Match Day

No doubt plenty of you will have been at this game, ferrets in your overcoats, drinking real ale, adorned with flat caps, scarves and rattles.

Sadly, I was in my early teens and sniffing solvents in Churchyards was more appealing to me at the time than most things, including football. No more though.

These days, I prefer the crack of dawn and waking up dreaming of how we could be top of the League by the end of today, if we win by 3 clear goals.

Imagine that. Tottenham Hotspur FC, perennial slow starters who historically have virtually surrendered the league title by the time September is done, have actually started like they mean pwopa business this season. Win 0-3 today lads and the Premier League Cup is in our hands!

In a winning season, every team has a wobble (City last season not so much). We seem to have started each of our CL qualifying seasons under Poch with poor draws and losses during the first quarter or third of the campaign followed by a fantastic run of form throughout the winter that has propelled us to 2nd or 3rd place, but still some way short of actually winning the blimmin’ thing.

We all know the reasons why: Lesta’s dubious fairytale; Chelski’s season out of Europe; Citeh’s 100 point haul. On paper, this season should be even more difficult. Liverpooh strengthened by the pricey keeper with the fancy footwork; Citeh imperious with a winning mentality; Chelski and Ars53nal with renewed energy, new managers and a good pre-season; Yanited with Mourin…oh, wait that doesn’t quite work.

So what about poor old Spurs who DIDN’T SIGN ANYONE?

What we have got is a bunch of fierce, loyal, battle-hardened soldiers. We’ve got a load of players coming back from the World Cup, buzzing at having gone deep into the competition (if not a little disappointed int the Belgian lads’ case). We’ve got familiarity, which in our case seems to breed respect. And we’ve got Lucas Moura, who was bought with this season in mind, whatever anyone says about his ‘slow start’.

Citeh will be fully focussed on the CL, the Holy Grail for them. I can see that affecting their PL results, and with a few slip-ups that veneer of camaraderie could begin to slip away. We’ve seen with Chelski what a bunch of expensive superstars can look like when they’re not playing like a team. Not saying anything as drastic will happen to Citeh, but they could drop off.

As Noel Gallagher beautifully put it: “Liverpool fans are deluded…it’s great watching the meltdowns around about March…”. Again, they have a big shot at the title this year, but will their doubts creep in again when they get close to the summit? They’ve almost become as practised as us at not winning stuff in recent years.

Chelski and the Arse are not going to enjoy those long trips on Thursdays at all. Will the new manager bounce carry either of these far enough? Sarri, maybe. Dick? Not for me fanks…not that there’s anything wrong with it.

In summary, I’m saying we’ve got a good shot at it this year, even if it might look as though it could be tougher than last time out.

But first, let’s do Elton’s lot.

COYS!

Author: Flat Oeuf

A blog dedicated to aficionados of the chicken badge of Tottenham Hotspur FC, unashamedly revelling in the agony and ecstasy of every moment of every game....no matter who finds themselves fortunate enough, in any given season, to be the stewards, manager or players of the best club in the world. COYFS!

Comments
  • UnkleTaff 02/09/2018 at 5:35 pm

    Dembele gave away the free kick that led to their first goal then lost his man for their second.

    • HD 🇺🇸 02/09/2018 at 5:36 pm

      that is how it appeared to me.

    • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 5:36 pm

      He has been a weak link

      • Fat Bertha 02/09/2018 at 5:38 pm

        … for some time.

    • Hartley 02/09/2018 at 5:37 pm

      He is the weakest link.

      • Frontwheel 2 02/09/2018 at 5:38 pm

        Has been for some time

  • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 5:37 pm

    Good change

  • MiT 02/09/2018 at 5:38 pm

    I knew these guys would be tough. Not a lot of credit given before the match.

    Bunch of thugs, but it is a well executed game plan.

  • Caspurs 02/09/2018 at 5:39 pm

    No Lamela I’m assuming.

  • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 5:40 pm

    It’s not over

  • UnkleTaff 02/09/2018 at 5:43 pm

    Dembele goes off.

    84 minutes too late.

  • Caspurs 02/09/2018 at 5:43 pm

    Our passing in the final 3rd has been woeful today.

    • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 5:45 pm

      Capoue and Doucouré have intercepted and read plenty of our stuff today. That’s their job, which they’ve done well.

      • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 5:46 pm

        100%

  • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 5:44 pm

    Well I’ll be jiggered. Out muscled in the set pieces, our Achilles heel unfortunately.

  • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 5:45 pm

    Winks has to be careful
    Great run but no DMs no Cms
    No 3 cbs

  • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 5:45 pm

    86 minutes too late

    • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 5:47 pm

      Davies

  • Caspurs 02/09/2018 at 5:47 pm

    Take the fakky shot ffs!

  • Flat Oeuf 02/09/2018 at 5:47 pm

    Must.
    Equalise.

    • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 5:47 pm

      Yes

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 02/09/2018 at 5:49 pm

    This is Spursy and I don’t like revsiting it.

    • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 5:49 pm

      Snatching defeat etc etc etc

  • Frontwheel 2 02/09/2018 at 5:51 pm

    Stupid attitude today,why get into a battle when we know its the only way they can get anything out off the game,stupid.

    • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 5:52 pm

      Watford Denice were fantsstic

    • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 5:52 pm

      Their defence

      • Frontwheel 2 02/09/2018 at 5:54 pm

        Ron,we just played wrong,their defence is nothing to shout about.

  • Flat Oeuf 02/09/2018 at 5:51 pm

    We’ve got a 6’10” Striker and no one is putting the ball into the box ffs

  • Hartley 02/09/2018 at 5:52 pm

    Poor from too many today.

    • Flat Oeuf 02/09/2018 at 5:53 pm

      Even so, losing from 1 up is bollocks.

      • Hartley 02/09/2018 at 5:54 pm

        It’ll be a long time before Dier is dropped again.

        • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 5:55 pm

          It was our CB’s who failed in the crosses

        • Flat Oeuf 02/09/2018 at 5:55 pm

          Didn’t get to see first half and have thought that Dumbell could be a solitary DM, but apparently not.

          • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 5:58 pm

            They attacked rarely we couldn’t get a clear shot

            In the second it was too many cooks of ours in the box and nobody taking it on to too many on the high ones

      • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 6:06 pm

        Well, that’s one good stat dead.

        Another one is the perfect start gone; but to be frank that is a monkey round the neck.

        Chin up and get ready for the dippers.

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 02/09/2018 at 5:52 pm

    I’m very upset with that one, very upset indeed.

  • SeattleSpursGuy 02/09/2018 at 5:53 pm

    Fell apart after we scored. Painful watch

  • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 5:53 pm

    Too laxed and outmuscled

  • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 02/09/2018 at 5:54 pm

    Another game this season where we performed only in one half.

    • Caspurs 02/09/2018 at 5:56 pm

      We may have looked pretty at times, but in truth we were toothless today, too many poor final passes.

      • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 5:59 pm

        Yes but also they didn’t give us too much space up top

      • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 6:10 pm

        Cas, they were wise to us and cut out the normal supply down the sides.

        Eriksen was too deep at CM and couldn’t either shoot enough, or make diagonal passes to bring in Davies and Trippier on the charge into the box.

  • Caspurs 02/09/2018 at 5:54 pm

    Poor performance, we have a lot of work to do.

  • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 5:54 pm

    Their defence offered us nothing

    Our defence on the high ones were shit

  • DAVID 02/09/2018 at 5:55 pm

    Outmuscled by a pub side. Shite.

    • HD 🇺🇸 02/09/2018 at 5:55 pm

      The world is coming to an end, across the road.

    • Fat Bertha 02/09/2018 at 5:56 pm

      Completely. No.steel in the side and no invention. Pance.

    • UnkleTaff 02/09/2018 at 5:56 pm

      Yup. I thought we’d learned to deal with that sort of approach. Sadly not if today is anything to go by.

      • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 6:11 pm

        Poch played three centre halves but we still couldn’t handle Deeney and pals.

  • UnkleTaff 02/09/2018 at 5:56 pm

    Hartley

    It’ll be a long time before Dier is dropped again.

    And hopefully even longer before Dembele plays again.

    • Hartley 02/09/2018 at 5:58 pm

      He just doesn’t fit into this set up as a starter.

    • Caspurs 02/09/2018 at 5:58 pm

      So Dembele was at fault for the loss? I think most of our players could be accused of not performing, not just Dembele.

      • Hartley 02/09/2018 at 5:59 pm

        He doesn’t help Cas. Especially against a solid team with urgency.

        • Caspurs 02/09/2018 at 6:01 pm

          He didn’t have a good game but, to single out Dembele when others were just as poor is a bit unfair imo.

          • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 02/09/2018 at 6:02 pm

            With you Cas.

      • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 6:00 pm

        Absolutely right Cas

      • Frontwheel 2 02/09/2018 at 6:01 pm

        What has he contributed ?He just is not a starting Tottenham player.Nothing against him as a man,he just doesn’t fit in anymore.

      • UnkleTaff 02/09/2018 at 6:01 pm

        Yes. We are far, far too pedestrian when Dembele plays. It’s an important position in the team and he routinely fails to do anything of note with it.

        And when you add in the ease with which he’s dispossessed these days and the cheap free kicks he gives away in dangerous areas it’s only too easy to come to the conclusion that he’s a liability now.

        • MiT 02/09/2018 at 6:03 pm

          I think there are definitely spots where Spurs use him to great purpose, but Dembele was misplayed today. Not a good match up.

  • Frontwheel 2 02/09/2018 at 5:57 pm

    Anyway,I’m off to Barcelona tonight so fukem all,they need to get some smarts.

    • Hartley 02/09/2018 at 9:11 pm

      Enjoy.

  • MiT 02/09/2018 at 5:58 pm

    Watford played out a good plan. It’s definitely not sustainable, as their injuries are going to mount up playing like that, but they are always tough to face early.

    Needed Dier in for physical play, but I honestly think he is being saved to put a disciplinary stamp on Salah for his mouth. I do not support such tactics, but I do believe it will happen that way.

    Take something from it, move on.

    • MiT 02/09/2018 at 6:04 pm

      This squad is closely knit and will take care of their own.

  • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 02/09/2018 at 6:00 pm

    Just finished watching the first half on catchup and just seen the result. Don’t think I’ll bother with the second. Watford clearly on a roll but don’t expect to see them near the top in a few months time based on the first half. Very disappointing but if there’s a positive in losing its maybe better against a team that aren’t going to challenge for the title as opposed to Manure who might. Straw clutching at its finest, I know.

  • Hartley 02/09/2018 at 6:00 pm

    I’m off to kill two birds.

    • Frontwheel 2 02/09/2018 at 6:02 pm

      nice

  • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 6:01 pm

    The difference was their efficacy on the crosses and our ineffectiveness generally

  • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 6:02 pm

    Nonsense bullshit just blaming Dembele

    • MiT 02/09/2018 at 6:08 pm

      I blame Watford. Good plan, good execution. Stepped it up when they went down a goal.

      Spurs will learn from it.

  • Caspurs 02/09/2018 at 6:05 pm

    Poch should have seen Watford were in the ascendancy after we’d scored and brought on Dier, it was like the Juve game all over again.

    • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 6:21 pm

      He wasn’t looking to shore up the defence but rather wanted to score more

  • Frontwheel 2 02/09/2018 at 6:06 pm

    I made the mistake of pissing in the home win toilet today,Its nearer than the away win bog and I just never thouht about it till now,sorry chaps.

    • Flat Oeuf 02/09/2018 at 6:08 pm

      Its that sort of careless indolence that costs us games.

    • MiT 02/09/2018 at 6:09 pm

      Poch would tell you that there are no shortcuts… take those extra steps 🙂

    • Caspurs 02/09/2018 at 6:17 pm

      So Fronty just pissed away 3 fakky points. pfft!

    • AntSpurs 02/09/2018 at 6:23 pm

      You will be back home in time for the Liverpool game won’tcha Senor ? You won’t let the side down will ya ?

      • Frontwheel 2 02/09/2018 at 9:45 pm

        Oh yeah

  • Danspurs 02/09/2018 at 6:11 pm

    Watched in a pub while trying to keep the wife and dog happy so not the most attentive. Felt we should have had a free kick in the build up to one of their goals but overall no real complaints. Sigh.

    • MiT 02/09/2018 at 6:15 pm

      Yes, the official lost the plot a bit, but I honestly don’t feel like that affected the result.

      • Danspurs 02/09/2018 at 7:22 pm

        Cheers MIT. I agree. Official didn’t influence how the result deserved to end up. Just that phase of the game.

  • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 6:13 pm

    We ran the game the whole first half but failed to get through

    They hit two good headers in the 2nd

    That was the game

    Dembele didn’t play well but Dele and Eriksen failed to hit the final ball and Kane and Moura were chasing nothing

    • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 6:16 pm

      Eriksen was far too deep to add subtlety to the attack. And that was because Dier/Winks were missing to play behind him.

      • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 6:18 pm

        Eriksen just needed to create something and Dele et al
        We had enough players to do something and Watford played them well not offerering Any space

  • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 6:14 pm

    Is Kane untouchable? He couldn’t get into the game today and only had a few moments of note (although brilliant) against United. I’m still of the opinion he isn’t 100%.

    • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 6:16 pm

      What did Eriksen do?
      Dele looked good but created nowt
      Moura was in effective too

      This and our air defence cost us the game

      • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 6:16 pm

        And Kanes innefectiveness

        • Flat Oeuf 02/09/2018 at 6:21 pm

          Seems to be coming ever deeper to find space and get involved then looks half a yard short as the game goes on.

      • Elyid 02/09/2018 at 8:03 pm

        I would normally agree but on this occasion I think they thought they had this game, they would score the again and take the game away from Watford. It’s what I thought, then we were stunned by two goals. I shouldn’t happen I know but it did. I am still stunned now to Ben honest.

    • MiT 02/09/2018 at 6:16 pm

      I simply think that opposing squads have placed high priority on his not being able to get the ball easily.

      • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 6:18 pm

        Eriksen needs to be closer to Kane.

        • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 6:19 pm

          That’s valid too

  • Flat Oeuf 02/09/2018 at 6:16 pm

    To me, we still haven’t learnt to close out a game, both on and off the field. I mentioned it the other day and there’s comments about it being un-Spurs-like but it’s the difference between success and nearly success. Teams that win stuff do not lose from winning positions.

    • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 6:22 pm

      This felt like a cup tie. It was tough but Watford today would have roughed up City, Chelsea, and probably murdered Arsenal and United. I have to say it but maybe only Liverpool would have sliced them open.

      • Flat Oeuf 02/09/2018 at 6:28 pm

        Yes they did make it very difficult…but…but. In this type of game, you go 1-0 up and then you need to tighten up and hold on to the ball for a while. We didn’t do that. Lacking precision and composure today. Flustered.

        • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 6:50 pm

          We needed to pierce through them we coukdnt
          They had almost know shots apart from the headers that we had 19 players back for

  • HD 🇺🇸 02/09/2018 at 6:23 pm

    Winks is fit. Give the kid a run out. He brings enthusiasm to the pitch. He can pass and looks to go forward. I am a fan.

    • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 6:24 pm

      Is it fair to start him against Liverpool? Alongside Dier maybe. I wouldn’t fancy Dembele up against the divers in their team.

    • Ronwol196061 02/09/2018 at 6:48 pm

      I’d agree with that he looked good when he came he needs Dier behind him though

  • HD 🇺🇸 02/09/2018 at 6:28 pm

    He handled RM last fall. If Poch thinks he is ready he won’t hesitate to use him.

  • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 02/09/2018 at 6:29 pm

    Personally not going to get to carried away with despondency. It’s 3 points lost but on the back of a great 3 points won at Manure. We don’t tend to start the season well yet this year, apart from today, we have. Dippers next and based on their current form we may not get a result. Its just two matches so I refuse to start bed wetting if we don’t, unlike some over the road who I’m sure already are.

    • Flat Oeuf 02/09/2018 at 6:32 pm

      No Tena needed but a loss from 1-0up is bladdery annoying.

      • SpurAndy 🍒 🥧 02/09/2018 at 6:33 pm

        It’s unTenable.

        • UnkleTaff 02/09/2018 at 6:38 pm

          It’s pance.

          • Fat Bertha 02/09/2018 at 7:03 pm

            You’re not kidneying.

    • MiT 02/09/2018 at 6:43 pm

      Good man. No sense in being down over that.

      I think Spurs match up well against Liverpool. Not as concerned with that match beforehand as I was with this one. Spurs will get those three points.

    • Fat Bertha 02/09/2018 at 7:04 pm

      It was just an ‘oops’ moment.

  • Fat Bertha 02/09/2018 at 7:08 pm

    Dembele will be remembered in history as a nearly man. Before now the criticism of him was that he d no end product, but now he seems to have a negative impact. The fact that no-one really knows what his actual position is speaks volumes to me.

    • Sexy Beast 02/09/2018 at 7:11 pm

      The only positive all day was Winks who looked sharp and should have come on earlier imo.

      • Fat Bertha 02/09/2018 at 7:13 pm

        I thought Moura was lively and the back three individually did good things. Everyone else was pance and collectively we were dozy.

  • Sexy Beast 02/09/2018 at 7:10 pm

    Three at the back was not producing chances which seemed obvious to me, surely change it at 60 min and try and kill the game, same thing against Fulham but as soon as we went 4 at the back we carved them open. Very frustrated right now as this was 3 points dropped.

