Newcastle down and out?

Well, there’s little more to love in this life than a late Tottenham come-back victory:  West Ham at The Lane and Harry Kane; West Ham at The Boleyn and Paul Stalteri; Arsenal at The Lane and Kane’s 86th minute header; Arsenal at The Emirates and Kaboul’s 86th minute header…

… Winks at the death against Fulham…

… trailing to an eleventh minute Routledge goal away to Swansea in April 17 as we tried to apply pressure to Chelsea, still trailing 77 minutes later, 1-3 winners within the next six…

Good old Tottenham Hotspur.  Bottlers supreme.

Our next game following that storming finish against Swansea just happened to be against Watford at The Lane.   A Spurs team with Trippier and Davies in a flat back four and Vincent Janssen up front strolled to a four-nil victory, already three-nil up at half-time.  These were the days of prime-time Moussa Dembele, a fully intact Eric Dier, and not all that much else materially different in our line-up or bench; the halcyon days when opposing managers would make post-match comments about their teams being suffocated; you know, the sort of comments we don’t seem to hear all that much anymore.

That particular lunch-time, our stats were 58.7% possession, 6 of 19 shots on target, 501 passes, 7 corners, and we allowed Watford 8 shots in 90 minutes, 2 of which were on target.

On Wednesday, our stats were 69% possession, 3 of 17 shots on target, 588 passes, 9 corners, and we allowed Watford 9 shots in 90 minutes, 1 of which was on target.

Other than the nature of our victory, those stats don’t seem too dissimilar to me, which just enhances the fact that it really is a funny old game, because Wednesday was no stroll in the park the way the 16/17 game was.  Even before the two late goals, though, I was enjoying the game and felt our performance was much more dominant than I’d expected given the two cup games we’d lost, the injuries we had, and the fact Watford are now in their fourth consecutive premier league season rather than trying to avoid second-season syndrome.  We didn’t swarm all over them in the opening exchanges, but we definitely busied them, and although there were a couple of scares ahead of Cathcart putting them ahead in the 38th minute, I really didn’t feel we deserved to go into the break trailing one-nil, and, given they only had that one shot on target, they obviously didn’t trouble Hugo again.

And with the goal they scored, Hugo really, really, really should have done better.

The second-half reaction was pleasing, though:  There was Llorente’s knee miss, a definite penalty waved away, the scramble which led to Llorente heading a presentable chance up and over the bar, a lot of patient probing, and, of course, our two late goals.  Whether we deserved to run out easy winners or not, on a different day, had we taken our chances and defended that one sloppy corner, the result could also have ended four-nil.

It was also nice to be the only team in the top three to take all three points and not throw away an early lead.  Good old Tottenham Hotspur.  Bottlers supreme.  No stadium.  No signings in two windows.  A stat doing the rounds that Levy could double the wage of every single current player, sign seven new ones at £100k a week, and still have a smaller wage-bill than City.

And we’re somehow nine points better off than we were at this stage last season, and ten points better off than we were in comparative games.

I genuinely don’t know what’s behind the lack of transfers and if it’s down to a calm assessment of our needs and the market’s availability or connected to the stadium delay and out of control debt.  I only know, if we win against Newcastle Saturday lunchtime, we’ll temporarily go second in the league.

If it wasn’t for that away defeat to Watford and that home defeat to Wolves, a win against Newcastle on Saturday would have put us temporarily two points clear at the top of the league.

Even if you’re dumb-dumb enough not to be worried by the lack of first-team investment, the ever-spiraling cost of the stadium, the ever-shrinking size of our squad, best not to get too carried away, though.  Thanks to this week’s unexpected set of results, our next three opponents have, between them, just beaten City at home, held Liverpool at Anfield, and thrown away a two-nil lead to draw away at Old Trafford.

And, of course, we still have to travel to Bournemouth, who have just decimated potential Carabo Cup champs Chelsea.

It’s finally turning into yet another season where anything can happen.

So, as I just said, best not to get too carried away.

Ah, screw it.  Let’s all get carried away.  Like our title challenge between the Everton and Wolves games, it might only be temporary and who knows when we’ll get to do it again?

Besides, we could be about to go second with the two teams directly beneath us facing each other the following day…

No, no, no. Let’s not get carried away.  We’re Tottenham Hotspur.  Bottlers supreme.  It’s nailed on we’re going to lose or draw against Newcastle.

