"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


Saturday, November 20, 2004

Villa Vs. Spurs preview.

Monday night and Sky treat us to another Premiership match live and shifted from a Saturday to a Monday. I was planning on going but as I've got no chance of getting up their from work in time (unlike a Saturday) I will be remaining in the warm and looking forward to Martin Tyler instead of the M1.

Sadly Spurs head north after 5 straight defeats and this game doesn't look too easy on paper. Villa have been doing really well at home and the Villa faithful have yet to taste defeat at home. They will be looking to make it 3 wins on the bounce while we must ensure we don't head to our sixth straight defeat.

However, although 5 straight defeats sounds awful I think we can be optimistic. We murdered the scum for the first 44 minutes and only one slip up allowed Henry to score an undeserved, offside, equaliser. We also gave the filth 3 goals in the 2nd half so it could of been so different. Hoofing the balls up the pitch when in danger would of changed the result completely. It also shows that the team can score goals and we can still take positives from that game. We attacked with purpose, the ball was more often than not played out to the defense so we could build from the back and Carrick played. Defoe scored a great goal and King is unlikely to have another howler like he did last week. Kanoute also scored in the Premiership

The team could well be the same one that played against that lot. Robinson in goal, King, Naybet, Edman and Pamarot. With Tarrico gone to The Spammers we may well be stuck with the out of form (if he was ever in form) Frenchman. I would like to see Ifil make his third start after signing a new contract as Pamarot has looked all over the place in recent weeks.

After complaining about no width or wingers Jol could of started with Ricketts on the right wing but as he didn't make the squad he is obvioulsy not that concerned with our lack of width. IMO that's a good thing as Rickett's attitude is all wrong and just isn't good enough. Atouba is back in the squad but I would be disappointed if he was recalled in place of Ziegler as I think he has done well in recent games. Brown played one of his best games for Spurs against Viera but was awful against Fulham. I expect him to keep his place but he may make way for a rested Redknapp. Mendes will be on the right with Carrick filling the 2nd central midfield slot. Mendes on the right is not ideal but Davies has been rubbish recently and is complaining of not being match fit. Mendes also stays out on the right whereas when Redknapp played there he drifted inside.

Up front Keane and Defoe will probably start especially as we are playing the ball out from the back and not hoofing it up to them. Kanoute will feature at some point but will start on the bench.

If we can play like we did against Arsenal, without the stupid defensive errors, there is every possibility we can could get a decent result, even a win. However an ugly draw will do for me as it will bring a stop to the confidence draining run of defeats and get us moving in the right direction once again.



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