Dan’s Spam Attack

 

And so to Stratford, where – other than poor sight-lines and unhappy ‘locals’ – who knows what awaits us?  The team that recently beat Everton and Man United either side of a very creditable draw at home to Chelsea, or the team who (from Match of The Day highlights, anyway) looked defensively all-at-sea while losing one-nil at Brighton last time out and also lost their opening four games of the season?

 

It’s tempting to trot out the ‘fierce local rivals / it’s their cup final / they’ve invested heavily in a squad while Levy’s been building a shopping mall line and doom-monger a potential battering for us on Saturday, but that wasn’t the case last season when we paid our second ever visit to the London Stadium: Harry Kane goals in the 34th and 38th minutes plus an Eriksen strike on the hour gave us a lead that West Ham couldn’t claw back despite Aurier seeing red in the 70th with the score at 1-3:   Although Kouyate pulled another one back in the 87th, and despite there being 7 minutes added on, the only further threats the Spammers mustered were long range efforts from Reid and Noble, both of which flew high and wide.

 

As Chauvelin pointed out when I referenced this victory as ‘strolling into Stratford’ on a previous bloeug, though, shipping two goals made this too close to comfort and maybe hinted at troubles to come:  It was only a few weeks later that we threw away a two-goal lead to the Spam in the 4th round of the league cup, and, of course, we’ve gone on to lose at least four matches from winning positions since, which is something I can’t really remember us doing on such a regular basis under Pochettino up until that point.  

Putting aside the fact we conceded two goals and saw Serge sent off, last season’s visit to Spam was definitely happier than our previous two, both of which we lost by single goaland neither of which we turned up in.   16/17, which saw our away-contingent’s first ever need to take binoculars to a premier league match, brought an end to a nine match winning streak and the slim hope of overhauling Chelsea with three games left to play.   15/16, our last ever visit to Brady, Gold and Sullivan’s state-backed retirement fund, brought an end to a six match winning streak and, had we won, we’d have gone top of the table with ten games left to play, level on points with Leicester (who had drawn that night) and seven goals superior.   As we then dropped two points at home to Arsenal in the following game, this turned out to be the last genuine chance we had to go top that season, a gut-wrenching result which hurts me to look back on even more than lasagne-gate does, even though nothing was actually decided that day.

 

To counter-balance those three soul-sapping defeats away to the Spammers, I’ll just quickly mention Harry Kane slipping Eric Dier through to score that last-minute winner in Poch’s first ever competitive game in charge of us, Gareth Bale’s 89thminute screamer in 2013, and the sheer joy of Paul Stalteri popping up out of nowhere to tap Robert Green’s fumble into the back of the net to make it 4-3 to us having been 3-2 down with 89 minutes on the clock:  If this fan-cam clip wasn’t quite so long, I could use it as a sound-track to make love to – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUyfb_5r_7o.    

 

There.  I feel a little bit better now.  And all I’ll need to keep that happy glow through to the end of the weekend is for us to finish Saturday three points better off than we started, because, as much as I’d love for us to take them to cleaners (and as much as I believe we’re capable of doing so (though our injury / unavailable list is potentially worrying)) I’ll gladly take three scrappy points.   With City up next in the Prem and the four league games following that looking tricky (Wolves and Palace away, Chelsea at ‘home’ and Arsenal away  not to mention decisive CL and Carabo Cup games dotted in and around them) dropping points this weekend and the effect that might have on morale ahead of the first PSV double-header could instigate the first truly disastrous run of league and cup results weve had to endure under Poch.

 

Though, of course, certain doom-mongers would say we’re already in the midst of a truly disastrous run of league and cup results as we’ve lost to every half-decent team we’ve faced so far this season and our performances have been utter dreck for as long as any self-respecting doom-monger would care to remember.

 

Personally – and obviously marking me out as a complete and utter dumb-dumb – I still think the United away result counts for something, especially given our previous record under Poch of simply turning up at Old Trafford with three points held out on a cheese-board.  Other victories, such as Fulham at Wembley and Brighton and Huddersfield away, I’ve enjoyed watching  though none have been vintageTottenham, they’ve been pretty open games rather than bore-fests where the other team has relentlessly sat back and watched us do little more than witlessly pass the ball sideways across our back-line.  Defeat-wise, we at least gave ourselves the ghost of a chance against Barca despite having several key-players missing.  In the other three games we’ve lost, whether we deserved anything or not, we should have had a chance to draw level from the spot against the Dippers and, as already mentioned, somehow managed to get ourselves intowinning positions against Watford and Inter despite being well below par.  

 

As for our most recent performance, against Cardiff, yes, it left a lot to be desired, but I think we played better against Cardiff than we did in last season’s 1-0 home win against Bournemouth in the equivalent round of matches, where an Eriksen goal in the 47th minute separated us from a Cherries side second bottom in the table, only two points better off than Colin’s Cardiff were this time around:  On top of that, as painful as the Cardiff game was to sit through in real-time, the Match of The Day highlights showed it could have easily ended 5-2 had both teams taken their chances, proving we did at least create some chances (we were the ones who could have scored five, btw)...  

 

And, as a final small straw of comfort for anyone else as desperate as I am for Spurs to wake themselves up and start proving the negatives wrong, we just happened to follow last season’s close-run thing against Bournemouth by dismantling the Dippers 4-1…  

Should we repeat that sort of performance and score-line thisSaturday, though, let’s not any of us dumb-dumbs go getting over-excited:  It’s only Wet Spam away, after all, so we still won’t have beaten anyone good.      

