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When was the last time we had such impressive back-to-back wins as we’ve just witnessed against Wolfsberger and Burnley?

Roy Keane would probably say it was the last time we faced such poor opposition in back-to-back games and cite Brentford* and Marine on 5th and 10th January, then smirk into his elk’s-backside of a beard while pointing out that the next time we faced not even half-decent opposition – that rearranged game against Fulham on the 13th January – we only managed a 1-1 draw.

Sadly, he would have a bit of a point. Unless I’m missing something, I think Brentford and Marine was the last time we won back-to-back games.

Still, these most recent two games have been more fun than anything we’ve witnessed for a while, and for all the snarking about Burnley being useless, that’s the first time they’ve conceded more than two goals since Man City beat them 5-0 at The Etihad way back in November (for the fourth consecutive time, weirdly, which I think is some sort of record) in a run that’s seen them beat Wolves, Liverpool (away), Villa, and our next opponents after today, Crystal Palace (0-3 in their last away game). They might have had injuries, but they’re not the fodder fools like Keane would have us believe, and they’ve just held Leicester to a 1-1 draw.

Also, even with injuries, Burnley are exactly the type of team we’ve so often struggled to put away in the recent past, only besting them by single goal margins at home in 14/15, 16/17, 18/19 and drawing with them in 17/18.

That’s four games across our peak Premier League years scraped by an aggregate of 6-3. We’ve just done them 9-0 across two.

Someone should give Jose Mourinho a pay rise and a contract extension. The man is a gift from the footballing gods of attacking abandon.

Depending on how other results go in this strange half of a match-week we’re not even participating in (we’ll be lining up at Wembley against City the weekend this fixture should have taken place, something Scott Parker will no doubt complain bitterly about, claiming Fulham were only told this game was going ahead yesterday tea-time) a win tonight could really see us back in top-four contention, three points off West Ham with Manchester United, Villa and Leicester having all dropped points and eagerly waiting to see if Sam Allardyce can mess up his old club Everton when they visit The Hawthorns this evening.

Not to mention what Liverpool and Chelsea might do to each other.

Only, of course, if we take care of our own business, and that’s possibly a bigger if than it should be, because so many times under Mourinho to date we’ve waited to see the team take an opportunity and instead had to retreat behind sofas and splayed fingers in impotent fury as they’ve missed chance after chance and then blown it.

Just about the only exception was the run between West Ham at home and Crystal Palace away, and each of these games which book-ended our improbable rise to the top of the table ended similar to our 1-1 at home against Fulham earlier this season, with infuriating peg-backs in games that were there for the taking.

At least with Bale coming into something like form and Mourinho starting to trust him we’re unlikely to see Sissoko asked to play on the right of our front three as he was in this one – with Bale as an unused sub in a game we only subbed twice in – and if Davinson Sanchez had played at the level he did against Burnley, he’d probably have won that challenge in the corner which led to Fulham’s equaliser.

I know Toby Alderweireld isn’t anywhere near the level he was back in 17/18 when Pochettino’s favored centre-back pairing was Vertonghen on the left and Sanchez on the right with Toby often benched for alleged crimes against contract extensions, but the Colombian looks such a better player on the right of Alderweireld compared to anywhere near Eric Dier, and the same can be said of Dier when he plays on the left of Alderweireld. I felt that display against Burnley was Sanchez’s strongest in ages: Although finding one and buying one is easier said than done, we could actually be a younger version of Alderweireld away from having a pretty decent back four.

Pochettino actually went with a combination of Alderweireld, Vertonghen and Sanchez the last time we visited Craven Cottage back on 20th January 2019. We’d just ripped Manchester United apart at Wembley and somehow lost 0-1, seen Harry Kane Phil Jonsed in the very last minute and then cursed Daniel Levy as we’d watched a hopelessly out of form Fernando Llorente lumber around from the off against Fulham before putting through his own net in the seventeenth minute.

