"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


Friday, September 16, 2005

Villa Vs. Spurs

Spurs take on Villa on Saturday evening in what is a must win game. Sounds ridiculous I know but if we are to make top six or even push for fourth spot then our away form must improve. Jol screwed up against Blackburn by playing a weakened side hoping to take something of Chelsea but the plan backfired leaving us with 1 point from 2 games instead of three. Our poor away for cost us in the end last season and cannot be allowed to do the same again so I expect a full strength side to line up at 5:15pm tomorrow.

Robinson will start in gaol. In front of him will be Stalteri and Lee at the full back positions with King and Gardner in the centre. Dawson is injured with a hamstring. Routledge may return on the right but if not then Lennon could continue. Michael Carrick will be in the centre alongside Jenas. Davids has a groin strain so may not be over on the left meaning Andy Reid will slot back in. To be honest I would like Davids to play alongside Carrick with Jenas on the bench as it gives us more width.

In the striker positions will be Defoe and probably Rasiak alongside him with Keane on the bench. Hopefully a week training together will give Rasiak and Defoe a better understanding of what needs to be done and an improved first touch by the Polish international would help as well.

Villa were thumped on Monday by an average West Ham side. In fact Villa were so appalling that they made West Ham look like they may even stay up so they will be looking to bounce back. We have to make sure we don’t let them.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wouldn't dissagree with that but personally I'd prefer to see Tainio at right midfield

6:04 PM, September 16, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i do have to agree on the backline but not the midfield, i think davids will be fit 2moro and should start on the left because jenas is absolutley class. he has alot of pace and will get us some goals this season, to have him on the bench would be a waste of his talent!

jermain defoe is clearly our best striker and i wouldn't swap him for anyone because again he is class. however he does need to improve as players like darrent bent and Andy Johnson are coming up from the championship and doing better in front of goal and scoring more goals, he needs more chances as im sure he will score most times when in on a one on one situation, the problem is he doesn't get many for some reason.

we'll win 2moro because.........were class!!!

6:11 PM, September 16, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Routledge is anywhere near returning. His injury i'm sure will keep him out for another month at least, I don't know why the BBC say he may be back. I would like to see Tainio in there somewhere but as the team is these days it's difficult to play them all. Last season we started with Mendes and Sean Davis, now both will probably not even be on the bench.

6:14 PM, September 16, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So now its cast in stone that "Jol screwed up" against Blackburn and I'm sure that point will be repeated many times this season.
But what baffles me is that its you same people who write this stuff who would be the first to slag off the manager for not having enough replacements in place had one of the star players suffered a long term injury against a team that are widely acknowledged as a bunch of thugs.

6:16 PM, September 16, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed. The point is before Mido's red card we were on top against Chelsea and who knows what would've happened?

6:22 PM, September 16, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think we will win, a few more games for our new midfield to gell and well show our class, putting a £5 on our Pole to score first.

6:39 PM, September 16, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Routledge is in the squad so he has apparently recovered a month sooner than expected. I would expect the same team as last week with Routledge on the bench in place of either Reid or Brown.

Spurs were dismal against Blackburn in a game that was definitely winnable which is why Jol was criticised for leaving out Carrick and Defoe. I don't think any other major club will be leaving out their best players on the grounds that Savage and co might crock them.

6:45 PM, September 16, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont think Joll will make the same mistake again but to be fair Blackburn werent really playing football were they. They should have had at least 2 people sent off. Haing said that we really should be picking up the points against teams like that.

6:51 PM, September 16, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that he'll play Jenas on the right and bring back Andy Reid with Carrick and the bespectacled one in the mddle. I fancy davids to score tomorrow. My girlfriend fancies him full stop.

2-0 Spurs.

6:57 PM, September 16, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

dont think either routledge or lennon will play out right in away games. you have to be solid away and if fit i would say tainio will play. on the left you need davids to provide the same solidarity but he has to take care and not get any more yellows. they can quickly turn into reds away from home!

lee will provide the width down the left and with davids inside him and carrick with jenas in front of the midfield between them and defoe & raziak then we should be really solid if defending and attacking.

pity dawson is injured because i beleive he is more soild than gardner away from home when he gives away too many free kicks.

anyway we should have more than enough to beat the villa as long as we get at them from the start and dont let their confidence come back.

7:09 PM, September 16, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Need a more robust combination away from home. All too often we've looked fragile away from home with the opposition delighting in bullying us. If fit I would like to see Davids in the centre to hold it together. This could be complemented with perhaps Carrick alongside him Reid wide left and Tainio right.

8:08 PM, September 16, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

lee gardner king stalteri
lennon jenas carrick davids
defoe rasiak

Fancy rasiak gettin his first goal for the spurs. Defoe n Lennon also on the scoresheet. 3-0 spurs.

Cmon you Spurs, Blue n White 4eva

9:01 PM, September 16, 2005

Anonymous Husky said...

I really hope Robbo doesn't start in gaol...
I mean, we're not Arsenal, a team of jail birds are we?
Routledge's supposed sudden return is rather surprising but I doubt he'll feature if true anyway.
The back line's a given as is Defoe and Rasiak up front which leaves us with the midfield problem. TBH, I've given up trying to predict it...

1:41 AM, September 17, 2005


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