"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, December 08, 2006

Spurs Vs Charlton

It just goes to show what an awful lot of medicore teams there are in the Premiership when we sit only 3 points off third place even though we find it impossible to score away goals from open play and are still to find an away win from anywhere in the league this season. If we can put a run together then fourth spot is ours for the taking as the only two teams who have so far hit any sort of form is United and Chelsea. Failure to finish in the top 5 this season based upon the current form of the majority of teams will be a big big failure and we now need to step up to the plate and start winning those away games.

We also need to start thumping the crap, especially teams who sit in the bottom third of the table. One of these teams is Charlton who visit tomorrow. I doubt we shall keep a clean sheet as Bent is doing well and Fat Boy Reid will have a point to prove but we have the quality to beat this team and we have to do it convincingly. With Keane injured it will give Defoe and Berbatov time to begin to form a partnership and Keane's injury could actually be a blessing in disguise. I love Robbie Keane and his winning goal against 'Boro just goes to show what he can do but the lack of a consistant partnership up front has hindered the understanding of our strike force on the pitch. I expect Berbatov to get at least another assist tomorrow and Defoe to hit the back of the net.

Behind the front two will be Lennon and Malbranque in the wide positions. With Jenas injured and Zokora suspended it will give Huddlestone a longer run in the side along with Tainio. Lets hope he is match fit unlike his last appearence. In fact, if he isn't, Murphy will sit in alongside Hudd.

The back four continues to pick itself and I expect Lee to keep his place after a reasonable performance on Tuesday.



Anonymous PW said...

i'd like to see Ghaly play alongside Huddlestone in the centre of the park

Ghaly likes to get forward and will provide support for the strikers, while huddlestone can sit and dictate play

Lets hope Malbranque and Lennon actually play as wide men. Against Boro they were both too central. Steed was floating all over the place. I know there was usually a striker drifting left to fill the space but Lee was often left exposed

The other alternative is to play Malbranque in the centre with Huddlestone and stick 'someone else' out left

5:47 PM, December 08, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:40 PM, December 08, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jol says: "If Robbie is not there it's a disadvantage for us because we have to play Jermain Defoe, and if you see the last game (against Middlesbrough), Robbie Keane came on and his first touch was a goal."

JOL IS A WANKER!! he is tryin' to save is own skin.

7:42 PM, December 08, 2006

Anonymous neilm said...

Teams like Charlton this year are the teams you have to watch out for.Even though were formidable at home somethings missing something small ,maybe cause we have a new team again, and because of this you can never say never. I think we'll have a really good second half of the season the lads know each other now and as evident against Boro are now prepared to fight for each other which is a basic requirement really but it only comes with time. I think we will beat Charlton Tomorrow and heres Defoes chance to back up his words with actions against Charlton of all teams.

9:29 PM, December 08, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"jol out.... etc"

whoever asks for jol to be sacked is a f*cking idiot or an arsenal fan. he's a decent manager for our very decent club... some of you are totally embarrasing and are detrimental to the cause.
i suppose you'd rather curbishley or another distinctly sh1te english manager to take the reins... and take us backwards 3 years by shipping players in and out, and not have the ability to get us back to where we were.
lower your expectations and let jol build a quality team.

10:05 PM, December 08, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its interesting that Jol now describes the sacked Ian Dowie as one of the best young managers in the league. This was the same guy he said a while ago wasn't fit to tie his shoelaces!

8:51 AM, December 09, 2006

Anonymous dannyboy said...

charlton are second bottom of the league. we are at home. these are the games we must get a result from and vastly improve our dismal goal difference. anything less than a big victory, 3-0 or more, will be a big letdown. anyone who thinks otherwise is kidding themselves.

hudds to play alongside ghaly, with lennon and malbranque wide. defoe and berby up front.

go for the throat spurs ffs.


10:13 AM, December 09, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

yo! is down and I don't know what stations around the world are showing the game live???

I am going through all these stations and it's painful???

does anyone know?

is it guanguong??


3:30 PM, December 09, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

5-1....This is better than sex..

5:49 PM, December 09, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great result

Both forwards scored

6 home league wins on the spin

Feel sorry for Darren Bent

Up the Spurs

11:08 PM, December 09, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

11.08pm anon,

Feel sorry for Darren Bent? no need to.All he have to do is join Spurs.