In one of those games that just seemed impossible to look away from without ever feeling we’d get anything from it, Dele got an equaliser and then a hammy and had to be subbed in the 86th minute, and his much maligned and rarely relied upon replacement Georges-Kevin N’koudou put over a peach of a cross for Winks to win it for us at the death.

None of us would ever have believed it at the time, but we’d just witnessed Pochettino’s last ever Premier League away win with the club.

Injury woes aside, we’d probably all expected to win it as well, because outside of a completely bizarre 4-0 FA Cup 4th round hammering where used-Kane salesman Danny Murphy put two penalties past Heurelho Gomes within the first fifteen minutes back in January 2011, Craven Cottage has been a happy hunting ground for Tottenham of late, with Winks’ winner making it five out of five consecutive Premier League wins.

Revenging that 2011 elimination, we did them there 0-3 in the Fourth Round of the 16/17 FA Cup too.

For our last league defeat there, you have to go all the way back to November 2008, where Harry Redknapp lost a league game as Tottenham manager for the first ever time following that 4-4 against Arsenal and wins over Liverpool and Manchester City.

It must have also been the first game he decided to see what Gareth Bale was made of, as our one-time Bambi-like left-back was chosen ahead of Assou-Ekotto for his seventeenth winless league game with the club: It would be the following September and eight injury-plagued games later before he was finally subbed on for Aaron Lennon against Burnley with the score-line a nicely familiar 4-0.

But the year before that early Redknapp capitulation, Martin Jol’s Tottenham went to Craven Cottage and did this:

And for anyone with an hour to spend down memory lane, there’s fifty minutes of footage here from our visit to The Cottage during our sole season in the old Second Division in 1977-78.

I’m not so keen on John Craven’s yellow sunglasses, but I did always love that yellow kit. It was almost as garish as Mourinho naming Bale, Kane, Son, Moura, Ndombele, Aurier and Reguilon in the same starting eleven against Burnley.

Will he send out the same mad crazy seven to make it six out of six consecutive Premier League wins for us at Craven Cottage tonight?

It’s difficult to believe.

But I want it to be.

Come on you Spurs!

(*Roy Keane would not like to apologise to any Brentford fans whose feelings were hurt by this comment about Brentford being as useless as Burnley. He said it because he knows you sometimes come on here.)

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Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago

Well worth a read before WasDan does his thang…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56300543

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Good article but I doubt if it will change any mindsets of supporters.

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

I knew you’d say that..

Chauveljn
7 months ago

A good match. Brighton one up at halftime, but there are more goals in this second moiety.

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Not the result I hoped for. Maupay should have stayed onside first half. His disallowed goal and their keeper’s poor flap at the end has really cost Brighton.

Last edited 7 months ago by Chauveljn
Chauveljn
7 months ago

Iheanacho leads with his elbow in a challenge. I’d like to know how that high arm was necessary, the ball was on the ground there was no jumping involved.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago

Zwei Neil!

Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago

Vahn kneel!

Matt
Matt
7 months ago

Just saw the Arsenal result 😃. Also just watched the Holjberg interview on the App; you can see why he plays every big game. Proper leader.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Danny Ings is unfortunately prone to injury. Off after ten minutes looks like he’s pulled a hamstring. It’s bedevilled his career.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Robbie’s ‘Arsenal live’ youtube feed is a sad place. 😔

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
7 months ago

“It was only Burnley” they cried when we thumped them 4-0.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Hear hear.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

‘Quick card’ Marriner foiled by VAR.

Hang on Burnley.

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

BBC: Looking at a replay, common sense has prevailed. The ball hit Pieters’ shoulder.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

BBC website:

‘Since the start of 2016-17, Granit Xhaka has made more errors leading to goals (8) than any other outfield player in the Premier League.’

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Swiss cheese brain.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago

That’s harsh, on Swiss cheese.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Gruyère(some) stats.

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
7 months ago

Come on Burnley, give us something to shut these commentators up.

