Toon at Two (oh five)

After a shoddy opening half hour where our back-line looked like the only three defenders Mourinho hasn’t fallen out with yet plus Davison Sanchez, I thought that was a good performance against Villa last time out.

As the team’s confidence grew, the eleven on the pitch certainly gelled much better than I’d have expected with a midfield consisting of Hojbjerg plus three players in Lucas, Ndombele and Lo Celso who don’t really seem to have a defined position for us as yet.

I’m far from convinced by Lo Celso being asked to play a sort of inverted right-wing role, but Lucas, once more, was exceptional, and Neville can call Kane cute all he wants, but if a defender shields the ball out for a goal-kick and the attacker jumps in at him two-footed as the ball runs out of play, it usually results in a free-kick.

What was most pleasing about going the second goal up was it didn’t seem to alter our front-foot approach, and neither did the introduction of Davies on 57 minutes – after Reguilon had been hacked off the pitch following a series of challenges which I don’t think even earned us a single free-kick – or Bergwijn and then Sissoko.

What was most worrying about going the second goal up was the sense Bale and Dele were only on the bench so Mourinho could sub Bergwijn and then Sissoko on ahead of them: Message sent, end of the line for their time at Tottenham, or am I reading too much into it? It will be almost as interesting to see the line-up and bench Mourinho goes with today as it will be to see who wins the traditional Easter Sunday Post The Team First Race between SSG and Nutty: As it’s an earlier kick-off, my money’s on 61.

The reverse of today’s fixture back in match-week 3 would almost certainly have been a well earned 1-0 win had it taken place in match-week 30, the interpretation of Law 12 around what constitutes hand-ball seemingly being softened soon after we’d been robbed of two points: In a game that’s since been used to strengthen the narrative that Mourinho’s Spurs always fall back and play negative football once they’ve got a 1-0 lead to protect, our 25th minute goal didn’t stop us having a further eighteen shots – two of which thumped back off the woodwork – as we racked up 65.8% possession and should really have been out of sight long before Andy Carroll headed the ball at Eric Dier in the 97th minute.

It was such a ridiculous decision, I couldn’t even be bothered to be annoyed at the time, but as it’s shaping up to be one of those seasons where the margin between coming fourth as London’s top team or sixth as also-ran losers behind Chelsea and West Ham could well be one or two points, I have an ominous feeling in the pit of my stomach akin to eating dodgy lasagna.

Though maybe that’s just the lingering memory of the performances against Arsenal and Zagreb, or the deja-vu dread that we’ll do what we so often do against a team like Newcastle today when a win would really apply pressure to the other teams in the race for that final Champions League place: I still get the shivering shudders every time I think back to our last defeat at St James’ Park which allowed Arsenal to enjoy their last ever St Thingummyjig Day on the last day of Leicester’s title winning season.

Since then, we’ve visited three times, and won each one, getting our 17/18 and 18/19 campaigns off to winning starts and then continuing our strong end to the season with a 1-3 win last July, none-season wonder Harry Kane getting lucky in front of goal for the 200th time at club level.

Further back in the sands of time, Newcastle were lucky enough to witness Teddy Sheringham scoring the first ever Premier League goal at St James’ Park. Hopefully the margin will be greater today, but I’d take 0-1 again if we have to.

Warning: Footage may contain a nut of the Goon Tree lolloping around in central defence.

Come on you Spurs!

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Chauveljn
1 year ago

Rodon organising the defence. If we can get a partner for him at RCB we might be getting somewhere.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Kane has now scored 29 goals and laid on 16 assists in his 41 matches for Spurs this season. Unreal.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

He’s unbelievable. Will we ever see his like again? He just cleared the ball as the last man.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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A welcome and all too rare assist from NDom.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Fill yer boots.

Kane goes ahead in the golden boot race. A couple more please Harry.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Golden Boot on deck

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

WOOT!

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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GETTIN mk II

Chauveljn
1 year ago

I’m afraid Sanchez needs to go. He makes so many errors. We’ll make a stonking loss on his fee but what’s the point of playing him?

Paleo
Paleo
1 year ago

Chill

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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Bruce: “Let’s play without defences guys”
Jose: “Kay”

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Ha!

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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Kaneinho! 1-1 πŸ™‚

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago

3 buses being parked now

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Nice pass Sanchez. You absolute idiot.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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Two fucking brain-farts in one move!

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Inevitable

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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Wankers.

Paleo
Paleo
1 year ago

Refs pissed on broon ale

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Mourinho’s choice at centre back. The slow old guy, the sloppy one, or the quick idiot.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

In a nutshell he’s got Rodon and then a lottery.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago

Spurs collective finger hovering over the self destruct button again

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Fakinel. Sanchez is a liability isn’t he? Saved by Rodon.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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Get Sanchez off!

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Strewth!

Lloris face said it all.