But, then, if we really were bottlers supreme, we would have lost or drawn this fixture last season:  Our penultimate league game, the Wednesday after a last minute defeat to West Brom, we were suddenly cast as the least favourite horse in a three-horse-race with Liverpool and Chelsea to decide third to fifth:  Liverpool, who had just been beaten by Chelsea, were on 72 points but had played a game more, Chelsea were on 69 points but facing a home-banker V Huddersfield (who they face this Saturday, funnily enough), and we were on 71 points, with nothing but ‘home’ slip-ups against Newcastle and Leicester between us and our destined return to the Ropey.

Chelsea drew against Huddersfield.  We won against Newcastle.

Then Chelsea went up to Newcastle for their last game of the season and lost three-nil to come fifth.

One point from Huddersfield at home and Newcastle away for the reigning champions to drop into the Ropey:  FA Cup winners or not, can you imagine the unending references to ending a season like that if it had been us?

And yet it always seems to be us labelled bottlers by opposing fans and negative notspurs whenever the current top six are discussed.

Not that we’re strangers to last day defeats to Newcastle, of course, our five-one thumping on the last day of the third-in-a-two-horse-race season still a painful and vivid memory for us all.

What’s even more painful to me though is the fact Newcastle did the double over us that season, coming from behind to do us 2-1 at The Lane in December, the only time under Poch a relegated team have enjoyed a double over us.

As far as I’m concerned, this is a much more revealing stat than our excellent record under Poch against promoted teams, where we’ve taken 80 points from 87 to date: In Poch’s four full seasons with us, against teams who ended up Championship bound, we’ve only taken 57 from 72, with the season we finished second being the only one to return 18 points – two stats which seem screamingly connected to me.

This season, so far, we’ve played five matches against the teams presently propping up the rest of the league and are on target for our second clean-sweep.

We’ve yet to take any points from the other teams in the top-four, though.

Maintain the former and improve the latter – which doesn’t seem quite so daunting following Liverpool and City’s midweek results – and this season could yet turn out to be the stuff of our dreams.

Comments
  • Bruxie 04/02/2019 at 9:41 pm

    Not one long high ball up to Carroll yet.

    • HD 🇺🇸 04/02/2019 at 9:42 pm

      Kind of like watching Llorente. 😬

  • Spursy 04/02/2019 at 9:46 pm

    Tense.

    • Bruxie 04/02/2019 at 9:49 pm

      Nervous.

      • Bruxie 04/02/2019 at 9:50 pm

        Headache?

  • Bruxie 04/02/2019 at 9:50 pm

    And breathe.

    • Caspurs 04/02/2019 at 9:51 pm

      Tizzit over?

      • Spursy 04/02/2019 at 9:52 pm

        Yes!

  • DAVID 04/02/2019 at 9:51 pm

    Looks like Liverpool feeling the pressure.

  • Bruxie 04/02/2019 at 9:51 pm

    They didn’t draw. They were give a point.

  • UnkleTaff 04/02/2019 at 9:52 pm

    Christ, if Origi had scored then when he was clearly offside…

    • HD 🇺🇸 04/02/2019 at 9:52 pm

      Unbelievable

  • Spursy 04/02/2019 at 9:52 pm

    Nice.
    Kloppity getting worked up.
    You give him what for, Manuel!

  • Hartley 04/02/2019 at 9:52 pm

    Bindippers lucky to get anything, they looked poor.
    Linesmen were shocking all game.

    • Spursy 04/02/2019 at 9:52 pm

      True.

  • Caspurs 04/02/2019 at 9:53 pm

    Another very bad offside decision at the death. Wotton oeuf is goin on!?

    • Spursy 04/02/2019 at 9:55 pm

      Very poor decisions from the lino.

  • HD 🇺🇸 04/02/2019 at 9:53 pm

    We are five points back. I dare any media fucker to claim we are not in the title race.

    • Hartley 04/02/2019 at 9:55 pm

      Ooooh, we got a mention on skysports.

    • DAVID 04/02/2019 at 9:55 pm

      The guy on Sky just said we are right in the mix.

      • HD 🇺🇸 04/02/2019 at 9:56 pm

        About time

    • Spursy 04/02/2019 at 9:55 pm

      It was 9 points just a while ago. Reeling ’em in!

  • Sexy Beast 04/02/2019 at 9:54 pm

    Another dodgy lino decision could have been a riot at the end!
    9 points on Wednesday down to 5 tonight, I urge everyone to buy some toffees for Wednesday night and have a good chew! We’d all expect City to smash Everton but they have a great record against then in recent years. Getting very close to squeaky bum time.

  • UnkleTaff 04/02/2019 at 9:55 pm

    I caught the last 20 minutes of the game. It looked like both teams were wading through treacle. A brief skim through the comments makes me think the whole game was like that.

    • DAVID 04/02/2019 at 9:57 pm

      West Ham had the better chances and Liverpools goal was offside.

