Brighton 1-0 Spurs

Well, what an utter waste of humanity that was. Poor passing, poor motivation, poor effort, poor tactics, the only bright sparks were once again Ndombele and Holjberg in the centre of the park. Possibly Rodon also as decent, but everyone else was a joke. It’s awful to see Son go off the boil and look lost as he has been doing for a couple of matches now. I don’t know what’s happened here or behind the scenes, but the squad needs a rapid shake up, as does the coach. Jose M’s insistence to play Sissoko, who can’t pass at all, is causing misery. Moura also I feel now offers utterly nothing. This game also highlighted why Bale hasn’t been used that often, he’s a sub par player nowadays, well off what he once was. It was a tragedy to watch him running around, and doing absolutely nothing. Worse match I have seen Spurs offer in quite some time but I think it was coming. The dirge football over the past few weeks has maybe destroyed their spirit and I can only blame the coach for that. Its better to play high octane football, and get nowhere, rather than play dirge and get nowhere, and nowhere is where this team is currently entrenched in. Rubbish.

 

posted on Feb 1, 2021

 

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Sheffield Utd 1-3 Spurs

The past few matches have been utterly awful events. A dirge to watch and very frustrating given that Spurs seem to fall into the same predictable time-loop; start well, go a goal up early on, sit back, with 10 minutes to go opposing team score, frantically chase the winner and end up with a draw. We could see the team could play well and play attacking when they were chasing the winner in the last 10, so why weren’t they doing that in the 70 minutes previous? As I say, frustrating stuff. I think part of the problem is also the inclusion of either Winks or Sissoko, who for me, offer very little. Dier also is terrible but his lack of élan is plastered over. This match marked a positive change by switching to a 3-4-3 which allowed us to have far greater threat potential and I really hope this formation stays. I could see the team switch to a 5-2-3 when things looked hairy, then to a 3-4-3 when they took the handbrake off.  The wingbacks offered greater width, and the central two of Hojberg and Ndombele could push and pull the game around. So after around a month of time waste we are at a point now that I hope we can relaunch a push to the top #3 which was seriously floundering. I am not sure what is going on with Bale however. Right now it looks like we are wasting £200K a week with his lack of inclusion and behind both Bergwijn and Moura. I think the squad is so bloated currently and we need to shed the following: Moura, Sanchez, Rose, Gedson, Lamela, Alli, Winks, Sissoko, I have high hopes for Skipp and Clarke both of whom are out on loan to be cover for DM and RW roles next season. We need a stop draw CB to replace Dier, and also right wing back for when Regulion isn’t firing. So sell 8, buy 2, get your loanees back and we’re in the best place we’ve been since, well, since the 1980s!

 

posted on Jan 18, 2021

 

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Spurs 2-0 Arsenal

I think I was quietly confident that we would win this match, Spurs have become an ultra defensive team, Italian 1980s team type of defence, the meanest defence in the league. Unfortunately this means that the cavalier excitement has gone. We’re awful to watch. Honestly, its paint drying. However, we are actually in the top position! Technically that means we are the best team in the whole of England. This is not something that can be sniffed at. At the start of the season not a single pundit thought Spurs would finish in the top #4 and if I’m honest I didn’t think it either, I was hoping and dreaming for 4th, whereas my brain was saying most likely 5th. So to be where we are is a huge achievement and although we have a great many matches left before things draw to a close, I am confident that we will finish in the top #3 now. Which is great, we get to play in the Champions League next season and our team will be far better bedded in and better drilled. I’m still concerned by the boringness of the display, however I am hoping this is only because the quality of our recent opponents are high so we don’t take any risks whereas when play slightly more inferior teams we can be more expansive and drop the tortuga tactics. We’ll see I guess.

posted on Dec 7, 2020
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Music

I’m listening to exclusively 1980’s music, and I realized that’s all I’ve been listening to for the past few years. I would have severe difficulty answering to name any artist or song post year 2000 that was any good. But here’s the thing; I feel that that music post 2000, it utter trash! Its crap unoriginal stuff (which is no doubt the exact argument made by Boomer generation people when they are listening to the Beatles or Bill Hailey and the Comets or whatever), I genuinely believe that the 80’s and 90’s was the musical apex of humanity and it went downhill from there. I dare music today to match the sexiness of Robert Palmer Addicted to Love, or the joie de vivre of Power of Love by Huey Lewis and the News,  the foot-tappability of Footloose or just, heck, the hundreds of other songs from that era that can lift oneself. Listen, there was recently a viral video of some mean looking dude riding the back of a skateboard hanging onto a pickup drinking cranberry juice miming to Fleetwood Mac. Not something modern…I doubt it would have worked with any modern tune, instead it was an oldie song.

