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The JimmyG2 Column
.Yes it's a funny old game and a funny old world come to think of it. I avoid the epithet 'Spursy' for many reasons: it's a stick to beat us with; it's meaningless and ridiculous.; I abhor and reject it and never ever use it.
But this week has definitely been 'Spursy'. We go out of the Carabao Cup to a 4th. Division side with barely a whimper and then give a Premiership team a goal and a man advantage for an hour and come back with a bang and the three points.
If Mauricio had lost the dressing room lately I think he rediscovered it again on Saturday. This was not the performance of an unsettled squad; it was a heart-warming demonstration of pride and togetherness.
I watched with growing disbelief as we not only held out, but won it. All that practice against teams that park the bus has paid off and we are just as good at it as anybody else when we have to be.
Everybody dug in and stepped up. Winks relished the challenge; Sissoko proved himself in multiple positions; Harry Kane marshalled the troops and scored the winner in admirable style. Not exactly our finest hour but close. 'We never surrendered. All did their duty'
We fought them in the penalty area and under duress offered 'blood, toil, tears and sweat' and no little skill in the breakaways. I was prepared after half an hour for 'hard and heavy tidings'. And we made our way 'through disaster and through grief to the ultimate defeat of our enemies'
(From the speech in 'our darkest hour in 1940 by Winston Churchill, another secret Spurs fan. It was played in the Home dressing room at half-time so I hear.)
I would like to think that this is a turning point in what has been a worrying season though not as bad as some have painted it.. Even Eriksen turned up and once again ran further than anyone else on the pitch cutting off the supply lines.
Lamela fit and on form again was another that thrived in this situation and Danny Rose too because they both love a fight whether in 'fields or on streets'. Playing with ten men seems to work. A bit nerve shredding though for all concerned and not recommended viewing every week.
Hugo redeemed himself for his error with several good saves and Mauricio took the blame saying that playing out from the back was at his insistence. If so we need a new keeper because Hugo is not very good at it. Old dogs and new tricks.
Toby and Jan filled the holes and plugged the gaps and kept surprisingly cool, Ndombele is getting there and scored another goal. Dier was solid and unspectacular which was just what we needed. Son was involved in both goals.
Auriers 'taking one for the team' got him sent off because his short term memory is poor. He forgot he'd been booked less than five minutes before. I'm afraid his recent performance and goal raised false hopes.
'Professional fouls' are cynical anti-football and unprofessional and he was rightly sent off for a second yellow. His downside is a lot bigger than his upside. Sissoko deputised with aplomb. So an hour to play and a man missing in action.
"Never was so much owed by so many (fans) to so few (players)"
''I feel proud, I am happy, so happy because of the players, because of the fans and the staff, because they deserve to be in a different situation to the one we've been living in during the past few weeks."
Amen to that. have a week off and relax. Oh sorry it's Bayern Munich on Tuesday in the Champions' League. 'Idle hands are the devil's workshop'. Keep busy and safe Mauricio.
Jimmy's Video Spot
Many people claim to have heard this live from the House of Commons but no live recording was actually made. This is a reconstruction several years later.
'False memory' syndrome. Millions will claim to have been at the Lane for this famous victory. Our Kennedy assassination moment. 'All did their duty'