
Did OK as substitute. One game-saver otherwise untroubled.
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No new signings to showcase so here's one we might lose. No I don't think so either. He's not worth what he's allegedly asking but as he says himself 'Don't believe everything you read on the Internet'.(Except on The Musings obviously)