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Spurs match reports

Rochdale 2-2 Spurs: Four THFC Observations

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1. Aggression, or Lack Thereof

Should any passing strangely politely enquire whether we have the ability to field two separate elevens they can now be answered fairly emphatically in the affirmative, the evidence being paraded on the pitch at kick-off. Eleven completely different pairs of legs, from those that did the business in Turin, and if pre kick-off our glorious leader allowed himself a private moment of self-congratulation on the fact, who could have begrudged him?

Juve 2-2 Spurs: Six THFC Observations

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1. That Calamitous Start

As calamitous starts go, this one was the poster-boy of a generation. It felt like just off-screen there must have been dodgy fitting collapsing and pipes springing leaks, because on the pitch every conceivable error in the book was being dredged up and paraded to the paying public in the most ghastly manner.

Spurs 2-0 Newport: Four THFC Observations

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1. Squad Depth Like A Military Parade

Pre kick-off, our glorious leader made every change conceivable to the starting eleven, which, he'll be delighted to know, was fine by me. Bigger fish await, and all that. Amongst other things this gave the opportunity to parade to the watching world the full extent of our squad depth, as one understands some of our foreign cousins are rather fond of doing, as if to say to neighbours, "Don't you get any ideas, you bounders.

Swansea 0-2 Spurs: Four Lilywhite Observations

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1. Mighty Great Big Swathes of Luck

Ask any young oil of my acquaintance and I'm pretty sure that they would report back to you that AANP is a well-rounded young nib, who helps old ladies cross the road, pays his taxes, and above all, has a keen sense of honesty (aside from that whopper of a fib I was forced to tell at Uni regarding that errant pint of beer and the charity pool tournament, but that's one for another evening).

Sunderland 2-2 Spurs: Reasons To Be Cheerful

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Such is life I suppose, but AANP is remarkably sanguine about the Late Own-Goal Fiasco. Mellowing with age, no doubt.

Dembele > Bentaleb

Pre kick-off, hearty roars of approval could be heard to resonate from every corner of the globe, as news filtered through that Bentaleb had been jettisoned and Dembele selected in his stead.

Spurs Holiday Musings - Liverpool Loss & Fond Farewells

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AANP has just biffed off on holiday this last week (Malta, since you ask), and these sunny retreats to foreign climes would not be worthy of the name if they did not at some point involve tracking down an English-themed watering-hole to watch Spurs get thoroughly dismantled, to the mirth of the nearby pink-faced denizens.

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Spurs 1-0 Arsenal: Four THFC Observations

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1. Second Half Performances

I think any jury would agree that the first half was a fairly cagey affair. Not a million miles away from a game of chess I suppose, with one side nudging a pawn forward a step or two, and the other side dangling an experimental bishop to survey the battlefield.

Man Utd 1-0 Spurs: Five Lilywhite Conclusions

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1. A Distinct Lack of Energy

Well I can't say that did much to whelm me. It's not yet Christmas and the whole bally season already feels dreadfully flat. Even the 5-0 win last week was an oddly muted affair, with all and sundry still lamenting the Champions League debacle. Today it seemed that our heroes simply turned up and expected to walk off with the thing, with a distinct lack of hum or ding about them.

Man Utd 1-0 Spurs: Five Lilywhite Conclusions

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1. A Distinct Lack of Energy

Well I can't say that did much to whelm me. It's not yet Christmas and the whole bally season already feels dreadfully flat. Even the 5-0 win last week was an oddly muted affair, with all and sundry still lamenting the Champions League debacle. Today it seemed that our heroes simply turned up and expected to walk off with the thing, with a distinct lack of hum or ding about them.

Spurs 2-0 Man City: Four Lilywhite Musings

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As I dip the nib into the ink-pot and absorb the sparrows outside gaily linking arms and tangoing the afternoon away, I can't help thinking that the mood in these parts is just about as perky as it has ever been, for this performance was right up there.

On the attack from literally the first toot, and impeccable in defence throughout (but particularly in that nerve-riddled final 20 or so), all against an all-conquering mob who generally blitz the dickens out of opponents with four or five goals per game – when have our heroes every played quite so well?

