Danspurs’ ‘Never Mind the Seagulls’

Never mind seagulls – we head to Brighton on Saturday with an albatross around our necks in the shape of our first three-match losing streak since the dark days of Dimwood.

Returning to happier times, though, the last time we headed to the Amex was five months ago, on 17th April.  In the three games immediately preceding that one, we had finally won at Stamford Bridge – so were the best thing since sliced-bread – pipped a narrow squeak away to Stoke, then copped a pants down at home to City, proving that the round-earthers were right all along, and we never will thrive under Levy.

That run of results saw us third in the table after 33 games, two points behind Man U, three points ahead of the Dippers, and ten points ahead of Chelsea in the race for securing top-four.

For the football purist, though, the telling statistic is that we were twenty points behind Man City, and the seeds of that sorry state of affairs had perhaps already been sewn by this stage last season, where the equivalent round of fixtures saw us trailing the Cityzens by six points despite having just strolled into Stratford to beat West Ham 2-3.   However, we were also six points behind Man U and two points behind Chelsea, proving it’s too early to say a gap can’t be narrowed or that an early pace-setter won’t fall away as Chelsea did under Conte.

This time around, of course, and we’re in a pretty similar position, though it’s Liverpool and Chelsea six points ahead rather than the Manchester clubs.  And, of course, by the end of the weekend, we could be even further behind, because Brighton away won’t be easy, especially the way we’ve been playing:  I caught most of their second half performance against Southampton on Monday and thought they were unlucky to be two-nil down. Even so, they stuck to their game-plan of attacking down the flanks and getting numbers in the box, and although I didn’t see the end of the game I wasn’t surprised to learn they equalised at the death.

Their other results have been patchy, however, losing to Watford and the Dippers away while beating Man U and drawing with Fulham at home, while, trawling back through last season’s results, if you ignore another routine win over Man U the week after we paid them a visit, they haven’t tasted a Prem victory at the Amex since Arsenal were overcome 2-1 on 4th March.

Last season, we ended up coming away with a 1-1 draw, with Kane scoring on 48 minutes following good work from Son and Pascal Gross equalising from the spot two minutes later following an Aurier trip.  I remember watching the game but don’t remember much about it, except that on the blog I used to read back then (but was banned from contributing to) both the result and performance were taken as a sure sign we would get no points from our remaining four fixtures and drop out of the top four. Which, obviously, would serve Enic right and reveal Poch for the Levy-pet fraud that he is.

We actually won three of those games to finish third, although the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Man U which immediately followed the Brighton game soured that achievement and took the gloss off an otherwise excellent season, more in the limp manner of the defeat than the fact we had lost yet another FA Cup semi-final – plus it was yet another key game we lost after taking the lead.

This time around and, for some, we’re verging on crisis again, while, for others, we’re wallowing in it: No new stadium, no new signings, and no clue what Poch’s going on about with all his guff about cows.  His substitutions on Tuesday didn’t make a lot of sense either.  As far as I’m concerned, Watford could have been a blip but the performance against Liverpool was woeful, even though we should have been awarded a penalty at the death which would probably have seen us steal a point.  I don’t feel that performance was entirely out of character for a Poch team, though, as I felt we hit similar lows away to both Arsenal and Leicester last November, a month in which we also narrowly beat Crystal Palace and drew 1-1 against West Brom at Wembley, all of which followed our 3-1 trouncing of Real Madrid.

This, for me, has been the most frustrating aspect of the Poch era (on the pitch, anyway):  We seem to follow a great result such as the ones last season against Dippers and Madrid at home and Chelsea away or the recent win at Old Trafford with a run of shoddy performances which completely undo the milestone results.  I don’t know if it’s squad size, form, formation, or a Hoddle-like smugness that sees players and management sit back on their laurels after doing something special, but it’s something that Poch’s going to have to find an answer to if he wants to take himself to the next level without having to jump ship to a club that has oodles of cash to cover up this flaw in his teams.

On Tuesday, in the second-half, and especially after our goal, I did feel there were signs we were playing ourselves back into some sort of form until Poch’s tactical changes handed the initiative back to Inter.  On Saturday, no matter what formation and team he sends out, it would be nice to see a performance which shows some evidence of our pressing game, a return to form for Christian Eriksen, signs of life from Harry Kane, signs that we have a functioning central midfield, and an end to Poch’s worst ever run as Tottenham manger:  The sort of performance, in short, his Spurs teams have been delivering for us more often than not.

But, it’s also got to be said, the sort of performance it feels we haven’t seen over ninety minutes in a while now from Tottenham.

Comments
  • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 20/09/2018 at 9:30 am

    Good overview Dan, another season defining game coming up. Is it ever any other way? Anything less than a point will only increase the wailing and gnashing of teeth in some quarters. Having watched some of their last match I don’t see B&H as being any pushovers and with our apparent fragility atm it isn’t inconceivable that things could get worse before they get better. Hopefully not. COYS!

    • Bruxie 20/09/2018 at 10:40 am

      Don’t know how one can trust a site that thinks the NFL pitch is retractable!

      • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 20/09/2018 at 12:18 pm

        The way its going I think they will put the NFL pitch at the top.They are 0-0 at the moment

  • Chauvelin 20/09/2018 at 10:37 am

    Fatty, Talking Pictures is showing Norman Wisdom film at 11:20 today ‘Up in the World’, I believe an early one of his?

  • Bruxie 20/09/2018 at 10:47 am

    That’s a heap of stats and seasons comparisons Dan!

    I hope this season will be an individual success in its own right.
    B&H is a must win for me.
    Three at the back with Aurier and Rose.
    Dembele.
    Lucas, Lamela and Eriksen.
    Kane.

    Unless of course Ali is fit again.

    • foeorfreund 20/09/2018 at 10:50 am

      B&H? I think we’ll smoke ’em.
      We’ll set the place alight.
      We’ll stub ’em out.

      • HD 🇺🇸 20/09/2018 at 11:24 am

        There will be no stubbing our toe in this one. 2-0, good guys.

    • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 20/09/2018 at 12:17 pm

      If only we were just playing Hove….

  • 89Spurs 👁 20/09/2018 at 11:06 am

    Got more chance of a Shitehawk in the pond, than a great white. Thank goodness.
    A great article again, lots of stats and facts.
    Like your final paragraph, really spot on!
    No clean sheets for a while.
    Brighton next away, Chris Hugton is no walk over, but nothing less than a point, is going too be frowned on!
    Bring it on you shitehawks.

  • Syd 20/09/2018 at 11:06 am

    Good read Dan.. Great summary

  • Chauvelin 20/09/2018 at 11:49 am

    Good work Dan-o!

    Must just dispute your statement ‘despite having just strolled into Stratford to beat West Ham 2-3. ‘ It SHOULD have been a nice stroll having been three up, but the Spanners gave us a shock and scored twice and nearly equalised. In fact, there are parallels with the recent Watford game and shows last season was also riddled with problems closing out games late on.

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 20/09/2018 at 11:50 am

    Good One Dan! Opened up the conversation about what this new week holds for our psycho lads and manager.
    There seems to be a lot of pressure that builds up within Tottenham,its as if we are expected to compete at the very top. This is more spiritual than realistic. We have frailties but forget them as we look and see what we have actually dont over the pas couple of years,getting close to the top and all.thod as that and when we look bad,I think we are really much better than that and its all about our state of mind. Mostly about us rising to the expectations of Poch and his negative side. So this week I think we will do better than expected. This week I think our energy will be contained instead of running around like crazy lunatics trying not to lose and losing the plot.
    I fully believe we will contain ourselves and be more focused in this one and get a result.
    Its after having an argument with your wife or a friend. When the dust settles,the dissonance dissapates and what is left is a good if not great footie team.
    A good steady win in this one

    • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 20/09/2018 at 12:41 pm

      Agree with a lot of that Ron but we seemed to be a bit off the pace at the moment which may be cos a few are struggling mentally and physically since the WC. If not then I’d like to see a bit more energy and if not running around like crazy lunatics certainly more intensity than we have been.

      • Ronwol196061 20/09/2018 at 1:03 pm

        👌

  • Chauvelin 20/09/2018 at 12:44 pm

    We need to concentrate on finding the weaknesses of the opposition, rather than trying to set up to negate our weaknesses. Lets get after them and outscore the Seagulls. We’ve got more talented players, but do not stop pressing. Play for 90 minutes not 80.

  • 89Spurs 20/09/2018 at 1:01 pm

    Back page of the Times today, an article by Matt Hughes.
    “We’re tired, say Spurs players” haven’t we all been saying this for sometime now.
    It goes on to say, that the impact of Pochettino training regime has been exacerbated by the effect of 12 Spurs players included being involved in the WC.
    Tottenham insist that manager’s training schedule has not changed during his four years at the club, although that is part of some players grievance as complaints about a lack of time off are long standing.

    • Chauvelin 20/09/2018 at 3:22 pm

      It makes absolute sense.

      We were of course proud that Spurs had so many players taking part in the World Cup semis, but now we are seeing the downside. Even Eriksen looks jaded and he bowed out two weeks before.

  • Ronwol196061 20/09/2018 at 1:04 pm

    The Yanks and Canucks are on top of the charts this week on the Onglishes. How about that for a challenge???????

    • 89Spurs 20/09/2018 at 1:07 pm

      Shear luck, flash in the pan!!!

      • HD 🇺🇸 20/09/2018 at 3:53 pm

        Hah!😁

  • Carrigbawn 20/09/2018 at 2:02 pm

    Excellent analysis from “Spurs Fanatic” on why we lost to Inter Milan. Finger pointed directly at Pochettino for poor substitutions and poor defensive tactics at corners and set pieces.
    https://www.spursfanatic.com/spurs-result/inter-2-1-tottenham-space-around-six/

    • LevyLover 20/09/2018 at 2:17 pm

      Yes, good analysis. I heard Klopp speak after Saturday’s game about us using 4 man-to-man and 5 zonal markers when defending corners and Liverpool made plans to exploit that.

  • LevyLover 20/09/2018 at 2:07 pm

    We need someone who can pass and defend in the centre of the park, how about Trippier?

    Granted his defending as a wing back leaves a bit to be desired, but with Aurier or KWP at right wing back Tripps can use some of his passing / crossing ability in the centre of the pitch. Can he be any worse there than Dier?

