Same Coach, Different Results

For anyone searching the dark cloud of last Sunday’s performance in the hope of spotting the silver lining, at least two points from six is an improvement on our 15/16 barcode return of zero and, unlike last season, we survived both games without losing.

If you’d rather just study the dark cloud, though, let’s start with the first goal we conceded: Ever since the law change at the start of the 2019/20 season which meant goal-kicks could be knocked to a defender inside the box, we’ve repeatedly trod the tightrope of encouraging our least skilled footballers to take possession of the ball in the most dangerous area of the pitch. And even before that rule-change, Hugo was seriously in love with knocking goal-kicks short to a full-back.

The only time I can ever remember this tactic working to our advantage was in last season’s 2-2 draw at The Emirates, where Arsenal’s midfield shifted too far forwards ahead of the ball being knocked straight back to Lloris, who uncharacteristically hoofed the ball towards Kane, who characteristically flicked a header to Son, who skillfully fed the ball to Lamela, who couldn’t quite work in a Rabona so side-footed the lamest of shots straight at Leno, who hilariously spooned the ball towards Eriksen, who gleefully tapped the ball into an empty net a mere thirteen seconds after Hugo had reverted to hoof-ball.

Other than that, our short goal-kicks against any side who show even the slightest interest in pressing our defenders usually end up, at best, with us conceding a corner or throw-in simply because, when it comes to distributing the ball under the slightest bit of pressure, Lloris and the majority of our defenders are absolute liabilities. Especially now we no longer have Vertonghen as an option.

So when I saw the usual stupidity of Lloris preparing to knock a goal-kick short towards Sanchez after twenty-seven minutes of Sanchez being generally flaky, I should have known we’d be one-nil down within the next twelve seconds.

Okay, lads. We’ve got this… Davinson will calmly propel the ball to Tanganga who’ll pop a pass to Tanguy who’ll do something exotic ahead of putting Kane in on goal…

Okay, lads. Kane’s moving on in the summer and Jose will be beastly about us on TV… Still, look on the bright side. We don’t concede as often from kick-offs as we do from goal-kicks…


What’s so infuriating about this is that Mourinho seemed to understand Pochettino’s/Tottenham’s post White Hart Lane preference for short goal-kicks and general faffing around at the back were playing to our weaknesses not our strengths when he arrived: It was so noticeable across his first few games in charge that this sort of tactic was out, and transitioning the ball forwards at pace was in.

But maybe that was down to the way Gazzaniga preferred to distribute the ball rather than anything Mourinho instructed the team to do? Certainly since Hugo recovered from his Brighton back of the net broken arm we seem to have reverted to this sort of disaster inducing tactic, even though, more often than not, we cause ourselves problems whenever we do.

There were some other silver-linings, I guess, in the fact that we quickly recovered from that self-induced catastrophe with Ndombele playing a key part in both goals and Kane’s finish for the second being utterly sumptuous, then fashioned three great chances in the second half to put the game to bed despite allowing Newcastle 22 shots and an Xg of something like 3.3 when they tend to average slightly less than one.

And we didn’t lose.

Though it felt like a loss.

Just like Newcastle at home, West Ham at home, Palace away, Wolves away and Fulham at home.

In fact, I think the only draw we’ve had this season that hasn’t felt like a loss is Chelsea away. But what’s the point in smuggling a precious point away from Stamford Bridge when you’re happy to toss ten others away? If you consider how close we were to a point up at Anfield and the fact we let these ten points slip away despite leading each game with less than twenty minutes remaining, we might be facing United today with only goal difference separating us, a comfortable six points clear of Chelsea in fifth.

Instead, we’re facing a United who are bound to be out for revenge for the 1-6 scoreline earlier in the season having yet again bottled an opportunity in the race for top four.

I’m not looking forward to this game at all, which probably means we’re going to win it: I certainly wasn’t expecting us to go to Old Trafford and spank United a week after drawing with Newcastle at home.

Come on you Spurs!

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Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago

Yes

DAVID
DAVID
7 months ago

Wahay!

HjD ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
HjD ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
7 months ago

Actually VAR allowed Cavanaugh the opportunity to see it and make the right call. So there is that.

Flat Oeuf
Flat Oeuf
7 months ago

Shudda been a straight red ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

SpurAndy๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฅง
Admin

Afternoon peeps, just got in. How’s it going, are we dining at the Ritz or looking for a handout from the local food Bank?

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
7 months ago

Mr commentator outraged as Son go s down after a smash to the face to get goaldisalowed

DAVID
DAVID
7 months ago

How is that a natural arm movement by McTominay ? Send the fecker off!