Spurs 2-0 Man City: Four Lilywhite Musings

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As I dip the nib into the ink-pot and absorb the sparrows outside gaily linking arms and tangoing the afternoon away, I can't help thinking that the mood in these parts is just about as perky as it has ever been, for this performance was right up there.

On the attack from literally the first toot, and impeccable in defence throughout (but particularly in that nerve-riddled final 20 or so), all against an all-conquering mob who generally blitz the dickens out of opponents with four or five goals per game – when have our heroes every played quite so well?

Boro 1-2 Spurs: Son, Janssen & Other Lilywhite Thoughts

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1. Son's Unique Brand of Selflessness

In football these days it seems you can't swing a cat without someone chirping away about new-fangled formations, or all manner of quirky statistics and allsorts. All rather complicated, what?

Enter Son, stage-left, and suddenly football was broken down to playground level again The chap simply gets his head down and sets off on his onei-man mission to dribble past as many people as possible.

Boro 1-2 Spurs: Son, Janssen & Other Lilywhite Thoughts

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1. Son's Unique Brand of Selflessness

In football these days it seems you can't swing a cat without someone chirping away about new-fangled formations, or all manner of quirky statistics and allsorts. All rather complicated, what?

Enter Son, stage-left, and suddenly football was broken down to playground level again The chap simply gets his head down and sets off on his onei-man mission to dribble past as many people as possible.

Stoke 0-4 Spurs: Five Lilywhite Musings

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A curious sport seems to have broken out amongst our heroes, whereby they amuse one another by replicating exactly all results from last season. I must confess I have come across more entertaining gags in my time, but if it means meeting Stoke away and treating that impostor with a disdainful 0-4 then I am all for it.

Spurs 1-1 Liverpool: Five Lilywhite Musings

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I suppose in theory one could quite rightly point to a win and two draws as a solid, meat-and-two-veg sort of return on the opening few weeks, the sort of thing upon which vast and dashed successful empires were built in the days of yore.

Nevertheless, at the final whistle yesterday it felt not so much like we had purred through the gears so much as just about got the thing back into the garage in one piece, and with some pretty dubious coughing and spluttering sounds emanating from the engine.

Everton 1-1 Spurs: Five Lilywhite Conclusions

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1. Slow Start

Cantering past Inter in a pre-season jaunt is one thing, but the whole purpose of those warm-up jamborees was to ensure that our entire mob snapped into the agenda as soon as the referee tooted his whistle to begin 2015/16. Alas, our heroes took to the first half with all the dash and verve of a languid cat casually settling in for forty afternoon winks.

Spurs 3-0 Man Utd: Five Lilywhite Observations

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1. Familiar Beginnings

I don't mind admitting that when the opening toot sounded and the assembled cast got stuck in, I started to get the sense that I had seen this thing before. Déj vu all over again, as the chap put it. The sight of our heroes being harried to within an inch of their lives every time they tried to put a foot on the ball took me right back to the sepia-tinted era that was last weekend, when our heroes were harried to within an inch of their lives every time they tried to put a foot on the ball.

City 1-2 Spurs: 7 Lilywhite Observations

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1. Dreamland (For Now)

As my ill-treated cardiovascular system desperately creaked its way through those wretched "four minutes" of injury-time, I noted today – and not for the first time - that watching Spurs will presumably one day be the death of me. Having been in something approaching rude health at kick-off (a brief social binge to Malta will do that to a man), by minute 94+ I was little more than a slab of meat slung over a chair, fingernails gnawed into submission, and oxygen collected only by the most rudimentary gasps that sounded like a radiator from a bygone era.

Spurs 1-0 Watford: Five Lilywhite Observations

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1. Davies

Amongst they many sunny innovations introduced by our glorious leader into N17 is the fact that when it comes to attacking, just about every man and his dog is heartily encouraged to fasten his bayonet, clear his throat and charge straight in. Admittedly Monsieur Lloris is excluded from all the fun, but at any given time we have at least seven men sniffing blood and yowling at the moon.