    PS – don’t read anything into the name, it is the last one I used having been banned 5 times from another site I used to frequent!

    • foeorfreund 20/09/2018 at 2:43 pm

      Shame. If you’d managed to get to 6 bans, you win a goldfish.

  • foeorfreund 20/09/2018 at 2:18 pm

    Was just standing outside my place of work, having a quick snout.
    I see a chap walking past me who I recognise. “Clive?”
    “Hiya” Clive Allen says.
    “You’re a bloody legend” I say, putting my hand forward.
    He smiles and shakes my hand, a decent grip, then walks on by.

    I tell you what though, he looked in pain walking, like he had arthritis in his ankles or sumfink.

    Happy FoF.

    As you were.

    • foeorfreund 20/09/2018 at 2:22 pm

      To avoid confusion, it wasn’t the painful walk that made me happy.

    • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 20/09/2018 at 2:55 pm

      https://youtu.be/hRzGzRqNj58

      Why is it never me! Wah, Wah!

      • foeorfreund 20/09/2018 at 3:01 pm

        Wrong part of Essex, rAndy ;-D

      • DAVID 20/09/2018 at 3:03 pm

        Saw Clive many years ago in Shenfield. Also seen Trevor Brooking there a few times, believe they both live in the area. But not together.
        Saw Martin Peters in Billericay Waitrose a few years ago, don’t think anyone else recognized him.

        • foeorfreund 20/09/2018 at 3:05 pm

          It seems to be a haven for retired sportspeople.

        • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 20/09/2018 at 3:07 pm

          You’re just making that up to upset me big D, antcha?! I’m beginning to think it’s personal. The nearest I’ve ever been to anybody famous is from my seat in the stands.
          There was that one time when I walked past Dynamo the magician near Oxford Street I spose but other than that I’m like Kryptonite to famous peeps. ;-(

          • DAVID 20/09/2018 at 3:16 pm

            Just remembered, John H Stracey lived in my road many years ago, stick that in yer pipe.

            • foeorfreund 20/09/2018 at 3:18 pm

              Really? John H Stracey the boxer? I only know he was a boxer because I just had to Google him.
              You’re gonna need to do better than that to impress Danny Rose.

              • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 20/09/2018 at 3:21 pm

                Okay, okay, well I used to live next to Mr Pullem when I was a kid and the funny thing was he wasn’t a dentist. Bet yer can’t beat that!

              • DAVID 20/09/2018 at 3:22 pm

                Boxer ? Boxer ? World champion if you don’t mind.
                I was told he played for the local rugby team occasionally, on one occasion there was a massive punch up on the pitch, he didn’t get involved.

                • foeorfreund 20/09/2018 at 3:25 pm

                  Soz Biggy to the D. My boxing knowledge starts circa 1985, apart from the early Rocky films.

        • stevo1987 20/09/2018 at 8:50 pm

          I saw my kid brother in Billericay once. That’s because he lives there I suppose.

    • stevo1987 20/09/2018 at 3:01 pm

      Maybe he got run over by a bus as well. 🙂

      • foeorfreund 20/09/2018 at 3:03 pm

        I think his face always looked like that ;-D

        • Fatty B 20/09/2018 at 3:10 pm

          Stevo got run over by a bus when he was younger. You’d never know because he doesn’t goes on and on about it.

          • foeorfreund 20/09/2018 at 3:14 pm

            Ah!

          • DAVID 20/09/2018 at 3:14 pm

            I bet Levy was driving it. Bastard!

          • Chauvelin 20/09/2018 at 4:27 pm

            Did Stevo get round over by a bus? Poor sod.

            • Chauvelin 20/09/2018 at 5:37 pm

              *Run.

  • Fatty B 20/09/2018 at 5:09 pm

    Nice bloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooog, Dan.

  • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 20/09/2018 at 5:49 pm
    • Chauvelin 20/09/2018 at 6:35 pm

      It’s all about balance apparently.

      Bollox to that, I certainly don’t want balanced results.
      Played 38 Won 13 Drew 12 Lost 13 Goal difference zero.
      That’s balance, and no thanks.

      • 89Spurs 👁 20/09/2018 at 6:38 pm

        What good is 51 points. Just above relegation!

        • Chauvelin 20/09/2018 at 6:41 pm

          I know that Mauricio is explaining that he has to accept reverses with good grace as well as winning. But winners don’t like losing. MoPo needs a little bit of the José determination to succeed.

          • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 20/09/2018 at 6:50 pm

            I don’t get the feeling he’s a guy who takes losing lightly. Argentinians are not usually like us easy going limey’s. He’s not a soft talking Pellegrini, he’ll expect the highest standards from his players and if he thinks you’re not giving it there’ll be a showdown.

          • stevo1987 20/09/2018 at 7:40 pm

            But Poch has never won anything so, ahem, he not a “winner”. It was only a single decker bus. The No. 2 to Basildon I think.

  • 89Spurs 👁 20/09/2018 at 7:45 pm

    Where have I heard that before?
    Not the bit about the no2 bus.

    • Fatty B 20/09/2018 at 8:15 pm

      Just about to ride the ‘no2 bus’ myself.

