Posts Tagged ‘North London Derby’

Are you Arsenal in disguise?

October 3, 2011

“How many hands do I have to shake”? What does Wenger have against shaking hands? It seems our Clive Allen was snubbed after the match by the Frenchman, as he’s snubbed so many others in the past. But I guess losing the NLD does leave one sour as a sour puss. Being French + sour = not so nice.

I’ll leave reviewing the match to others, instead I’ll just cover some frustrations as well as some shining stars.

Arsenal’s 5-man midfield

It looked like we were never going to break the red wall. Our only way through it was to go up the middle or to  play Crouchesque long balls. The latter was not something I wanted to see, but we tried it anyways and were left looking a bit limp tactically against the 4-5-1. Wenger’s a pretty smart man, I must say. He played his cards right, but the only thing he didn’t seem to predict was Tottenham’s pace on the counter-attack.

Adebayor not scoring

Come on… you know you wanted it to happen. Especially since Sczcesny was ranting and raving how they knew how to contain him.


He had no answers this time around. Some points where he had solid movements on the ball, but he gave away too many in the midfield; something out of character for him.

Brain fart in the defence

Ramsey, out of all players, should have never been given the opportunity to score. He was invisible most of the time and should have stayed that way. Anyone see Van Persie? Didn’t think so.

Walker brings one home

Kyle Walker’s goal left us with this beautiful moment which I’d like to share with Sczcesny and all his supporters.

Harry Redknapp’s subs

Great substitutions by the manager. No way anyone would have guessed those to be his picks. I was praying for Sandro to come on sooner because I knew if we added more muscle in the midfield, Arsenal would have a hard time coping. The additions of Livermore and Corluka turned out to be great options as well.


Left alone at times, he seemed to wander off into no-man’s land with no help from his teammates. Still, his presence in a very quick Arsenal 5-man midfield could partially be why it was hard for them to get that first goal… well him and Ledley King of course.

Controversy at the Lane

Having watched VDV’s goal again and again, I think he did use a part of his arm to bring down the ball. Still, there was no way any ref was going to rule that one out because you needed to watch the highlights repetitively in order to determine it a hand ball. Not enough conclusive evidence in my opinion, but then again, I am biased.

So there you have it folks. One NLD down and one to go. Until then, bask in the glory and enjoy it! COYS!

11 years in the making

April 15, 2010

"Yes, I'm lookin' at you punk!"

Yes. 11 long years. 11 long years to take our first league win from the NLD. But we took it in epic fashion. Another epic goal in another epic NLD. Personal business. Done and executed.

Boos erupted at the Lane every time a certain Judas even considered touching the ball. Scratch that. If he even looked at the ball, the fans were ready to belt out their disgust.

The joyous occasion was followed by a sleepless night tossing and turning in excitement. Honestly speaking, the happiness doesn’t stem from simply beating Arsenal. It’s how it was done. As I mentioned above, another epic goal in the NLD for Spurs. 19 year old Danny Rose, on his debut as a starter in the Premier League, nailed a 29 yarder majestically which was clocked traveling at 69 miles per hour! Thunderous stuff from the youngster!

Everyone seemed to be in form. Gomes put in a MOTM performance saving the unthinkable. Granted they did score one, but in my head it was irrelevant… well sort of, after the match at least. Bale, Bale, Bale scored his second in the NLD. A great way to cap off all the hard work and effort he has put in since being called into the first squad. The Welshman and BAE controlled the left flank with ease – besides the assist for Arse’s goal – and formed a great partnership on attack. Tasty stuff.

Modric and Hudd were focused on the defencive side of things. The “little one” stuck his body in all kinds of jams and came out successful many times. The only unfortunate part to his role in the central midfield is that he doesn’t create as many opportunities in comparison to the left. With time and experience, he will improve in this position.