: )


10:14 AM, December 10, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone notice the effect of Malbranque? The numbers of goals telly we scored jusr went up dramatically with his inclusdion.

Last evening showed that what can happened when the team fight for one another.

Tear off more paint off the wall Jol !


4:56 PM, December 10, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those who say Jol has no tactical nous, I submit the following:

"They (Charlton) started well, played with two up front and one in the hole and that gave us a bit of a problem, but after 20 minutes we (ie.Jol) changed a few things and that meant we could overload them at the back and create more...
We switched Aaron Lennon to behind our strikers to match them up."

Guess what? Great move. Lennon was fantastic roaming in the hole, and a part of all but one Spurs goal. What a shocker... not. Jol knows what he's doing a helluva lot more than you "Jol out" wankers.

7:55 PM, December 10, 2006

Anonymous dannyboy said...

anonymous 7.55pm

fair comment. why sign anonymous? what you got to hide?!
the real test is man city away - fingers crossed


9:08 PM, December 10, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's get real shall we? Tabloids are tabloids for a reason. They help themselves to stories by twisting words and facts.

What Jol actually did say to the MOTD interviewer, when asked how he planned to cope with the loss of Jenas, Zokora and particularly Keane was this:

"(Yes) We lose options, because when you play in the Carling and UEFA Cups you need all your players. But with strikers like Defoe who has scored in his last 6 starts, Berbatov who is starting to now look the part, and Mido who is fit again ... I think we are fine (for strikers)."

You "Jol-outers" (like 7:42)really need to stop spewing that shit, and get with the program. I agree with 10:05. I feel there isn't a better man for the job than Jol right now. He has the trust of his players, is great with the media, understands what it means to manage Spurs and has the tactical acumen (see my above post at 7:55p)to win more often than loses.

What more could you want? Away wins, you say. Fair enough, but the players have to be accountable at some point. Jol cannot score himself from the bench!

9:22 PM, December 10, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:08 -- Sorry mate. Don't have nuthin' to hide. Just too lazy to think up a moniker. Sometimes I sign "Waddle's Mullet" as an ode to former great, but I'm open to suggestions.

9:23 PM, December 10, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aside from the sparkling Lennon and 2-goal Berb, other positives IMHO include:

Both fullbacks getting forward well

Defoe taking his goal well

Tainio & Malb each scoring on nice driving shots

Robbo throwing the ball out instead of kicking it randomly as he too often does

And last but not least, Huddlestone's fine distribution and use of the ball. He's so great at spotting the cutting pass or straight through ball in the final third! This kid is developing so fast (Carrick who?), that in my opinion, he and Jenas should be Jol's preferred pairing. Although I would prefer Ghaly over Jenas due to JJ's inability to really break through and realise his full potential, I believe Jol will stick with JJ when he returns. I know Spurs have shelled out for Zokora, but I think Hud's emergence means he must play. Should Jol play Hud with Zok instead?

What is YOUR best CMF pairing?

10:27 PM, December 10, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another positive: The score allowed Paul Stalteri & Mido to both get valuable minutes on the pitch to help ease their return from injury.

10:34 PM, December 10, 2006

Anonymous dannyboy said...


best central midfield pairing = huddlestone and jenas, by a mile.
hudds sitting, spraying passing and doing a makelele and jenas making them 80 yd runs, scoring goals and generally being the top of the diamond.
then lennon and malbranque wide.
balance, strength, creativity, passion and goals!!!

well, thats my opinion, pretty good in my view.


10:48 PM, December 10, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hudd is a raw diamond, there are aspect of his game he needs to improve on such as pressing the opponents.

Chelsea proved that if you don't clamp Arsenal in the midfield, they will lose their verve and nerves.Everytime ANYONE in a Arsenal shirt gets the ball in the middle, they will be 2 or 3 Chelsea players on him.I mentioned this prior to our derby at the emirates stadium but we did not do that.The first goal was a result of that lack of that kind of pressing.

I just read Jol said that if Lennon is at his best, he can play for R Madrid.I find this kind of defeatist atitude kind of worrying.Our club should aspire to be the R Madrids of this world even if realistically we still have some way to go.On the investment front, read that Levy ain't looking for foreign investment.Not being paranoid.But as it stands, there is only one reamining CL spot we can realitically challenged and rate our biggest rival as Liverpool.If Liverpool can their middle east investment going,we could find the finacial muscles to break into top 4 almost impossible.