    • stevo1987 20/09/2018 at 8:16 pm

      Hang with me..and there’s more. (Jimmy Cricket)

  • Flat Oeuf 20/09/2018 at 7:57 pm

    Chauvelin

    I know that Mauricio is explaining that he has to accept reverses with good grace as well as winning. But winners don’t like losing. MoPo needs a little bit of the José determination to succeed.

    “Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser”, as a smug Chelski fan I know loves to say.

  • Carrigbawn 20/09/2018 at 7:59 pm

    According to a report by Construction News a source told them, “I’ve not worked on a site like that in a long, long time. There were people off their heads, drinking cans first thing in the morning before going on to site and snorting coke in the toilets.”

    Well according to reports electricians and other tradesmen were being paid £400 per day so presumably they could easily afford the booze and drugs! From the recent Spurs results and the strange utterances by Pochettino at his pre and post match interviews (talk of cows and trains!) perhaps the workers on the new stadium were not the only ones “off their heads” on booze and drugs! LOL.

    PS. I suspect that Spurs will bounce back on Saturday and “thrash” Brighton, with Kane scoring more than once.

      • Flat Oeuf 20/09/2018 at 8:44 pm

        Wait, Carrigbawn is SpurAndy?!?!?

        ?cid=4bf119fc5ba3f836354635712e3fbc95

        • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 20/09/2018 at 8:48 pm

          We are one consciousness.
          Okay the basic idea is that all there is consciousness, reality, one life, of which there are various forms, such as the human body, the remote control on the table, atoms, sounds, etc. so the idea is that everything is all one thing in actuality and various expressions of that rather than millions of entire separate things. okay now the thing is, here’s the tricky part, you are conscious, right? you are aware. now, look around the room. is there anything or anyone else you can find in the room that is conscious? or is there only one person/thing/you in possession of consciousness? obviously you are the only one conscious around you, besides other people. now the thing is, there are objects in consciousness, and then there is consciousness itself, the subject and object, perceiver and perceived. now the idea with us all being actually one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, rather than millions of people with separate consciousnesses, is that none of us can actually be the separate people or forms that we see, we can’t be anything perceivable or imaginable because then we would become an OBJECT of consciousness, versus its source, you see? you would be something SEEN by consciousness rather than, as we determined, the only one who is actually conscious, who is seeing everything. so the thing is, ultimately you yourself are consciousness itself and cannot be anything knowable, but rather the infinite vastness of the unknown.. of the space in which everything exists, because the moment you become a knowable or perceivable point in space and time, the thing is you are known by yourself, so you know yourself to be consciousness seeing the point rather than the point. and then to bring it all together the idea is that since all the world is consciousness as well, expressions of this one thing, or nothing that is somehow aware, every sound, sight, etc. that you see is really only you experiencing yourself, as it is ultimately a production of your own consciousness much like a dream.

          • GDawg 20/09/2018 at 8:50 pm

            That was a shower of consciousness!

            • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 20/09/2018 at 8:52 pm

              Any questions, please don’t ask me as I’m unconscious.

          • Fatty B 20/09/2018 at 9:06 pm

            You didn’t learn that on a Midland Bank assistant manager’s training weekend.

            • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 20/09/2018 at 9:14 pm

              Correct, got it in my Dummies Guide to Existential Solipsism.

              • HD 🇺🇸 20/09/2018 at 9:17 pm

                It’s all lost on me. As you know, that is not difficult. 😜

                • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 20/09/2018 at 9:18 pm

                  I never had it in the first place so I’ve nothing to lose.

              • Chauvelin 20/09/2018 at 11:11 pm

                Sorry, rAndy. That’s all toss. Unless the nub of what you’re actually saying is that reality and consciousness are one and the same thing. Was it?

                • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 21/09/2018 at 7:45 am

                  Chauv me old mucker, if I had any idea what it means I’d try and give you answer.

            • stevo1987 20/09/2018 at 9:22 pm

              Midland Bank has been defunct for years. Please keep up.

              • Fatty B 20/09/2018 at 9:44 pm

                So has SpurAndy.

                • Fatty B 20/09/2018 at 9:49 pm

                  In an assistant bank manager sense.

    • Syd 🇦🇺 21/09/2018 at 1:17 am

      Carrig, I suggest that worker hasn’t been on too many big building sites then….it is very common

  • Sexy Beast 20/09/2018 at 9:12 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFVGk6NVegM
    Tottenham- Can’t Smile Without You
    If this don’t put a smile on your face nothing will!

    • stevo1987 20/09/2018 at 9:23 pm

      Nope, didn’t work.

    • HD 🇺🇸 20/09/2018 at 9:42 pm

      😬😁😅😁😆🤓

  • Fatty B 20/09/2018 at 9:45 pm

    Carrigbawn
    According to a report by Construction News a source told them, “I’ve not worked on a site like that in a long, long time. There were people off their heads, drinking cans first thing in the morning before going on to site and snorting coke in the toilets.”
    Well according to reports electricians and other tradesmen were being paid £400 per day so presumably they could easily afford the booze and drugs! From the recent Spurs results and the strange utterances by Pochettino at his pre and post match interviews (talk of cows and trains!) perhaps the workers on the new stadium were not the only ones “off their heads” on booze and drugs! LOL.
    PS. I suspect that Spurs will bounce back on Saturday and “thrash” Brighton, with Kane scoring more than once.