Paleo
Paleo
7 months ago

Joyous development

Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago

Tee hee. Xaka, the gift that keeps on giving. 🤣🤣🤣

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Who hit the minus button? It seems a very fair comment. Plus from moi.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
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7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

It wasn’t me.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Oi! 😅

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
7 months ago

Burnley aren’t playing like they should be, lacking a bit of confidence.

Paleo
Paleo
7 months ago

Pope,another’s near post crispbag handed with below average distribution skills, he’d fit right in

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago

We’ve now played 43 matches this season already, more than any other side in Europe’s top five leagues, and we’ve only just entered March.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

So are you thinking that might at least partly explain lacklustre displays in the last couple of months? I agree. It’s bound to have had an effect. And more than any other club we have cause to be reluctant to releasing players at the break.

Bru Chimp McG
Bru Chimp McG
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I think injuries, bad defensive selections & the way Bale & Dele have been handled are the root cause of our problems personally.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  Bru Chimp McG

Could be some or all of those plus others. At a higher level I think the players seem to have lost a little bit of faith in themselves as a team. That’s assuming they’re not just following Mourinho’s instructions.

Bru Chimp McG
Bru Chimp McG
7 months ago

Some need moving on, wrong mindset, & some simly just aren’t good enough.

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Bru Chimp McG

I think this is true enough.

We really need to reduce our foreign contingent in the summer, I’d move on Lloris and Sissoko as two to start with, replacing with homegrown Nick Pope and Skipp. But more ‘outs’ will be needed.

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Bru Chimp McG

Injuries are themselves more likely to occur to overtaxed athletes.
All of our defenders have had patchy form this season. Hard to name our best centre back pairing isn’t it? Aurier has been better (admittedly up from a low level) but Doherty hasn’t exactly impressed, not even once. Reggie is exciting to watch, but can often be sold a dummy. Davies can’t be trusted not to make a simple ten yard pass straight to an attacker and inviting pressure back on.
Bale hasn’t been really fit till after Christmas. Dele I can’t speak about other than he did have his own injury in January.

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

And then there’s Lloris. When he’s off form he’s really off. Wouldn’t he surprised if he’ll be moving on this summer.

Bru Chimp McG
Bru Chimp McG
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

I like having Jose, I think his experience will tell in time, but also think Redknapp would have got more outta that squad this season. Poch, debatable, as he makes players wait nearly 12 months before daring to play them…

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Bru Chimp McG

I wonder how Redknapp would have dealt with 43 games so far? I don’t think he was a forward planner and would have played his best eleven every match, with the risk of burning out a lot of players by now.
I wouldn’t be surprised if he was of the school of ‘live for today, let tomorrow take care of itself.’

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7 months ago
Reply to  Bru Chimp McG

I don’t think injuries have played a part, in fact I think we’ve fared pretty well (no worse than a normal season) when you consider how other teams have been effected.

Bru Chimp McG
Bru Chimp McG
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Injuries def played a part, no Low Cell most the season, Kane been out, Reggie been out for crucial games, Bale, Dele not been up to speed etc after injuries. Wouldda made a difference if we’d had more game time from this lot.

MiT
MiT
7 months ago
Reply to  Bru Chimp McG

I think it is simply a weak minded group of players who do not have the fortitude to meld together consistently without constant reassurance and a steady stream of condensed mama’s milk.

These titty babies are the common denominator throughout the Poch and Mourinho eras. They are fully capable of putting together a great, fluid effort, but they don’t keep it up. They not only lose their rolling boil… They go down to barely a simmer. In an instant.

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7 months ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

I knew you’d say like that.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Pep, Tuchel, Klopp and other managers have openly stated they will consider not releasing players to their international teams if they will be quarantined on return. Jose was asked about this:

“In this moment I don’t want to speak. I want to see what is going to happen. Is Brazil v Argentina going to be played in South America or is it going to be played for example in London? I don’t know,” 

Don’t know why Jose feels the need to be cagey about this. Just say they aren’t going.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Just looked at an interview with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. He blames the UK for poor UK-Russia relations. He also blamed:

– US for poor US-Russia relations.
– Ukraine for poor Ukraine-Russia relations.
– EU for poor EU-Russia relations.