      • Hartley 04/02/2019 at 9:57 pm

        But only two yards…

        • Caspurs 04/02/2019 at 9:58 pm

          … easy mistake to make.

          • Caspurs 04/02/2019 at 9:59 pm

            .. to be fair.

            • Hartley 04/02/2019 at 10:00 pm

              Commentator said linesman was possibly too close to see it and he has a very hard job.

              • DAVID 04/02/2019 at 10:01 pm

                He had a stroke and couldn’t raise his flag….

                • Caspurs 04/02/2019 at 10:02 pm

                  I heard it was a deodorant malfunction.

              • Caspurs 04/02/2019 at 10:01 pm

                They’re both wage thieves!

              • Hartley 04/02/2019 at 10:01 pm

                He wants to try working down t’pit for ten hours a day or behind enemy lines in Afghanistan or at A&E on a Saturday night.
                Hard job, my arse..

      • UnkleTaff 04/02/2019 at 9:58 pm

        I’ve seen a replay of Liverpool’s goal. It was so offside it was virtually in the previous game.

        Shocking doesn’t begin to cover it.

        • Freund or Foe 04/02/2019 at 10:04 pm

          There’s no excuse whatsoever. Clear view, short pass. It was still offside when he received the ball, let alone when it was passed. Ludicrous.

  • Shelfy 04/02/2019 at 9:57 pm

    Seems it was a good weekend to be a Spurs fan

    • Sexy Beast 04/02/2019 at 10:00 pm

      We should be 4 points back!

      • Shelfy 04/02/2019 at 10:02 pm

        The pen that wasn’t given when Son was taken down in the area in the last minute against them would have cost them two points and gained us one. The margins are so fine

        • Caspurs 04/02/2019 at 10:03 pm

          Yeah but that would have meant a draw. We don’t do draws!

          • Hartley 04/02/2019 at 10:04 pm

            No we do not and it’s genius so far.

            • Sexy Beast 04/02/2019 at 10:07 pm

              If only we did get that pen and Lamela put that chance away at home to City…..

  • DAVID 04/02/2019 at 9:58 pm

    Squeaky bum time at Liverpool.

  • Caspurs 04/02/2019 at 10:00 pm

    I’m gonna have me foist hot choccy foray mumph. Yay!

  • UnkleTaff 04/02/2019 at 10:00 pm

    We’ve virtually halved the points deficit in just two games. We’ll find out what Liverpool are made of when City overtake them on Wednesday.

    My guess is, not very much.

    • Sexy Beast 04/02/2019 at 10:02 pm

      I agree although if we all eat lots of toffee on the night….

  • Freund or Foe 04/02/2019 at 10:02 pm

    That’ll bloody do. Shoulda lost, but it’s all hood in the good.

  • Chauvelin 04/02/2019 at 10:02 pm

    UnkleTaff
    I’ve seen a replay of Liverpool’s goal. It was so offside it was virtually in the previous game.
    Shocking doesn’t begin to cover it.

    And the Origi “chance” right at the end? Offside?

    I don’t think the officials could do more to try to help Liverpool tonight.

    • Caspurs 04/02/2019 at 10:05 pm

      Wodya meam “offside?”, he was a fakky mile off!

  • Sexy Beast 04/02/2019 at 10:02 pm

    I agree although if we all eat lots of toffee on the night….

    • Chauvelin 04/02/2019 at 10:03 pm

      Our fillings will come out.

      • Sexy Beast 04/02/2019 at 10:05 pm

        I forgot about yours and Ron’s dentures.

      • DAVID 04/02/2019 at 10:05 pm

        What remains of my teeth won’t take the strain.

  • gavlav 04/02/2019 at 10:08 pm

    Well well well well well well well

    • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 04/02/2019 at 10:10 pm

      Yes thanks, and you?

      • gavlav 04/02/2019 at 10:12 pm

        Not likely if this malarkey continues nutsford.

        • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 04/02/2019 at 10:34 pm

          I’m winding down with Cockneys versus Zombies.

  • Sexy Beast 04/02/2019 at 10:10 pm

    Dick Van Dyke said they were still in the race and so were City, we don’t count apparently?

    • Freund or Foe 04/02/2019 at 10:17 pm

      Fukim.

      • Caspurs 04/02/2019 at 10:27 pm

        Good, they won’t see us sneaking up on the outside to win it at the death! Softly softly catchee monkey.

        • Chauvelin 04/02/2019 at 10:33 pm

          That’s right.

          It’s who is top after 38 games is the Champion.