Comments
  • Fatty B 20/10/2018 at 6:50 pm

    Another win without us coming close to our potential/expected form’ll do for me, for now.

    • McG 20/10/2018 at 7:33 pm

      Be nice if we’ve saved that form for psv & city..

  • Frontwheel 2 20/10/2018 at 7:06 pm

    HOOOOORRRRRAAAAAHHHHH,we won

  • 89Spurs 👁 20/10/2018 at 7:19 pm

    Come on you terriers!

  • Matt 20/10/2018 at 7:25 pm

    So Luke Shaw and Sanchez, neither of who would get in our first 11 are on 600-700 k per week between them? It’s bonkers I tell you!

    • Shelfy 20/10/2018 at 7:47 pm

      Some speculation that Eriksen now wants a deal similar to Shaw. United being bonkers may have consequences for us.

      • McG 20/10/2018 at 8:29 pm

        Not really, sign him on similar money to Kane, simple enough. He’ll end up at Barca or Real eventually, so get him signed & ensure we get maximum when it’s time to sell. Get Deli’s contract sorted first tho!

      • Superspoz 🏆 20/10/2018 at 9:32 pm

        United is doing this on purpose. They gave a mega deal to lingard too when he wasn’t even getting I to the team!! Wankers!

        • McG ⚽⚽ 20/10/2018 at 9:45 pm

          Maybe it’s the only way they can get them to sign. Paying players £500+k a week allows the fringe players to take the p*ss.

          • Superspoz 🏆 20/10/2018 at 9:51 pm

            They’re not being fair and messing up the market rate. These are not sustainable numbers to most clubs. This cannot be the “going rate ” some morons are banging on about.

            • McG ⚽⚽ 20/10/2018 at 9:56 pm

              No, it’s catching up with them, can’t continue like this, reckon that’s why they pushing Jose to bring through some of the youth.

              • Superspoz 🏆 20/10/2018 at 9:59 pm

                They’re still a cash cow, hopefully they don’t make top 4 and then it will have an effect. I hope they keep mourinho!

                • McG ⚽⚽ 20/10/2018 at 10:15 pm

                  I bet you don’t see many players signed for 500k p/w in the next couple of seasons!

  • Superspoz 🏆 20/10/2018 at 9:31 pm

    ..a little terrier ran across the rd earlier, I slammed the breaks and he let out a yelp as the left wheel hit him as it came to a halt. I thought the wheel rolled over him so you can imagine my relief as he ran off a second later…straight across the rd and in through an open door who’s owner just stood there in a dressing gown and didn’t even look at me as she shut the door. On top of the that, one of my beers smashed as the shopping bag flew off the front seat!!

    Oh and a great result today. Lamela, joint player of the season so far along with Toby.

    • Caspurs 20/10/2018 at 9:35 pm

      Good to hear the only casualty was a beer, some people shouldn’t have pets. And as for Lamela, quality!

      • Superspoz 🏆 20/10/2018 at 9:47 pm

        Yeah mate, it was a super close shave, my heart skipped a beat.. who lets a dog go out by itself in the dark?? Stupid woman!

        • McG ⚽⚽ 20/10/2018 at 9:50 pm

          I saved a squirrel stuck in the road Friday, was cowering with cars going by literally inches from his head, think he was dazed! Thought it was gonna be a trip to the vets, but he came round and scampered off!!

          • Superspoz 🏆 20/10/2018 at 9:56 pm

            Aww, they’re so cute! With their big eyes and tiny little faces…apparently they’re edible.

            What?

            • Caspurs 20/10/2018 at 10:00 pm

              They’re non native fakky vermin, that spread disease, damage and sometimes kill trees, and have reduced our native red squirrel population to a few remaining enclaves.

              • McG ⚽⚽ 20/10/2018 at 10:07 pm

                It did have some red in it as it happens!

                • Hartley 20/10/2018 at 10:20 pm

                  It’ll be a gooner.

                • Fatty B 20/10/2018 at 10:49 pm

                  • Chauvelin 20/10/2018 at 11:21 pm

                    Proper tufty English squirrel.

                    Take back sovereignty.

            • Fatty B 20/10/2018 at 10:28 pm

              Vets?!

              • McG ⚽⚽ 20/10/2018 at 10:31 pm

                The way it was moving I thought it had been hit initially, figured they may have to put it to sleep!

  • Hartley 20/10/2018 at 10:18 pm

    Just having a break from getting ready for trannie night in my dressing gown at the front door watching my little terrier have a harmless stroll before his bedtime and some mad car driver nearly runs him over rushing by with a car full of beer.
    Some people!

    • Superspoz 🏆 20/10/2018 at 10:23 pm

      ..innit, I hope his beers smashed in the car! His missus will probably have a fit tomorrow when she get in it.. lol

      • Fatty B 20/10/2018 at 10:27 pm

        He can always buy her some more beer.

      • McG ⚽⚽ 20/10/2018 at 10:28 pm

        She’ll probably make arrangements for a family bash knowing Spurs are due to play on the same day..

        • Hartley 20/10/2018 at 10:56 pm

          I love it when they do that.

  • Chauvelin 20/10/2018 at 11:23 pm

    Huddersfield cheated.

    • McG ⚽⚽ 20/10/2018 at 11:27 pm

      Did they try fielding 12 players or something?

      • Chauvelin 20/10/2018 at 11:39 pm

        Cheated by the ref.

        • Chauvelin 20/10/2018 at 11:49 pm

          Handball not given.

