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

Well, this result seemed predictable.

There’s the chance of fourth. No thanks.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Up one end can’t pass to a player in space, then an absolute joke of defending.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago

Yet another commentator fails to hide his delight as Spurs concede

SpurAndy🍒🥧
SpurAndy🍒🥧
1 year ago

Just got in, maybe go out again…

Chauveljn
1 year ago

I can’t say that was a surprise.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

The natural order has been restored.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

So obvious.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago

Absolute fuckwits.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Fuck this fucking shit.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

Wankers mk II

Flat Oeuf
Flat Oeuf
1 year ago

I fucking hate supporting this club sometimes

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago

Of course.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Inches away….

Flat Oeuf
Flat Oeuf
1 year ago

We’re losing second balls and tackles. Worrying at this stage of the game.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

The elastic has snapped in Lo Celso again.

Syd
Syd
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Oh dear

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Come on you mugs, 10 + minutes.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Our passing in the final third is woeful.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

The other two thirds aren’t much better.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

….and the first two thirds.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

We’re not bad in the first 1/10.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

The mystery remains, Kane has a great shot on him but can’t strike a good free kick. Just like Eriksen could sweetly hit a moving ball 40 yards to a team mate but looks at a stationary ball as if it was a giant cowpat.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

And yet CE managed to score quite a few luverly free kicks.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

With a 5 year sabbatical as I recall.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Two and a hakf.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

Six and a half year drought continues.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Penalty spot.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Harry Kane territory (he thinks)

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Can’t believe we’re still ahead.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

It’d be nice to have a shot this half, just saying.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago

Tequila does the trick.

Flat Oeuf
Flat Oeuf
1 year ago

Heart attack material

Chauveljn
1 year ago

We’re making hard work of this. NDombele isn’t on his game today.

Paleo
Paleo
1 year ago

The one time Almeron wasn’t lying on the floor

Syd
Syd
1 year ago

Sanchez just simply scares the crap out of me

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Syd

Sanchez says the same about his own shadow.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

🤣🤣🤣

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Harry Kane has now scored as many Premier League goals as Jermain Defoe (162).

Kane needed 238 games to do it.

Defoe needed 496 games.

Syd
Syd
1 year ago

I have an awful feeling we will finish with 10 men

Paleo
Paleo
1 year ago
Reply to  Syd

My worry too

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago
Reply to  Syd

I’m pretty confident we could still lose with 11.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Fresh boots.

Paleo
Paleo
1 year ago

In fairness to our boys,it must be hard playing against a team who’s main skill is disrupting the game by diving, I’d bet they even practice their screaming. When oh when are divers going to get booked?

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Paleo

At least Fulham try to play football. If one team in black and white stay up I’d prefer it to be them in place of Ashley’s lot.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

I miss the days of Graham Roberts et al. Buncha 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

I miss the good old days of Eriksen when we had two players in the team who could manage a pass to their own teammate.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

I miss the good old days when we had a decent manager.

Last edited 1 year ago by Anti-Growth Coalition..
Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Well, can’t say you’re not consistent.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Meanwhile, yesterday PSG lost at home to Lille… 🤔

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Kane stands still. Keeper jumps into him. Foul on Kane.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago

He was standing kinda aggressively.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Passive aggressive.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Looking at him funny.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago

It’s all in the eyes.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Question.

Do we have an ophthalmologist at Hotspur Way to test our players’ eyesight and peripheral vision?

After watching them today I just wondered….

And possible colour blindness…

Last edited 1 year ago by Chauveljn
Chauveljn
1 year ago

Two all then?

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Bloody optimist.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Sanchez back on it within 20 seconds.. 🤕

Chauveljn
1 year ago

I don’t think Vini will be here next season.

Commander in thief Sexy Beast
Commander in thief Sexy Beast
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

£45m bargain 😂

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago

A mere 3O seconds before the first escape of the second half

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Sonny on for Vinni

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

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89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

He’s a looker!

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

Toon’s goal analysis from a Yid perspective.

If at first you don’t fackup (Japhet), try, try again (Davinson).

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Sanchez out, Andersen in please.

Sabitzer in and Skipp back, several out.

A right back also required to pair with Tanganga.

Last edited 1 year ago by Chauveljn
foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Doesn’t matter who we buy, they’ll all catch the Spursy thang in time.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Can’t Levy vaccinate them?

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

Stat-tastic, mate!

Harry Kane has now scored five or more goals at five different away venues in the Premier League (King Power, Selhurst Park, Goodison Park, St Mary’s, St James’ Park).
No player in the competition’s history has done so at a wider range of stadia.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

And none of which were free kicks. Just sayin.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Villa Park, 2nd November 2014!

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

And that was deflected.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

It’s funny how the TV people always refer to a game chock full of crap defending as ‘entertaining.’

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Well it’s making them laugh.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago

Painful stuff. We are a one man team, until the summer that is.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

A No Man team after that.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Foystaff analysis.
Yay! Boo! Yay! Boo! Yay! Boo! Yay! Boo! Yay! Boo! Yay! Boo!

Paleo
Paleo
1 year ago

Football is now officially basketball

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Paleo

Bear in mind Sanchez didn’t play in the interlull, so is resting Alderweireld after playing for Belgium THREE times.

This is Newcastle FFS, you’d hope Sanchez could cope with this weak team.

Chauveljn
1 year ago
Reply to  Paleo

That wasnt a reply to you, it went adrift!

Chauveljn
1 year ago

Lo Celso booked, get Lamela on second moiety.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

Footballers are generally thick.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Dumb foul Reg

Syd
Syd
1 year ago

Is Toby injured or hated?

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  Syd

Given a new contract and then shunned.

Syd
Syd
1 year ago

I have to ask how is Sanchez anywhere near the pitch Ahead of Toby

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  Syd

It’s a weird one.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

It must be because Sanchez is, supposed to have pace. That’s all he has.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Yeah, he gives the ball away very quickly.

Chauveljn
1 year ago

It’s a gift.

Syd
Syd
1 year ago

He is cumbersome takes too many touches slows down our attack and he is absolutely scary when it comes to defending in our own box

Syd
Syd
1 year ago

Toby told Jose Some home truths I think And Jose would not like that

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

Kane looking for his first PL hattrick since Boxing Day 2017.

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