    Are you Carrigbawn and bread?

  • Fatty B 20/09/2018 at 9:51 pm

    LevyLover
    Yes, good analysis. I heard Klopp speak after Saturday’s game about us using 4 man-to-man and 5 zonal markers when defending corners and Liverpool made plans to exploit that.

    Mr LevyLover, Mr Boombastic, Mr Fantastic.

  • Fatty B 20/09/2018 at 9:52 pm

    Can’t think of anything else worth saying at the moment.

    • stevo1987 20/09/2018 at 9:58 pm

      I’m so pleased with that statement.

  • Frontwheel 2 20/09/2018 at 10:45 pm

    Can’t see why some folks are having trouble with Poch cowgate, fucking obvious what he is saying,if a little clumsy

  • Carrigbawn 20/09/2018 at 11:10 pm

    “Are you Carrigbawn and bread?” No Fatty B, but I’m married to one who is!

    • Fatty B 21/09/2018 at 2:43 am

      To be sure!

  • Carrigbawn 20/09/2018 at 11:12 pm

    Poor old Rooney! Well it sounds like he will end up a lot poorer after the taxman takes his pound of flesh. Wayne will have to forego some of his little pleasures in life, like prostitutes and grabbing grannies!

    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/personalfinance/wayne-rooney-facing-multi-million-pound-bill-over-controversial-tax-avoidance-scheme-that-has-gone-bust/ar-BBNzFT7?ocid=spartanntp

    • Syd 🇦🇺 21/09/2018 at 1:24 am

      and grabbing grannies is a GREAT pleasure mind you!

  • Chauvelin 20/09/2018 at 11:19 pm

    stevo1987
    Midland Bank has been defunct for years. Please keep up.

    Oh no it didn’t. Midland Bank became part of Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, when they needed a UK presence to enable them to become the World’s Favourite Money Launderer of drug cartels. Awful bank and sadly a major financier of the new stadium.

    • stevo1987 21/09/2018 at 9:44 am

      Midland Bank doesn’t exist. You are right about HSBC but there is no longer a Midland Bank.
      On 10 June 2015, HSBC announced that it would be rebranding its branches in the United Kingdom. HSBC chairman Douglas Flint described the Midland brand as “odds-on favourite” for a return to the high street. In September 2015, it was announced that the Midland Bank name would not be revived, and the branch network in the United Kingdom would be branded “HSBC UK”.

      • Chauvelin 21/09/2018 at 11:23 am

        Many of the HSBC top guys were from the Midland. Even today their CEO Global Banking is a Midland exec.

  • Chauvelin 20/09/2018 at 11:30 pm

    SpurAndy 🍒 🥧
    Correct, got it in my Dummies Guide to Existential Solipsism.

    Clearly the author(s) of that tome must refute all current and past theories of child development. It’s completely at odds with the accepted development models of cognition.

    • Chauvelin 20/09/2018 at 11:31 pm

      I’m not saying they are wrong; but somebody must be.

    • Chauvelin 20/09/2018 at 11:35 pm

      I’d be interested in their interpretation of quantum mechanics which posits that the act of observation of a sub atomic particle causes the dual wave function to collapse. The states of reality appear to be intimately connected to consciousness.

      • Syd 🇦🇺 21/09/2018 at 1:26 am

        Ahhhh, there you are Glos.

        • Chauvelin 21/09/2018 at 11:17 am

          As well you knew!

          • 89Spurs 👁 21/09/2018 at 12:31 pm

            I just hope that he has found his, inner self.

            And he is no longer unconscious!

  • Chauvelin 20/09/2018 at 11:59 pm

    I hope we win against Brighton but my sneaking feeling is that it will be a score draw, 1-1. No team is a pushover and especially not Chris Hughton’s sides. It’ll be a good game though.

  • merrance 21/09/2018 at 12:09 am

    I was eating a cheesburger at a resort here with my visiting family ,Just to take another bite out of it and a seagull dived bombed me at the crucial moment and flew off with half of it.
    This omen says 50/50 share of the spoils. A draw

    • Syd 🇦🇺 21/09/2018 at 1:27 am

      You said it was a seagull….

      • merrance 21/09/2018 at 2:21 am

        I said it because it was a seagull

    • Fatty B 21/09/2018 at 2:47 am

      Burger that. 0-3. Dele 1, Kane 2, Eriksen 1.

    • Superspoz 🏆 21/09/2018 at 7:51 am

      I was once having a smoke on the the deck of a P&O ferry. The seagulls were evey where, scrounging for food. Some people were amazed how they were swooping down and catching bits of sandwich mid flight. So I flicked my fag…

      4 nil Spurs.

  • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 21/09/2018 at 10:36 am

    Poch out!
    https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/mauricio-pochettino-claims-could-fired-13280925
    A simple generalised statement by Poch is turned into a sensationalist headline. Who’d have thunk it possible.

  • Chauvelin 21/09/2018 at 12:06 pm
    • Superspoz 🏆 21/09/2018 at 12:46 pm

      .,the state of that banister!