You know, I’m spotting a common factor in all these poor relations…..

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago

Methinks he’s just trying to avoid the polonium tea bags.

DAVID
DAVID
7 months ago

My neighbours lawn has been devoured by crane fly and maggots emanating from them, it’s being dug up and replaced now .
He said the maggots were everywhere, never heard of that before.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

The Google machine says that in 1935, Lord’s Cricket Ground in London was affected by Crane fly larvae. Because they caused bald patches on the grass, the pitch took unaccustomed spin for much of the season.

Last edited 7 months ago by SeattleSpursGuy
SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

Remember playing footy over the park as a kid and hated those daddy legs swarming round you when you ran across the grass. Weirdly most seemed to disappear when the dew had gone?

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Some good vaccine news. After the weather related slowdowns, the U.S. is now vaccinating an average of 2 million people a day, up from 1.3 million in early February. That puts us on track to hit President Biden’s goal getting 100 million doses into people a month ahead of schedule.

You can see something like normalcy on the horizon.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
7 months ago

Great news SSG, the vaccine is really beginning to turn the tide back to normality.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
7 months ago

Bet the anti vaxxers are grinding their teef in frustration.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Yeah, some of them seemed determined that we have one more surge.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
7 months ago

I thank them for their concern but we’ve already got one and he’s always liable for the odd farkup.

DAVID
DAVID
7 months ago

Also reported today that Oxford vaccine is effective against Brazilian variety . At least that’s what Bill Gates whispered in my ear, he talks to me frequently since I had the injection.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

All hail our nanobot overlords.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

Just heard on the news that they’ve found the person they’ve been searching who’s tested positive for the Brazilian variant. Moura’s apparently not available this weekend… 🤔

DAVID
DAVID
7 months ago

Did they find him in a cul de sac?

Bru Chimp McG
Bru Chimp McG
7 months ago
Reply to  DAVID

That’s funny!! I keep randomly going to sleep, and then get woken by strange people asking if I want an update..

Bruxie
Bruxie
7 months ago

My current bee in the bonnet…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56234440

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago

Rather ironic that IFAB should announce an alteration to the handball rule (for next season) which would mean Fulham’s goal last night would stand.
The game is being run by idiots.

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

You learn by doing.

Correction: you ought to learn by doing.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Liverpool after 27 games in 2019-20: 79 points

Liverpool after 27 games in 2020-21: 43 points

The largest negative points differential by a defending champion after 27 games in PL history.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Shame.

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Chauveljn
7 months ago

Seattle, Liverpool have never before suffered 5 consecutive home defeats in their history.

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Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago

Just heard that in France dog names have to begin with a specific letter depending on the year. How very odd.

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

It’s France. Nothing surprises me.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Are all dogs required to be registered?

Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago

Yes.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

How do they prefer to eat them?

Funkenschlag!
Admin
7 months ago

Raw.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

I think lions raw.

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
7 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

My French source tells me it is for pedigree dogs only. Just sayin..

Funkenschlag!
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7 months ago
Reply to  Northern Spur

Thanks NS, can your French source elaborate on the reasoning behind it. 👍

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Montmorency Clermont-Ferrand D’Aubegnan VIIIth.

But he answers to ‘Spike’ …

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

All 3 games today ended 1-nil to the visitors. That would have been a good bet to place.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Listened to the Liverpool game, the BBC commentators said the reds were bereft of ideas second half and the team looks without any confidence. It just goes to show ‘Spursy’ is contagious.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

OK, it was a win. Ugly but useful. No moaning from me until Sunday.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

How’s Texas? They got power back with their deregulated electricity grid (no pesky federal oversight)? I read as the supply couldn’t meet demand, the market ensured the unit price rocketed to 1,800 times normal tariff and some lucky people will get stiffed by monster bills. So either no power, or hideously expensive power.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

But on the plus side, the governor scrapped mask requirements and capacity limits…..oh wait, that’s bad too.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

No one tells proud Texans not to harm themselves.