Palace 1-3 Spurs: THAT Goal & 4 Other Lilywhite Observations

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1. THAT Goal

Hoddle-esque. Gazza-esque. A goal so good you would let it marry your daughter. Words cannot really do justice to the strike and technique itself, so instead I'll waft over a couple of associated thoughts. The move in its entirety for example, had the jolly pleasing aesthetic quality lent to it by the fact that the ball did not touch the ground from the moment Kane swirled in his cross, to Eriksen's cushioned header, to Alli's one-two-three touch, swivel and shot.

Spurs 1-2 Newcastle: 3 Lilywhite Observations

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1. The Dembele-Shaped Hole

Carroll flitted around the periphery of things looking like a schoolboy, or a ballerina, or a schoolboy ballerina – and with about as much impact as any of the above. Where Dembele (the new improved version) would stick out his chest, grab the game by the scruff of the neck and power from deep straight through the centre of the thing, bludgeoning past all in his way be they friend or foe, Carroll, bless him, hopped and skipped and poked in an occasional dainty foot.

Spurs 2-1 Arsenal: Pochettino Nails It

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This must go down as one of the great lilywhite derby performances of recent years. Admittedly l'Arse contributed massively to their own downfall, with a most peculiar gameplan involving minimal aggressive intent, but let that not detract from a fantastic, relentless attacking barrage from our lilywhite heroes.

Man City 4-1 Spurs: The Definitive Verdict On All 4 Pens

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Since the players could not blow their nose without that wretch awarding another penalty this afternoon, it might simplify things to report on things by giving names to the various spot-kicks. So the one that involved Lampard, Lamela and possibly a gust of wind we shall christen ‘Reginald'; the red card fiasco will be ‘Phyllis'; our glorious opportunity shall be known as ‘Maxine'; and the other one can be ‘Greg'.

Musings on Arsenal 1-1 Spurs

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A quiet triumph for our glorious leader, this one. Coming on the back of the wretched Sunderland draw, and wretcheder West Brom defeat, the polite coughs around Pochettino had been increasing in volume all week, but credit to the man. The air around Finsbury Park presumably still resounds to the irate warbling of Wenger, who took a deep breath at the full-time whistle yesterday and has not stopped grumbling since, but this was a dashed hard-earned point for our lot.

Spurs 4-0 QPR: Belated Musings

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I would imagine that unborn children leapt in their mothers' wombs on Sunday, given that we managed to produce our slickest display since ‘Arry was last at the Lane. One could barely move for an interchange of cunning short passes between our heroes that had the QPR players spinning in circles and crashing into each other - the third goal in particular being notable for being the first in history to be preceded by literally a million uninterrupted passes.

West Ham - Spurs Preview: Perspective & Moderation, Of All Things

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The whiff of misplaced optimism fairly pointedly indicates that a new season is lumbering into view, but things are unmistakeably different this time round. For a start, perspective and moderation, of all things, are dangerously close to breaking out amongst the lilywhite fraternity, in a scenario not too dissimilar to the English attitude at this summer's World Cup.

Swansea 1-3 Spurs: First XI vs Squad Players

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Bless them, Swansea genuinely are a team I would like to play every week. Like some sort of Tottenham Hostpur-lite, they really do not look the sort of troupe who like to get their shirts dirty with any of that tackling nonsense (although Chiriches and his pretty little face might beg to differ), and they would happily spend all day pinging short passes to one another if they could, even if doing so means creating all manner of difficulty for themselves in their own area, just because it all looks so pretty.

Swansea - Spurs Preview: The Striking Selection Dilemma… Again

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And so the interminable wait continues, amongst just about every Spurs fan of my acquaintance, for the Sherwood bubble to burst, so that those sharpened knives can be plunged with gusto. Nevertheless, it's four wins and a draw in the league, and another win or draw would seem to be on the agenda today.

Southampton - Spurs Preview: A Potential Flaw In The Levy Masterplan?

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Here at AANP Towers we are honourable men. When Dogtanian waved farewell to the folks and left for pastures new, the upper lip did no more than quiver. When baited by rival fans in the office every dashed Monday, reminding me of my idle gloats the preceding Friday and collecting their winnings, while the boss wanders by and reminds me that the pretence of working is more effective when the computer is actually switched on and why must I look at him in such a gormless way, I treat the defeat with stoic resolve, determining to make an even larger wager the following week because that will teach them all.

