Posts Tagged ‘Fulham’

Are we not sexy enough?

February 1, 2011

What’s wrong with Tottenham? Do we not show enough promise? Granted, the FA Cup thrashing at Fulham was probably enough to turn any player off from joining our side; however, we play sexy football about 90% of the time. Is it really the winning history which appeals to players?

Two major targets of ours have gone off to Liverpool and left us with nothing at the end of a dull and loan-filled January window. Andy Carrol – who some of you might say is my man crush – and Luis “my hand has broken many hearts” Suarez have both opted for the Reds.

Frustrating stuff.

Especially since I am a true believer that we do not have a strike force capable of taking us back into the 4th position. We are now in the 2nd half of the season and scoring goals will matter most… and of course a captain who doesn’t hand opponents two goals in the span of 5 minutes. I love Dawson, but what was that all about?

Equally frustrating.

Then we get news that Charlie Adam, a midfielder, almost signed for us in the dying minutes before the window closed. Another midfielder? Why? For the love of God, we need goal-scorers! Proven goal-scorers! On top of that, Gio has gone off on loan until the end of the season.

Oh well… it is what it is.

Now that the window’s closed, Harry needs to reassure the players that Spurs have the quality to win games and that Wednesday at Blackburn will be the right test to prove it. Everyone in the squad knows they’re not going anywhere, at least for now, so it’s time for them to step up and prove their commitment to the manager, the team and to the fans.

COYS!

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Humble pie delivery for Jamie O’Hara

March 25, 2010

I like Jamie O’Hara. I really do. But every once in a while, a young player confident in his game, engaged to a WAG, will open his mouth with his own selfish reasons in mind. Think before you speak next time. Or tweet, for that matter.

In the case of the FA Cup match win against Fulham, well… I hope that was salt in the wound Jamie. Burn.

But this was a match won by subsitutes. Pav, Bentley, and Hudd were crucial to the change in momentum. Actually, scrap that. This match was won by our manager.

Harry was not afraid to completely alter the system. I applaud him for that. Ah… but what does my applause mean to him anyways. The players rewarded him with a semi-final day out at Wembley. Even better.

All the players were exceptional, even when thrown into positions completely new to them. I must admit that I couldn’t initially understand the Kranjcar substitution, but I was still confident that we would get back into the game. Harry dug deep, got creative, and as I mentioned, he was handsomely rewarded.

Well deserved gaffer.

O’Hara. You’re a good kid. Just don’t let your individual desires ever get in the way of Tottenham’s success. As you have just felt, you will get burned. Badly.

Off to Wembley we go!

COYS!

A quick salute to our South Americans

March 7, 2010

A quick salute to two players after last night’s FA Cup match against Fulham. What they did to give us a shot at the Cup:

  1. Gomes
    • An early save, at full stretch, to deny Zamora a goal which could have changed the outcome of the match.
    • A point-blank header by Gera denied early in the 2nd half; quick reflexes and mighty-quick thinking.
    • Denies Duff at full stretch… not only blocking the ball but catching it. Quality!
  2. Palacios
    • He was everywhere at the right time. If a Fulham play was broken up, it seemed Palacios was somewhere in the frame.
    • Controlled his instincts to slide in for tackles, instead just timing his tackles to avoid a yellow card and being extremely effective.

So we didn’t walk away with the win, but at least we’re taking it back to the Lane. For the rest of the squad, I wasn’t overly impressed with the lot of them, although Bale still managed to maintain an impressive string of consistent performances. We’re still in it!

COYS!

Emerging from the rubble

January 28, 2010

I’m back in commission. The last few fixtures and disappointing results have left me in a bit of a slump. More than a bit. I just can’t seam to deal with the Tottenham shenanigans gracefully. But in the end, I have myself to blame for that. Harry’s tactics (or lack thereof) and the squad’s bi-polar attitude is something I should have expected when it counted.

I won’t bother getting into what has happened over the past few weeks and the disappointments which have surfaced. All I know is that every team we played could have been beaten. They all looked to be on the back foot and somewhat frail. What do we do? Put on a bow tie, collar, cuffs and a suit, walk out and serve them a win.

The last few games left me wondering if Spurs really have the desire and drive to be a top 4 team. Confidence seems to drop in and say hello every once in a while. But the fact that we cannot muster it consistently is beginning to get old. How much more do the boys need to realize that they have the potential? Another 9-1 victory?

Don’t hold your breath fellas.

Fast forward to the Fulham match last night. What a performance! The boys from Craven Cottage are never easily brushed aside. But last night seemed to be, dare I say it, easy. We played with hunger. Viciousness. Urgency. That is when Tottenham are at their best. When they show a sense of urgency. The attack came in from the left. The middle. The right. Midfield. Defense. Everywhere!

Seeing Bentley on the pitch made my day for some reason. Lady luck paid him a visit, and he deserved it. The team deserved it. Seeing Bale flourish, push our offence forward every chance he had, almost gave me lock-jaw! He has been impressive in every outing he has had in place of BAE thus far. The boy is definitely morphing into something stellar. I don’t know what it is, but stick around folks, it will be worth the wait.

Perspective

December 30, 2009

Been off-line (sort of) for the last couple of days and decided to wait a few days before commenting on how we did in our past two matches, and where we stand with the new year only a few days away.

Fulham @ Craven Cottage

A match which I was truly tense over. Fulham had just come off a stunning victory against Man United at home… and not a narrow one, but by 3 goals! Not an easy feat for anyone to achieve, even the currently-mighty Chelsea. Whether Man U weren’t at their best that day is irrelevant because winning at the Cottage is a tedious assignment for any visitor. I have a lot of respect for the Cottagers and their manager because they are a small team with a small ground and big aspirations, and whichever way you look at it, they are quite consistent in their own right. Roy Hodgson has his squad playing some lovely, hardworking football.

I might have missed something but why we started Keane and not Defoe was beyond me. I guess we were in need of muscle and not speed? That couldn’t have been it. We were lacking in the firepower department and I was expecting a halftime sub. Redknapp obviously didn’t see it my way. We took action too late in a game we possibly could have won. Reading Harry’s comments after the game, it seemed like we went to Fulham to run away with a draw. Did I welcome the point? Yes. Even more so, the clean sheet. Zamora was not even on the pitch in my mind so a job well done to to the defence and Gomes.

West Ham @ the Lane

Poor Zola. A decent squad plagued with endless injuries. Kicked off the match and Lennon instantly exposed any potential hamstrings in the defence. Brilliantly quick and in executioner mode that day, Lennon sliced through them effortlessly leaving behind limping Hammers. Little Modders scored the first which was a joyous moment. I got a bit choked up to be honest. The second goal took forever, with Defoe looking frustrated and lacking in the creativity department but he made it happen and remains the top scorer in the league.

Defencively is where my true happiness lies. Another clean sheet making it 4 since our spanking of Man City. Palacios showed signs of his old self. Must be my disastrous short-term memory but I forgot how menacing he truly is. Ledley returned to our defence in fantastic form taking any logical explanation for a player’s need to train and play in matches a load of rubbish (obviously that rule isn’t applicable to just anyone). He is truly a role-model for any player in the league.

Perspective and looking forward

It’s been a great season so far and there is a whole other part of this story waiting to be told. I honestly couldn’t have predicted that we would be sitting in 4th at the arrival of the new year. 4 clean sheets in a row against feisty opponents bring back nostalgic memories of last season’s record run and what it meant to the squad’s morale. Lock & load Spurs! We need to come out firing after the new year. Happy New Year to everyone!