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I'm a bit busy. Having to sacrifice a bit of blogging at the minute to complete the final transition of this website across to a more improved platform. Regular readers will know I've recently left the traditional blue and gold behind for a more minimal all white. It's just cosmetics. The final transition includes one or two differences (for users and for myself behind the scenes). Got to do it at some point, been working on it all week. There's that and also the fact I've been travelling and there's been the potential for this site to 'disappear' thanks to superstorm Sandy practically drowning Squarespace (who are based in New York and have been working at astonishing pace to make sure there is no overtime thanks to the flooding and risk of power outage).

It's not like there's much going on anyway. What with Caulker. The Norwich game. The weekend almost upon us.

So yeah, talk amongst yourselves, please be patient. Will be back soon.


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Reader Comments (15)

Quess now.... we will only win PL and 2 cups this year !
COYS !!!

Nov 1, 2012 at 9:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterAllan

You all wanted Harry to have a Plan B well the new man has a plan B or is it C. the result concede late goals or get beat. We all wanted a quality forward and someone to replace Modric, what did we get Dempsey and Siggy .no way will these two improve our team. With this manager we will win nothing and be lucky to finish in the top 8 this season. ps I DO HOPE THAT I AM WRONG

Nov 1, 2012 at 9:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterB.Kay

You all wanted Harry to have a Plan B well the new man has a plan B or is it C. the result concede late goals or get beat. We all wanted a quality forward and someone to replace Modric, what did we get Dempsey and Siggy .no way will these two improve our team. With this manager we will win nothing and be lucky to finish in the top 8 this season. ps I DO HOPE THAT I AM WRONG

Nov 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM | Unregistered CommenterB.Kay

Norwich 2 spurs 1.
First to the positives,
It was good to see the younger players getting a game.
Falque worked the Norwich goalkeeper and was generally good. Definitely a future first teamer.
Bales goal was a good effort.

As to the game itself, the first half was by two disinterested teams playing in a meaningless competition. What a bore.

Then came the second half, Spurs started brightly and managed to score. This was going to be a walk in the park.

How wrong can one be. Norwich made a couple of subs and came to life. They applied the pressure and we cracked wide open AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is my complaint. We always do it. Every game we do it. AVB has to learn that one goal is NEVER, EVER, going to be enough. Instead of going for the jugular, we sit back and let the other team dictate terms. Added to this we seem to have forgotten that the idea of a corner kick is get the ball into the box, not hit the first defender. Again this is a recurring problem. It has been going on for weeks. Probably since VDV left.

After they leveled the score why leave an ineffectual striker on with JD sitting on the bench. He could have come on earlier and posed a problem for their defence. This would have curbed their forward runs. It was a reminder of my pet hate, 1-1 at Villa last season. Whatever JD is, he is far better than CD up front.

I know there are AVB lovers out there, and he may be the greatest tactician in the game, but he gives me the impression that he can't read the game that is being played in front of him. Added to that is the fact that our corner kicks are useless, and have been all season, so why has he not addressed that. And the most important point of all is why do we ALWAYS go to pieces when the pressure is applied. DaveK said on the "Its On The Way" blog that we play disjointedly and sooner or later our luck will run out and we won't be scraping points by the skin of our teeth. How right he is.

Lets hope for something better against Wigan though I am not holding my breath.

Nov 1, 2012 at 10:24 AM | Unregistered Commenterkingdom of sod

Dear whingers. Five league wins in six with the only defeat in that run coming against the league leaders. A run which also boasts three away wins in a row, including at Old Trafford. Get a grip, you're embarrassing your club and yourselves.

Nov 1, 2012 at 10:36 AM | Unregistered Commentersdarko

AVB, on his BBC interview, looked like a rabbit in the headlights, as he did during his time at Chelsea. It's only a matter of time until players start not responding to him and looking to move on. This man is a disaster, as he cannot read the game and has no idea how to rotate the squad. Huddlestone has to be sold, he has lost his will to play for Tottenham. AVB doesn't have the authority in him to run this football club. He needs to quickly turn around the performances or get out.

Nov 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM | Unregistered Commentercookiebun

Well said !
Keep the Faith get behind The Manager and Players of our beloved Club !
This is a long term project, - we shall overcome !!

Love the Shirt Love The Spurs

Nov 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM | Unregistered CommenterAllan

KoS agree in parts on what you have said, especially about the younger players been given their chance to shine and bringing JD on, sadly CD wasn't at the races.

Opposition teams who feel they have less quality then Spurs have adapted their game to get through the first half, let Spurs keep early possession, while hopefully keeping any goals they concede down to a minimum, but importantly, they mentally gear themselves up for the second half.

For some reason which must be addressed, Spurs at some point drop the pressure, lose concentration in the second half and allow teams to employ the hit n run tactics and we either provide a very good scoring chance or worst, a goal, this scenario appears to be repeating itself this season against so called lesser opponents.

