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"It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory." Bill Nicholson. SPURS
Title says it all really. According to the reliable sources on FTL there will be little action over the Januray transfer window with the main priority being a long term centre half as we feel short of cover if King was injured. The words "long term" are a little worrying though. Does this mean that if the Chavs do decide they want to partner King and Terry together next season we shall meekly roll over and let our one true star player leave? I have said it before that we cannot sell the cream of the crop and I hope even silly money is turned down if a bid was made for King. It is all very well recieveing £20 million plus in cash but you will never get a replacement as good. Lennon and King are both irreplaceable. Carrick was another issue. While a good player, we had Huddlestone waiting and plenty of midfield cover. We missed him early on but now his absence is noticed less and less. Selling Carrick for £18 million was a good deal. Selling Lennon or King for the same would not be.
Merry Christmas from everyone from The Shelf. Here's to 2007, the year when our away form begins to match the home. I hope.
Newcastle United: Given, Ramage, Huntington, Taylor, Solano, Parker, Butt, Emre, Dyer, Martins, Milner. Subs: Luque, Rossi, Sibierski, Srnicek, Edgar.
The Carling Cup semi final draw has been made and Spurs have been drawn against the scum or Liverpool. The first leg is at home on 15 January with the away leg the following week. I don't know weather this is a good draw or not. In previous years both teams have always put out weakened teams including the scum when they reached the semi final last year, and they almost got through. However, they may not do so this year against us, especially if it is against the evil scum, the only team to play in the top division who never got their on playing merit - shows what true scum they really are.
Another chance presents itself to improve on the away record in the Premiership this Saturday up at Newcastle. If we can put in the same first half performance against Citeh and carry it on for a bit longer into the second half then three points can be ours. However Newcastle are an improving outfit and will provide a stiff challenge to the boys. A point is the minimum required to keep us moving in the right direction and I hope the return of King into the back four, along with Lee and Chimbonda, will help us to keep a clean sheet.
Spurs travel to Eastlands for the 3pm Sunday kick off still looking for an away league goal from open play and an away league win. In Europe we cannot stop scoring away from home and putting in good performances and we need to start doing that away from home in the Premiership. Sticking with 4-4-2 and dropping the cautious approach is necessary as a squad and team like we have currently are much better than the majority of teams we face, and better than the one we face today.
Spurs saw off a good Dinamo Bucharest side yesterday with a quality perfromance. It could easily have been a bigger win with Spurs attacking with ease and stretching their opponents all over the pitch. Lennon played well and Defoe looked impressive scoring twice and this can only help his confidence. In fact the team looked good all over the pitch and I hope it will lead to our first away victory in the league this season against Citeh at the weekend.
It just goes to show what an awful lot of medicore teams there are in the Premiership when we sit only 3 points off third place even though we find it impossible to score away goals from open play and are still to find an away win from anywhere in the league this season. If we can put a run together then fourth spot is ours for the taking as the only two teams who have so far hit any sort of form is United and Chelsea. Failure to finish in the top 5 this season based upon the current form of the majority of teams will be a big big failure and we now need to step up to the plate and start winning those away games.
As I think more and more about the scum game I think that the Spurs players are a bunch of over hyped lazy bastards and tomorrow is a great time for them to prove me otherwise. Regardless of what Poll did or what team Jol put out their should have been some fight from our boys in the derby game. To see an under strength scum team, who without Henry are not really much better than us, play the ball around us was plain embarrasing. They were clearly up for it and looked like they wanted to win. Only Keane and Dawson showed any real fight and looked liked they gave a shit against our biggest enemy.
I am not usually one to criticise Jol as he has done good things for the club and I still feel he can take us places but he got it wrong today. The scum were there for the taking in my opinion with three first team players out either injured or suspended and a game in midweek while we had the week off. However we looked to contain the filth instead of going for them like Bolton and Fulham did. Keane was told to drop deep and stop Fabregas from playing but he did not do very well and Tainio was not in the game in the first half. We allowed the scum to put Lennon out of the game - they put three on him, but did not use the space this created elsewhere on the pitch. Berbatov was isolated and found it difficult to get into the game.
Spurs travel down the Seven Sisters Road tomorrow for an early kick off against the evil nomads from Woolwich. They have recently moved out of The Library (which is now being torn down) to a new stadium - expect plenty of caravans in the area - The Effeminate's.