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The Jimmy G2 Column.
.Fifteen games unbeaten and counting; our best run for nearly a decade and our annual Xmas and New Year boost sees us slipping quietly into fourth, two points ahead of Chelsea and ten ahead of Arsenal.
Not that the last statistic matters of course. Both of these teams have lost 3 of their last five Premiership games.We are the only team in the top half not to have lost a game recently. Momentum and all that.
The Palace game became a bit of a nail-biter though it shouldn't have been. Harry got the goal from an Eriksen corner in the 88th minute. He had missed two easier chances and had one well saved by Hennessy.
Aurier trod on the ball a yard out, Eriksen missed a clear chance and Dele had a couple of decent penalty shouts turned down more because of his reputation for diving than for the merits of the shouts themselves.
Don't let's simply accept the 'experts' view of Dele as a serial diver. He is the most fouled player in the Premiership and more sinned against than sinning. Some of the experts have form on this too. Even lily-white Gary Lineker left many a leg in.
Lloris is donating his match fee to Medecins Sans Frontieres. Nobody played really well or badly except the fullbacks who wasted multiple chances to cross from decent positions. The Ghost of Kyle Walker still haunts us.
We dominated the game but that was as much Palace's game plan as ours. Down to the bare bones they couldn't muster enough resources to even challenge let alone defeat us though they urgently need the points.
That they held out for so long was pure happenstance and our generally uninspired and slow build up. Son and Moura certainly livened things up but Son might have been on earlier. The defence though little pressured were sound especially in the absence of both Toby and Jan.
Dier and Sanchez were competent, Dembele was lost, day-dreaming about his recent rave reviews; Aurier and Davies were profligate; Wanyama was adequate and Eriksen perhaps a little below par was quietly more or less effective.
Aurier gets a special mention for three foul throws in a single game, a new World Record allegedly and for being generally entertaining but not in a good way. He has done nothing to dispel my doubts about him.
Lamela and Dele spiced up a stodgy recipe but the dishes should have been cleared away and stacked in the dishwasher by half time. But a win is a win is a win is three points however it comes about.
By the 85th. minute I was behind the sofa and it was only on replay that I noticed that Hennessy probably helped the ball over the defenders on the line. A little nudge from Dele might have helped too.
I will wait until after the Rochdale replay on Wednesday before I muse upon the demise discussed among the massed ranks of the pundits of Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. I mean The Gap is so last year.
Every time Harry scores now he breaks some new record or achieves another level of immortality. He moves above Alan Gilzean and level with Len Duquemin on 134 goals but achieved in far fewer games.
SPURS – ALL-TIME TOP 10 GOALSCORERS
1 - Jimmy Greaves - 1961-70 - 266 goals in 379 appearances
2 - Bobby Smith - 1955-64 - 208/317
3 - Martin Chivers - 1968-76 - 174/367
4 - Cliff Jones - 1958-68 - 159/378
5 - Jermain Defoe - 2004-2014 - 143/363
6 - George Hunt - 1930-37 - 138/198
7 - Len Duquemin - 1947-57 - 134/307
7= - Harry Kane - 2011- 134/201
9 - Alan Gilzean - 1964-74 - 133/439
10 - Teddy Sheringham - 1992-2003 - 124/277.
(From the Official site).
Harry's 11th. goal in ten games; 24th for the season and 150th.of his club career. And he's one of our own to boot. If you'll excuse the expression.
Only the top six teams have a positive goal difference. Usually the split is much more even.
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Jimmy Greave's 78th. birthday this week, and in his case I'm afraid that no news is good news. Happy Birthday. H.K's half way there but not quite breathing down your neck .Yet. This was all before diving was invented.