  • AntSpurs 04/02/2019 at 10:11 pm

    Thats it ive placed me online order for 3 packs of Foxes glaciers , werther originals and german sausage for next week.

  • Wasdanspurs 04/02/2019 at 10:12 pm

    Closer to first than to fourth. Pool and klopp look rattled despite the officials best efforts. It’s between us and city now. 😊

  • Spursy 04/02/2019 at 10:16 pm

    Bloody hell, that L’pool goal was so offside!

  • DAVID 04/02/2019 at 10:16 pm

    Our away matches at Liverpool, City and Chelsea will be decisive.

    • Freund or Foe 04/02/2019 at 10:18 pm

      Yep. If we don’t win all of them, we might come 2nd to Citeh.

    • Sexy Beast 04/02/2019 at 10:24 pm

      We will smash the Chavs and Liverpool, will all come down to Citeh back end of April.

    • McG ⚽⚽ 04/02/2019 at 10:28 pm

      As will the goons, we have some tough matches.

  • Spursy 04/02/2019 at 10:17 pm

    Like Antonio’s celebration 🐎🐎🐎

  • Spursy 04/02/2019 at 10:22 pm

    Kloppity spouting drivel.

    • Wasdanspurs 04/02/2019 at 10:41 pm

      Yep!

  • Spursy 04/02/2019 at 10:23 pm

    Noble says the team with the biggest balls will win ⚽️⚾️🏐🏐🏉

  • Freund or Foe 04/02/2019 at 10:28 pm

    Pooh have Bournemouth, Bayern and Manure next, 3 games in a week.

    • Wasdanspurs 04/02/2019 at 10:33 pm

      If they don’t beat Bournemouth I can see them collapsing big time🤞

      • Freund or Foe 04/02/2019 at 10:36 pm

        I’d like that very much.

        • Caspurs 04/02/2019 at 10:38 pm

          #metoo

          • 61 Spurs Nut 🌰 04/02/2019 at 10:39 pm

            It wouldn’t uspet my four humours.

  • AntSpurs 04/02/2019 at 10:34 pm

    Just on the news – Vincent Company is leading a homeless awareness campaign, also donating all of his earnings for this year. He says how can he explain to his young family when he gets home, knowing how successful he is, not to be trying to help in some way. Respec.

    • UnkleTaff 04/02/2019 at 10:37 pm

      Respect indeed.

      • Sexy Beast 04/02/2019 at 10:39 pm

        +1

        • Wasdanspurs 04/02/2019 at 10:43 pm

          Definitely. He came across as a really nice bloke on the city documentary. Walker did too.

    • Caspurs 04/02/2019 at 10:41 pm

      That’s very nice to hear, good forrim. 👍

    • Chauvelin 04/02/2019 at 10:43 pm

      Nobody better point out to Vincent what his employers get up to back in the United Arab Emirates.
      I appreciate his stance, but it’s a bit rich to take his money from human rights abusers.

      • Chauvelin 04/02/2019 at 10:48 pm

        I suppose he’s at least using some of their wealth to do good.

    • Freund or Foe 04/02/2019 at 10:50 pm

      I read that lots of footballers paid towards the search for Sala’s plane, think Rabiot put 25k in. I’ve no doubt these guys give lots to charity already, but that seems to me like misdirected good deed. It doesn’t change anything, and the kinda money involved could do so much. It’s their money, of course.

      • Sexy Beast 04/02/2019 at 11:00 pm

        They found the plane with one confirmed body inside in a few hours when the authorities had given up, I’d say money well spent and so would the families. I hope both body’s are inside as it would be heart breaking if one was never found.

        • Sexy Beast 04/02/2019 at 11:03 pm

          Also they will hopefully find out what went wrong with the plane which might be a bit tricky for the owners or maintenance crew, but better to know why.

        • Chauvelin 04/02/2019 at 11:04 pm

          Realistically yes. Although it’d be great if the other one was found dazed and wandering about on a beach in France suffering from amnesia.

    • Spursy 04/02/2019 at 11:01 pm

      +2

    • HD 🇺🇸 04/02/2019 at 11:05 pm

      Classy act. Very unselfish.

  • Caspurs 04/02/2019 at 10:34 pm

    Makes a change for talkshite not to be digging out Spurs.

  • Chauvelin 04/02/2019 at 10:36 pm

    There’s gonna be a lot of very confused people in football punditry when the two horses in the two horse race finish second and third.

    What a bunch of bought and paid for sychophants.

  • foeorfreund 04/02/2019 at 10:39 pm

    • Chauvelin 04/02/2019 at 10:50 pm

      The bottled essence of N17.

