But You Know That We’ve Changed So Much Since Then…

Back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since West Brom and Manchester City on 8th and 21st November plus the fact we somehow avoided yet another 1-1 draw are about the only good things to be sucked from that bitter lemon of a second half against Fulham.

And three points.

I enjoyed the first half, though, and the move for our goal was typical of this Tottenham, thirteen seconds of direct transition from deep inside our own half between Doherty, Bale, Dele, Son and then Dele again which looked fluidly exquisite and yet also involved two mis-controls and ended in an own goal which probably saved Kane being flagged offside had he got to finish the move.

Despite us still having just enough about ourselves to carve out a great chance for Kane to finish Fulham off towards the end, that second-half reversion to type was worrying, and the VAR against Lemina which saw Maja’s ‘goal’ chalked off was as anti-football as the VAR against Dier in the Newcastle game and the VAR against Moura at Bramall Lane last season.

We should have known, given the poor quality of Premier League officials, that VAR would end up being yet another layer of dodgy decisions that hopefully even themselves out over the course of a season, but that win felt like a draw in the same way draws against Newcastle, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Wolves and Fulham all felt like losses.

Despite that horribly long list of discarded points, here we are with eleven league games left to play, five points off Chelsea in fourth with a game in hand and Chelsea playing fifth placed Everton tomorrow, West Ham facing unpredictable Leeds and Liverpool playing Fulham at Anfield having just lost five Premier League home games on the spin.

Win tonight, and we might somehow end this weekend right back in a race we looked well and truly out of following defeat to West Ham.

We need to take care of Palace first, though. But that’s something we have tended to do at home over the years. Barring a fifth round FA Cup exit at their hands in February 2016, you have to go back to 1997 and the days of Ian Walker, John Scales, Stephen Clemence, Andy Sinton and Steffen Iversen – not to mention mere 25,000 home-crowds and Christian Gross taking charge – for our last league loss to them, Neil Shipperly scoring the game’s only goal.

There have been a couple of nil-nils and a few squeaky one-nils across the following years, but none probably felt quite so squeaky as Palace’s April 2019 visit, when a crowd of 59,215 finally got to see us play a Premier League game at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first ever time.

Although we ended up winning comfortably enough, the wait for Son’s 55th minute opener felt interminable and even after Eriksen’s 80th minute clincher I felt as if it was just a matter of time before we started spraying something Spursy all over the stadium’s big opening night.

Although we didn’t, what we all thought was going to be the start of something special simply turned out to be the start of the end for Pochettino: He would only lead us to five more Premier League victories following this first one at the new stadium, and it’s nicely symmetrical for the purpose of this bloeug that the last decent one came in Palace’s most recent visit: In a game that felt as if it might just blow away the cobwebs of losing to Newcastle in our previous home-game and then throwing away a two goal lead at Arsenal, we just couldn’t build on it and would only enjoy one further league win under the Argentine – somewhat luckily in our next home game against Southampton – before the axe fell seven Premier League games after this Palace game ended.

At least with our recent wins over Burnley and Fulham the comparisons between Pochettino’s last run of matches and our current form don’t look quite so similar right now.

And at least with Mourinho suddenly sending out sides that mainly look offensive due to the number of attackers he’s cramming in, there’s the prospect of enjoying the games at the moment.

At least until the second-half kicks off, anyway.

As for Palace, despite having potentially their most potent attacking line-up in years, they seem to be in a state of flux with 73 year old Roy Hodgson and up to eleven players out of contract at the end of the season and results giving the impression they’re doing just enough to stay out of trouble and not really fussed about achieving very much else. They’ve won one in five and have only scored two goals across those five games – both in their 1-2 win over ‘local’ rivals Brighton. The other four games ended 2-0 to Leeds, 0-3 to Burnley and 0-0 against Fulham and Manchester United.

Back in match-week 12 when Schlupp’s 81st minute equaliser signaled the beginning of the end of our time at the top of the table, they’d recently beaten Leeds 4-1 and West Brom 1-5 (admittedly either side of losses to Burnley away and Newcastle at home). This time around, they’ve pretty much got nothing to play for and seem to be playing as if that’s the case.

If Mourinho picks a side which means we’re not trying to rely on our defence and if we play as we did in the first half against Fulham, we really should win this one, then.