posted on Nov 8, 2020
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Spurs 3-3 West Ham

I have been a huge Spurs fan since a young lad in the 1970s. I fell out of love with them during Arsenals dominance in the 90s and 00s (where any Arsenal fan would rub your face in it, and no doubting it, they were the superior team then, a team of legends, but honestly, did you have to keep belittling your neighbours so, karma will strike back eventually and it looks like it did!) and also after I left the London area in the late 1980s, so the stadium was only a short bus ride away (3 miles) and the pool of locals fell into mostly into the camps of Spurs or Arsenal with a small minority into West Ham. So then came my many years of wanderings.. in the years between 1992 and 2004 I moved to Essex, Berkshire, Hampshire, Istanbul, Surrey, Kingston. I didn’t have the strong connection with the team, the brand, the squad, the manager or anything else during those years. I think this was also partly due to Alan Sugar becoming the chairman of the club. Being a true Sinclair man through and through, I felt Sugar had shafted Sinclair and his brand and helped bury a truly iconic computer which could have been adapted for the 16-bit era, anyway, back in 2004 during the end of the Santini and the start of Jol management era I rediscovered my love for the team. I was back in London and the Spurs sirens call had me enthralled again. They were awful. No matter what they did, they were awful, but like a big friendly cuddly toy that’s been patched up endless times, there was a certain underdog likeable charm about that. The plucky farm boy that got sand kicked in his face but with the potential to possibly, one day, make it to Metropolis and head into a phone booth, except he had eaten some dodgy pasta and now suffered from stomach cramps. I was there during the Ramos years when we lost all hope, losing hope is pretty much part and parcel of supporting Spurs, you need your hope knocked out of you twice a day for years to get your brain in a zen like state where when you do finally start winning again, even in small increments you are prepared for and dont start clawing at your face and dying, screaming in rapturous agony. So, fast forward to the present. Spurs have one of the best squads in Europe, the best stadium in Europe, one of the best managers in Europe, one of the fastest growing football brands globally with a sizeable digital footprint globally thanks to Amazon, and big stuff in Korea where their best player is a megastar. All good. However, and here’s the however, however… I feel like its been too much brand and packaging over substance recently. Too much glitz and media headlines rather than the low level grunt work that needs to be done to build bases. We’ve got Bale back, but there was such such pressure to play him when he was clearly not ready, so his introduction upset the balance of the team from minute 70 onwards and wham-bam, in the space of 10 minutes we conceded x3 goals and ended the game 3-3. It was a mugging. We lost 2 points needlessly. A draw that felt like a terrible loss. We should have killed the game in the 2nd half and we didnt, it felt like the players either lacked the mindset of a merciless coup de grace, or got complacent/lazy/big headed thinking the x3 goal buffer was maintainable, but what I think is this; the moment Bale came on, the players started to play differently, act differently, think differently, and none of it for the better! Such was their train of thought on wondering what they should be doing around this footballing royalty, that they stopped being in the moment and starting making bad calls. Not hoofing the ball the away, not letting the ball fly past the face of goal, not committing needless foul, or perhaps, to committing needless fouls, for every 50-50 call, they started on a run of bad judgement calls, back to back.. it was like a game of heads or tails and we were backing heads and the coin came down tails, 18 times in a row. This is mental issue, not a footballing one. The players all have the requisite skill (apart from perhaps one or two) but the area between their ears is the area that needs the most work. I am confident that this will come in time. The team needs to get used to the newer members, get used to playing with one another, feel comfortable with each others quirks and nuances, take certain players off their pedestals and then we’ll ratchet up a notch. We’re not there yet, and as such, other teams will continue to rib us, troll us, and eat untold columns in the media, because underneath all the banter and trolling, I think they realize this is a very special squad, this is the farm boy who will get to be a hero in a way that other teams never will. Deep down they are envious of the path Spurs tread and will try to confuse and confound, to delay and abuse, as much as they can, because we are a team going places, we are not quite there yet.. but I feel we will get there. I’m happy to give them the time and space for things to unfold organically. Ad astra.

posted on Oct 20, 2020
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