If possible give KW a rest and play him in different positions, centre back, midfield and wing in the reserves while he gets back to the excellent player he can be.

Once again the travelling support was fantastic, Spurs everywhere and If through safe standing etc. this can be the starting point/magnet for reproducing the vocal support of the away support, then WHL will be a better place for it, for all.

Still feeling depressed after seeing last night's match but hey we're Spurs a big win against Wigan will help

COYS and in AVB I still believe

Nov 1, 2012 at 11:15 AM | Unregistered Commentercdm

We have'nt really played any1 apart from Man united and chelsea, United should of beat us in the 2nd half and Chelsea took the hand out of us, the other teams we have played are quite crap........west brom,nowrich 2 x draws at home, beat villa,southampton,reading & QPR but who isnt Lol, wait till we play the likes of Arsenal,Liverpool,Everton,Stoke,Man City,Fulham etc those are much harder games and if we keep defending the way we are along with the missed chances then I dont c us in the Top 4,ppl have to b aware we have had an easy start to the season and thats y we are 4th. Im still going to give AVB my backing until he gets some more of his own players in but in January we have to just put our eggs in 1 basket and buy a top class striker,by then we will have Kaboul,Parker,BAE,Lloris and Ade all playing I hope,thats if AVB knows what he is doing :)

Nov 1, 2012 at 11:15 AM | Unregistered CommenterDMCC

Falque stood out in an ordinary team performance vs Norwich City reserves but he needs more on his Spurs CV than what he has delivered so far in our shirt to deserve praise.

Also why is AVB so cautious? Even forgetting Bill Nick and to dare is to do and the joys of recent seasons the fact is that in England inviting pressure will give you a slap in the face much more often than it will in Portugal. Can someone tell him please.

Nov 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM | Unregistered Commentershooshoo


You are exactly right. AVB has mishandled Lloris, Ade is not happy. Walker is out of touch. Bale is not near his previous standard. Gallas is too slow. Dempsey and Sig are not fitting in.

HR said go out and run around a bit. If he hadn't lost focus last season he would still be there. Whilst AVB is tactics mad. The team are playing is some type of straight jacket. That is not working. (No I do not want HR back).

AVB is by all accounts a good tactician. His tactics are probably well though out over a period of days before the game. Along comes the game and he does not appear to realise that something is wrong, or else he just takes far too much time to adjust. Mourhino would make all 3 subs at half time to turn a game, and AVB was meant to have studied under him.

Since AVB has been in charge, we have, generally speaking, played well in one half and not in the other. And in every game, bar Reading and Villa, when we have been put under pressure we have caved in. And as DMCC says we still have not played some of the better teams yet.

AVB is begining to sound like Andre Villas Baldrick with a not so cunning plan.

Nov 1, 2012 at 12:52 PM | Unregistered Commenterkingdom of sod

I agree with what has been said on here by u guys, I think also as shooshoo says, teams like Stoke and Everton will thrive on us inviting them onto us as our defence will collapse under balls into the box, we will concede under immense pressure, I hope AVB learns fast and adopts attack is the best form of Defence, it will take alot of the pressure of our defence..........time to play 433 and not the 4231, we dont av the players for that formation but we do for the 433

Nov 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterDMCC

There's a big Modric shaped hole in the team.
There's a big VDV shaped hole in the team
There's a big Ledley shaped hole in the team.

I'd say none of them have been replaced and the team shape and character show that.

Less Creativity
Less Ingenuity
Less Defence
Less Options up front

AVB has done well with whats available and you can't blame him for the individual performances of some of the players who are either off form or just not up to top 4,5,6,7,8 standard. (You know who I'm talking about).

I think this team still needs to find its balance. It's no good Sandro having a stormer putting a last ditch block for some oaf to pass it straight back to the opposition. Or Bale or Lennon to bust a gut to reach the byline and nobody is in box or made space through intelligent positional play. Or Gallas to cover 2/3 positions for out of position/idle colleagues.

Watching Spurs has always been hard work as a supporter. We never do it the easy way so you can't blame AVB for something so ingrained into the clubs physche.

Nov 1, 2012 at 1:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterEnLaMode

@Kingdom of Sod
You were against AVB from day one.
After 3 games, a loss and 2 draws, your
patience went out the window and ever since
you have with your negativity, made it quite
clear that you do not think that AVB is the right
Manager for our beloved club. It is my believe that
If Tottenham Football club is going to succeed then
we the fans, must be able to have and show the patience
to give ANY New Manager the time to institute his medthods.
It might very well take a season or two, before we will see the
results and style of playing we all want.
Patience is the keyword here !

Nov 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterAllan

Until DML is back up.

Nov 1, 2012 at 3:06 PM | Registered Commenterspooky

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