Dan’s Grande Oeufre

Well, that PSV result was so Spursy even the offside decision for Sanchez’s goal seemed par for the course.

Though, of course, had the same logic been applied to PSV’s equaliser, it would have been chalked off as well and we’d have still won that game…which we would have deserved, because we dominated possession, created some great chances, reacted to giving away a stupid goal against the run of play by scoring ‘twice’ in ten minutes, still went on to take the lead, hit the woodwork twice, and generally looked more inventive in the attacking third than we have in what feels like far too long.

But we are where we are, which is probably out of the CL – though I still think there are some twists and turns to come before that’s a given – with the doom-mongers excitedly predicting footballing Armageddon against City on Monday, which is how their visit to us last April is often portrayed.

Kicking off at the ridiculous time of quarter to eight on a Saturday evening (as does the Wolves game next weekend – ffs), it was another game where Hugo sadly failed to cover himself in glory.  For Jesus’s 21st minute opener, he backpedalled when he probably should have closed down the angle.  Then, three minutes later, he rushed out as he did against Barca and PSV, upending Stirling and giving away the penalty which pretty much killed off the game.  Although Eriksen pulled one back with a deflected goal just before half-time, and although we did create some vague half-chances early on in the second half, it was one of those games where we never seemed ‘at it’, and Stirling missed an absolute sitter before finally putting the result beyond doubt in the 72nd minute.

City went on to be crowned champions the next day when the mighty Manchester United and that serial winner Mourinho lost at home to West Brom. For us, it was our first league defeat since City had traumatised us 4-1 in December and brought a six-match winning streak – including victories over Arsenal at ‘home’ and Chelsea away – to an end.  That December defeat was also the first time we’d lost to City since May 2015.  In the three consecutive victories over the Cityzens which followed, we probably played some of the best football we’ve seen under Poch; a four-one drubbing, a glorious two-one smash and grab at the Etihad, and one of the most one-sided two-nil batterings you’re ever likely to see in what was, I think, Pep’s first ever league defeat as City boss.

I feel a lot of the issues which undid City that day are similar to the issues spursying us up at the moment – Pep was insistent City play out from the back when Claudio Bravo in goal and full-backs Kolarov and Zabaleta just weren’t good enough to carry it off.  We constantly hounded those three into errors and the majority of the game seemed to be played out between the edge of their area and the half-way line because they just couldn’t get through our press.

We pretty much did to them that day what we recently allowed Liverpool to do to us.

Pep’s answer to this was to spend roughly £140 million on a new goalkeeper and two new full-backs.  Also, though, I feel he’s tweaked his tactics against us – our away game to them last season saw Ederson constantly bypass our high-press by launching the ball straight to an attacker in the way Pickford twice did to Kane ahead of breakaway goals in the recent England win over Spain, and City’s first goal at Wembley last time out came directly from a simple upfield punt from Kompany.  When we have players with Moura’s pace and Kane’s ability to dominate world-class defenders when the ball’s there to be won, it seems baffling to me that we constantly restrict ourselves to slow-build ups from the back in an attempt to draw teams out and then play through them.  It’s beautiful when it works – as it did for one of our goals against PSV, when Hugo touched the ball something like three times in the build-up and we had something like forty consecutive passes before scoring – but, at the moment, trying to play this way is constantly inviting the sort of errors made by Toby for their goal and Eriksen for Hugo’s sending off.  The same sort of malarkey also led directly to us conceding that final goal against Barca.

I’m not advocating a massive change in approach, or binning Hugo – who was instrumental in our win against Spammers – just a bit of flexibility and practicality and some evidence that Poch and the team value winning over winning a certain way.

As for where we are at the moment, we’re one point better off than we were after the same number of games last season, and three points better off in terms of results against the same opponents. This time last year, we’d just done the Dippers 4-1 at Wembley in another of the stand-out performances under Poch, but were about to head up to Old Trafford for yet another surrender to a sub-par United – Toby Alderweireld allowing Lukaku to get his head to a long-ball first and Martial running on to the flick-on to score the game’s only goal in the 81st minute.

As so often with Tottenham, one step forward, one step back, and no bugger appealing for offside.

Given the way we’ve been architects of our own destruction so far in Europe this season, and given the gulf in class between us and City last season, it’s hard to look forward to Monday night’s game with any positive expectations, but with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all facing teams they would expect to beat (the arrogant tossers), losing this one could see us start to lose touch with a breakaway top four.  [Ed: Arsenal only drew, lol]

I’m still a confirmed dumb-dumb, though, and refuse to let Wednesday’s late equaliser completely cloud the fact that we went away to a team undefeated in their own league so far this season (five points ahead of Ajax, who are presently top of their own CL Group) and, other than a couple of self-inflicted screw-ups, pretty much outplayed them.