          • merrance 20/10/2018 at 11:58 pm

            Highlight of the game for me was the letting off of smoke bombs and blowing of bubbles to celebrate their disallowed goal

            • Fatty B 21/10/2018 at 12:13 am

              You’re putting your email address in the wrong place, merrance.

  • SeattleSpursGuy 21/10/2018 at 12:17 am

    So it seems Mark Noble was right that Spurs and West Ham have had a similar start to the season. Both clubs have only one win at the Olympic Stadium so far.

    • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 12:28 am

      I’m pleased Andy Carroll wasn’t playing.
      Very happy to collect three points, just two efforts on target needs to be addressed. We’ve got to improve. In previous times we’ve had lots of chances, and plenty of efforts on target but not a good conversion rate. Now the chances are drying up and we’re sneaking wins. Karma will catch up with us unless we become more effective.

      • McG ⚽⚽ 21/10/2018 at 12:46 am

        It’s only down to injuries, Deli & CE back soon.

    • McG ⚽⚽ 21/10/2018 at 12:44 am

      That’s funny!

    • Syd 22/10/2018 at 10:35 am

      Brilliant

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 21/10/2018 at 6:56 am

    Did we win?

    • 89Spurs 👁 21/10/2018 at 8:47 am

      Of course!

  • McG ⚽⚽ 21/10/2018 at 9:42 am

    Nice praise from Shearer;

    “I thought Lamela on his first start of the season was the difference certainly in the first half. He produced some wonderful bits of skill and his first touch was exemplary.

    “He was bringing other players into the game. He was at the heart of everything that was good about Tottenham when they were on the ball. Confidence, skill, belief on the ball and trickery, he had all of that. Full of coincidence and full of belief and did his bit defensively.”

  • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 21/10/2018 at 9:57 am

    Love any player who’s full of coincidence. Makes marking them a nightmare.

  • McG ⚽⚽ 21/10/2018 at 9:58 am

    Superspoz
    They’re still a cash cow, hopefully they don’t make top 4 and then it will have an effect. I hope they keep mourinho!

    I read earlier Mancs are in debt to the tune of £497 mil, which could possibly be beaten by Spurs!!

    • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 21/10/2018 at 10:06 am

      Yessss! In your face Mancs, think you can beat us at everything.

    • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 11:20 am

      Levy and Lewis keep everything confidential. Who knows exactly how much we’ve racked up, but at least it was for a major asset to last the club for decades. Not throwing stupid money on players wages as if it was confetti. If Shaw is on 190k, that is insane. And how much is Sanchez getting? He’s hardly value for money.

      • McG ⚽⚽ 21/10/2018 at 12:30 pm

        Yep, exactly, no comparison really.

  • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 21/10/2018 at 10:32 am

    Good article from Alisdair Gold. I think a pretty fair summation about Sissoko and particularly notable that Poch is the final arbiter of the value/price of a target.
    https://www.football.london/tottenham-hotspur-fc/fixtures-results/what-pochettinos-transfer-message-levy-15307706

    • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 11:13 am

      “I don’t want to say that it is not doing things properly to not sign but, we need to try again…”

      Enough with the multiple negatives Mauricio! Doing my head in trying to unpick his words. 🐒

    • Caspurs 21/10/2018 at 11:23 am

      I can’t tell, is Poch saying I should have an English breakfast or not?

      • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 11:28 am

        He wouldn’t wish to say that it isn’t a good thing to not want a full English fry up.

        • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 11:29 am

          Or not.

  • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 11:36 am

    Who’d have guessed Sissoko would put in a good performance? And it’s only taken 3 years. And Lloris was excellent especially in those last five minutes. Very positive catching.

    • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 21/10/2018 at 11:45 am

      Hugo is world class, we are a better team overall for his efforts than without him. I would be very disappointed to lose him.

  • Bruxie 21/10/2018 at 12:00 pm

    I was there yesterday – first time in Stratford.
    Trouble after the game as the home and away fans converge on Stratford station. Lots of police and long distance insult distribution! Pikeys calling us Jew Cnuts and our lot reciprocating with songs about caravans and Primark.

    The game was as you will have seen it on the telly. Chanceless for long periods. Scary moments from Arnautovic and saves from Hugo.

    Horrible stadium…too far away from the pitch. Spammers watching us rather than the game.
    Nutters.

    • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 12:05 pm

      What do you expect from the Pikeys? Classless mob of racists. They can’t be there for the football.

    • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 12:07 pm

      Hey Fatty, enjoying another old gem comedy on Talking Pictures, ‘Idol on Parade’. Sid James, Lionel Jeffries are always good value.

    • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 21/10/2018 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks for the real time view Bruxie, from a pitch side perspective (if you could see that far away) how do you think Sissoko performed? His best match yet for us?

      • Bruxie 21/10/2018 at 12:21 pm

        He did ok!
        Not earth shattering but efficient. He’s a big lad and put himself about more than I’ve seen him in the past. Excellent assist for Lamela.

        Winks was my midfielder of the day – on both sides. He’s gonna be a big influence in years to come. Kane ran about to good effect but needs to stay within the width of the penalty area. He held the ball well and made some breaks but was usually caught on the edge of their area.
        Moura was excellent. He is establishing himself as one of the first names on the team sheet.
        Tripps had a mare.
        Davies wasn’t much better.
        Neither provided a decent outlet and coupled with Hugo’s distribution, our arses were twitching like rabbits’ noses.

        Alderviereld played on the left of the two CBs. He and Sanchez were solid…but didn’t have a decent outlet from our FBs.
        We knuckled down and ground out a result.

        We’ll get better.

