Those who ignore the lessons of History
are doomed to repeat them.
The JimmyG2 Column.
.'Late Kane goal saves Spurs humiliation'. A brief headline but pithy and more or less precise. But it was only the Guardian so no need to stress too much. It didn't actually save us from humiliation: that had already occurred.
Mauricio offered the boys a human sacrifice to preserve the Seniors' dignity by removing the rookie Kyle Walker Peters, playing on his weaker side, at half time. It could have been Trippier or any of the midfield juggernauts.
At least KWP understands the concept of jumping. Trippier can't be blamed for being short, that's pure heightism, but when you jump you have to leave the ground. This will do KWP no good at all.
We were turgid and inept and surprisingly surprised by the invention and application of Newport very much at home in front of their own supporters in their tiny stadium and on their own sub-standard pitch.
Which bit of ''it's the FA Cup away to would-be Division 2 Giant killers'' did they not understand and anticipate? It's what the 'Magic' of the Cup is all about and the only Press story is when the 'Big Boys' get beaten.
They were at us from the start like wasps at a picnic. Eventually we got stung and it took us until after half time to realise that flapping at them them was not going to work. It never does.
Mauricio is obviously not a student of Military History. The First World War showed the difficulties of deploying heavy equipment in unsuitable ground conditions. Hannibal had similar problems crossing the Alps with elephants. Many of them died en route.
Those that ignore the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. It was not until the arrival of the Light Cavalry in the shape of Son and Dele as well as Newport's own fading stamina and belief that we made much headway.
The heavyweight midfield of Sissoko, Dier, Dembele and Wanyama were doomed from the start to get bogged down. Too many sledgehammers not enough scalpels in the starting tool kit.
Illness and injury provide cover for Mauricio but the lack of intensity, interest and motivation do not. The team was badly balanced and without Lamela, Eriksen and Winks and Son and Dele left out we gave ourselves few initial options.
Foyth another lightweight emerged in the second half after a dodgy first half and stepped forth in style. Wanyama and Llorente were perhaps the two worst performers but there were other candidates.
Harry secured the replay after an ingenious assist by Son and we live to fight another day. They will clearly be overwhelmed by the sumptuous Wembley surroundings and we will thankfully escape being reduced to a Trivial Pursuits question for ever more.
As well as the individually wrapped hair products, scented soap, shower gel and the pristine THFC towels we were going to recruit a couple of dozen 'hostesses' for the occasion.
You know tall, pretty, slim with short black skirts and matching underwear and non disclosure agreements ready signed. Thought it might put the Welshmen off their game just a little. Away dressing room only obviously
But that idea seems to have been overtaken by events elsewhere. A well deserved pay day for Newport and a timely lesson for us. Anyway we will win the replay easily if we can be bothered. Won't we?
Ahead an exciting couple of weeks: Millwall or Rochdale away (if we beat Newport), Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal in the Prem and Juventus in the Champions' League. Saturday was not the ideal preparation and performance for that lot.
Even Harry was getting worried about the result but he kept trying as he always does and was rewarded with a tap in to save at least a few of our blushes.
Harry and Dele combined late on and we came within inches of winning which would have been more than just a mere injustice it would have been as they say 'a travesty'.
Incoming. Lucas Maura.
The only firm rumour in sight. He's Brazilian and on the fringe at PSG and at a rumoured 25 million a possible bargain. Labelled a PSG 'star' by the tabloids but can't actually get in the teamregularly.
My teenage grandsons, FIFA addicts to a man, were most impressed when I told them we might be signing him. Quick and clever they agreed.
But we won't post the you tube video until we see Mauricio's cardboard cutout with its virtual arm round his shoulder. 'Many a slip twixt cup and lip' as they used to say.
Priority should be an understudy/backup/ to Christian but never mind.
Good News week
Hugo, Toby, Erik, Christian and Danny in full training and all or some could be available for Midweek against Man.Utd. No sign of Harry Winks and Serge is still out.
Llorente to Chelsea: Rondon to Spurs. If only it were true.
Llorente still in Mauricio's plans allegedly. To sell him I hope.
I was once told that people risk their jobs to bring us this nonsense. More bloody fool them I say.
In Other News.
Spurs have applied to Harringey to increase the capacity of NWHL to 62.000+ up by 441+. Apparently we over-ordered on the seats and can't return them due to special paint specs.
Spurs Musings accept no responsibility for any development that has taken place between the creation of this column and its publication especially at the end of a hectic transfer window. Not at Spurs though obviously.
Jimmy's Video Spot.
Juan Marcos Foyth. 20 and Argentinian.
Featuring this week one of the few to emerge from the Newport debacle (love that word) with any credit even after an erratic first half. Plenty of company there.
Blurry stuff but it shows the boy's positive attitude. Space ahead; run into it. No Agrophobe he.
Toby isn't getting any younger you know. Like the boy. Hype on overdrive: 'dribbles like Messi' (NOT!)