Spurs - Liverpool Preview: Striking Dilemma Ahoy

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They may only have been the dregs of the English and Russian leagues respectively, but three consecutive wins have done enough to secure nods of mild satisfaction where once there were howls of anguish, so we can go into this one with sentiments bordering on cautious optimism. Moreover, the gods of fate seem to have nonchalantly tossed us a couple of extra scraps, and thus we find that the red mob will toddle up to the front gates sans Messrs Gerrard and Sturridge.

AFP

Lamela can return to top form after ending goal drought: Pochettino

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London (AFP) – Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Erik Lamela can recover his best form after he scored his fist goal for the club in 16 months but warned that competition for starting places is getting tougher.

The Argentina international, who was sidelined for more than a year with a hip injury before returning to action in November, scored his first goal since September 2016 as Spurs beat Newport County 2-0 in Wednesday’s FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Lamela can return to top form after ending goal drought: Pochettino

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London (AFP) – Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Erik Lamela can recover his best form after he scored his fist goal for the club in 16 months but warned that competition for starting places is getting tougher.

The Argentina international, who was sidelined for more than a year with a hip injury before returning to action in November, scored his first goal since September 2016 as Spurs beat Newport County 2-0 in Wednesday’s FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Rose, Lamela return to Spurs training

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London (AFP) – Danny Rose and Erik Lamela are back in training with the Tottenham Hotspur first-team squad after long injury lay-offs, the Premier League club said Wednesday.

England full-back Rose has been sidelined since late January with a knee injury and Argentine midfielder Lamela has not played for nearly 12 months due to hip problems.

Rose, Lamela return to Spurs training

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London (AFP) – Danny Rose and Erik Lamela are back in training with the Tottenham Hotspur first-team squad after long injury lay-offs, the Premier League club said Wednesday.

England full-back Rose has been sidelined since late January with a knee injury and Argentine midfielder Lamela has not played for nearly 12 months due to hip problems.

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A Hero For Our Time

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Spurs comprehensively dismantled QPR yesterday at White Hart Lane with a first half display of sustained flowing football that was delightfully easy on the eye. Everyone contributed and there's a confidence about the way they went about taking control of the game from the kick-off that is remarkable given this is only Pochettino's third competitive match in charge.

Pochettino - The Pros and Cons

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A hearty "What ho!" and pat on the back to our newest glorious leader. Primarily for the sake of idling away the hours until the World Cup begins, AANP has cobbled together some thoughts on this Pochettino blighter, some communicating the general line of ‘yay', others the less salubrious conclusion of ‘nay'.

The Rest

Manuel Lanzini – The “Jewel” that could be heading to Chelsea

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Manuel Lanzini – The "Jewel" that could be heading to Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manuel Lanzini – The natural River Plate successor to the likes of Ortega, Gallardo, and Aimar. (Photo: www.futuroscracks.com)

Argentina, is a nation that's footballing tradition is synonymous with one position in particular.

Lamela's back

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So much for patient data security. . The Greg Meyer Column. . Saturday 15 March ... Ry Cooders Birthday. . Lamela's Back. . Whichever way you look at it he is never far away from any Spurs fan's thoughts. . Whether its his return to the Spurs Training Centre at Hotspur Way or the ongoing speculation as to his spinal health, the picture remains as equivocal as

Arsenal fans need to cheer Ozil from the rafters!!

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It seems that Mesut Ozil is coming under fire from all angles at the minute, but the Arsenal fans need to show our club record signing that we are behind him all the way with a rousing and determined show of support at the Emirates today. It seems to me just one more example of [...]

Lamela Conspiracy In The Cup.

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The Lamela File: The latest in a long line: The truth is out there. . The Greg Meyer Column. . January 3, 2014 ... A Birthday Cast of Thousands. . The North London Cup Derby ... A Conspiracy ... Surely Not. . Lamela to start in the Cup. A lay down misere surely. Argentinian and English for a certain winning hand Australian for a winning hand in that grand old card game