"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


Thursday, October 14, 2004

Portsmouth Preview

Firstly, congratulations to Robbie Keane on breaking the Irish goal scoring record at the tender age of 24. With probably another 8 to 10 years in the Irish team he should go on to smash the record.

Anyhow, back to Spurs. Another Sky game, this time on a Monday night. Spurs have a near fully fit squad to choose from and should be looking for a massive improvement over the dismal display we had on Boxing day last season. Two screamers from Berger killed us off on that day after another lousy display by Spurs.

Spurs should line up with a pretty much unchanged line up that played Everton a couple of weeks ago, although it seems much longer. Robinson should keep the goalies jersey after two good displays for England in the week. The back 4 will consist of Pamarot, Edman, King and Naybet. The midfield may seem some change. It isn't clear if Davis is fully fit but if he is I expect him to slot into midfield in the place of Redknapp. Mendes, Atouba and Davies (S) should line up alongside him. If Davis is not quite fit I'd like to see Carrick receive a chance in the place of Redknapp. Up front should be Defoe and Keane as usual with Kanoute on the bench just in case. I've been a strong defender of Keane in recent weeks but it is time he started to deliver more goals for Spurs. After a good performance for Ireland over the international break his confidence should of improved. This needs to improve his recent Spurs performances if he is to justify his place ahead of Kanoute.

Having kept 4 clean sheets in the last 5 away games and Portsmouth not being able to keep a clean sheet this season it should be 3 points for Spurs. However I've been saying that sort of thing for years so we will have to wait and see. I know Santini will be looking for another win to keep the excellent start on track.

Come on you Spurs!
P.s. Comments welcomed as always.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

redknapp is suspended............

8:13 PM, October 14, 2004

Blogger Paxton Road said...

Yes I know :-)

10:15 PM, October 14, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

pompey may not have kept a clean sheet this season but we have delivered flare and goals.... at home we can be devastating even againts boring defensive teams... "build from the back" says Santini.... "score more than them says Redknapp".... i know which i'd prefer... you will finish above us in the league but will you match our character, passion and above all, goals?

10:00 AM, October 15, 2004

Anonymous Anonymous said...

character and passion? sure we'll even outdo you on those - amazing for us but you'll see. goals i'm not so sure yet. i think we might click on monday though - bad luck pompey ;-)

10:47 AM, October 15, 2004

Blogger Paxton Road said...

Meanwhilre our march up the league will allow us to bring in more flair players and move forward to better things while Portsmouth continue to fight relgation battle after relegation battle. I know which I would prefer.

5:16 PM, October 15, 2004


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