HjD ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
HjD ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
7 months ago

you gotta VAR ๐Ÿ™ƒ

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Still hate VAR

DAVID
DAVID
7 months ago

Black hole gap between our central defenders. Nice eye gouge by McTominay who has already been booked.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
7 months ago

Son gets a arm in the face just before Utd score..

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Lots of hustle and bustle, but not much threat.

DAVID
DAVID
7 months ago

Very fast pace to this, Duracell supply the batteries today.

Flat Oeuf
Admin
7 months ago

Sofa sogud, I reckon

Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago
Reply to  Flat Oeuf

Less of the sofa talk please, it’s a bit of a sensitive subject atm..

Flat Oeuf
Flat Oeuf
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Apple bogies

89Spurs ๐Ÿ‘
89Spurs ๐Ÿ‘
7 months ago
Reply to  Flat Oeuf

Nice!

Flat Oeuf
Admin
7 months ago

Just had to approve my own comment on my own site. Hope thatโ€™s not an omen for our performance today ๐Ÿ™‚

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Good block from Dier.

Flat Oeuf
Flat Oeuf
7 months ago

Yup, watching live Bruxie

Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago

A bittov Fred simulation there. Pfft!

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

If NBC offered a Lee Dixon free package at $500 a month I’d pay for it.

HjD ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
HjD ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
7 months ago

We are showing a bit of ambition.

Paleo
Paleo
7 months ago

Must be hard being tall and having to forearm smash shorter players

DAVID
DAVID
7 months ago
Reply to  Paleo

Lucky Aurier wasn’t booked for damaging Pogbas elbow.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
7 months ago

A mere 7 minutes before the fist mention of Harry Kanes future

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

He’s good as gone, it seems.

Paleo
Paleo
7 months ago

Great read Dan,like your Acca thinking Bruxie, you saved me betting against Tottenham for the first time in my life ๐Ÿ˜ช

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago
Reply to  Paleo

My first time too!

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
7 months ago

Any streaming chaps?

Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago

Corner!!

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Brave funken!

Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago

Start as you mean to go on. Lumpit long!!

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Toby and Rodon are the pairing I’d like to see. The experience of Toby could really help Joe along, instead we have Dier who needs mentoring himself!

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

And you, Chauve!

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Well, the US commentators give us no chance of a result today.

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago

You & me then!

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago

Who is watching live? Lots of wimps bunking off!

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
7 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Me supporter since 197O a glutton for punishment..

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

Yay!

HjD ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
HjD ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
7 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Out of the bunker over here Brux!

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

We clearly missed a trick by not hiring a progressive, attack minded manager like Moyes. Another Levy bungle.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

I’d just point out that Moyes was sacked after his first stint at West Ham. This is his second coming.
The trick is obviously to bring Pochettino back!

Chauveljn
7 months ago

As Nutty has decided to miss this one, here’s the team:

Starting XI: Lloris (c), Aurier, Rodon, Dier, Reguilon, Hรธjbjerg, Ndombele, Lo Celso, Lucas, Son, Kane.
Substitutes: Hart, Alderweireld, Tanganga, Winks, Sissoko, Dele, Lamela, Bale, Vinicius.

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

My problem with Dier and Rodon playing together is that both have been used at left centre back up until now. Who will be right CB today?

Matt
Matt
7 months ago

Rodon in ๐Ÿ‘. Iโ€™d have Lamela for LC personally but itโ€™s a decent team.

Syd
Syd
7 months ago

Great article Dan. You are becoming the go to man for a thorough, balanced precis of Spurs.
Unfortunately I am too fearful to watch it and just know I will throw a shoe at the TV if Sanchez is in the starting line up and Toby on the bench.
I am certain our only hope (if any) is Toby with Rodon or Dier and Aurier and Reggie.
I think if Sanchez is in and Toby out then in my little mind this will have confirmed that our dressing room is a mess and there is a cancer within our club.
i’M NOT SAYING WE WILL WIN IF TOBY PLAYS, JUst IT IS OUR BEST CHANCE OF WINNING. COYS

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Syd

If Toby is missing then it will point to Josรฉ selecting according to his obstinacy rather than sense.

DAVID
DAVID
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I think Toby could struggle against the pace of their forwards, Sanchez has pace but very little else.

DAVID
DAVID
7 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

United playing Cavani up front, would definitely prefer Toby at CB.

DAVID
DAVID
7 months ago

Lingard can do no wrong, Schmeichel waved the shot by.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Cheers for the bloeug WasDan. I can’t tell what will happen today. I have the feeling Mourinho has sh*t in his bed and can’t put out an XI who will all play for him. Some will put in the effort, but I think a few heads have gone as far as responding to Josรฉ. And the sneaking feeling that one or two might even welcome a bad result to hasten his departure.

HjD ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
HjD ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
7 months ago

Letโ€™s see, choose between watching The Masters or Spurs/Manure. Oh, on at different times. I will enthusiastically watch The Masters, drearily watch footie.