        • Caspurs 21/10/2018 at 12:29 pm

          No praise for Lamela?! Disappointed I am..
          Thinking about it, I guess you couldn’t see his best moments in the first half, as you musta been over 10 miles away.

          • Bruxie 21/10/2018 at 12:36 pm

            Yep. He was excellent – but I thought it had been said already. He was everywhere.
            Still unsure about his playing relationship with Kane. Tries a little too hard at times. But very good yesterday.
            Played in the 10 role, it seemed to me. But moved a lot to other areas. Must be a nightmare to mark. He doesn’t know himself where he will go next! Lovely goal.

            • Caspurs 21/10/2018 at 12:42 pm

              Poch likes the front 3 to swap positions during play , so I wasn’t surprised to see Lamela in different positions.
              I didn’t agree with subbing him for a more defensive player though, I thought it reduced our offensive threat, and gave spam more freedom to attack and find an equaliser.

              • Bruxie 21/10/2018 at 12:43 pm

                Dembele didn’t play well when he came on. Almost a carbon copy of his Manure semi-final mistake!

                • Caspurs 21/10/2018 at 12:47 pm

                  I agree, he was poor and couldn’t handle the pace of the game.
                  When Lamela went off, we clearly dropped deeper and looked to hold onto what we had, which was a risky move imo.
                  I will say though, that at times yesterday we looked a more cohesive unit than we have done of late, so that was good to see.

        • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 21/10/2018 at 12:43 pm

          From my position behind the sofa pleased to see I agree with you on that assessment except maybe on Tripps. Thought he had an average game which is not to say he was bad, just not as good as he can be.

          • Bruxie 21/10/2018 at 12:47 pm

            He caused a lot of angst among us Yids. Gave the ball away in stupid areas and ALWAYS passed backwards. He doesn’t take anyone on when playing in a flat back 4. He’s a wing back in a back 3.
            Everyone around me started cursing him at times. Not loudly – but his WC is over.

            • Caspurs 21/10/2018 at 12:51 pm

              He also tried to steal the ball from Antonio twice in the latter stages (very stupid!), and on both occasions got turned and left Antonio acres of space to attack our right flank, even a 10yr old should know better than that.

              • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 1:27 pm

                Yes, I saw that and the second time it happened I wondered if Trippier knew what he was doing. Very naive.

  • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 12:36 pm

    A weakness that could be exploited is using s right footed centre back at left CB. The left full back needs to tuck in close and not leave Toby exposed against PSV and Citeh. I’d even consider three CB’s in those games with Davies Toby and Sanchez, allowing Rose and Trippier more freedom. Dier as defensive midfield, Eriksen, Moura Lamela behind Kane for PSV.

    • Bruxie 21/10/2018 at 12:42 pm

      Please, not Davies.
      I agree with your point about the CBs and FBs but Davies is our weak link at the mo’ and his confidence seems low.
      Toby wasn’t bad on the left…

      Rose HAS to be fit! And I’d play Aurier if he’s fit because Trips was poor. He’s a wing back not a back 4 FB.

      • Sexy Beast 21/10/2018 at 12:48 pm

        How long did it take from final whistle to get on a train at Stratford?

        • Caspurs 21/10/2018 at 12:51 pm

          He still there.

        • Bruxie 21/10/2018 at 12:52 pm

          18:15! Police held us up and made us wait until the Pikeys dispersed.
          Got on the Jubilee to West Hampstead – 19:00 train.
          Home at 20:00.
          Knackered. 14,000 steps.

          God help those going a week on Wednesday.
          There’ll be trouble.

        • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 12:53 pm

          How long did it take to hear the final whistle from the stands?

          • Bruxie 21/10/2018 at 12:54 pm

            Didn’t hear a thing! Just saw them all shaking hands!

  • AntSpurs 21/10/2018 at 12:45 pm

    Another Noble classic in Fridays Evening Standard: ‘They had three players, Harry Kane, Eric Dier, and Harry Winks in the England team the other night (v Spain) and I would t have minded their plane home from Spain being delayed for a few days’ .

    Maybe Trips wasn’t a worry in the Spammers tactical discussions.

  • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 1:21 pm

    So, has Davies gone backwards? Considering he didn’t go to the World Cup, he should be fully fit and rested during the summer. Pochettino seems happy to play him, although I’d be happy to see another left back brought in to compete with him and Rose.

  • Bruxie 21/10/2018 at 1:38 pm

    This’ll waste five minutes on a Sunday afternoon!
    Lovely time lapse…with inside the stadium at the end.
    Cannot wait!

  • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 2:00 pm

    Bruxie
    Didn’t hear a thing! Just saw them all shaking hands!

    You were so far from the pitch you were actually watching their last home match…

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/10/2018 at 2:15 pm

    Just watching it now,not a bad performance but when you put Winks and Dier both deep youave to rely on someone like Sissoko and he played that ball perfectly but can you rely on it? Three points but we havent been playing the kind of footie that is good enough in my opinion for a real sustained run.
    We lack creativity. Its simple its not rocket science.We are deeply stuck in Pochs defensive strategy and to hell with going out and beating the other team even though we did.

    • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 2:31 pm

      At the moment it seems that Pochettino is being pragmatic rather than expansive. He knew with injuries to several first XI players, and lethargy affecting the WC semifinalists that his options were severely limited. To have managed to stay up with the leaders had been outstanding strategically. The hope is our limitations will ease off with returning players. Alli and Verts will have had a long break and should come back strong in December. Son didn’t play, hopefully he will return to form. Be interesting to see if Erikson looks refreshed after several weeks out.

      • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/10/2018 at 2:34 pm

        Thats true. But I think when assessing and with all the other players fit earlier on in the season we also were lacking creativity and fluidity. Yes this strategy is good and we did well but our creativity all season has been lacking. 3 points and thats great but when they get back we need to expand pour game,something we have lacked all season

        • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/10/2018 at 2:35 pm

          Im also looking for Winks to do more than Dembele does

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/10/2018 at 2:29 pm

    Watching the game..scratching my head comments i read about Winks..what has he done? Lamela and Moura excellent…but Winks? WHY?

    • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/10/2018 at 2:29 pm

      Sissoko was one of our best players.There.

      • 89Spurs 👁 21/10/2018 at 2:40 pm

        He certainly was, his work rate was phenomenal, plus the ball through to Lamela.

        • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/10/2018 at 3:05 pm

          89 his work rate is always good. The think is West Ham gave him a lot of room and he used it well

    • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 2:39 pm

      Winks was trying hard to overcome the West Ham midfield or at least stop them dominating. I thought he put himself about very well and occupied the centre space effectively. He didn’t create very much going forward but he did link play and was the glue in our cohesive performance.

      • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/10/2018 at 2:56 pm

        I do agree with that. Thats the problem. With a team full of creative types,Winks could be captain and a Carrick type. But with too few creative players he is just another player who can pass the ball along

    • Bruxie 21/10/2018 at 3:55 pm

      He kept the ball…and didn’t give it away!
      Surely you can see that.
      We had no Eriksen until 80+ mins.
      There’s your creativity, Ron.
      Eriksen.

      • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/10/2018 at 3:57 pm

        I think we need more out of the 6 spot (Dembeles position) more creativity that is
        Either its with Winks or he falls back into Diers position and we get someone else

  • merrance 21/10/2018 at 2:38 pm

    A nightmare playing against Lamela Scissorhands

    • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/10/2018 at 3:06 pm

      Lamela was excellent. Would like him to grow more even. Take control. Somebody should

  • Superspoz 🏆 21/10/2018 at 3:19 pm

    We’ve been linked to Blackburns Bradley Dack so i warched a couple of his highlights and i have to say, he looks good, very good in fact. Yes, he plays in the championship and all that but I liked what I saw. He looks a proper bloke, nothing childish about him.

    • Superspoz 🏆 21/10/2018 at 3:23 pm

      Blimey, Blackburn beat Leeds yesterday!

      • merrance 21/10/2018 at 4:42 pm

        leeds are doing a leeds

  • McG ⚽⚽ 21/10/2018 at 3:40 pm

    Ronwol1960-61
    Just watching it now,not a bad performance but when you put Winks and Dier both deep youave to rely on someone like Sissoko and he played that ball perfectly but can you rely on it? Three points but we havent been playing the kind of footie that is good enough in my opinion for a real sustained run.
    We lack creativity. Its simple its not rocket science.We are deeply stuck in Pochs defensive strategy and to hell with going out and beating the other team even though we did.

    I think you can put that firmly down to injuries, one of the most creative sides in the league usually. Deli back 29th October, so only notable long term injury left is Verts. We’ll hit form soon enough, hopefully just at the right time. I’d like to see more from Winks in terms of attacking passes instead of the safe stuff, done ok tho.

    • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/10/2018 at 3:51 pm

      Thats what I mean (re the last part)
      Im not sure we are the most creative in the league though. I mean our creativity in this one came from one move by none other than Sissoko

      • McG ⚽⚽ 21/10/2018 at 4:24 pm

        I meant if you look back at last three seasons, we’re nearly top evey year for goals scored & chances created. Not sold anyone, can add Moura, Lamela back, can only see us returning to our usual form.

        • Ronwol196061 21/10/2018 at 4:27 pm

          I think when our counter game works we are awesome
          When not, we need more creativity
          Eriksen is a great creative player but I think we need one more.. A Grealish will provide more fluidity through midfield

          • McG ⚽⚽ 21/10/2018 at 4:28 pm

            I’d like an Isco!

            • Ronwol196061 21/10/2018 at 4:30 pm

              He could be the closest we could afford.. Well at least, buy

              • Ronwol196061 21/10/2018 at 4:31 pm

                Grealish

                • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 21/10/2018 at 4:38 pm

                  👍from me.

    • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/10/2018 at 3:52 pm

      What we did do was stifle West Ham..basically choking them of air.

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/10/2018 at 4:00 pm

    Reports in News Now of Barrios and Grealish. Barrios is not bad. (Not top draw but not bad) Grealish we should definately buy. Its what we need (one foot or not one foot) We need someone to move the ball quickly from Dembeles position and also have some insurance should Eriksen leave

  • Caspurs 21/10/2018 at 4:14 pm

    Hooch & Turner, wodda luverly dog.

    • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 21/10/2018 at 4:24 pm

      Which one was the dog?

      • Caspurs 21/10/2018 at 4:25 pm

        Pfft, cat lover.

        • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 21/10/2018 at 4:25 pm

          How very dare you sir!

        • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 21/10/2018 at 4:27 pm

          From memory one of them slobbered a lot. Can’t remember if it was the man or the dog.

          • Ronwol196061 21/10/2018 at 4:29 pm

            Is that after a few jars?
            And what about the man?

          • Caspurs 21/10/2018 at 4:32 pm

            That was the dog, and yes they do have slobber issues, although mainly when they’re outside salivating from the myriad of smells on offer. I used to use a stick to remove them before he got back in the car, no problem really.

            • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 21/10/2018 at 4:34 pm

              Sounds a practical solution Cas although I’d prefer the non drool type.