We also went to Wet Spam last weekend and came away with all three points, something United and Chelsea have failed to do this season.

Minus several key players, we also went toe-to-toe with Barca at Wembley and were in no way played off the park.

Are City better than Barca? They’re possibly close to their level, but better? I think not.  So, if I was a betting man, I’d be putting money us winning 3-1 on Monday, beating West Ham on Wednesday, then throwing all that good work away by losing to Wolves next Saturday night.

(Gif: Courtesy of Flat Oeuf, just having a little joke at my own expense)

Comments
  • Chauvelin 29/10/2018 at 10:10 pm

    And now for a Halloween special at the Soul sucking stadium. Very suitable for the date, who gets to play though? Foyth, Llorente, Gazzaniga, Wanyama, Aurier, KWP. Who else?

  • AntSpurs 29/10/2018 at 10:18 pm

    I’m still telling people how good Sissoko was . They’re not listening

    • stevo1987 29/10/2018 at 10:22 pm

      I’m listening and he was crap. He’s always crap.

      • McG ⚽⚽ 29/10/2018 at 10:27 pm

        He was everywhere tonight, one of his best games by a country. Shame about the final ball, but credit where credit’s due!

    • Fat Bertha 29/10/2018 at 10:23 pm

      • stevo1987 29/10/2018 at 10:31 pm

        Which one is you?

    • McG ⚽⚽ 29/10/2018 at 10:23 pm

      Sissoko had an excellent game by his standards, real shame about the end product but fair play, easily in our top three players this eve. Shame Poch didn’t have the balls to give Deli & Eriksen a full half hour, winds me up at times.

  • UnkleTaff 29/10/2018 at 10:24 pm

    Losing (by just one goal) to City is no disgrace. They’ll win the league in a canter this year (eight points [at least] would be my guess). No one else is good enough to touch them over the course of a season.

    What I find particularly amusing is that Liverpool think they’re up to the challenge.

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 29/10/2018 at 10:41 pm

    I’m with Stevo on Sissy.

    • Fat Bertha 29/10/2018 at 10:46 pm

      Right pair of Stevos.

      • HD 🇺🇸 29/10/2018 at 10:50 pm

        Triple Stevos

        • Fat Bertha 29/10/2018 at 10:53 pm

          • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 29/10/2018 at 11:00 pm

            Yah, boo!

    • Chauvelin 29/10/2018 at 11:03 pm

      By his own low standards Sissoko had a great game. He was better than a few out there.

      • McG ⚽⚽ 29/10/2018 at 11:14 pm

        Poch was too negative for too long tonight, they weren’t fully on it, could easily have nicked a point.

  • McG ⚽⚽ 29/10/2018 at 11:18 pm

    & Trippier is NOT a good defender!!!

  • Ronwol196061 29/10/2018 at 11:19 pm

    Just watching the game now.. Trippier defensively and Davies are terrible

  • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 29/10/2018 at 11:23 pm

    Sissy runs abaht alot but there’s very little end product. He frustrates at times and occasionally he makes me laugh, but not in a good way. However he tries his damndest so credit to the guy but at the end of the day he’s just not good enough for Tottenham if we aspire to great things.

    • Chauvelin 29/10/2018 at 11:40 pm

      When that day comes he will need to leave the club. Until then he continues to get picked.

    • Ronwol196061 29/10/2018 at 11:41 pm

      I’ve been watches bits and pieces. Looks like Hackney Marshes and we are not above the game from what I can see.
      There is no room for Lamelas diving, Lloris kick outs, Trippier flapping at the tackle for the goal. Just nonsense and Sissoko at least working harder than anyone on the field.
      Watch the rest on another day. Really weak.

      • Caspurs 29/10/2018 at 11:52 pm

        I thought it was Moura who dived?

