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Monday, 11 February 2019

The Good; the Bad and the Ugly.


 Clint Eriksen/ Christian Eastwood.
Well have you ever seen them together?
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Ugly win: beautiful three points.We took our chances and rode our luck. Fortune smiled upon us even if Michael Oliver did not. Apparently Leicester, a more than 'robust' team, didn't commit a foul until the 52nd. minute.

We won a game we perhaps could easily have lost but as we have found to our cost in the past if you create chances and don't take them you are doomed to fail. Doomed I tell you.Thank the Gods of Football, and Hugo Lloris and move on.

Leicester had more shots and more on target than us, more corners and more clear cut chances and the game centred on two penalty decisions: one given and saved and one not.

Son was booked for simulation following clear contact by Maguire. It's the perennial catch 22. Don't go down and you simply won't get the penalty. Go down and you might get a yellow. The over reaction to Son by Maguire was a clear diversionary tactic.

The other penalty saga after at worst a clumsy challenge by Jan on Maddison summed up Leicester's afternoon and led to a rare penalty save by Hugo. Maddison was primed to take it but he has already missed two this season.

Vardy ready to come on and pumped up with adrenaline and a sense of injustice after being left out of the starting line-up took over and put it well within Hugo's grasp who guessed right. Justice all round.

Two minutes later Eriksen who had already assisted Davison Sanchez' first goal for Spurs on half an hour scored a beauty from outside the area again following a lay-off by Llorente.  Game over on the hour.

Er.. well not quite Leicester were playing some good approach play and at last Vardy converted a chance. Pressing for the equaliser was their undoing. Sissoko swept a ball up the line to set the 'Simulation One' free and he sprinted away to score confidently.

Hugo was outstanding; Winks and Sissoko battled man and boyfully in midfield but Skipp was a little overwhelmed although his interception led to our second and vital goal. Leicester's new signing 21 yr.old Tielemans was a key player.

Game over; game on, game over. Three points to Spurs and we remain contenders at least in our own estimation. Another 'bottling' opportunity spurned. Is ''resilience' the new 'mental strength'?

Who needs our two key players Kane and Dele? Well we do for the run in and the Champions' League. But with Son buzzing and Christian Eriksen with 11 assists better than most even when he's not on song we are more than holding our own.

Spurs goals and assists this season.

Total (Combined - Name - Goals - Assists) All competitions.
26 - Harry Kane - 20 - 6
23 - Heung-Min Son - 15 - 8
18 - Christian Eriksen - 7 - 11
12 - Dele Alli - 7 - 5

10 - Erik Lamela - 6 - 4
10 - Fernando Llorente - 6 - 4
9 - Lucas Moura - 8 - 1
5 - Kieran Trippier - 1 - 4
4 - Serge Aurier - 2 - 2
3 - Kyle Walker-Peters - 0 - 3
3 - Danny Rose - 0 - 3
2 - Eric Dier - 2 - 0
2 - Oliver Skipp - 0 - 2
2 - Davinson Sanchez - 1 - 1
2 - Moussa Sissoko - 0 - 2
and 6 more with a single goal or assist.
Llorente charging up the chart, Son making hay in Harry Kane's absence and Eriksen assisting for free.

(Courtesy of Carpediem991 and Spurs Community)

Sonny now has ten goals in 11 games. Eriksen in his five years with us leads the Premiership in goals from outside the area and we are joint leaders with Arsenal for the bookings for simulation trophy.(4)

We switch to the CL on Wednesday after a less than generous rest at 'home' in the first leg to Borussia Dortmund. I wouldn't be surprised if we won it, they are struggling with injuries and not in top form. There that's jinxed it.

So the Good was the result; the Ugly was the manner in which we achieved it and the Bad? Can't think of anything except referee Michael Oliver but three points is always the Path to Forgiveness.. 

Stadium. Mauricio hints that we might not play our first game at NWHL until next season. Cheesed off at the news?

Well apparently the famed 'Cheese Room Experience' was only a PR guff anyway. It's gonna get worse before it gets better. But you know that.

Jimmy's Video Spot.
Mauricio playing his cards cannily ahead of Borussia Dortmund. Dier, Moura, Foyth and Lamela probably all available and rested. Scrappy stuff from Spurs but 3 goals is a good return from this performance. Fourth win in a row.
 

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Monday, 4 February 2019

Spurs Looking Up

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Getting nose-bleeds now aren't we as Spurs continue to defy gravity, the pundits, even some of our supporters and soar into the dizzy heights of second place no matter how temporary it proved to be.

The recent fixtures have been kind, agreed, and things will get tougher later this month no doubt but in the spirit of  young Winks: 'Bring it on'. At last I understand what 'Audere es facere' actually means.

Although it's times like these that bring to mind the Doctor's advice I once received that in view of my age and state of health Spurs were not the ideal team for me to support: much too much excitement, hope and disappointment.

He suggested a well run team that these days don't threaten to promise great things like Derby or Nottingham Forest. Derby did get promotion to the Premiership but went straight down again. I'll bear it in mind Doc.

Our third late victory in a row  over a limited, well organised  resolute Newcastle side. It took a goal-keeping error by Duprovka from Son but  Lamela and Eriksen come close three times before that and Moura and Llorente both missed  good headed chances.

We have already scored more headed goals than any other team but unfortunately we were unable to add to our tally. Son however made it nine goals in his last ten appearances as he once again stepped up to minimize the impact of Harry Kane's absence.

Another occasion when we needed to win to maintain our challenge to the top two and once again we did the business without flinching. Rondon hit the post with a header but was well marshaled overall by Sanchez.

Curiously we put plenty of crosses in when Moura was leading the line and not so many when Llorente was on. But they both missed anyway. Moura is better on the wing where he has space to run into.

The other Harry once again made his mark in another energetic and effective display. But this was a determined team performance with everyone except Lucas Moura playing well. Llorente assisted again by laying off to Son for the goal.

Mike Ashley was there  taking time off from buying up what remains of the High Street to judge the lack of progress of one of his previous purchases. It is not true that the Newcastle players are on minimum wages and zero hours contracts.

Jan was a revelation as a  virtual  left winger and despite his lack of pace beat his fullback and put in several crosses that on another day might have led to goals.

Sissoko playing to orders filled in the gaps, Toby led the charges out from the back, Eriksen was increasingly influential as the game went on twice denied by goal-line saves by out-field players.

Mauricio is not ruling out a continuing challenge for the title, so why would I? Neither Liverpool or City are nailed on in my view. We are 5 points off the top; 2 points off second and seven clear of Chelsea. And, not that it matters, 10 points ahead of Arsenal.

If Guardiola thinks that there is plenty of time for City to overhaul Liverpool then that must put us in with considerably more than half a chance. The same amount of chance that City give or take a couple of points.

''And now they can feel the hot breath of the challengers on their necks''. Commentator after the failure of Liverpool to get 3 points against W.Ham on Monday night. That's us folks.

In fact Liverpool bore no resemblance to a team worthy of winning the Premiership and on clear cut chances W.Ham should have won it.

Signings. That ship hit the iceberg days ago.

Stadium. Rumors now homing in on the Brighton game on 6th April.

Harry Kane/ Dele Alli Return.
Both sooner than expected which is good news for the London Derbies and possibly BVB.

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No. Why? Never: Mauricio telling it like it is.