Kaboul was solid filling in for Charlie, timing his slide tackles perfectly but picking up a yellow card along the way. Harsh decision from the referee, but overall, I can finally applaud the officials as they put in a consistent performance. Great timing might I add.

Dawson and King are a fantastic pairing. It still baffles me that King can come in after such a long time into such a heated fixture, and play the way he does. He even managed to go forward numerous times helping in the distribution of play. Breathtaking you are your majesty! Hope he will be fit for the Chelsea match.

One last player evaluation before wrapping this post up… Bentley. He solidified the squad instantly. He aided the defence at crucial moments, while adding all the width on attack. An attribute I truly appreciate.

Mr. Redknapp, some more of this fine football when our other neighbors visit the Lane on Saturday. Please.

Readers, feel free to create your own caption for the image I used. COYS!

The cancerous long ball

November 4, 2009

I’ve needed some time away from all things Tottenham. Unfortunately for me, I had to watch the match sitting in between all the Arse fans which made the loss even harder to cope with. Before erupting with anger all through the blogoshpere, I decided to wait before posting so I could digest what happened to us at the Emirates.

Through the first 40 minutes or so, we held our ground well. But from the beginning of play, it was apparent that we were lacking creativity in our attack. I think I counted 5 or 6 times at the most when Spurs came into Arsenal’s half. But I could tell you that even Arse fans thought we were going into the half tied at nil. Then came the amateur mistakes. 2 goals within 11 seconds. Who lets something like that happen? I was shocked and had the wind knocked out of me while the Arse fans celebrated. They deserved to because we handed both goals to them. In 11 seconds!

But the title of this post has a lot to do with what I and many Spurs supporters believe: the long ball kills our attack. It decreases the efficiency of our attack. It degrades our attack.

I can count a few times where we needed to utilize the long ball to open up play, but it was ridiculously overused during the derby. It almost seemed as if every other pass was in the air. I even saw Bentley and Corluka have a frustrating argument where Bentley – who was open – wanted the ball played to his feet, but instead, Charlie sent it high in the air to a helpless Peter Crouch. WHY???? Redundancy victimized my thoughts. “Why are they playing the long ball? Why are they playing the long ball? Why are they playing the long ball?”

I told you I was victimized.


One man’s red card, another’s last breath

October 23, 2009

Like many Spurs fan, I am annoyed that Defoe will be missing the next few matches. The boy let his emotions get the best of him and Harry repaid him by giving him a spanking with the whole squad present. 3 important matches and we have just lost one of our biggest threats up front. Not an ideal situation to be in. But ideal for someone…

Our old Russian friend Pavyluchenko who’s back and match fit. Tottenham played a friendly against Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday which saw the return of Woodie for the full 90 minutes and Pav scoring 2 goals. Now I know scoring against their lot is nothing to rave about but it’s excited that he finally may have the chance to prove himself. He hasn’t had it easy at Tottenham. Arriving in a new country, trying to learn a new language, new teammates, a new Spanish coach, and a newer English coach. There was a lot of pressure on him to perform right off the start. Then throw in the added pressure of Defoe and Keane’s return in January; players who were idolized and loved by Spurs followers.

Fans today are still divided on Pav. Some think he possesses the skill to be one of the biggest threats in the Premier League. Some think he tends to have a lazy side which defines a character trait he cannot change. It’s never a blessing to have your highest scorer (7 goals for Defoe) out before crucial matches against a tough underdog (Stoke), a Carling Cup draw (Everton) and the North London derby (Arsenal). But having someone like Pav, a skilled striker with a lot to prove and everything to fight for could be what is needed to inject a little life into Keane and Crouch. I doubt he will start Sunday’s match unless Harry wants to punish Crouchie for his recent partying affairs, but Pav could get the nod for kick-off against Everton on Tuesday night.

This 3 game run could possibly be the last gasp of breath Pav needs to determine his future at the Lane. I hope he gives it his all and knocks in a few… at the Emirates specifically. COYS!