6:25 AM, December 11, 2006

Anonymous dannys a flange said...

to the bell-end who loves himself and thinks he knows everything and anything AKA DANNYBOY

got news for you retard, YOU DONT

OMG, That isn't you cheshunt flid, i bet it is, thought we'd got rid of you toilet boy but now you're posting as flannyboy

And why you so obsessed with people 'signing in', what difference does that make moron ?!

also 'Got something to hide', what sort of stupid shit is that to say on a web blog ?!


Yep, that's you all right Chestnut Flid

Go on, demand us to write our favourite line ups like you used tit

6:19 PM, December 11, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have yourselves a merry little christmas..... Let your heart be light.

From now on your troubles will be out of sight.........



8:07 PM, December 11, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry christmas...May God blesses those who support our great club and may our great club find favor ih His eyes....

Spurs till I die....

Proverbs 15:1 "A kind answer soothes angry feelings but harsh words tir them up."


6:59 AM, December 12, 2006

Blogger Blog head said...


If we win a couple of games, we'll be third in the league, top of our european league, and still in both cups. What more could you ask of Jol? We've got half a new team again this year so it was always going to take a while to get going, but now were really starting to play. Yeah we were shit against arsenal, and I cant explain why. But think to a few short years ago, we were a fucking joke. Jol has been a breath of fresh air, and you can talk all your shit about tactics all you like, but at the end of the day sometimes the ball flys past the post and sometimes it goes in the top corner. Every team Jol has put out has been capable of winning. And for me personally, I'd rather any of our players leave then Jol. I mean, who would you get into replace him anyway? Realistically? We'd end up with some cunt like Sven, or some average Joe like Curbishley, who although I reapect, would not be able to attract the type of players we need. Do you think Berbatov would have signed if Jol werent here? or Davids?, or Zakora? Bollocks mate. Now please can you do me a favour? My mrs has gone away so could you please pop round my house and tickle my balls for me?


8:21 PM, December 12, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think those who said that Jol don't cut it tactically has a point.

For 3 times this season, we find that our opponents 1 men down because of red card but each time we can't take advantage; Everton, Blackburn and Chelsea.

Againts Everton and Chelsea, we seems to get worse inspite of an extra man.Againts Blackburn, we seems confused what needs to be done to ride on that advantage.

Read on our official website that Jol wasn't too pleased that we sit on a 5 goal lead when we should have gone for 6 or 7 goals.

If that was the case, for heavens sake, jump and shout on the bench if you want it.What has Jol b'come ?An arm folding Sven ?I would love to see some of the O'neil passion and theatrics which will do the trick of squeezing that extra oz of effort from the team.

1:42 AM, December 13, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blog head,

I think you got a point that it is never easy to just replace one manager with another.When Hoddle left, Satini comes did a fair job but left shortly.We would never know what we can achieve under him.Jol came change the style of the team and bacame a crowd favourite last year.

When expectations come, all his weakness and shortcomings are slowly exposed.

All the excitement and euphoria that come with a new manager will eventually wear off when the goings get tough.

It's harder to replace to the manager than the player actually.Many clubs has the same problem, e.g. Liverpool and Newcastle.

What Man U showed is that if the manager is reasonable capable, stick with him and give him more time than than your average player.

I'm the same bloke who posted I have reservations about Jol Tactical ability.But instead of changing the coach, maybe we can bring in additional help.Or change some old faces, such as chris houghton and use clive allen etc.


4:09 AM, December 13, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Defoe and Tainio are indeed out for the UEFA match tomorrow, who should Jol pick to play?

I suspect Jol may choose to play Lennon up fron with Berbs, rather than start Berbs and Mido together.

So who will play Right Wing? With Jenas also out, it could bery well be Lee, with Chimbo & Ekotto joining King/Daws at the back.

LW=Steed, CMF pair? How about either Hud/Ghaly or Davids/Murphy?

Thoughts anyone??

7:45 PM, December 13, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well ok, assuming Lennon is given a roaming role behind Berby, how about Murphy in front of Big tommy with Malbranque left and Ghaly right?


11:09 PM, December 13, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Mido will play inrespective whether Defoe is fit or not.Jol wanted to keep all his strikers sharp and thats why this rotation policy for them.

