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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61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

Are they still talking about Manchester?

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
1 year ago

No the ads are on now !

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  89Spurs 👁

Huzzah!

Chauveljn
1 year ago

They’ll probably still be talking about Manchester at halftime.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

What should I bake next???

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Beans?

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Dunnit already.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Flapjacks. Bloody love flapjacks.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

This was just Tweeted by ESPN

Games taken to reach 100 career goals:

Haaland – 146
Mbappe – 180
Messi – 210
Ibrahimovic – 245
Ronaldo – 301

Kane reached 100 goals in 141 games, but never mind.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago

We must remember he only plays for that little team called Tottenham Hotspur so that dos nt count

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Fake news!
We all know Kane is just a figment of our collective imagination.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

There. Fixed it.

Kane goals.jpg
Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Where’s Lewandowski?

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Is that including Kane’s games out on loan to Orient, Millwall and Leicester?

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

PL only.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

I think that’s the snag.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Man City had 23 goal efforts. Rather irritating that United were gifted a penalty so early. I’m beginning to think OGS has a leprechaun in his backroom staff.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

The players do need the occasional rest day. Think of it as an opportunity for Winks.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

The Twatterati are in full flow again 🤣

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

We seem to have a preferred CB pairing.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Zaha on the bench for Palace

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

Smashing!

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61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

Winks for Ndom 🤔

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Hmmmm. From Ali G:

I think today’s Spurs line-up is going to provoke some interesting reactions, although don’t they all?”

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Sissy up top?

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

Strong team; strong bench. We need to think of Thursday as well.

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

Think we’ll see Alli start?

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

Does all this mean that maybe Liverpool weren’t better than, for example, the Iniesta; Messi; Xavi Barcelona team? Or for that matter, about 15 other very good teams I could name?

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Bonzo sighting.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Where, in a nearby hotel with three ladies of the night..

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Shaw makes it 2-0.

City looking strangely off colour for a derby.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

De Bruyne particularly. I’ve lost count of the times he’s been dispossessed.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago

If the city result stays the same the experts will be SOOO anoyed that they have to show our match and not waffle on about that and the Liverpool result for another couple of hours

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Eyed forgotten how yumtious eggy bread is.

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Will you stop going on about food, you’ll mention neck oil next !!

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  89Spurs 👁

Neck oil? Moi? Never!

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Got this one lined up for tonight courtesy of Mrs SpurAndy.
https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/pork-fillet-recipes/prosciutto-pork-fillet/

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
1 year ago

Bread and dripping for me !!

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  89Spurs 👁

Looxury! 😁

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
1 year ago

I’ve still got some Ginger Cake left, from my latest bake. The Hairy Bikers recipe, from the BBC.
So I won’t go hungry, thank you all.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  89Spurs 👁

Nice one. Just finished off a ginger cake bake meself. Got the recipe from an old lady I met when on jury service. No idea where she got it from but always a goodun.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago

I ll swerve that recipe from the cockney geezer, though I enjoy bacon and ham sandwiches roast pork disagrees with me very badly

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

I’ve heard it can give indigestion, Mystic. My fav is slow cooked pulled pork. Loverly.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Linda McCartney veggie sausages with homemade root mash, cabbage and baked beans. Comfort food.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Never mind..

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Cabbage AND baked beans?
Biohazard alert!

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Prunes and custard for afters….

Rocket powered flight.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago

It’s just not right. In fact, it made me a little angry.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

That does not compute! Where’s the meat!!?!

Paleo
Paleo
1 year ago

It always comes back to bite you on the scrotum

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Paleo

Yes Jurgen, six home defeats in a row deserves an open top bus trip around Goodison.

Last edited 1 year ago by Chauveljn
Chauveljn
1 year ago

THIS IS WAS ANFIELD

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Stand by for scousers bemoaning injuries for their woes.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

‘Scousers Bemoaning’ is the title of a book on Liverpool history I once read.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

You once read a book on Liverpool history? Shirley there must have been mitigating circumstances..

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Community service. It was that or rock breaking in a chain gang.

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
1 year ago

Both Manchester clubs can f*ck off!

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Pen to ManU. jeez

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Unfortunately, I can’t argue with the call. Brainless by Jesus.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

OK, a win takes us above Pool and the spammers into 6th.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Sky Sports Statto

LFC have failed to win in 8 consecutive League games at Anfield for the 1st time since 1955.

6th straight League home defeat – never previously lost more than 4 in a row.

Lost 8 of their last 12 premier league games – as many defeats as in their previous 121 League games.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Think it was actually their relegation season of 53-54 as part of a 14 game run without a win.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago

Just finished watching Terror, bloody brilliant.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Is the The Terror on bbc2?

