...mercies. After Spurs' last few outings a point away to the South London scum of ARSEnal shouldn't be sniffed at.
...before. Spurs nil, nil draw away to Partizan Belgrade in their first game of the Europa League group stage had all the hallmarks of their European exploits of the recent past.
...Spurs. Sunderland had one whole shot on target and yet Spurs made their way home from the Stadium of Light with just one point after letting in two goals.
...under the messiah Roy. A rather standard response that every is great and we can forget the past after another poor performance sees England beat a hopeless Swiss side in what should be their toughest Euro qualifier.
...impending failure. There's new faces, exciting prospects, but it's the same old dried up leader and the same old inadequacies that saw them scrape past an even younger and even worse Norwegian side in front of one man and his dog.
...window. It wasn't who came in but rather who didn't, who left and who stayed that made this transfer window somewhat lacklustre.
...resumed. After a promising start to the new season things are back to normal as Liverpool put another bunch of unanswered goals past Spurs in yet another lifeless display.
...Hullish sort of places. After seeing off AEL Limassol in the qualifying match with ease Spurs go into a Europa League group with no real glamour ties and hopefully no real banana skins.
...then. 'Arry Redknapp, Glenn Hoddle, Steven Caulker and Bobby Zamora were all taught a footballing lesson by the new stars of The Lane, Pochettino, Dier, Chadli, Capoue and Lamela, as Spurs beat QPR 4-0.
...similarity. There maybe a new man in charge but a number of things haven't changed over the summer for Spurs, though in the end a victory over Wet Spam was a refreshingly new end to things.
...thank god. Some days back Steven Gerrard made Roy Hodgson a very sad man as he retired from England duty after a World Cup that summed up the player's international career of failure.
...they get the last laugh. In Euro 2000 Germany finished bottom of the their group after defeat by England, they took that as an insult and while we're still stuck with Shearer they are holding aloft the ultimate trophy
...great. England football team at the World Cup, the cricket team against Sri Lanka and now India, the rugby teams against the southern hemisphere - some say that Murray berk at Wimbledon. Now the cycling is imploding.
...the blond arrow. The Real Madrid player, widely regarded as one of the world's greatest players died on Monday (July 7th) aged 88.
...the mark then. Highlight of England's tournament. Figured they'd lose by one goal to Italy, one or two to Uruguay and draw with Costa Rica before flying home before the postcards and Roy's boys didn't disappoin