Brighton's inspiration for a packed defence.
Without the Pier and Umbrellas obviously.
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.What a bunch of teasers that Tottenham are. A 'must win' game, even Mauricio said so, and we win it in the 88th. minute. A game, mind you, that in the bad old bottling days we might have drawn or even lost.
Take a bow Christian Eriksen the only one that consistently probed and looked for openings. Danny Rose showed spirit and energy but Eriksen showed his class in eventually breaking down a packed defence. Rumour is he might be staying.
Moura and Son denied the delights of the open road stalled and parked on the hard shoulder. Llorente without room to turn pulled in at the first lay-by. We were stuck in the narrow back streets of the Brighton defence.
This wasn't just a bus parking exercise it was more like one of those mothballed garages where old buses go to die and spare parts are ripped out to keep other buses on the road.
It wasn't all Bank holiday return to work snarl ups though. Dele and Moura had shots kicked off the line and Toby had one that hit the post and rolled back along the line. Ryan saved well from a Danny Rose dipping curving blaster.
Just as you were thinking 'well a point won't be too bad and might be a lifesaver for our friend Chris Hughton', Eriksen produced the goods and we were home and dry.
Four games at the New Stadium, four wins, eight goals scored and not a single goal conceded. What's not to like? Well not working out sooner how to overcome a packed defence and the referee's tolerance of time wasting.
These problems will only get worse as we become increasingly accepted into the elite and there are more teams not really able to compete properly in the Premiership for lack of resources and affordable talent.
They revert to bus parking, time wasting and keeping their fingers crossed whilst whistling a happy tune. It has worked before and nearly worked again.
In the end Eriksen who had been taking target practice all night got his sights focused and his rangefinder adjusted and scored from outside the area for the 21st. time since joining us, more than any other Premiership player.
Our build up was too slow, they were never going to be tempted out and we knew that; Trippier spurned numerous opportunities to cross so why play Llorente; Dele worked hard but could find little space until the end game
It was a lonely night for Hugo Lloris often the only man in his own half. Wanyama not quite on his game after injury was careless at times and the appearance of Janssen the most warmly received event of the night until the goal.
Ironic of course but he might have been a better starting option than big Fernando or a replacement at half time when it was clear that the original plan wasn't working. You can't pick a lock with a battering ram.
29 shots on goal but only 5 on target tells a story and row Z patrons were in severe danger at times. Even one of Danny Rose's crosses caused them some consternation.
With Arsenal beaten again and Utd losing the Manchester derby we stand clear in 3rd. and our superior goal difference over all our rivals gives us an edge if we do slip up.Three more games, two at home. Ours to lose.
The focus is now on W. Ham who will be a more open proposition which may well suit Spurs approach better though one eye will be kept on Ajax next week and team selection given the injuries might be problematical.
But this season Mauricio is used to strolling into the dressing room and shouting, 'First eleven fit men to stand up and get their kit on, play. And so far it seems to be working.
All those theoretical problems about finishing 4th and Arsenal or Chelsea winning the Europa and stealing our CL place no longer apply. There are 5 places available in that event.
'There is nothing to fear but fear itself'.
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The crucial moment is 10 minutes in. The rest is mainly speculative and disappointing.
Cue elation and despair once again. My two favourite players combine for a crucial strike by Christian Eriksen. Hits it well places it nicely and Roberta's your Auntie.
Eriksen and Dele in space as Brighton retreat too deep.
Well it worked for 88 minutes.