        • GDawg 30/10/2018 at 12:21 am

          Moura. We should have played 3 at the back and put the extra man in MF. We dominated the MF in the final 25

        • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 12:32 am

          I put the game on to watch a footie game. It looked a mess. Hackney Marshes.
          Trippier tackle for the goal was a joke.
          When Sissoko looks like the best player there is something wrong. City were not that much better and do maybe it was part the field but I have to expect more.
          I admit I didn’t watch half of it but if I got a piece if cake I would finish it if it was stale

          • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 12:32 am

            I wouldn’t finish it

  • AntSpurs 29/10/2018 at 11:53 pm

    I have no agenda, had a brilliant time and thanks to all again. The first 4 things from Sissoko was really really good , perfect o fact. His ball control was on point. Coulda passed it on his run in. The other mousa was anonymous however the funniest I saw whilst explaining how good he was , he controlled it hoddle esque on the chest and then passed it out for a corner 😂 anyways almost home no shame in that loved sissokos stopovers and to be fair his ball control and heading was bang on tonight. I’m putting me tenner dowm on the PL now. Muchas Garcias senor fanny for a welcoming game of footy. What a lovely smile 😘

    • Caspurs 29/10/2018 at 11:59 pm

      Glad you had a good time (bar the result), our flatty’s a grand bloke? Babe? Lass?

    • Flat Oeuf 30/10/2018 at 10:36 am

      Was pleasure to meet the firecracker that is AntSpurs. The only man consistently cheering Sissoko throughout the game 😂

  • TCY 30/10/2018 at 1:06 am

    When Winks, Dele and CE23 came on we made a game of it. Sissy was trying harder than anyone out there. Last 25 minutes were the best of the season.

    All is not yet lost.

    • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 1:19 am

      Why wasn’t Eriksen playing from the Off????????
      Is this, another brilliant Poch strategy?

  • SeattleSpursGuy 30/10/2018 at 1:20 am

    Poch: “The pitch was the same for both sides. We conceded a goal so early that was so cheap & football punishes you. I’m so proud though. The effort was fantastic. Last season was difficult to compete with City, the gap was massive. Today was competitive”

    Hmmm. I felt we were competitive in parts. Nothing really sustained.

  • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 1:40 am

    I’ll watch the rest prob tommorow.
    Mediocre from what I saw

    • GDawg 30/10/2018 at 1:41 am

      The final half hour was our best

  • SeattleSpursGuy 30/10/2018 at 1:47 am

    Quick Survey: have we actually improved this season?

    We have very good players and I think we will round into some decent form, but I can’t see a lot of improvement. That’s probably enough for top four and maybe the FA Cup if Poch decides to be serious about it. Overly pessimistic?

    • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 30/10/2018 at 8:03 am

      Don’t think we have improved this season SSG but I think there’s quite a few mitigating reasons for that. Still fairly early in the season so with a full house of first teamers on the pitch I expect us to improve.

  • merrance 30/10/2018 at 3:18 am

    enjoyed sissys performance tonight Mom.we would have mullered the mancs had we started off with dele and sen sen sen, POCH GAVE THEM TOO MUCH NUFF RESPEC AND THREW THE GAME AWAY BY LEAVING IT TOO LATE.

  • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 30/10/2018 at 7:49 am

    I think Eriksen’s and Dele’s ommitence till the end was Poch protecting them because they have both had injuries. Whether that’s right or wrong is debatable but he’s not stupid and knows that they’re usually first on the sheet. Personally I’m OK with leaving it to his judgement as he’s in a far better position to judge than me.

    • GDawg 30/10/2018 at 8:50 am

      I agree, easing them back was the only logical intention. Poch is biding his time as the cavalry prepare to come back

  • DAVID 30/10/2018 at 8:12 am

    Pleasantly surprised by Winks performance, willing to take the game to City, too many of our more experienced players looked like rabbits caught in the headlights.

  • DAVID 30/10/2018 at 8:53 am

    56,000 at last night’s match which meant lots of empty seats at Wembley but would almost fill the new stadium.

    • Caspurs 30/10/2018 at 8:56 am

      I think a large amount of people have had enough of Wembley, getting out of the place is a big problem, not to mention the soulless atmosphere.

      • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 30/10/2018 at 9:01 am

        Thought there was noticeable singing at times last night even when we were playing poorly.

        • Caspurs 30/10/2018 at 9:10 am

          I don’t think it’s our support, more a case that the stadium struggles (acoustically) to generate a cauldron of noise, personally I look forward to seeing us in the new place, I think there will be a massive difference in atmosphere.

          • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 30/10/2018 at 9:57 am

            Difference between chalk and cheese.

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 30/10/2018 at 9:23 am

    Not an unwelcome sight …

    • Caspurs 30/10/2018 at 9:25 am

      A nesting bird?

      • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 30/10/2018 at 9:31 am

        Back home to roost.

  • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 30/10/2018 at 10:02 am

    Sun saying Poch is the Real target cos the galacticos players didn’t fancy Conte. Where would we be without player power.
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/7614472/real-madrid-mauricio-pochettino-tottenham-manager/

  • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 10:02 am

    Just watching the last 30 mins now.Like a different team. Lamela should have scored. No reason not to.
    I would imagine there were two possibilities to why Poch fielded who he did for the off. Probably took a look at the field and didn’t want to play Eriksen or Eriksen is off somewhere.
    Poch made a good move in taking off Dier for Winks, that changed the game.
    Winks did ok but we became more fluid in general and, Dele and Eriksen only added to that.
    Sissoko had a good game.. His best in our shirt.
    Our problem is creativity and Poch doesn’t give that a high mark otherwise we could have started on the front foot and took a hold of the game

    • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 30/10/2018 at 10:14 am

      Thought Winks was a breath of fresh air and the Lamela miss may have had something to do with the pitch as it may have bobbled as he hit it Ron. Sissokos best match by far but I’m not sure whether I’m judging him on his standards or the rest of the players. The lovely chest down and then pass back for a corner was a comedy moment for me. From the sublime to ridiculous.

      • Freund or Foe 30/10/2018 at 10:23 am

        To be fair, that was Sanchez’s fault. Why he was moving away from one of the only “safe pass” areas Sissoko had is beyond me. There was always a high chance that the ball was going to come back that way.
        The difference when Winks, Dele and Eriksen came on was so noticeable. The way we play required the players to be able to pass well, especially under pressure. Unfortunately Sanchez, Davies, Tripps, Hugo, Sissoko, Wanyama and Moura aren’t particularly good at this, and Dier seems to jump between proficiency and calamity.
        Winks, Eriksen, Dele and Verts are particularly good at this. Squad depth issues well and truly exposed.

        • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 10:52 am

          Good post FoF!
          Sanchez I feel very iffy about. I think he has quality but he looks like he is afraid what Poch will think,maybe that’s why he us often tenuous.
          When he goes by his instincts.. Tackling etc.. He is very good.

          Sissoko did play a strong game Andy. His positive contribution outwrighed his negative by a lot.
          I judge him on who he is. He didn’t bring himself to the lane.

          • Freund or Foe 30/10/2018 at 10:55 am

            Sometimes it’s simple, little things. A ten yard pass that is slightly behind the receiving player, a poorly weighted pass, or the wrong passing decision given the options available. Quite basic stuff that we currently don’t seem very good at.

            • Freund or Foe 30/10/2018 at 10:58 am

              Sanchez and Davies seem particularly poor with pass direction and weight.

              • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 11:04 am

                I agree
                I think Sanchez has potential but he is too worried to do the right thing and it’s not good enough
                He looks spooked by Poch

            • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 10:59 am

              We lack confidence in that. Poch maybe filling their heads with other duties.
              When we go up 2 goals which has been rare this season.. We turn that on…
              We are still lacking one creative player but I’m seeing a lot more in Winks since he has come back

        • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 30/10/2018 at 10:54 am

          You are correct in your analcyst of squad depth fofty. Seeing De Bruyne coming on to replace Aguero told a telling tale. The first half and start of the second reminded me of how teams at the bottom of the league play us. There was a distinct gap in class between us and them which I haven’t seen for some time. However the last 25 mins or so once the first teamers came on was completely different and we looked the better side, back to reality.
          https://youtu.be/AIPZr-fmRZk

          • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 11:02 am

            Squad depth is tough when your budgets are as tight as ours and even if we got money to buy.. The wages would work out for bench players.

            • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 11:03 am

              Woukdnt

  • Flat Oeuf 30/10/2018 at 10:46 am

    A lot to like about last night’s performance. I understand the frustration of not starting a more creative midfield with Winks, but then you could also say it keep us in a difficult game (Dele, CE just coming back) and gave us the chance to take a point. A more open game could just as easily have benefited Citeh, who looked very threatening when the pitch opened up.

    On chances alone, we gifted them a goal and Lamela got a bobble. I think we deserved a draw.

    The problem with our possession game, recycling the ball back or side if there is not an absolutely 100% certain pass forward, is that we end up retreating towards our gaol 5-10 yards at a time until some of our least comfortable players on the ball (Lloris, Davies, Tripps, Sissoko) are being asked to play very precisely in ever tightening situations. Also I noticed that our CMs don’t always make themselves properly available for a forward ball in our own half when we’re playing in triangles. A few yards and a one-touch return pass is the difference between floeuw or no floeuw.

    These are 2 reasons we’re not playing through teams quickly enough, at the same time as causing ourselves more problems than we need to.

    • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 10:56 am

      Maybe Poch felt the pitch dictated a more physical game but then again he would think that.
      He has been less in the side of creativity and more physicality. It’s led to probably where we are in the league but also with a serious lack of

  • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 30/10/2018 at 11:04 am

    Breaking News! Dele signs new contract.

    • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 11:06 am

      This is good Andy I believe Dele will really grow up now and become a real star

      • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 11:06 am

        Not a Real star! 😊

        • DAVID 30/10/2018 at 11:08 am

          Steady Ron, Steady!

          • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 11:13 am

            UnReal comment!

      • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 30/10/2018 at 11:07 am

        Need Eriksen next.

        • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 11:13 am

          Think he maybe gone.. Not sure. Big contracts out there and little improvements in the short term with us.

          • 89Spurs 👁 30/10/2018 at 11:31 am

            You’ve been on the wrong site to long, so negative at times!

            • 89Spurs 👁 30/10/2018 at 11:33 am

              *too *

            • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 30/10/2018 at 11:47 am

              Let me ask you a question 89.A simple question really. If you were Eriksen,what would you do?

              • 89Spurs 👁 30/10/2018 at 2:02 pm

                I would get the contract, which suits what my needs are. Then I would sign it! End of.

  • Hartley 30/10/2018 at 11:08 am

    A game we should’ve won last night, Citeh were there for the taking but yet again too many players played under par. Trippier was awful for the goal, Lamela even with a bobble should be putting away easy chances like that, Kane went missing for long periods and if you’re fit enough for the bench then you’re fit enough to play and when you are playing one of the best teams in Europe you should be playing you’re best players.
    Disappointing.

    • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 11:11 am

      Agree with all that Hartley

    • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 11:17 am

      We came on well but Poch seemed to want to play a game of attrition with them from the Off. It might have worked had Trippier not totally fucked up that taking of Sterling. But we looked much better playing positive football later in the game.
      Lamelas fluff was terrible too. Really bad.

      • Hartley 30/10/2018 at 11:21 am

        The daft thing is that we may well gain confidence from this game down to the fact that they didn’t annihilate us like the last time we played them.

        • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 11:27 am

          Yes… But we haven been emotionally the team we have been the last couple if season. Confidence is not high. I hope it will change.
          We don’t see them buzzing about looking confident these days.

  • DAVID 30/10/2018 at 11:15 am

    It does look as if our players are struggling this season and have lost their Mojo, whether it’s down to World Cup tiredness, stadium delays, uncertainty over the debt, Pochs comments to the press, lack of new players which would have freshened up the squad, I have no idea but I do think we will regain form and despite everything, we are not in a bad position.
    We need to rediscover our flow and swagger, even playing below par we still only lost by 1 goal to probably the 2 best teams in the country

    • Freund or Foe 30/10/2018 at 11:18 am

      Analcist agreement. The click must happen at some point.

    • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 11:20 am

      The flow is missing. It can’t be had with Dembele and Dier
      We need a bit more flair in midfield. I’d really like to see Grealish play and set our team off on the right foot with a flow from the half way line.
      My only fear is Poch will do a Mourinho and pull him back

      • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 30/10/2018 at 11:45 am

        Sissoko proved the very think we need is someone playing that role that had more confidence in using the ball when they get a chance. Sissoko did great runs and gave some nice passes but he lacks confidence you can see that and sometimes hesitates thinking where he should pass it. But seeing how he gets down the field and what could happen is seeing a part of our game that we are missing. A layer with strength and ball contol AND confidence would do wonders for this team

  • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 11:25 am

    One negative comment about Moura is that I think he dribbles too much and at times tries to do too much. Sometimes he should pass and find space. He does that at times but spends a bit too much times dribnling

  • Hartley 30/10/2018 at 11:47 am

    Am I correct in assuming that we will be wearing Nike kits for the next fifteen years following the clubs statement regarding the stadium delay?

    • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 30/10/2018 at 11:49 am

      All dressed in Nike but nowhere to go??????????

    • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 11:50 am

      • Hartley 30/10/2018 at 11:54 am

        That’s a £450m deal, why haven’t they been shouting this out from the rooftops?

        • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 1:15 pm

          The rooftops haven’t passed critical health and safety tests yet.

    • Flat Oeuf 30/10/2018 at 12:41 pm

      I bloody won’t!

      • Caspurs 30/10/2018 at 1:03 pm

        Yes you bloody will, and you’ll be grateful about it too…

      • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 1:14 pm

        Now what? Now what’s ENIC done to upset you, Levy-hater?

  • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 11:47 am

    The way I see it, moving into our superb new stadium in January will give us a massive boost and will be a great weight off the minds of the players and staff. So long as we are still in contact with the front runners we’re still in the title hunt. It isn’t the matches against City and Pool which dictate where you finish, it’s ballsing up against the likes of Watford which must be avoided.

  • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 1:19 pm

    Freund or Foe

    Analcist agreement. The click must happen at some point.

    I’ve thought the click was all that’s been missing this season but you’re right, the click has to happen pronto, before it’s too clacking late.

    • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 1:32 pm

      Remember clackers?

      • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 1:34 pm

      • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 1:35 pm

        Clicking knackers? Feminist playthings.

        • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 1:42 pm

          Newton’s Cradle. That was my favourite. Get those shiny balls bouncing.

  • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 1:24 pm

    Glad FO made it to at least some of the game, and 🐜, too.
    I’m really looking forward to dropping out at the last minute when the Oeufers next meet.

  • Freund or Foe 30/10/2018 at 1:45 pm

    Ronwol1960-61
    Let me ask you a question 89.A simple question really. If you were Eriksen,what would you do?

    If I was Eriksen I’d sign a 10 year contract to my beloved Spurs. I’d sweat blood to help them win, and encourage all my team mates to do the same.
    And I’d marvel at my hair line in the mirror at every opportunity.

    • HD 🇺🇸 30/10/2018 at 1:48 pm

      He could do a beard combover, as he doesn’t have any trouble growing that out.

      • Freund or Foe 30/10/2018 at 1:50 pm

        Fantashtic.

        • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 1:56 pm

          Beardiful!

  • TCY 30/10/2018 at 2:17 pm

    Incredible comment from Horny. Still trying to visualize this combover. Mrs. TCY thinks CE is quite the handsome dude, but then she does like receding hairlines. I thought he was a breath of fresh air when he came on, and he put in a good shift in only a few minutes. I see him as a real leader (how do I know??) and think mgmt. should do everything it can to hold on to him. Twould be a real loss.

    Winksie is the real deal if he stays healthy. Time to move Dembele on, stick a fork in him, he’s . . . .

    Ronnie had it right on Moura–dribbles just a tad too much–BTW–so does Coco. And he should have put that one away. . . .

    • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 2:45 pm

      *Mrs. TCY thinks CE is quite the handsome dude, but then she … hasn’t had much to work with so far … 😎

      • TCY 30/10/2018 at 2:49 pm

        Touche, FB. Hope the interning is going strong. What doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger. TC(Y)

        • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 3:13 pm

          Nietzsche. I hope all’s well with you and speshly with Mrs TCY’s health.

  • Flat Oeuf 30/10/2018 at 2:47 pm

    Fat Bertha

    Now what? Now what’s ENIC done to upset you, Levy-hater?

    These Nike shirts are not for those of us who aren’t running 35 miles a week. FoF will look VdV. We’ll look more HGV.

    • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 3:14 pm

      We’ll? We’ll?! Yeah, ok. Spare wheel?

      • Flat Oeuf 30/10/2018 at 5:58 pm

        Nah, I’m alright for those fanks

  • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 2:56 pm

    The Nike Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would be acceptable. Nike means victory I believe?

    I do hope it is announced soon. Together with new contracts with Eriksen, Verts and Aldy. That would be fabulous.

    • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 2:58 pm

      Although it’s always going to be the new WHL for me.

    • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 3:15 pm

      No false god iconography for me fanks.

    • HD 🇺🇸 30/10/2018 at 3:30 pm

      I was thinking of something along the lines of the “Daniel Levy/The Boy Hotspur Mutual Admiration Society Love Fest Stadium.” Kind of has a ring to it doncha think?

      • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 3:43 pm

        If you’re using the word “ring” as a euphemism for ‘anus’ then yes!

        • merrance 30/10/2018 at 8:36 pm

          we dont need to be linked with a Greek goddess as this is a blokes game,now its ok for the womens team. we need a Thor like God only there is no sportswear company with that moniker

    • mystic arnold 30/10/2018 at 7:25 pm

      Had this in a quiz at work Nike the Greek god of Speed

  • DAVID 30/10/2018 at 3:30 pm

    4 NFL games in London next year, 2 at Wembley, 2 at WHL.

    • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 3:42 pm

      And your point is?

      • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 3:47 pm

        3 points

        • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 3:58 pm

          I thought it was the first half of a GCSE maths question:
          [If there are] 4 NFL games in London next year, 2 at Wembley, 2 at WHL. Who cares?
          (Only teasing, Biggy).

  • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 4:08 pm

    West Ham’s Cockney bench for Wednesday:

  • Bruxie 30/10/2018 at 4:13 pm

    Started the yesterday with a dog walk and a good prep for the cold night ahead.
    Train to Blackfriars @ 11:00 and planned a good London walk on the train.
    Southbank to the bridge across to Embankment.
    Trafalgar Square.
    Whitehall.
    St. James’ Park.
    Strand.
    Leicester Sq.
    Piccadilly Line to Farringdon.
    Late lunch. Couple of beers.
    Met Sexy Beast – with my mate Stuart (who gets me tickets for away games!)
    Tube to Wembley Park.
    Olympic Way.
    Sat sitting @ roughly 19:40 after queues.

    We paid them too much respect and Tripps…say no more.
    His World Cup is over.

    Came good after Eriksen, Alli and Winks arrived. Why didn’t they start?
    Coulda taken them off after 60 mins!

    Hike back to Wembley Park.
    Tube to King’s X.
    Train home.
    Home @ 12:15.

    11 kilometers.

    Still knackered.

    Similar for Tuesday.

    COYS!

    • Bruxie 30/10/2018 at 4:22 pm

      And the best result of the day?
      Possibility of two Arsewipe tickets for 2nd Dec.
      Hooooooooorrrrraaaaaah!

      • Bruxie 30/10/2018 at 4:28 pm

        And a special mention for the military boys & girls who delivered a fitting tribute to “The Remembered” and to the chap who played the Last Post.
        Tributes too, to Leicester.
        Glenn Hoddle.
        And a swear word from the irrepressible Stevie Perryman.
        Hoddle, surrounded by three players to Stevie during a game…
        “Give me the fucking ball!”
        Priceless.

        • Bruxie 30/10/2018 at 4:34 pm

          Stevie gave the half time interview…

    • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 4:32 pm

      Bruxie, were you a London cabbie in a last life? That’s the strangest route from the Embankment to Leicester Square I’ve seen.
      “Twenty quid mate. I went on a special short cut.”

      • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 4:33 pm

        *past

        • Bruxie 30/10/2018 at 4:35 pm

          I just keep walking mate…

          Non-automatic pilot.

      • Caspurs 30/10/2018 at 4:38 pm

        You misread Bruxie’s post, as he said he “planned a good London walk on the train.”. therefor ergo, it stands to reason our Bruxie merely walked up and down the carriages, until he reached his final destination…

        • Bruxie 30/10/2018 at 4:40 pm

          Only to the bog & back to my seat!

          • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 4:41 pm

            You had a seat! First class was it?

            • Bruxie 30/10/2018 at 4:44 pm

              Get on the train at the second stop.
              Plenty of seats after 10:00.

              I could have had a lie down.

              • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 4:48 pm

                To the amusement if the standing passengers.

                • Bruxie 30/10/2018 at 4:55 pm

                  …wanted a seat?

          • Bruxie 30/10/2018 at 4:41 pm

            On the way there (to the bog)…I was going faster than the train.

            • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 4:42 pm

              Relative to a stationery observer.

              • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 4:42 pm

                Or even a stationary one…

                • Bruxie 30/10/2018 at 4:45 pm

                  I’m glad you made that mistake…before I pointed it out and became a pedant!

                • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 4:55 pm

                  I made a note of it.

                  • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 5:19 pm

                    Then fold it up and put it somewhere safe.

        • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 4:41 pm

          Therefor(e) and ergo? At the same time, concurrently?

          • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 4:46 pm

            Thereforgo

            Cas’s new compound word.
            The reason why he went without.

            • Caspurs 30/10/2018 at 4:48 pm

              *Thergo

              • Bruxie 30/10/2018 at 4:50 pm

                Thereyougo.

                Hogobuggeroff.

  • Bruxie 30/10/2018 at 4:54 pm

    Anyway…
    Stevie Perryman was brill.
    Better than my train journey.

    So, there.

    • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 4:56 pm

      That’s a friggin’ day out.

      • Bruxie 30/10/2018 at 4:58 pm

        I loved it.

        Another route planned for Tuesday!

        PSV.

        I used to give out licences.

        • Bruxie 30/10/2018 at 5:00 pm

          Licenses…before Chauve gets there…

          • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 5:16 pm

            As if… You must be mixing me up with that Glos chap.

  • Bruxie 30/10/2018 at 5:06 pm

    When dustbins were round, we used to say…

    “How do you confuse an idiot?”

    “Put them in a dustbin and tell them to piss in the corner.”

    • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 5:18 pm

      Write the following on both sides of a piece of paper:

      ‘How to amuse an idiot. Please turn over.’

      • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 5:53 pm

        What a hoot you too must have been at work back in the black and white days. Tormenting thickos for fun. Hang on … how were the two of you introduced to those gags?

        • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 6:07 pm

          ‘Big fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite ’em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so, ad infinitum. And the great fleas, themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on; While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on.’

          Augustus de Morgan.

          • Caspurs 30/10/2018 at 6:12 pm

            I’m guessing he had a bit of a flea problem..

            • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 30/10/2018 at 6:15 pm

              But more serious for him was his greater flea problem …

              • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 6:51 pm
              • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 6:52 pm

                There’s always a pecking order!

                • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 7:09 pm

                  Fleas peck?

                  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 30/10/2018 at 7:35 pm

                    Gregory’s great grandson?

                    • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 7:52 pm

                      He’s not that special.

  • Fat Bertha 30/10/2018 at 7:07 pm

    Chauvelin

    ‘Big fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite ’em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so, ad infinitum. And the great fleas, themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on; While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on.’

    Augustus de Morgan.

    Disgusting Moron.

  • Matt 30/10/2018 at 7:16 pm

    We will beat WHU tomorrow and all feel a lot better. Alli, will score one and make one.

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 30/10/2018 at 7:35 pm

      …ridiculous hand signal?

      • Matt 30/10/2018 at 7:55 pm

        Hope so. I feel the WHU fans will appreciate that. It’ll be good to be playing on a decent pitch with a bit of atmosphere.

        • merrance 30/10/2018 at 8:42 pm

          nice prematch choon from russ abbott on the tannoy

  • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 10:15 pm

    Just watched the Two Ronnies featuring the delectable Madeline Smith. By George, she was a real sweetie.

  • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 10:58 pm

    I assume Alli has been given a decent boost to his new contract. It would stand to reason that Eriksen must have also been offered a similar uplift to his terms (why wouldn’t he? He’s of at least equal importance to the squad) so the question becomes, if it’s good enough for Alli, come on Christian, sign.

    • Ronwol196061 30/10/2018 at 11:01 pm

      Really is he going to sign???
      I hope he does. There is a ton of money waiting for Levy and Christian.
      What will they do?

      • Chauvelin 30/10/2018 at 11:06 pm

        I’m just considering that if Alli has signed I wonder what would be stopping Eriksen?

        • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 30/10/2018 at 11:25 pm

          Poch has told him to hold his horses until he gets the Real job then he’ll make sure he’s his first signing.

  • Fat Bertha 31/10/2018 at 12:23 am

    A Quiet Place – featuring the rugged Emily Blunt and the beautiful John Krasinsky. Terrifyingly suspenseful almost from the first minute and thergo rather good.

  • Syd 31/10/2018 at 12:44 am

    I am eating a rather large amount of humble pie lately. Winksy was brilliant I have to admit.
    Player ratings:
    Hugo 5 – His distribution might be close to the worst in the league. I was happy to seem him get angry. If I were him I would have punch Trips in the mouth.
    Davies 3 – Absolute liability this game.
    Trips 4 – 6 crosses only one hitting a Spurs player. Absolute even stevens between him and Benny D who was worse defensively but probably Trips. Way too much space for Sterling and Co.
    Toby 6.5 – Actually this game was the first time I have seen Toby showing a bit of age. His running appears very limited and sore.
    Sanchez 7 – Thought he did OK against a great team and being so young
    Dembele 5 – Has been a great servant but definitely time to go
    Dier 5.5 – Was mainly anonymous this game. I wish he would hit his peak (whatever that is) and stay there.
    Moura 6 – tried hard but was a bit all over the place.
    Sissoko 8 – His efforts did not go unnoticed and well done to him. Still lacks that little bit of skill.
    Lamela 7.5 – Other than the miss he was briliant. Goes down a bit easy I thought when he might have been better off to keep going. He is definitely one of our better players atm.
    Kane 7 – tried very hard again but I always saw him standing next to defenders. Needs to find himself some speace and diagonal runs behind the lines…
    Winks 8 – Wow, what a cameo. I questioned the move but hats off he was brilliant. Change the game.
    Dele 7 – looked good when he came on and definitely added some spark
    Ericksen 7 – Was also very good. The 3 replacements really did give us hope.

  • Flat Oeuf 31/10/2018 at 7:09 am

    New reproduction bloeug:

    https://flatoeuf.com/the-30-minute-man/

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