    • McG ⚽⚽ 02/09/2018 at 7:16 pm

      Yep, have to blame Poch for today.

    • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 7:29 pm

      Yes, he seemed to be trying to accommodate his three centre backs rather than picking a winning formation. He tried to bring Eriksen and Dele back close to Dembele but that left us toothless up front, or if they did get forward, weak through the middle on the turnover.

  • Fat Bertha 02/09/2018 at 7:10 pm

    I’ve been watching an excellent BBC documentary about Shakespeare called Upstart Crow. Very good.

    • Sexy Beast 02/09/2018 at 7:12 pm

      William or Craig?

      • Fat Bertha 02/09/2018 at 7:15 pm

        Eh? Who’s this ‘William’ you speak of. For sooth.

  • 89Spurs 👁 02/09/2018 at 7:11 pm

    In the words of the Prophet, we were “absolutely pance”at times!”

    • Fat Bertha 02/09/2018 at 7:14 pm

      Peace be upon him.

  • Fat Bertha 02/09/2018 at 7:18 pm

    Ronwol196061

    Nonsense bullshit just blaming Dembele

    I’d say the blame rests 1/3 Botch, 2/3 Levy, 1/3 Dembele.

    • 89Spurs 👁 02/09/2018 at 7:23 pm

      You can’t have 4/3 thirds.

      • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 7:26 pm

        The boys gave 133%

  • 89Spurs 👁 02/09/2018 at 7:21 pm

    I’m worried about Harry and Lucas up front, it seems that instead of Harry shooting at goal, he’s trying to find someone in a better position on the pitch, with a sure chance on goal.
    Lucas is doing a great job, and he can move quite fast, from the reject that he was supposed to be, he certainly has shown his colours.

    • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 7:35 pm

      Yes, are you thinking of when Harry was set free in the inside left position and instead of going in on goal with scoring intent as we’d expect, he tried to pass it to Lucas, but it let the defender put it out? Most worrying. Six months ago he’d have worked space to shoot on target.

      There’s something up.

      • 89Spurs 👁 02/09/2018 at 8:16 pm

        Yes, that was main thought, it was so obvious.

        • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 8:20 pm

          He can place the ball, but he’s not happy to hammer it as we’re used to seeing.

        • McG ⚽⚽ 02/09/2018 at 8:20 pm

          I thought he was right to make the pass as it happens, Lucas was in a far better position. It was just the execution that let Harry down, had he made the pass we’d be commending him for it.

          • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 8:22 pm

            I want to see Kane terrorising the defenders again. If he loses his great shot he’s half the player.

            • McG ⚽⚽ 02/09/2018 at 8:25 pm

              Well, he scored twice in August & assisted once, so that’s his best ever start to a premier league campaign. I’m not worrying, quite happy with him so far.

              • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 8:30 pm

                He’s still in second gear.

                • McG ⚽⚽ 02/09/2018 at 8:44 pm

                  Whole side is if you ask me. It’s been a decent start, but we can play a lot better. Dips will give us more of an idea. Looking fwd to having Wanyama, Lamela & Son back. Rose in the 87th minute or whatever it was, was ridiculous today, total waste of time. That’s the sort of sub you expect when you’re the side wanting to run down the clock??! Shouldda stuck with the Man U selection imo.

  • Sexy Beast 02/09/2018 at 7:23 pm

    They way we are set up leaves Eriksen to deep, he is at his best when occupying the space 10 yds from their 18yd box, Pooch is to blame for today but i still love him.

    • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 7:31 pm

      Pochettino got very confused today. He confused himself, he wasn’t outsmarted by the Watford manager. His conference with the coaches was indicative of his indecision. The changes came too late.

      • McG ⚽⚽ 02/09/2018 at 8:12 pm

        Yeah, way too late.

  • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 7:48 pm

    A general point. It’s easy to support a team that wins all the time. That’s not what makes a fan. Those who flock to the latest club to be owned by a sugar daddy are gloryhunters, they’re not in it for anything else than easy success. They’ll disappear like the morning mist when things turn difficult. The real fan holds firm during hard times, and rejoices on the good days. Today wasn’t a good day for us, but it was for the Watford fans, and good luck to the ones who remember the times when they were in the lower divisions. They are getting some happy memories to reward their support.

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 02/09/2018 at 7:55 pm

      Well said. I’m a Hornet now.

      • Hartley 02/09/2018 at 9:14 pm

        buzzing?