By the way, I intend to get that book I mentioned by Nick Bryant. Washington Post gave it good reviews.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

My wife’s cousin lives in Texas. Yesterday she posted this: 

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Chauveljn
7 months ago

She needs to worship at the altar of the golden idol.

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Paleo
Paleo
7 months ago

And fuck Roy Leane,and king bore Hoddle

Paleo
Paleo
7 months ago
Reply to  Paleo

And Roy keane too

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Paleo

Remember how when Fergie’s United managed to win games but playing badly it was called ‘the form of Champions?’

I don’t think Roy Keane chooses to remember that kind of stuff.

Paleo
Paleo
7 months ago

I don’t care how we got the three points I’m just delighted we did,keeps us well in the running for a top four spot

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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7 months ago
Reply to  Paleo

With you, but only if I don’t watch.

Matt
Matt
7 months ago

Sanchez now playing regularly with Toby and Dier is it 1. Because we’re going to play a high line and press 2. He’s showing well in training 3. He’s fitter and more durable than Dier and Alderweireld?

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

Now I can go back to waiting for Trump’s second inauguration……..any minute now……

Paleo
Paleo
7 months ago

Surely you mean in the next couple of weeks,wait and see LOL

Chauveljn
7 months ago

It is MARCH FORTH today.

Anything happening stateside?

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Nope. Although Trump did triple the price on rooms in his DC hotel yesterday and today. I’m sure he fished a few in with that.

merrance
merrance
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

DJT was in Switzerland yesterday, flew in on Airfoce 1

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  merrance

Yeah right. Still watching the cranks on YouTube?

The footage, was uploaded to YouTube on Jan. 26, 2018. The description reads, “US-President Donald Trump landing in Davos/Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum‘s Annual Meeting 2018. Camera: Beni Wülser. Edit: Armin Rüede. Swiss TV SRF.



Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

It only takes 30 seconds to check out the integrity of this stuff posted by lunatics. Why don’t you?

https://youtu.be/J1ZRsngfjnY

merrance
merrance
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

i knew about his davos appearance and his speech.I didnt get info that i posted from you tube.Perhaps i should check snopes for fact checking.

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  merrance

Just Reuters this time. Simple.

Paleo
Paleo
7 months ago
Reply to  merrance

You should check most of the shit you post

merrance
merrance
7 months ago
Reply to  Paleo

you should check that the language you post is not foul before you post
Ants was banned for this amongst other things ,

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
7 months ago
Reply to  merrance

Your revisionism does you no favours, Mel. Ant wasn’t banned for foul language.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Staggering that before Christmas Liverpool v Spurs was a top of the table clash, and now we’re 7th and 8th.

‘Oh, how the mighty have fallen.’

Pool have fallen much, much further. Runaway champions last summer to be below Everton now must hurt.

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Chauveljn
7 months ago

Up to eighth.

Whadya mean we were in eighth anyway?

Sadly Everton up to 4th.

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SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

Better them than the Spammers

Chauveljn
7 months ago

I could have put that as West Ham down to 5th.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

42 points! Safe from relegation!

[looking for positives]

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Clean sheet! Somehow…. 🤔

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
7 months ago

Toby is so polite.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

And did we keep the receipt for Doherty?

cavey
cavey
7 months ago

Fulham are too good to go down!

Chauveljn
7 months ago
Reply to  cavey

That’s what we saw tonight.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago
Reply to  cavey

I dunno. If you’re in and around the drop zone with 11 games to go, you deserve to be there, IMO.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
7 months ago

That second half is bringing me around to Roy Keane’s way of thinking.

Chauveljn
7 months ago

Not looking forward to Palace or Arsenal if we put up a second half display like that again.