      • Chauvelin 21/09/2018 at 2:24 pm

        It’s always clever to deliberately display arty objects on the stairs to impress visitors and kill them.

  • Chauvelin 21/09/2018 at 12:27 pm

    I think these birds being described are Herring Gulls, those are the big critters and I find them to be magnificent creatures if you take the time to study them. You see them all over the place these days round the town, so they are learning to live alongside man.

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 21/09/2018 at 12:36 pm

      Do they make good eating?

      • 89Spurs 👁 21/09/2018 at 12:42 pm

        No not allowed.

      • Superspoz 🏆 21/09/2018 at 12:44 pm

        Probably, it’s the old “lull them into a false sense of security” tactic. One of mans oldest tricks. They’ll be sold in Tescos soon.

    • 89Spurs 👁 21/09/2018 at 12:41 pm

      You’re right with the Herring Gull, but there are becoming a
      Pest, if you live near the sea or coast. A lot of people call them sky rats or shitehawks.
      They are also a protected species!

      • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 21/09/2018 at 12:46 pm

        I’ve got a big fat pidgeon that sits in a tree in my front garden and cramps constantly on my car next to it. It’s not just normal bird sh*t it’s brown sludge. It must have something wrong with it, it just ain’t normal.

        • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 21/09/2018 at 12:46 pm

          *craps

          • 89Spurs 👁 21/09/2018 at 1:00 pm

            Could be Avian flu! Not good don’t touch.

        • Caspurs 21/09/2018 at 1:55 pm

          If I recall r’AAndy, doesn’t your car quite often have something wrong with it?

          • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 21/09/2018 at 2:03 pm

            Now you mention it, yes. Must be that feckin bird. Maybe I can persuade my resident bees to ave a word wiv it.

            • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 21/09/2018 at 2:05 pm

              Cas you’re in the Sevenoaks area aren’t you? Need some advice?

              • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 21/09/2018 at 2:05 pm

                That should read, I need some advice.

                • Caspurs 21/09/2018 at 2:12 pm

                  What can I do for you good sir?

                  • HD 🇺🇸 21/09/2018 at 2:14 pm

                    Advise him for cryin’ out loud. 😬

                  • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 21/09/2018 at 2:16 pm

                    Cheers Cas just need any insight you have on house buying in the area. I’ll drop you an email mate, easier than clogging up the bleoug.

  • Flat Oeuf 21/09/2018 at 4:07 pm

    A verbatim transcript of Poch’s analcyst of how we played against Liverpool and Inter…and how playing out from the back is here to stay:

    https://www.football.london/tottenham-hotspur-fc/news/every-word-mauricio-pochettinos-fascinating-15180781

    I’m fine with playing out form the back as long as:
    1. Your goalkeeper has good feet (not Hugo or Worm’s strongest points)
    2. Your defenders are comfortable and technically proficient on the ball, and in top form
    (YES: Davinson, Verts MAYBE: Toby, Serge , Tripps NO: Davies, Rose)
    3. Your CDM and CM are comfortable and technically proficient on the ball, and in top form AND very mobile, enough to provide 2 outlets every time we’re in possession in our own 3rd…AND can find incisive, accurate passes to the Front 4.
    (NO: Dier, Winks, Dembele, Wanyama, Sissoko)

    So, we’re fucked basically.

    • Chauvelin 21/09/2018 at 4:17 pm

      If you’ve got the hump you’re less flat than usual Flatty.

      I must say Dier’s passing can be suicidal and the frequency with which he commits these brain farts seems to be increasing. He seems to be regressing rather than improving with experience.

    • Shelfy 21/09/2018 at 4:44 pm

      The most disappointing part of the article was how he dismisses Atletico Madrid’s method of closing out a game as being impossible for us.
      His rationale seems to be that we don’t have the experience to do it. Maybe we need some cows in our back line.

      • McG⚽⚽ 21/09/2018 at 7:06 pm

        We’d be better off closing out games by staying offensive, thats what we’re best at. Poch has to recognise his flaws here, if we don’t have the experience, why persist in trying??!

    • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 21/09/2018 at 5:06 pm

      I read that and the thought occurred to me that he was being extremely upfront about what he wants to do and can do but also what they can’t do. Seems more than a little honest imo unless he’s going for the double bluff.

  • Chauvelin 21/09/2018 at 4:12 pm

    Hey Fatty! Listening to a biog of Denis Norden, I hadn’t realised it was he who originated the famous quips “infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it in for me”, and ” trouble at t’mill.”

    • Fatty B 21/09/2018 at 8:08 pm

      Who knew?

      • Chauvelin 21/09/2018 at 8:53 pm

        Well not me.

    • Superspoz 🏆 21/09/2018 at 5:57 pm

      Ignore me,trying to figure put how to post gifs

      • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 21/09/2018 at 6:03 pm

        Got to be a .gif Spoz, you’ve got a -gif

      • Caspurs 21/09/2018 at 6:07 pm

        Spoz has the gif’t of the gaff… 😉

      • Superspoz 🏆 21/09/2018 at 7:02 pm

        It was working before..