              • Caspurs 21/10/2018 at 4:38 pm

                Ah, we’ve gone full circle, it sounds like a non drooling cat would be purrrrrrrfect forya..

                • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 21/10/2018 at 4:40 pm

                  Don’t like cats, I f@rt in their general direction.

                  • Caspurs 21/10/2018 at 4:58 pm

                    Have you ever had a dog? I can’t remember you ever mentioning one.

                    • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 21/10/2018 at 5:09 pm

                      No can’t have one as the wife and son are allergic to furry things. I like dogs but can’t say I’ve missed not having one. A bit like kids I spose, if you don’t have em you don’t miss em, but if you do have em you can’t imagine not having em; generally speaking of course.

                    • Caspurs 21/10/2018 at 5:14 pm

                      Makes sense, generally speaking of course.

    • Ronwol196061 21/10/2018 at 4:24 pm

      The Morecambe and Wise of Pooches?

  • Matt 21/10/2018 at 4:26 pm

    Anyone seem anything of Barrios other than the English WC game? Looked mobile and feisty. What I’d like to know is can he make a simple quick pass forward when he’s won the ball?

    • Ronwol196061 21/10/2018 at 4:29 pm

      Matt looking at his clips he can.
      That’s what he does well

    • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 21/10/2018 at 4:32 pm

      Barrios did something at the WC which wasn’t pleasant. Can’t remember what it was but can recall a few said they weren’t over keen on him coming to us at the time.

  • Ronwol196061 21/10/2018 at 4:33 pm

    I’m watching both the Palace Toffee game and the Tennessee LA American game
    The yank game is more exciting

    • Frontwheel 2 21/10/2018 at 4:49 pm

      I’m watching the the palace toffee game,just seen my dog taking a shit in the garden,you can guess the next line.

      • 89Spurs 👁 21/10/2018 at 4:53 pm

        Who’s garden was it? And what colour was it?

        • Caspurs 21/10/2018 at 4:55 pm

          Well that’s a question you don’t hear everyday…

          • 89Spurs 👁 21/10/2018 at 4:58 pm

            Was the garden green or brown?

        • Frontwheel 2 21/10/2018 at 5:05 pm

          My garden,it would have been truly exciting if it was an old fashioned white one,alas it was brown,but the trembling legs were a sight to behold.

          • 89Spurs 👁 21/10/2018 at 5:09 pm

            I can imagine, a sight to behold.

      • Ronwol196061 21/10/2018 at 6:36 pm

        Yes same difference… I’m sure the dog wasn’t boring!

  • Matt 21/10/2018 at 5:05 pm

    If Barrios can win and pass forward quickly that’s just what we need. We have an electric forward line; get the ball to them quickly and effectively. Frankly we don’t need all Dembélé s gliding around slowing everything down.

    • Frontwheel 2 21/10/2018 at 5:13 pm

      Sundays is no football talk,ain’t you got a dog ?

      • Matt 21/10/2018 at 5:18 pm

        I have. A staffie. I am going to see if I can get him qualified as a therapy dog.

        • Caspurs 21/10/2018 at 6:35 pm

          I thought about having therapy due to the amount of stuff my dog destroyed:
          TV
          Books
          Light bulb
          Mobile phones
          Three piece suite
          Remote controls
          Hoover
          Thankfully he stopped chewing things once he was three years old. Phew!

          • Ronwol196061 21/10/2018 at 6:46 pm

            I’m chewish

            • McG ⚽⚽ 21/10/2018 at 6:59 pm

              I’m backish.

              • AntSpurs 21/10/2018 at 7:35 pm

                I’m Bitish.

                • Hartley 21/10/2018 at 9:39 pm

                  I am horny, very very horny!
                  So is Horny.

  • Caspurs 21/10/2018 at 5:19 pm

    As penalties go, that one was dog shite.

    • 89Spurs 👁 21/10/2018 at 5:20 pm

      Took his hind leg away!

      • AntSpurs 21/10/2018 at 7:55 pm

        He should have buried it.

  • Superspoz 🏆 21/10/2018 at 7:09 pm

    I posted a thread of tweets yesterday about baros. It was from a Boca fan and he replied to almost all the comments from the concerned yids. He’s adamant we’re getting him and that he has been their best player for the last two seasons. He gives as good as he gets and has never been sent off, he reckons we’re getting a top top player.

    Kinda reminds me of the time that Southampton fan that came on tbh and waxed lyrical about poch when we were linked with him.

    • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 21/10/2018 at 7:24 pm

      Was it about Poch or was it Schneiderlin?

      • Superspoz 🏆 21/10/2018 at 7:25 pm

        Poch.

        • Fatty B 21/10/2018 at 9:05 pm

          Darren Lake. Driving Instructor.

  • McG ⚽⚽ 21/10/2018 at 7:36 pm

    https://cartilagefreecaptain.sbnation.com/2018/10/21/17935428/tottenham-hotspur-new-stadium-transition-performances

    For those who like their stats, found this a really interesting read re other teams & their transition seasons…

    • Matt 21/10/2018 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks for posting that it’s interesting. The hope is cling to is that those clubs were moving from their home to a new stadium; we’re doing the reverse, albeit in a new stadium. I don’t think there’ll be a big uptick straight away but mid/long term it could be a fortress. If we keep Poch.

      • McG ⚽⚽ 21/10/2018 at 8:01 pm

        I think we’ll settle straight in personally, reckon the fans & players alike will love it!!

        • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 8:31 pm

          It’s the same place, emotionally. When 60,000 fans get inside the new WHL and roar on the lilywhites it’ll just click.
          Seventeen thousand yids making a barrage of noise, singing from the Spurs kop end will be flipping magic.

          • Sexy Beast 21/10/2018 at 8:43 pm

            Indeed!

          • Superspoz 🏆 21/10/2018 at 9:17 pm

            “Spurs kop end” doesn’t sound right! I know, technically, has what it is but ..

            • Hartley 21/10/2018 at 9:28 pm

              Unfortunately it will probably end up being called something else due to the positioning of the cock.

              • McG ⚽⚽ 21/10/2018 at 10:11 pm

                The bell end?

      • 89Spurs 👁 21/10/2018 at 8:03 pm

        I think that will depend on Levy and ENIC. Concerning any offers coming in for Poch, and keeping him and his team of coaches happy, with right salary.

        • Hartley 21/10/2018 at 9:35 pm

          Yer Yorkshire’s coming on lad…

          • Ronwol196061 21/10/2018 at 9:43 pm

            Pudding on the Fritz

  • Fatty B 21/10/2018 at 9:08 pm

    Frontwheel 2
    My garden,it would have been truly exciting if it was an old fashioned white one,alas it was brown,but the trembling legs were a sight to behold.

    If you want a dry white dog pooh your dog needs to eat bones. For a softer white pooh feed your dog rice.

    • Hartley 21/10/2018 at 9:24 pm

      The Doctor offa Star Trek?

    • Hartley 21/10/2018 at 9:25 pm

      Anneka, Damien or Pat?

      • Fatty B 21/10/2018 at 9:53 pm

        Edgar Burroughs.

        • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 10:39 pm

          Tarzan is a good name for a dog.

  • Superspoz 🏆 21/10/2018 at 9:11 pm

    Fatty B
    Darren Lake. Driving Instructor.

    You really do have a good memory don’t you?

    • Ronwol196061 21/10/2018 at 9:40 pm

      It was a rare but a real bit bit of real ITK

      • Fatty B 21/10/2018 at 11:53 pm

        As was the guy called David who came on and told us Redknapp was getting sacked in the morning – sacked in the morrrr-ning – getting sacked in the morning.

        The only two pieces of genuine, verifiable ITK I ever saw over there.

    • Fatty B 21/10/2018 at 9:54 pm

      Fat lot of good it’s done me so far.

  • Ronwol196061 21/10/2018 at 9:42 pm

    Hartley
    Unfortunately it will probably end up being called something else due to the positioning of the cock.

    Naughty!

    • Fatty B 21/10/2018 at 9:45 pm

      Kop-a-doodle-do

  • Hartley 21/10/2018 at 9:58 pm

    I’m off, c u next Tuesday, who’d’ve known white dog shit was down to dogs eating bones?
    You live and learn, ariverderchi.

    • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 10:30 pm

      I didn’t know that either. But then I don’t own a copy of the Observer’s Book of Dog Poop.

      • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 10:38 pm

        You’ll have to take my word in that.

      • Fatty B 21/10/2018 at 11:39 pm

        Written by Nora Bone?

  • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 10:23 pm

    Superspoz 🏆
    “Spurs kop end” doesn’t sound right! I know, technically, has what it is but ..

    ‘Kop’ stems from the bitter Battle of Spion Kop in the Boer War, where the Boers were defending a very steep hillside (Kop) which the Brits struggled to advance against.

    It’s sweet FA to do with Liverpool, they don’t own the word. Apart from them being bores (geddit?!)

    • Matt 21/10/2018 at 10:25 pm

      I see what you did there Chauv

      • Chauvelin 21/10/2018 at 10:27 pm

        My work has not been in vain…

        • Ronwol196061 21/10/2018 at 11:08 pm

          Plaudits never hurt anybody especially when it’s you plauditting you!

          • Chauvelin 22/10/2018 at 9:25 am

            Touché! 🎺

        • Superspoz 🏆 21/10/2018 at 11:11 pm

          It is very much appreciated 👏👏.

        • Ronwol196061 21/10/2018 at 11:14 pm

          We can sing At the Kopa, Kopakobana music and passion, Spurs always in the action at the Kopa, Kopakobana

          • Fatty B 21/10/2018 at 11:40 pm

            The Jewish lads could at the Kippur, Kippurkabana.

            • Fatty B 21/10/2018 at 11:50 pm

              Ooh, could they, sir?

  • merrance 22/10/2018 at 1:06 am

    I had Kippurs for brexit this morning

    • Ronwol196061 22/10/2018 at 1:11 am

      Schlemexit

  • Ronwol196061 22/10/2018 at 1:10 am

    Right on Fatts, you are a mensch and a scholar, not Irving.
    One puts the yamulke on right after breakfast and just before the game.
    The Navy and white tallus appropriate for such occasions…
    Fatts when I was a bamitzvah boy, that year, we won the double. And you ask me if there are any miracles.
    If we win the league this year, without spending one penny on players would you believe?

  • HD 🇺🇸 22/10/2018 at 1:22 am

    Hartley
    I am horny, very very horny!
    So is Horny.

    Duh!

  • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 22/10/2018 at 8:47 am

    Morning Ouefers, nice bit of positivety to get your day going from the most unlikeliest of places.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-6301017/Mauricio-Pochettinos-vision-impact-best-Premier-League.html

  • Bruxie 22/10/2018 at 9:02 am

    Hey up!
    Arse players in the Nuts FFL league!
    Second placed team has Lacazette & Ramsey in it!

    Bloody gooners!

    • GDawg 22/10/2018 at 9:31 am

      Almost made it onto the top page!!