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago

My Acca history is crap…

I have therefore included Manure in today’s foray.

Reverse Midas please.

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
7 months ago

Dilemma time:
Do I watch todayโ€™s match on my small mobile phone screen on my lonesome, or do I watch it from an apartment on Salford Quays overlooking that ghastly Old Trafford football ground with two of the many Reds in my family? Difficult to choose right now, but not watching is not an option as I havenโ€™t given up totally on the underachieving wage thieves just yet!! COYS!!

Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago
Reply to  Northern Spur

Simples, go foray walk instead. ๐Ÿ‘

Jan Vertiginous
Jan Vertiginous
7 months ago

Burnley are beating Newcastle.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Excellent. Newcastle down, Fulham (or WBA) stay up.

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Balderdash and piffle!

Matt
Matt
7 months ago

I think weโ€™ll get something from today, a point or even 3. Just not sure it makes any difference now. All hopes on the players deciding they want to try as hard as Son and Kane in the Rumbelows cup. On our day we could beat city of we attack.

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
7 months ago
Reply to  Matt

It does make a difference, Matt.
1.Bragging rights over my rancid-red family.
2.It will determine most definitely Kaneโ€™s decision about leaving us if we donโ€™t qualify for next yearโ€™s CL.
3.You guys will stop posting here.

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
7 months ago

Anyone notice the full baseball stadium in Texas last week, no mask mandate and cases dropping ๐Ÿ‘€

HjD ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
HjD ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
7 months ago

Sure did.

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
7 months ago

Neanderthals ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Chauveljn
7 months ago

They provided the proof.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

It’s too early to see any fall out from that demonstration of pigheadedness.

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Although on 4 April 1,012 new cases reported has since doubled to 2,468 cases as of yesterday. Is that cases dropping then?

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Stay at home, itโ€™s for your own safety and others health.
Get the vaccine, itโ€™s for your own safety and others health.
Show me your papers, itโ€™s for your own safety and others health.
Get on the train, itโ€™s for your own safety and others health.
Welcome to our COVID protection camp, itโ€™s for your own safety and others health.
We need you to take a shower, itโ€™s for your own safety and others health……..

DAVID
DAVID
7 months ago

Nice scribbles Dan. End of season can’t come soon enough for me.
Regarding Poch and Toby, they had a falling out over Toby’s contract which meant Toby wouldn’t sign the contract and Poch wouldn’t play him. Poch left and Toby then signed the contract. Had Poch stayed Toby wouldn’t have signed. Water under the bridge now.

Saw the ManC vs Leeds highlights, what a performance by Bielsas men, certainly a good watch.

Jan Vertiginous
Jan Vertiginous
7 months ago

I enjoy seeing your writing style develop Dan, that was excellent.
I’m going to be out fora walk on what I hope continues to be a sunny day, and I’ll try and avoid the score and watch it on fullmatchesandshows.

SpurAndy๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฅง
Admin

Appreciated as always Dan. Out today fitting skirting. Might be back for the ritual slaying, dunno.

89Spurs ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ
89Spurs ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ
7 months ago

I’m going to be more positive, than most of the post I’ve read below. I think that we can scrape a win, which will inject some spirit of belief into the fan base which we have.
Thanks wasdanspurs another good read. I will watch from behind the sofa.
Just like Nutty tomorrow is my birthday, I wish I could say 60 again but I would be lying, I will attain the ripe old age of 75, but please keep it quiet
Come on You Spurs !!!

cavey
cavey
7 months ago

How is the recovery from the heart operation going. I have met the surgeon and my op is scheduled for June. Hope your back to normal.

Jan Vertiginous
Jan Vertiginous
7 months ago
Reply to  cavey

Wishing you happy birthdays and good health accordingly.

89Spurs ๐Ÿ‘
89Spurs ๐Ÿ‘
7 months ago
Reply to  cavey

Getting on nicely, thanks Cavey.

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
7 months ago

75 not out! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŽ‚

Matt
Matt
7 months ago
Reply to  cavey

Good luck Cavey.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Best wishes 89. Next season we’ll win the title!!

Matt
Matt
7 months ago

Nice work Dan ๐Ÿ‘. Given the league is meaningless to us now, letโ€™s look forward. Iโ€™m sticking with Brendan Rodgers as my preferred replacement for Jose. Or a young progressive energetic manager to re build a new squad. Someone like Poch.

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
7 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Why would he leave Leicester to work for Levy and uncle Joe?
Any prospective coach will surely have noticed Pooch saying in an interview that Levy never backed him, with a debt at close to ยฃ800m we are not that appealing to the best managers with ENIC in charge.