        • Superspoz 🏆 21/09/2018 at 7:06 pm

          The function on tenor.com to copy n paste is not there anymore!!

          • Caspurs 21/09/2018 at 7:08 pm

            • Superspoz 🏆 21/09/2018 at 7:10 pm

              Why,you.. wise guy eh..

  • McG⚽⚽ 21/09/2018 at 7:03 pm

    Evening all from sunny Portugal (thought I’d drop that one in!!) Nice article Danspurs, spot on re Poch too, it’s frustrating these great results followed up with piss poor performances. Looking fwd to watching the game tomo, few yids over here which is nice, makes the holiday!!

    • Chauvelin 21/09/2018 at 8:57 pm

      My lad is still over in Milan. He went up to Lake Como too, lucky sod.

      • merrance 22/09/2018 at 3:04 am

        is that where Perry Como lives

  • Superspoz 🏆 21/09/2018 at 7:08 pm

    • Caspurs 21/09/2018 at 7:09 pm

      Tears rolling down face from laughing too much emoji..

      • Superspoz 🏆 21/09/2018 at 7:11 pm

        Shirley the above gif of the polar bear sleeping in the snow is not that funny..

  • Superspoz 🏆 21/09/2018 at 7:27 pm

    • Superspoz 🏆 21/09/2018 at 7:28 pm

      Big fat hairy BOLLOCKS!

    • Caspurs 21/09/2018 at 7:30 pm

      • Superspoz 🏆 21/09/2018 at 8:38 pm

        Oh crap, it worked. I had a blank comment earlier, hence the b.f.Bs comment. Wahey!

  • Hartley 21/09/2018 at 7:51 pm

    Nice bloeugings Dan, my two penneth on current situation is that this next game is possibly biggest game in Poch’s Spurs career, it’s a must win without any doubt.
    I’m expecting each and every player in a spurs shirt to come out all guns blazing and destroy the home side by half time.

    • Sexy Beast 21/09/2018 at 8:16 pm

      I like the cut of your jib.

      • Hartley 21/09/2018 at 8:39 pm

        Your jibs not cut to bad either.

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 21/09/2018 at 8:24 pm

    Talking of refereeing inconsistency in football…
    Hugo, as we all know, was a very naughty garçon and got fined 50k (where the judge took his earnings into acount) and banned for 20 months.
    Young Mr Mendy of Man City fame was caught speeding four times in two weeks. He was subsequently given 24 points, banned for a year and fined … £2,500 (two thousand five hundred pounds).

    • Caspurs 21/09/2018 at 8:33 pm

      Sadly I think the judge gave the minimum fine allowed. Stupid!
      ‘The amount you’re fined depends on what the speed limit was and how much over it you were driving. It’s usually a percentage of your weekly income, up to a maximum of £1,000 (£2,500 if you were driving on a motorway).’

    • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 21/09/2018 at 8:36 pm

      He couldn’t even be arksed to turn up to court, that’s surely contempt of court! Same old same old, one law for the rich and another for the less rich, poor lads only on £90k per week.

      • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 21/09/2018 at 8:45 pm

        *hic*

  • Chauvelin 21/09/2018 at 9:15 pm

    Norman Wisdom ‘On the Beat’ has just started Fatty.

    • Fatty B 21/09/2018 at 9:21 pm

      Cheers, home-boy. Just about to go to bed with Matthew Shardlake and Barak.

  • Caspurs 21/09/2018 at 11:16 pm

    I’ve just watched the first of a 3 part series on the history of dance music, charting it’s inception and rise from NY, Chicago and Detroit, to it’s arrival in the UK, and it’s subsequent explosion worldwide. A very good watch if anyone’s interested, you can catch up with it on the BBC iplayer, BBC 4 ‘Can you feel it? How dance music conquered the world’.

  • merrance 22/09/2018 at 3:43 am

    20.30 seconds,right up your street

    • Fatty B 22/09/2018 at 6:35 am

      Amazing. Such drama in the song. Some of them old house tracks were made for an orchestra. Not so sure about the podgy Sevier wannabe.

      Check out Carl Craig:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFHD9QpQDFA

    • Fatty B 22/09/2018 at 6:43 am

      1hr 5mins: Another Strings of Life. Smashing.

  • merrance 22/09/2018 at 4:22 am

    John Newman knew how to ruin You got the Love,big cringe

    • Fatty B 22/09/2018 at 6:53 am

      Who the frig is John Newman? Ugh. Ruined the last tune.

  • merrance 22/09/2018 at 4:22 am

    the tart

  • Superspoz 🏆 22/09/2018 at 8:27 am


    Good morning fight fans.

    • Superspoz 🏆 22/09/2018 at 8:40 am

      That was meant to be a gif of poch punching the air lol.

    • Fatty B 22/09/2018 at 8:56 am

      Late kick-off again! Bah.

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 22/09/2018 at 8:35 am

    Time to stand up, ladies.

    • Fatty B 22/09/2018 at 8:50 am

      No travelling to Brighton in cattle class.

      • Chauvelin 22/09/2018 at 9:00 am

        Brighton, the Rio of the South Coast…

        • Superspoz 🏆 22/09/2018 at 9:12 am

          Pfft, Rio is the Brighton of the East coast..