But if we play the way we ended up playing in the second half against Fulham with the likes of Zaha and Eze on the pitch, we probably won’t.

In truth, we’ll probably end up seeing both sides of Spurs to make sure Sunday evening ends with its fair share of squeaks, and winning will come down to how many goals we can score before either Mourinho or the team’s collective weak mentally comes into play after half-time.

I think we’ll need three at the least, and I think we can get them as well.

Come on you Spurs!

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SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago

Oh yee of little faif.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Right, that’s enough watching Leipzig struggle.

Nagelsmann out!

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
7 months ago

#NAGELSDUN!

Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago

Caption competition anyone?

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Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

From time to time Busby and Nicholson liked to drag up for a larf…

Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago

Wotton oeuf is stuck on the back of a pooh players (#47) head??

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Poch’s men take the lead.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
7 months ago

Looks like the galacticos are yesterday’s men

Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago

I wish Poch all the best, but I refuse to extend the same sentiment to PSG.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
7 months ago

If RBL can’t beat Liverpool tonight then Nagers is clearly a busted flush! 😁

Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago

Right that’s it, you’ve gone too far now.

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SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

OK, I’m going fer a red! RBL constantly trying to play out from the back despite aggressive pressing from Liverpool. Time again they either lose the ball or concede a thriw in near their end. Where’s NAGERS! No direction ftom the sideline to change the tactics. He looks like a rabbit caught in the headlights!
I’m already walking… 😉

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Looks like City want to get the title wrapped up with minimal drama.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

City basically would have to lose 5 of their 9 remaining games while ManU wins all of theirs.

Title race done.

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
7 months ago

Levy’s 20th anniversary at Tottenham tomorrow, so says The Evening Standard. I for one think his personal ‘balance sheet’ is well in credit.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  Northern Spur

Yep, read that article NS and on balance I think he’s been good for us. He could be a bit better and of course there maybe others who would be better but there could also be many more who could be a lot worse. Overall he’s in the positive for me.

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Northern Spur

That season a 12th place finish with 49 points. Goal difference – 7.

Back then I thought having a positive goal difference would be an achievement!

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

I see Arteta is bitching about traveling to Greece ahead of the NLD and claims that Tottenham have an unfair advantage. Predictably, Jose ain’t having it.

“On December 6th we played Arsenal in our stadium,” he said. “On December 3rd they played at home against Rapid Vienna. At the same time we were playing in the ice in Linz against LASK with a late flight that landed back in London at 3am. Was that an advantage to Arsenal?” 

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Actions speak louder than words. We need to bin the whiners.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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7 months ago

Just received my last consignment of a collection of programmes weighing 150kg all together.
Phew!

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago

All Spurs?

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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7 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Every godddam one of ’em!

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago

Chris Cowlin has folders for them…have you?

cavey
cavey
7 months ago

Your a real Spurs Nut Nutty

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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7 months ago
Reply to  cavey

I’d hate to disagree with you, Cavey 🙂

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
7 months ago

You’ve got a lot of reading materials there for your summer holidays, ‘61! How are you going to store it all?

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
7 months ago

Very quiet on here today! Give us shout when you wake up……

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago
Reply to  89Spurs 👁

We could discuss the Ropey Cup?

You go 1st!

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
7 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Whose going to win it if we don’t?

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago
Reply to  89Spurs 👁

I’m hoping Manure get thrashes by Milan and the Greeks sort out the Arse.

But if we progress and get Granada or Molde in next round…then we have a good chance.

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
7 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Thanks for that, I will put a bet on it later.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Some game.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
7 months ago

Smashing, wurnit?

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
7 months ago

Oh, hang on.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
7 months ago

Porto look pretty through!

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Porto look pretty gassed.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

The previous record for fewest games needed to score 20 Champions League goals was Harry Kane (24 games).

Haaland just did it in 14 games.

Credit where due I guess.

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago

Andy, may I have your pulled Ms piggy recipe please.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

According to wifey she normally goes by a mixture of Jamie Oliver’s recipe and the hairy bikers. That have slightly different ways if doing it but the temperature s and the times are the same. It also goes under the name of slow roast shoulder of pork. Usually takes about 6 hours in the oven. She also adds a bit of water to the roasting tin for the last hour. Cut the fat/rind off shortly before end and put that on a rack to finish cooking to get the best crackling.