    • Fatty B 02/09/2018 at 9:10 pm

      Fukem.

  • Elyid 02/09/2018 at 7:58 pm

    Wow! Didn’t see that coming, we had the game but we were sucker punched

    • 89Spurs 👁 02/09/2018 at 8:22 pm

      Yes, set pieces did for us, both goals came from corners, free kicks etc. The marking was atrocious, it might have better with. Loris in goal.

      • Caspurs 02/09/2018 at 8:26 pm

        It would have been better to have brought on Dire to support Dembele and take back control of the midfield, and in so doing, the game.

        • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 8:31 pm

          Poch got it wrong. It happens.

          • McG ⚽⚽ 02/09/2018 at 8:45 pm

            Or was he trying to keep too many people happy?!

            • Fatty B 02/09/2018 at 9:23 pm

              There’s an old saying in Hendon, well, it’s in Texas so I’m sure it’s in Hendon: You can keep some people happy some of the time … all of the happy people sometimes … Ah, some people can be happy most of the time … Um, ah, shame on you, er, shame on me, um … can’t get fooled again!

              • Hartley 02/09/2018 at 9:24 pm

                Give that man a fishing rod…

                • McG ⚽⚽ 02/09/2018 at 10:39 pm

                  Says JR Hartley…

                • Chauvelin 03/09/2018 at 8:45 am

                  I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.

  • Elyid 02/09/2018 at 8:26 pm

    Like me I think they were guilty of being over confident, blame myself teally

  • Hartley 02/09/2018 at 9:24 pm

    The only reason we played three at the back in my opinion was to accommodate all three of our first choice centre backs in order to keep them all happy. Rotation will do this but Poch doesn’t tend to follow this philosophy, playing one of them alongside Dembele would have been better (Dier is a centre back by trade) but this didn’t appear to be an option even when we took the lead. We never looked like we were going to batter Watford so why not shore up the defence and pick them off like we did Yanited? We showed them a lack of respect and they taught us a valuable lesson, cheeky twats!

    • Fatty B 02/09/2018 at 9:25 pm

      Twatford.

      • Caspurs 02/09/2018 at 10:21 pm

        Is that a suburb of Nottingham?

        • Chauvelin 03/09/2018 at 8:49 am

          Twatford-on-Avon?

  • Fatty B 02/09/2018 at 9:28 pm

    Flat Oeuf
    To me, we still haven’t learnt to close out a game, both on and off the field. I mentioned it the other day and there’s comments about it being un-Spurs-like but it’s the difference between success and nearly success. Teams that win stuff do not lose from winning positions.

    Who? Who said it was un-Spurs-like? What a batsturd.

    • Flat Oeuf 02/09/2018 at 10:08 pm

      They know who they are but I’m facked if I can remember. Or care. They just better not do it again. What, I hear you ask? I don’t know. I’ve forgotten.

      • Caspurs 02/09/2018 at 10:22 pm

        🗑 em!

      • Chauvelin 03/09/2018 at 8:51 am

        Well I said attack was the best form of defence recently. Was that it?

  • Sniper 02/09/2018 at 9:37 pm

    That moment when you are in FIFA 19 not Battlefield 5

    /dims/resize/740/optimize

    • Chauvelin 03/09/2018 at 8:51 am

      Love him! He’s probably still carrying those flags.

  • Caspurs 02/09/2018 at 10:25 pm

    Dinner update:
    Like today it wasn’t that great, but unlike today I finished what I started..

  • Sniper 02/09/2018 at 10:34 pm

    I woke at 3-30am, half an hour after kick-off. I thought about watching the game, turned over and went back to sleep. Glad I did going by some of the comments!
    It’s Spursy of course. Beat Yanited away then lose to Watford. Let’s hope some arses get kicked. No use trying to pick out players to blame. They all need to realise that opposition won’t simply roll over and let us win just because we are Spurs!

  • Chauvelin 02/09/2018 at 11:23 pm

    The analysis on MOTD pointed out we put in no less than 32 crosses mainly from Trippier and Davies, but Watford stoutly cut out or cleared all but 6. They did their defensive work well and weren’t, as you say, rolling over. It didn’t help that Eriksen shot straight at Foster and Kane headed over the bar from six yards out. Pochettino didn’t react when we were under the cosh and clearly wilting from the Watford muscle, Dier was called for and maybe Llorente could have helped to defend set pieces after we conceded the first goal.

  • Flat Oeuf 03/09/2018 at 8:50 am
  • Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enoeuf

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