  • Shelfy 04/02/2019 at 10:51 pm

    So FoF what’s the low down on Anton Walkes

    • Freund or Foe 04/02/2019 at 10:53 pm

      Wasn’t that revealing in the end, no dirt dishing, though he didn’t have great things to say about Spurs. It’s above somewhere from earlier this evening.

      • Chauvelin 04/02/2019 at 10:57 pm

        I expect Walkes’ words will end up as revelations proving that ENIC are Satan’s emissaries on Earth on another blog.

        • Chauvelin 04/02/2019 at 10:59 pm

          (Not suggesting stuff about you FoF, just that walls have ears!)

      • Shelfy 04/02/2019 at 10:59 pm

        Found it thanks, obviously insiders hate Spurs and players can’t wait to get out.

        • Freund or Foe 04/02/2019 at 11:05 pm

          It must have been devastating though, with us for 5-6 years, decent loan stints, but still let go.

  • Freund or Foe 04/02/2019 at 10:58 pm

    Watching Monday Night Football on Sky, Ashley Cole is on and it’s an ass kiss fest.
    He was world class though, as much as it hurts.

    • Sexy Beast 04/02/2019 at 11:04 pm

      Interesting listening to his take on Viera, a player in a similar mould is all we are missing.

      • Ronwol196061 05/02/2019 at 12:35 am

        Viera yes.

  • Chauvelin 04/02/2019 at 11:02 pm

    Declan Rice looks good. Shame he’s one of their’s.

    • UnkleTaff 04/02/2019 at 11:23 pm

      Not for much longer he won’t be.

      • Chauvelin 04/02/2019 at 11:38 pm

        They won’t sell to us. City or Manure.

  • Ronwol196061 05/02/2019 at 12:34 am

    Any touchdowns yet…
    I come to my own defence. Why attack?
    We will wear them down anyway.
    Up the Hammer and Sickles!

  • Ronwol196061 05/02/2019 at 12:36 am

    foeorfreund
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    Yves Saint Poch…. The smell. Of success

    • GDawg 05/02/2019 at 2:37 am

      Posh says

      • GDawg 05/02/2019 at 2:37 am

        Is smilling like smiling? 🤔

  • Ronwol196061 05/02/2019 at 12:38 am

    AntSpurs
    Just on the news – Vincent Company is leading a homeless awareness campaign, also donating all of his earnings for this year. He says how can he explain to his young family when he gets home, knowing how successful he is, not to be trying to help in some way. Respec.

    Yes Respect!!!

  • HD 🇺🇸 05/02/2019 at 1:03 am

    Thru 25 league matches played we have won the same number as Liverpool and Man City, 19. Not too shabby.

    • Ronwol196061 05/02/2019 at 1:23 am

      Dats good!

  • Ronwol196061 05/02/2019 at 1:45 am

    Watching Leverkusen and Bayern excellent game

    • Ronwol196061 05/02/2019 at 1:46 am

      Leverkusen looks like us

      • Fatty B 05/02/2019 at 7:38 am

        In your astrakhan lederhosen?

        • Ronwol1960-61 05/02/2019 at 11:26 am

          LOL! You mean the ones you bought in Soho?

  • Caspurs 05/02/2019 at 7:39 am

    Kloppage moans about injuries, where would they be if they’d had to deal with our injuries?

    • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 05/02/2019 at 7:54 am

      I think he’s fed up with his own injuries without having to deal with ours as well.

      • Caspurs 05/02/2019 at 8:16 am

        That’s not very neighbourly.

        • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 05/02/2019 at 8:32 am

          He’s the neighbour from hell. Always shouting and gesticulating at the birds.

    • Ronwol1960-61 05/02/2019 at 11:25 am

      They’ve spent a lot of money,and have expected to win the title,or at least have intended to win the title.That would be the disappointment with injuries.
      We have been low key,punching above our weight and quietly fighting for the same thing.
      There is a difference.
      For our team getting into the CL again would be the main target and we could fill good about that.
      We need a couple of more players or more time to develop them before we would be disappointed at not winning the league

  • GDawg 05/02/2019 at 9:51 am

    Caspurs
    Kloppage moans about injuries, where would they be if they’d had to deal with our injuries?

    The guys on ESPN inform me that Spam had even more injuries so I don’t want to hear excuses. No mention of us when discussing the title race. Under the radar. Good.

  • SpurAndy 🥧🍒 05/02/2019 at 11:36 am

    New unconstipated bleoug
    https://flatoeuf.com/luck-of-the-draw/

  • MiT 07/02/2019 at 2:46 am

    Greetings, all 🙂

    Would someone please identify the photo of the fella below the “Newcastle Down and Out” heading of this blog ?

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