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
7 months ago

My wife does that with skin, for the crackling, and I never get a look in, as it doesn’t make it on the plate, wonder why it disappears.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

So if I have this right:

Haaland scores
VAR rules out the goal
VAR gives a penalty to BVB for an earlier incident
Haaland misses the penalty
VAR orders a penalty retake as the keeper was off his line
Haaland scores

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Have I mentioned that I hate VAR?

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago

Bloody ♥️ VAR..

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
7 months ago

Porto imploding.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
7 months ago

Unblievable decision for Dortmund there. They should have played advantage and given the goal.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Juve in a bit of trouble here.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Mind you, I’m pretty surprised the US can stomach James Corden as a chat show presenter. You’re welcome to him. But I’d like to have John Oliver back please!

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I like Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segments, but I don’t much care for chat shows in general.

Paleo
Paleo
7 months ago

I’ve heard he’s a complete wanker,a nasty piece of work,treats people very badly,and he’s a fat wet spam cunt

Bru Chimp McG
Bru Chimp McG
7 months ago
Reply to  Paleo

Say it as it is Paleo..

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Saw this regarding Piers Morgan:

He stormed out today like he was leaving the Emirates after 75 minutes.”

Chauveljn
7 months ago

He’d still be last out the doors.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Just had a flash news alert ftom the Beeb that he’s being investigated about his MM comments after 41k complaints came in to Offcom. Apparently he’s resigned/walked from the brekky show. These really are extraordinary times… 😑

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

It’s crazy that Osama Bin Laden was an Arsenal fan and Piers Morgan is the worst Arsenal fan to exist.”

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
7 months ago

Wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Hitler once had a season ticket.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

I think the NSDAP had a box.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

In case you haven’t heard Moron’s criticism, it’s that Meghan uses and abuses people. This stems from Moron saying he once was ‘a friend’ to MM but then she dropped him when she had more useful contacts.

Hell hath no fury like an woman arsehole scorned.

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Chauveljn
7 months ago

I think Graeme Souness might be available to fill in tomorrow.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

A friend just sent me this. A Rude Trip Around Britain.

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Chauveljn
7 months ago

That could have included ‘Twatt’ in Scotland.

Down here in the Forest I’ve often passed through Green Bottom… 🤔

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Titty Ho is my rallying cry.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Here, we make due with Wankers Corner, Oregon and the Glory Hole Recreation Area in California

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
7 months ago
Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago

Why bother, eyes already funked them thoughts two days ago.
#plagiarist

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

You said the same before. Deja vu.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

That meteorite fell at Winchcombe. Posh Cotswold town in Gloucestershire, the rock is clearly upwardly mobile… 🤔

Which is odd! 😅

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Bru Chimp McG
Bru Chimp McG
7 months ago

I see Bale holds the current most goals scored per minute record already at Spurs!

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Bru Chimp McG

I’m hoping for a few cracking goals against Arsenil.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Fulham have conceded 12 goals in their last 17 league games. Second best defensive record since Christmas. Scott Parker is turning things around.

MiT
MiT
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

The emergence of Tosin Adarabioyo. Plays anywhere on that back line, and covers up space like a madman.

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  MiT

Abdul-Nasir Oluwatosin Oluwadoyinsolami “Tosin” Adarabioyo.

Amazing name. Fulham picked him up from City for 1.5 million last summer. He’s a homegrown England U19 defender.

MiT
MiT
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Aina very solid as well, but Tosin is forming up to be wicked good.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Dammit! Leeds have had 14 efforts on goal in the second half but can’t finish any off.

West Ham are really fortunate this evening.

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I consider myself fortunate to have not watched either game tonight.

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Patrick Bamford really blows hot or cold. Tonight he couldn’t find his backside without help let alone the back of the net.

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61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
7 months ago

Hidden Figures on Film 4. Excellent film, well recommended.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

It’s really good.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago

It’s godda be up there with Arrival.

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
7 months ago

I’m watching it now. Agreed! Anyone seen ‘Best of Enemies’ and ‘Mudbound’? Both recommended.

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