    • Caspurs 22/10/2018 at 9:32 am

      shocking! disgraceful! scandalous! atrocious! appalling! abhorrent! monstrous! heinous! evil! wicked! abominable! terrible! horrendous! dreadful! nauseating! sickening! vile! shameful! infamous! intolerable! unendurable! unbearable! exasperating! offensive! maddening! distressing! unreasonable!

      • GDawg 22/10/2018 at 9:33 am

        I thought that was against the rules?

        • Caspurs 22/10/2018 at 9:36 am

          Dr Nut will be along shortly to expunge the sickness.

          • Chauvelin 22/10/2018 at 10:09 am

            Fatty B
            The Jewish lads could at the Kippur, Kippurkabana.

            Ramsey? Really?

            • Chauvelin 22/10/2018 at 10:10 am

              Oops. Wrong reply.

  • GDawg 22/10/2018 at 9:32 am

    Oops, wrong email address

    • McG ⚽⚽ 22/10/2018 at 9:44 am

      You’ve got, fail.

    • Fatty B 22/10/2018 at 12:33 pm

      Tophobunty’s back!

  • foeorfreund 22/10/2018 at 11:34 am

    Scathing….
    https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2018/10/22/harry-winks-must-take-a-long-look-in-the-mirror-after-childish-g/page/1/

    Just in case it wasn’t obvs, the author is a West Ham fan.

    • Chauvelin 22/10/2018 at 12:19 pm

      Could they even see Winks from the Bobby Moore stand? It’s two bus journeys from there to the pitch.

      • foeorfreund 22/10/2018 at 12:26 pm

        Good point, I’ve passed it on ;-D

    • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 22/10/2018 at 12:47 pm

      So Winksy ‘Stood motionless for a good 20 seconds or so with a smug grin on his face’. The lads a wrongun, get rid.

      • GDawg 22/10/2018 at 12:51 pm

        He had a nice game. Coming along well

        • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 22/10/2018 at 12:56 pm

          I’m secretely hoping for more smug grins.

          • Caspurs 22/10/2018 at 1:09 pm
            • Chauvelin 22/10/2018 at 1:21 pm

              Smeg!

            • foeorfreund 22/10/2018 at 2:37 pm

              • Fatty B 22/10/2018 at 2:59 pm

                • foeorfreund 22/10/2018 at 3:03 pm

                  V good.

      • Chauvelin 22/10/2018 at 1:26 pm

        West Ham fans simply aren’t used to seeing other people whose mouths aren’t gaping open and drooling like theirs…

  • Merrance 22/10/2018 at 2:00 pm

    Spammers think that Poch
    Should nip Winks in the bud.Whatever that means

  • Fatty B 22/10/2018 at 2:55 pm

    foeorfreund
    Scathing….
    https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2018/10/22/harry-winks-must-take-a-long-look-in-the-mirror-after-childish-g/page/1/
    Just in case it wasn’t obvs, the author is a West Ham fan.

    You found a West Ham fan that can write? Doubtful.

  • Superspoz 🏆 22/10/2018 at 4:00 pm

    Dont you just love it when you sharpen one of your chisels only for it to discover a hidden nail in the door frame, right where the new hinge needs to be? Bloody marvellous!!

    • foeorfreund 22/10/2018 at 4:05 pm

      Yeah, I hate it when that happens.
      Not that I’ve ever fitted a door, or sharpened my chisels. I don’t even own any chisels.
      But yeah, I hate that.
      Can’t you just stick it up with silicon?

      • Superspoz 🏆 22/10/2018 at 4:08 pm

        Pfft, silicon! Gaffer tape bruv..

  • foeorfreund 22/10/2018 at 4:02 pm
    • Superspoz 🏆 22/10/2018 at 4:11 pm

      Pfft, talksport!! Gaffer tape bruv..

      • foeorfreund 22/10/2018 at 4:18 pm

        ;-D

  • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 22/10/2018 at 4:43 pm

    Working on a new bleoug atm, bear with.

    • Caspurs 22/10/2018 at 4:48 pm

    • Fatty B 22/10/2018 at 4:53 pm

      • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 22/10/2018 at 4:59 pm

        I can confirm it won’t be worth the wait.

        • Chauvelin 22/10/2018 at 5:00 pm

          I’m all agog meself!

  • Caspurs 22/10/2018 at 5:22 pm

    Ooh, new r’Andy bloeug! Wotsit gonna be abaht.
    Koi meditation?
    Man about the pond?
    Carry on carping?
    Whatever it’s about, carp eh diem r’Andy!

    • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 22/10/2018 at 6:10 pm

      Okay going to have to admit defeat. Blahdy bleoug won’t let me publish. I’ll wiz it over to the admins if you can do the necessary.

      • Caspurs 22/10/2018 at 6:15 pm

        That’s odd.

        • Caspurs 22/10/2018 at 6:16 pm

          Email it over and I’ll give it a try. 👍

  • Matt 22/10/2018 at 6:08 pm

    I read that Harry Winks childishly and unprofessionally wound up the WHU fans by standing and grinning at them after all our other players had sensibly retreated ready for the re start. Top Lad!!

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 22/10/2018 at 6:17 pm

    Bruxie

    Hey up!
    Arse players in the Nuts FFL league!
    Second placed team has Lacazette & Ramsey in it!

    Bloody gooners!

    He’s dead, Jim.

  • Caspurs 22/10/2018 at 6:22 pm

    BOOM! r’Andy is back in da room!
    https://flatoeuf.com/psv-eindhoven-up-next/

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