          • Chauvelin 22/09/2018 at 9:24 am

            I bet Brighton has more friends of Dorothy…

            • Chauvelin 22/09/2018 at 9:27 am

              Not that there’s anything wrong…

    • Sexy Beast 22/09/2018 at 9:06 am

      Moo Poo taking the team on the train?

    • Superspoz 🏆 22/09/2018 at 9:09 am

      so, it not a load of bullocks then

    • Chauvelin 22/09/2018 at 9:50 am

      On closer inspection are those a lot of bullocks?

      • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 22/09/2018 at 10:20 am

        I’m not going anywhere near them, they’re far too experienced for me.

  • Superspoz 🏆 22/09/2018 at 9:22 am

    I hope Alli is fully fit, is it a coincidence that we’ve lost all 3 games were he hasn’t played?? Who knows. Poch needs to get this right. I hope Hartley is right and we win the game at half time but I would happily take a late winner just the game vs villa a few years ago when the circumstances were similar.

    • Chauvelin 22/09/2018 at 9:30 am

      And here is a picture of Dele Alli clearly not playing against Watford… Shome mishtake shurley?

      • Superspoz 🏆 22/09/2018 at 9:33 am

        Ah, the coffee has clearly not kicked in yet. Still, he can take the place of kane for this one Shirley.

        • Caspurs 22/09/2018 at 9:35 am

          I think a front 3 of Son, Lamela and Moura would be good to see.

          • Superspoz 🏆 22/09/2018 at 9:39 am

            I konkör

        • Chauvelin 22/09/2018 at 9:39 am

          My hope is Alli has actually rested a little and comes back ready to steal in behind and score… It is Brighton after all.

          If Kane could have two weeks off it might help. I doubt he realises how knackered he really is, especially with being a dad again in August. Parenthood can turn you into a zombie and to an extent that’s precisely how he’s playing.

      • Superspoz 🏆 22/09/2018 at 9:38 am

        Please excuse me.I’m all over the place these days. Up is left, down is purple, I dont what’s going on.

        • Chauvelin 22/09/2018 at 9:46 am

          Is this an extract from Pochettino’s press conference? Explains a lot.

    • Fatty B 22/09/2018 at 10:00 am

      There’s a game being played at half-time?

  • Matt 22/09/2018 at 9:53 am

    No idea what team will overcome our current malaise but the stats would indicate it includes Alli if fit. What were all the shenanigans relating to Toby and Tripps about – not been able to bring myself to access any football sites since Tuesday evening?

    • Fatty B 22/09/2018 at 10:04 am

      Football sites? I should have thought this place would have been ideal.

      • Matt 22/09/2018 at 10:06 am

        I thought of coming on if everyone promised not to mention football but that seemed a little self centred.

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

          The elephant in the room.

  • Sexy Beast 22/09/2018 at 10:00 am

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45589555
    Guillem Balague column: What is Mauricio Pochettino doing to ride Spurs storm?

    • Chauvelin 22/09/2018 at 10:12 am
  • McG ⚽⚽ 22/09/2018 at 10:53 am

    Morning all! Anyone know if there’s any truth in this report that Levy didn’t negotiate a fixed price with Mace for the stadium build? That seems staggering if not. Dumped Eriksen from my fantasy team this morning, so we can expect a hatric from him today!!

    • cavey 22/09/2018 at 11:05 am

      Well, if he didn’t he’s had very bad advisers. But you never can tell, he could have ignored the professional advisers and made the decision himself, which would explain the lack of spending on reinforcements in the close season.

      • McG ⚽⚽ 22/09/2018 at 12:12 pm

        I’d be amazed if it’s true?

        • Chauvelin 22/09/2018 at 12:30 pm

          Maybe Mace (and any other firms) wouldn’t proceed with a fixed price? Such a big contract could ruin a business. Or perhaps elements/parts of the build were fixed and others were more flexible?

  • Superspoz 🏆 22/09/2018 at 12:03 pm

    The yidlings are 4 nil up away at West ham. We’re top of the u18 league.

    • Superspoz 🏆 22/09/2018 at 12:10 pm

      6 nil now!

      • 89Spurs 👁 22/09/2018 at 12:11 pm

        Bring it on you Spammers.

    • McG ⚽⚽ 22/09/2018 at 12:10 pm

      A trophy up for grabs eh?!

    • Superspoz 🏆 22/09/2018 at 12:15 pm

      Lol. They’ve scored another.

      • McG ⚽⚽ 22/09/2018 at 12:24 pm

        ?itemid=8351712

        • Chauvelin 22/09/2018 at 12:31 pm

          We want nine!

  • Caspurs 22/09/2018 at 12:17 pm

    Ok, I’ve scribbled some illegible thoughts together, if youz lot don’t want me to post a new bloeug, speak now or forever hold your peace.
    YOU HAVE 5 MINUTES TO DECIDE….

    • Caspurs 22/09/2018 at 12:20 pm

      3..

      • McG ⚽⚽ 22/09/2018 at 12:22 pm

        Get on with it, making us bloody wait!!

  • Caspurs 22/09/2018 at 12:22 pm

    2..

  • McG ⚽⚽ 22/09/2018 at 12:22 pm

    New blog>>>

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