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
7 months ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

That envelope scene will never leave me ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
7 months ago

Todayโ€™s game could be very telling as they should have some serious scar tissue nagging at them from that mauling we gave them. Hugoโ€™s comments about squad unity could show up today one way or another, if we donโ€™t win today itโ€™ll be a fight for the Thursday night cup me thinks.

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
7 months ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

I see what youโ€™re doing there ๐Ÿ˜‚

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
7 months ago

Sadly looking forward to this game as much as a visit to the dentist when you know the best you can hope for is a single filing .Add in the expected non stop selling of Harry Kane from the commentary team

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
7 months ago

Take Kane out of this side and we are bang average, if he leaves (and the โ€œIโ€™m waiting until after the Euros to make a decision on my futureโ€ does not sound promising) there will be a mass exodus for the WHL exit door from fans and any player decent enough to warrant interest from other clubs.
Levy put all the eggs in the stadium basket and didnโ€™t do nearly enough to help with adding quality to a squad that was way to short on options for MP.
Levyโ€™s penny pinching ways have caught up with us, we are doomed with ยฃ800m odd debt and Levy at the helm I just donโ€™t see anything other than that downward spiral AVB levelled at the lot down the road.
Personally Iโ€™m very close to jacking it in and that decision may well be taken for me with a gene therapy passport rule.

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
7 months ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

Good work Danno ๐Ÿ‘
Agree with that but this is where the lack of unity Hugo was talking about comes into focus. We just donโ€™t have that look of a team, we are starting to resemble as when AVB was there in terms of body language.
Kane talked about MP being his friend as well as his boss, this concerns me greatly.

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
7 months ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

In my opinion the team hit a brick wall after three years give or take six months, much like Liverpool this season and City last season they need a fresh injection after the high intensity requirement of the management.
only buying Lucas over three transfer windows is what caught up with us and my reading of the situation was that Pooch saw this coming. He talked about staying for decades and loved Spurs ๐Ÿ’”
but it was always likely to go downhill without signings.

Matt
Matt
7 months ago

I canโ€™t see how Kane stays. Heโ€™s done his bit but the other players, Son excepted, arenโ€™t in his league. Can you imagine how many goals heโ€™d score at City or maybe Madrid…?

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

My brother-in-law is a Mancunian and therefore a City supporter (I’m told no one actually from Manchester supports that lot in Salford) but even he doesn’t brag much about this current side, because he knows it’s a doped club since the takeover by the sons of the desert.

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
7 months ago
Reply to  Matt

At Citeh heโ€™d score for fun, Iโ€™d say heโ€™d be the icing on the cake for them for the next 5 years. That said they posted a loss of ยฃ125m (roughly) and he might end up having to stay because no one can afford to pay Levyโ€™s asking price except Manure ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ†˜๐Ÿ†˜โŒโŒโŒ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ–ค

Matt
Matt
7 months ago

Call me a conspiracy theorist if you want; but I donโ€™t think City play entirely by FFP, so a 125m loss is nothing to them! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Like Dan I sort of hope it is them, we get to see him shine in the Prem and itโ€™s not โ€˜Pool or Chelsea. Arse is a non option joke and MU unlikely I reckon.

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
7 months ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

Danno have you hit the vino collapseo? ๐Ÿ˜‚

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
7 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Call you a conspiracy theorist?
How very dare you!!

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
7 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Both us and the lot down the road have both obeyed the FFP rules ,fat lot of good it has done us

61 Spurs Njut ๐ŸŒฐ
Admin

I’m not looking forward to this game so much that for the first time in my living memory (where the following option was available) I have consciously decided to not watch it live. On the eve of my 60th birthday my mind is at ease with my intention, beginning shortly before kick-off, to spend a couple of hours or more walking into Tonville Central, bumming around the empty shops before returning to seeing what calamity has befallen my erstwhile heroes upon my return. I will, however, gaze upon the tortured St. James Park during my travels and consider myself thankful for small mercies.

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago

I couldn’t do that for fear of missing a superb performance from Spurs. Yeah, right!

Watching live also gives me the chance to run away if things go badly.

I must be into self harming…

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
7 months ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

I recorded the game but couldnโ€™t resist having a peek…..
That reminds me, I must delete this

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
7 months ago

Happy 6O th birthday Njut. I often wonder what the average age of posters on this blog is.I suspect most are late 5Os /early 6Os like our ageing fan base..

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
7 months ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

Iโ€™m 55 not out tomorrow ๐ŸŽ‚

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago

A little bit of light reading amongst the ridiculous BBC Radio reaction to the death of D.o.E.

Thanks Dan…

Not looking forward to this.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Not looking forward to what, reading Dan’s bloeug?! Sounds a tad harsh.. ๐Ÿคช

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

I love your bloeugs, Dan.
It’s the matches against the so-called top 5 I hate.

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Stirrer.

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