89Spurs πŸ‘
89Spurs πŸ‘
1 year ago

Well saved Loris

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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Another shit side we’re making look good.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Shelvey has always had a top quality pass in his locker. That was hard to defend.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Jeez

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Well done Hugo

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Watching a Dutch stream called Voetbal.

The disadvantage is can only make out the players’ names.

The advantage is don’t have to pay attention to commentators trying to offload Kane to United.

I think that’s a splendid tradeoff.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Pay ‘heed to’ is probably more accurate than pay ‘attention to’.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago

Wasting early chances again and that normaly ends one way for us..

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Will Kane finally notch a free kick?

Funkenschlag!
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1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Nope.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Harry’s gonna keep taking those, isn’t he?

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Close!

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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Sanchez brain-farting early today.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

The laxatives have kicked in early.

HjD πŸ˜·πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
HjD πŸ˜·πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
1 year ago

He is always a cause to hold your breath. Rodon way more assured.

HjD πŸ˜·πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
HjD πŸ˜·πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
1 year ago

Let’s get this and move onto 4th.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

And we’re orf!

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

Nice blog Dan. Surprised no Son I guess were taking no chances. Hope to see LC stepping up to that fee rather than looking a bit neat in possession today.

Funkenschlag!
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1 year ago
Reply to  Matt

Was gonna say LC is a bit like Lamela, but Lamela brings his ramona to the party.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Back in the room!

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago

Just switched the t/v on to hear Sourness is one of the experts again has he been selling Harry Kane AGAIN. Expect Alan Smith is co commentator AGAIN.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

Pat Nevin on the radio saying Kane is staying despite what the likes of Alan Shearer keeps saying. Makes a refreshing change.

Also thinks Kane winning the Euros with England would keep him happy (is that a dig at Shearer I wonder?)

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Unchanged team. Can’t remember the last time that happened.

Let’s do this thing.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

I’m thinking of poor egg-less Nutty as we force down these chocolate shells. It’s an effort but someone has to eat them…

Last edited 1 year ago by Chauveljn
61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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Reply to  Chauveljn

I’m making do with a dark choccy Lindt bunny wabbit.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

What’s up Doc? πŸ˜‰

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

He’s just not very good.. πŸ€ͺ

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago

I liked those little chocolate animals Lindt used to make un till a couple of years ago all ways got my self a couple of boxes each Christmas

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Oddly quiet here for a matchday? Have some oeufers braved the chilly weather for a dip in the sea at Southend or Margate?

Chauveljn
1 year ago

JosΓ© is picking a starting line up based on willingness to show the right stuff and get stuck in and no fecking around or skulking.

I’ve drawn the conclusion that there are a few players who can’t be relied on. They can’t expect much sympathy after failing to play for Pochettino and are now trying it on to get JM out the door.

HjD πŸ˜·πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
HjD πŸ˜·πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
1 year ago

Excellent return to the real footie world bloggins Danno.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Nutty, what’s the weather like in Toonville?

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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Reply to  Chauveljn

Dry, cloudy and very gusty at 12 degrees.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Hopefully the game will be played without too much head tennis then!

HjD πŸ˜·πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
HjD πŸ˜·πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
1 year ago

Hmm, Kane and Vinnie up front. HK looking to up his assist numbers.πŸ˜‰

Chauveljn
1 year ago

A most welcome bloeug after the interlull WasDan. I agree completely about the ridiculous spectacle of Carroll thumping the ball at an oblivious Dier from point blank range and procuring a notorious penalty that at last led to a rethink. Why it took that long after a string of ludicrous penalties (Doherty in particular being penalised when the ball ricocheted off his boot straight up at his arm at Southampton) is the scandal.

And what if Newcastle avoid relegation by virtue of that fortunate point??

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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Toon Team

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61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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Fantasy Football’s Facked!

Chauveljn
1 year ago

I believe that’s the same starting XI as at Villa?

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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Reply to  Chauveljn

Yes, indeedy.

SpurAndyπŸ’πŸ₯§
SpurAndyπŸ’πŸ₯§
1 year ago

Nicely opined Dan. No idea what what will be, will be. Over at my son’s today and not sure if I’ll be back in time to watch the celebrations/commiserations. It can only get better/worser.

89Spurs πŸ‘
89Spurs πŸ‘
1 year ago

Nice one Dan another good read, a bit like Teddy’s Goal.

Just hope today that we have a win, a good win, then I’ll be pleased.

Let’s give the Toon a thrashing, a proper thrashing!!

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 year ago

Thanks WasDan…

My first ever live match was against Mags @ St. James’ Park way back in 1965ish.

Greaves, Gilzean.

I was 11.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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The Nut is gearing up for a fierce traditional Easter Sunday Post The Team First Race.

Bloeuging of the higest order again Mr Was.

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 year ago

Release time…13:05

Counting down.

SSG competing?

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