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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Lawyers examining Contract

Nothing in here about playing well Jim.
You'll have to make do with Top Four.

The JimmyG2 Column

Here's the thing. I thought I had a contract signed in blood, sweat, tears and marital disharmony forged in the white heat of enthusiasm many years ago with THFC. I would give them my undying support and they would provide lifelong pleasure and entertainment. You notice there's no promise of success even in the small print.

Now this contract allows for both sides to err from the conditions now and then and to be fair I have delivered on my side of the bargain  more than Spurs who on occasions have gone weeks, if not months, if not seasons being dour and uninteresting.

But on the whole its been a good deal honoured in intent by both sides. We started quite well but that was in the 60's when we played good stuff and delivered the silverware. The Tottenham way was born and we became a club noted for style and built a reputation for integrity and fair play.

Now It's my contention that good football leads to success most of the time, and that playing badly is not a recipe for long term achievement. . You can see where I am going with this. Would I rather we played badly and won or would I prefer to play well and lose?

Life and football are not as cut and dried as that I'm glad to say and this is a dilemma I will never actually have to face. But since you ask I prefer to play well because I firmly believe in the long term that it brings in the points and we all know what points mean. In the mean time you are both proud and entertained.

Over the past decade more or less we have played pretty well and maintained a decent level of success compared to the previous decades. But at the moment we have a conundrum. It's a period of transition with Harry sacked; our two best players lost, although we know where they are; a rejected manager installed; six new players brought in and key players absent.

We are playing well in fits and poorly in starts. Take the Southampton game. Older viewers will recognise a venerable mother-in-law joke there but I digress. Half an hour of enterprising stuff; not quite Dom Perignon but at least an amusing  Prosecco.

Lennon was buzzing; Jermain was making intelligent runs, oh yes he was; Huddlestone was calm and composed; Bale looked interested. Big Tom failed miserably with his first attempt at an incisive pass but then got his calibrations right, looked up and chipped to the far post where Bale with speed and strength headed inside the far post.

15 minutes in; let the festivities begin. Then Lennon ran 40 yds with the ball and laid a cunning pass into the path of a diagonal run by Defoe. His shot was weak but enough to beat the agonising attempts to clear and Dempsey sniffing around bundled the ball into the net. Our third goal line bundle in three games, but who's counting.

39 minutes; let riot commence. Nope and here my lawyers are re-examining the contract. Bale went missing no doubt visiting his old haunts round town; Defoe had mislaid his shooting boots and Zokora'd the TV screen high in the stands, but only three of his five offsides passed the replay test.

In the second half it was a re-run of Old Trafford, they eventually scored but once again we survived. Sandro was almost literally a brick wall, Gallas headed clear several times. On the last occasion he turned round and glared at everybody as if to say, ' Give me a hand here you guys'. Caulker was a rock and Vertonghen only went missing occasionally.

Livermore came on and couldn't decide whether he was the ghost of Scott Parker or the Terminator and laid waste to everything that moved and one or two things that didn't. Free kicks were conceded in dangerous places. It was difficult to decide once again whether this was tactical defence or Southampton reborn. I counted ten aimless punts up field, not including Friedel, but gave up at that point as I had run out of fingers.

And there's the problem. It was Tottenham Jim but not as we know it. We are up to fourth and still in all competitions; we are beset by injuries to key players and are playing our best defender out of position. We keep putting half a game or half an hour together but the hymn sheet seems to be held together with sellotape.

When we get everybody fit, which as we know you never do, everything will probably be fine. Our present position flatters us and on current performances is not sustainable. The fact that we are in the top four may persuade AVB and Levy that everything in the garden is rosy but it is clear we need more creativity in midfield and another top class striker.

Some people are never happy you will say but it depends on what makes you happy. Spurs on-song makes me happy wherever we are in the league. Now I admit to glancing at the Premiership table occasionally and getting a little glow of satisfaction but it doesn't beat the thrill of watching Spurs in full flow and there has been too little of that this season.

Video Spot: Clint Dempsey.
 Johnny on the spot. Van Der Vaart he is not but he does have that eye for goal that we have been lacking. Now you could probably make a decent case for signing my Granny in a three minute video of her best moments but it's still quite impressive. More of this Mr. Dempsey.


Anonymous said...

Three minute video of your Granny's best bits please...

JimmyG2 said...

Ist Anon;
'Moments' I said.

IKnowAlanGilzean said...

Jimmy, apologies for copying and pasting from another blog, you might see, but I've tried to express different thoughts and had to erase and my back is klilling me.

My thoughts do concur very closely to your's on events at present.


Lennon’s lovely to watch at the moment, Maribor aside. I like Livermore, a lot, but he needs more game time to hone his play and decision making. Has he been on loan much? Watching Caulker, and Walker before him, one can see the benefits of playing competitive matches, even at a lower level on occasion.

We are struggling to find that balance between taking the pace out of a game, and controlling it, as we wind the clock down and maybe look for another on the counter and just giving up all impetus and putting our backs against the wall. It’s a very difficult skill to learn I think. Once a team cedes territory and possession and drops the pace, it’s very hard to pick it back up again.

JimmyG2 said...

He's been on loan at at:
Milton Keynes; Crewe; Derby; Peterborough Ipswich and Leeds mainly short term since 2008.

So that's you Ade and Dembele out for tonight apart from the usual suspects.
Rest up and do a fitness test for Wigan.

IKnowAlanGilzean said...

Heh Heh, Thanks. I'll certainly have a run around the kitchen and see if I'm fit enough to travel...

That's a lot more opportunities on loan than I had thought. He was well off the pace and trigger happy on Sunday. Shame, as I imagine he'll get relatively few opportunities to shine. Que him playing tonight at Norwich.

IKnowAlanGilzean said...

Cue not que.

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