"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 18, 2005

Spurs snatch a point

Away form. Good or bad? What do you think? After three games away from home I was feeling a little fed up. But then we are unbeaten and the more I look at it the better it is. Against Portsmouth, Blackburn and Villa last season we took three points. This season we have taken five, a good improvement but there is still a nagging feeling. The Blackburn game was a balls up with selection that probably cost us three points instead of one and Jol would have hopefully learnt his lesson. Yesterday I was hoping for a win but judging by our performance I think one point was fair.

Spurs started poorly and gave an early goal away. Jermaine Jenas (Not Stalteri take note poor journalists of the News of The Screws and The Mail) played a lazy ball that was never going to reach King. Baros took full advantage putting the pressure on before laying the ball right across the pitch to Milner who drilled home. Villa then piled on more pressure and was unlucky not to score two or three more with Robinson making some good saves. We had a couple of chances as well with Tainio blasting over the bar when he should have scored and then Defoe missed a penalty. On another day Defoe would have scored the penalty and I think that Spurs would then have gone on to win comfortably, Robbie Keane goal or not. However it wasn’t to be and at half time we trailed 1-0.

In the second half Spurs improved. Jenas became more involved and made some good runs into the box but his first touch was still rubbish with my school team of under 11s being able to control a ball better than him. Rasiak still looks honest i.e. shit and the return of Mido cannot come too soon. To be fair to the Polish International he did win more balls when Robbie Keane came on as he played slightly deeper for the knock-ons. However more often than not he did not win the ball and then chased his opponent with even less haste than Freddie Kanoute. Oh dear. Defoe then hit the bar after Ridgewell had done the same 60 seconds earlier before Keane was able to hit a great volley to force an excellent save and then a superb piece of skill saw him fire in the equaliser.

Looking at the overall performance we can hopefully see Stalteri gain a seat on the bench as his was rubbish and if Gardner is out for a while I would like to Naybet recalled. Although he lacks pace he is still the best central defender we have bar King. Rasiak is cup tied on Tuesday (shame) so Defoe and Keane will probably start together. Whoever puts in the best performance should start against Fulham assuming we still have to put up with Rasiak – Mido may receive an extra game ban on Tuesday for failing to leave the pitch quickly and rule him out. Otherwise it may be time to play Defoe and Keane together again against Fulham and see how it goes.



Blogger MatSpur said...

Blimey..didn't occur to me that Rasiak would be cup tied....It can only be Keane and JD then as El hamaddammyyouiee has gone on loan. Shame.. It would've been good to see if Jol could've played all three of em together.

7:53 PM, September 18, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need to put some work into playing JD and Keano together - if the midfield are cohesive enough to manage, at this stage. Forget the long ball, if we can manage it, we will terrify the oposition back four.

8:03 PM, September 18, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree...the Grimsby match is an ideal opportunity to try RK & JD together again. We must try & get 2 of the Premier Leagues most dangerous hitmen on the pitch at the same time for a full 90 minutes. Change the system behind them to play it on the ground & into them on the ground or running onto (a la Gerrard & Owen). We have the quality in midfield to play our way through rather than over. If on occasions it doesn't work or just to mix it up JJ can always use his height & after this week we'll have Mido back on the bench as the alternative. To be honest, I would rather lose Mido than Keane in January because they're not getting enough starts.

9:00 PM, September 18, 2005

Anonymous defo said...

i agree 8 :03.rasiak not good in of for as is crap panic buy

9:05 PM, September 18, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's give schergorsch a chance to get his premiership boots on. He has got us out the poo.... at least until the mid-term window. We will have to mix the game plan up a bit.

Did you watch the Spanish games tonight? MJ, give our midfield a large dose of self-confidence and we WILL do that stuff (alongside the English way as well of course - how can the opposition play against that?).


10:44 PM, September 18, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, I'd like to see Defoe and Keane together for a while and see how it goes. Got to disagre about Rasiak though, I think he's playing quite well - created some chances, including the ball forward to Defoe just before Robbie scored, and useful in the air.
Both fullbacks were poor, but both played well against Liverpool, so give them time I think.

11:33 PM, September 18, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stalteri was shite and rasiak did win a few headers dispite what people wrote. the damn things never went to any of our players though. i agree with 8.03, we need to put the ball on the floor. forget little and large- lets give it to defoes feet, the boy can turn on a 6pence and shots well with no backlift!! use it mr jol. and lets have keano running at players too. granted he holds it too long at times but it only takes 1 piece of brilliance or a foul (step up carrick) to get something!!

the futures bright and it doesnt include any polish players lol...

1:20 AM, September 19, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some good common sense points raised on this blog ... I think we are really missing Wayne Routledge. During the Peace Cup he was excellent, carrying the ball and linking up with the forwards and providing a real outlet ... ok, his crossing and a few goals might need working on by MJ???
A few of the pre-game reports mentioned he was back in the reckoning, I thought this was too early after a broken foot. Does anyone know when he is coming back? We had 3 central midfielders roaming about the paddock on Saturday and for me they all got outran and outbattled by Steven Davis ... I was surprised Lennon wasn't brought on to have a go at Bouma!!!

9:24 AM, September 19, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said... is a good way to see players injuries and their potential comeback dates ... we currently have 5

Tottenham Hotspur 5
Gardner thigh no return date
Davids groin 26th Sep 05
Dawson hamstring 1st Oct 05
Routledge stress fractured foot 22nd Oct 05
Pamarot knee 15th Oct 05

A good win against Grimsby and then 3 points against Fulham is a must ... come on your Spurs

9:29 AM, September 19, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

spurs are poo. 4 games without a win? disgraceful.

9:48 AM, September 19, 2005

Blogger Fantasticlee said...

Agree with Stalteri being dropped to bench.
Lee didn't play well but you always look stretched when the other team play on the counter attack.

I think he may give Brown a run-out tomorrow but I'd quite like to see Sean Davis so we can see if there's any future for him at Tottenham.

I worry that MJ will still only play one of them and maybe put 5 in midfield.
Keane should and will start at Grimsby and also against Fulham on Saturday.

Here's looking for a cup run...

4:43 PM, September 19, 2005


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