He would have played Mido and Defoe together assuming there are no injuries.

I think Ghaly would start too.Probably on the right.With Lennon shift to the left and Malbranque into the middle.Big Hudd will sit in front of the big 4.

1:38 AM, December 14, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a mug..If Jol was not misintepreted and he actually said he rather win the UEFA cup than gaining a CL spot. He lost a screw in his head.I hope Levy didn't set this kind of agenda.

Any top player in the world would want to play in the CL; Defoe,King Berbatov had all publicly stated that was their aim.What would this kind of objective play in their mind? Win the UEFA cup and moved on to the big 4 clubs?

Ferguson and all the big managers would tell you the league is the main dish on the table.What ?gaining a CL place means you have only finish within the top 4 in the english premiership and nothing esle ?

It means a he** LOT !The money, the ability to attract top players and retain them.

Its crazy, sorry that I rant but Jol is just off his mark and this kind of objective should never been aired publicly.

6:50 AM, December 14, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This should always be the priority; the league, CL, and any of the domestic cups for a top club.

You ask Wenger, Mourinho,Fegie and Rafa that will always be the answer.

UEFA cup ?wankers...

6:53 AM, December 14, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon get real. Jol's point was simply that his team is not yet CL material, and he'd rather challenge for silverware (UEFA, FA, Carling) than go out of the CL early to one of the footballing giants like Barca, Milan, etc. which would only serve to have a negative impact (mentally) on his players. Yes, it's sometimes better to aim high and miss, and if Spurs had of not bottled it on the last day of the season I'm certain neither Jol nor the fans would be complaining about making the CL. But one only need look to Everton to see that sometimes one must be careful what he wishes for!

6:35 PM, December 14, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jol is a realistic, smart, practical premiership manager not a dreamy headed fan, you spanner!

12:31 AM, December 15, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone think that we have a great season last year.We have no European football and went out of the domestic cups at the first round.But we get the excitement holding to 4th place for much of the season.

Seeing us doing well at Europe is great satisfaction.But any of the 4 big club in the premiership will tell you you have to consolidate your position domestically to have any chance of CONSISTENTLY winning anything.

We want our club to challenge year on year for trophies and not hope for the lottery of a cup win.

Finishing in the top 4 IS A BIG DEAL,JOL !All the english clubs in Europe qualified top of their group.Europe IMO, is in fact easier for English clubs b'cos of the strength domestically.

Any manager in the premiership will trade the domestic cups just to be in the top 4.I go one further, I would even trade the UEFA cup just to get into the CL.Its a sign of true strength and the table don't lie.

2:07 AM, December 15, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not as if Jol is not interested in top-4. Spurs are of course trying to win every league game. He only said it is perhaps nice to have a realistic shot at silverware (FA, Carling, UEFA) than no shot at all (CL).

6:23 AM, December 15, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jol is just stating the obvious.Any novice in the CL would need time.Man U took 7 seasons in the CL to win it.Arsenal only found their feet last season.Liverpool bar the fluke in Instanbul also took sometime.Leeds got thrashed by Barcelona in their first season.But reach the semi's in their next season.

Those are growing pains in the CL, it's inevitable and its better we go through it as soon as possible!

BTW, if we got knock out in the CL, there is always the consolation prize of a UEFA cup, isn't it ?You see the inconsistency in Jol's thinking?

I think this kind trepidity by Jol could sometimes affect the team.No wonder we showed so little courage againts the big boys.Common' Jol, show some arrogant swagger like Mourinhno and Rafa .Finally, we ain't no Everton, we are much better Jol.

6:40 AM, December 15, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd rather win the Uefa Cup this year then qf for next years CL.


Or don't you guys want silverware?

P.S I see flannyboy is signing in as anon !!

7:20 AM, December 15, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...


I reckon you blew it when you said; "we should go through it as soon as possible".

That's such a fans attitude. I think we should go to the CL when it's the most appropriate time for the club regarding confidence and experience. I'd rather enter the CL after a season in which we'd won or gone a long way in the uefa cup.
You talk about "growing pains and experience" but seriously, what quality or quantity if experience is there in going out of the CL straight away? Don't forget we have a young team so time is on our side.

One step at a time.
Onwards and upwards.
Come on you Spurs.


5:14 PM, December 15, 2006


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