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago

👍

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Thanks fofty, got that recorded. How many episodes?

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago

10 in all, done it in 3 days!

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

*mostly nights

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Danka.

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
1 year ago

Are we the only team to have lost at Anfield this season?

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago
Reply to  Northern Spur

We always find special ways to lose to them.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Well done Fulham! Of course I contributed to their win by not watching the game and putting the mockers on it.

You’re welcome.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Scott Parker has now won more games at Anfield as a manager (1) than he did in his eight visits as a player (0).

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Everton’s 2020-21 highlight video is going to feature all 6 of Liverpool’s home losses.

Jan Vertiginous
Jan Vertiginous
1 year ago

😄

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago

Questions to be asked in Parliment as the worlds greatest ever team beaten at home for a 6th time..

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
1 year ago

Well done Fulham. Pulling for Parker and The Cottagers to survive. Plucky group, they have really tightened up their defense.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago

Klopp anyone?

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago

Got to make sure Pool don t get our next manager before we lure him to N17

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

The laws of physics will now have to be re-examined..

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
1 year ago

Unbelievable Jeff !!

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

A famous win.

DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago

Enjoyed that, well played Fulham and Scotty 360.
Keita should have seen red for that assault.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

Quite remarkable!

DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago

Fulham players tiring now, dropping deeper and doing a lot of defending. Massive result if they can hold on.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  DAVID

Pool are looking a bit leggy themselves.

DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago

It’s very upsetting!

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Running the ball into the oppo corner with 73 on the clock?!
That might be the earliest I’ve seen a team do that.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Nice read WasDan. I hope you are correct that they don’t seem to have much to play for.

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
1 year ago

Goal, goal!!!!

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

1-0 to the Cottagers!

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Fake news, must be.

‘This is Anfield’

Sixty eight home matches unbeaten and then five consecutive defeats is astounding. If Fulham make it six it’ll be beyond comprehension.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

We’ve lost five at home on the bounce once, back in 93/94, but never more than that.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

BT Sport fix, gazcrack foretold it and it shall be. All must tremble in the face of the mighty BT Sport!

DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago

Fulham giving as good as they are getting against Liverpool, if they had a decent forward/ goal scorer they would be fine.

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

Thanks Dan, I’d like to see a fast start and play to our strengths. Playing Sanchez means we can play a higher line. If he can get his confidence back I think he’ll become a regular starter.

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
1 year ago

As always Dan an excellent read. We should prevail, score a couple and March on. COYS!!

DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago

Nice work Dan, Palace have 8 out through injury, it was 9 yesterday but their best player, Zaha is back, just in time to face us.
Hes been out a while so hopefully not fully match fit.
I watched their last 2 games with Brighton and ManU, they performed a smash and grab against the former and were pretty negative in both games.

Sjd
Sjd
1 year ago

Yes, good read Dan. Well done as usual. I also think we will see both sides of Spurs but hoping we don’t just see the one side which no doubt will be the defensive, boring and rocky team we have witnessed too many times this season.
Put an attacking side out there with Reggie LB, Toby and Dier in the middle at the back and I will feel better straight away. Never ever thought I would say this but I would rather Aurier at RB (or Japhat). This is how bad our RB position is atm.
A good attacking mindset should get us a good win.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Sjd

Seen a bit of KWP lately and I think we made a mistake to get rid of him. Prefer him to Serge.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago

Enjoyed that Dan, thanks. I think your penultimate para agrees with my view that we’ve seen the good and the bad thoughout this season and mostly even in each game. It’s like a tortuous game of snakes and ladders. Movement forward before plunging back. Can’t really see any change other than continuing the theme at the moment. Just a matter of enjoying the good bits and trying to zone out the bad.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Palace are a banana skin. That’s about the long and the short of it. It’s something that we ought to be able to negotiate, but lurks waiting to be trodden on by the unwary.

Paleo
Paleo
1 year ago

Nice read,feeling good about today’s game, but I’m glad it’s on late in case we lose and my whole day isn’t fucked up

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 year ago

Trouble at t’Palace…no not that one!

Thanks WasDan!

Paleo
Paleo
1 year ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Enjoyed the Levy read on the previous blog, cheers

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 year ago
Reply to  Paleo

Yes, I find some of the less obvious stuff about Levy very interesting.

I really quite like him.

But wish he would risk more on signings…

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Yes, I thanks for the link Bruxie.

It even mentioned some bloke called Nagelsmann… 🤔

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Thank for the link Bruxie. At the least Levy isn’t a porn baron, a shady gangster, an absolute monarch with an appalling human rights record, or MIKE ASHLEY!!

And the article mentioned Nagelsmann… 🤔

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