…it’s taken long enough. Seven and a half years, 202 games, four managers – with one caretaker – plus a number of better midfielders he either blocked from playing or hindered while being an automatic first team selection. I’m pretty sure after putting up with all that I’m allowed a smug “told you”. Posted after [...]
...and the goal difference an improvement. Second league game into AVB's reign and a second game that should have been won but didn't, some criticism of the manager's substitutions but things are close to clicking.
...pessimistic. After seeing the team he put out for the first half of the pre-season match against Athletic Bilbao you can see why 'Arry isn't talking about winning the league any more.
...inevitable. From the moment an interloper found his way into the Spurs starting line up against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter final it had the look of a done deal.
...Sandro and Dawson. It says it all really. Wigan, plumb bottom of the table, worst goal difference in the league, and they've taken four points off Spurs this season.
...a banjo. Yet again when a good result would have moved Spurs up to third in the Premier League they're beaten while squandering numerous chances.
...baby blue. The so called strength and depth to Spurs' squad was shown as the reserves all started with a weak and inexperienced midfield but an inept first half was turned around.
...luck. Two games on the trot and she's been ridden hard by Spurs, two games with banana skin written all over them. But Spurs beat Bolton, to go with Blackburn, what's going on?
...in Blackburn of all places. Spurs picked up a vital 3 points with an away win at Blackburn with a depleted squad thanks to an early Crouch goal and some Gomes heroics.
...don't they? Well they certainly did for Spurs for the trip Up North to play the Toon in the league on Saturday. Two players out, so one certain player in horrible kit and then Bale's back giving up.
...bench warmer? There's been a general lack of excitement about Spurs signing Steven Pienaar from Everton as many don't see where he'll fit in except as a sub or starting instead of injured players.
...and flog 'im. As soon as I saw he was in the starting XI for Spurs against Everton I knew how the game would pan out and sure enough a team that can't score were allowed to waltz through the middle and do so in 2 minutes.
...with little talent. Newcastle came to The Lane with little intent on playing football but just to stifle Spurs and frustrate with spoiling tactics, it ended with Spurs down to ten men but also a clean sheet and the 3 points.
...a miss. As the dead rubber along with 'Arry's team selection pointed to it being a frustrating night for Spurs against FC Twente but in the end a 3-3 draw secured top spot in the group and broke the odd record.
...aren't on. Why would you want to watch that borefest they called The Battle Of Britain when the only decent games of football ITV have shown have involved Spurs?