"It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory." Bill Nicholson. SPURS


Sunday, September 26, 2004


Spurs tasted defeat for the first time on Saturday to a resurgent Manchester United side. Jacques seemed to adjust his tactics for Manchester United bringing in Mabizela into the central midfield position and leaving people like Brown and Davies on the bench which I felt was a somewhat odd decision. Unfortunatly it didn't pay off as Manchester had control of the midfield for the most part.

Spurs huffed and puffed in the first half not really threatening United but were fairly comfortable coming up to half time. Then Edman struck with a needless shirt pull and the ref pointed to the spot. Now I thought the ref was appaling, especially in the second half, but he got that decsion correct in my opinion. Horse Face struck a good penalty and we found ourselves 1-0 down.

Our second half play was much better, especially for the first 10 minutes when we really took the game to United but they defended well and we were left to long shots. United also defended the set pieces well. Spurs were far more attacking because the full backs went forward to support the wide men, something that must happen more often and should of happened in the first half. Ultimately we were too defensive in the first half and that was probably one of the reasons we had no real efforts on goal to test Carrol.

Overall the performance wasnt bad by Spurs but it wasnt great either. We need to work on scoring goals now as we havent scored in 3 Premiership matches, albeit 2 games were against two of the bet sides in the country. The next three games are key to weather Spurs will continue to build on their good start. Everton and Portsmouth away followed by Bolton at home. None are easy games but Spurs should be looking for 7 points from them at least.


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