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Man City 2-2 Spurs: Four Lilywhite Observations

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Pretty sure I'm not the only one of lilywhite persuasion who would have biffed up to this pre-kick with spirits a little sunnier than normal. "Complacent" is not quite the term, but there was an unmistakeable whiff of optimism in the air, which is not usually the case when preparing to break bread with this lot.

Man City 2-2 Spurs: Four Lilywhite Observations

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Pretty sure I'm not the only one of lilywhite persuasion who would have biffed up to this pre-kick with spirits a little sunnier than normal. "Complacent" is not quite the term, but there was an unmistakeable whiff of optimism in the air, which is not usually the case when preparing to break bread with this lot.

Spurs 4-0 WBA: Four Lilywhite Observations

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Enjoying Themselves

Have you ever seen a set of players just enjoying life as much our lot did yesterday? While the pre-match prognostications had naturally been cheery thoughts of how West Brom derailed us last year, and we rarely beat them, and wouldn't it just be so very Tottenham to follow up a win over Chelsea with a pickle against WBA – our heroes sauntered onto the pitch as if they had been having the mother of all jollies in the changing room, and were determined that nothing as irrelevant as a referee's whistle was going to interrupt their fun.

Spurs 4-0 WBA: Four Lilywhite Observations

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Enjoying Themselves

Have you ever seen a set of players just enjoying life as much our lot did yesterday? While the pre-match prognostications had naturally been cheery thoughts of how West Brom derailed us last year, and we rarely beat them, and wouldn't it just be so very Tottenham to follow up a win over Chelsea with a pickle against WBA – our heroes sauntered onto the pitch as if they had been having the mother of all jollies in the changing room, and were determined that nothing as irrelevant as a referee's whistle was going to interrupt their fun.

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?

Spurs 1-0 Palace: Four Lilywhite Musings

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A new season, and to all intents and purposes the same serving of near-incessant pressure against a well-drilled defensive mob – but we at AANP Towers are nothing if not eagle-eyed, and the subtle differences being paraded to the masses yesterday did not escape detection.

There was the giant hole in the stadium for a start, which those with less keen powers of observation might simply have overlooked, or dismissed as one of those things that happens during the summer months.

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.

Spurs 3-0 Bournemouth: Six Lilywhite Observations

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1. Fast Start

No time to bed in and have a few early sighters, not with our lot. The opening toot of the whistle was the signal for the hounds to be released, and before one even had time to pour a stiff something into a tumbler and give it a swirl, young Kane was already racing away to dish out back-slaps and "What hos".

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.

Everton 1-1 Spurs: 5 Lilywhite Observations

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1. Casting A Dubious Eye Over Tom Carroll

Carroll does have a dreamy touch, and if Premiership football were all about popping four-yard passes sideways, and backwards, and actually dispensing with boots and ball and just drawing pretty pictures of trees, then one suspects he would be revered far and wide as some sort of deity.

WBA 1-1 Spurs: 3 Lilywhite Observations

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1. Lloris Worth A Goal A Game

Once upon a time, in the big, cuddly teddy bear days of Martin Jol (blessed be his name), there ran a theory in AANP Towers that between them, Paul Robinson and Ledley King (even blesseder be his good name) were worth a goal to us every game, by virtue of their last-ditch heroics.

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.

West Ham 2-0 Spurs: Two More Entries for the Comedy Catalogue

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Credit to our heroes for their ingenuity. In a season in which sacrificial slaughters seem to have taken place on a monthly basis, as well as half a dozen transfer failures and an off-the-pitch approach to running a club that would leave a team of monkeys red-faced, it did not seem possible to reach a new low in a game against a West Ham team hated by their own and at a point in the season in which there was next to nothing at stake.

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.

Chelsea - Spurs Preview: No Lennon, No Balance, No Hope

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"He's not available," declared our glorious leader of One Aaron Lennon and his jazz-hands. "Other than that we're not too bad". Which is laudably upbeat I suppose, but a bit like Sigourney Weaver concluding that although she has looked on as the alien wiped out two entire crews, tormented her waking and sleeping thoughts, indirectly forced her to shave her head and then ruddy well gestated inside her – other than that she's not too bad.

Spurs 1-1 Stoke: The Pointless Meandering of Bale, & Other Grumbles

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Full-blown, undiluted apoplexy does not translate particularly smoothly into the written word, so ‘tis perhaps just as well that after a good night's sleep and couple of early morning whiskies AANP is now in slightly more philosophical mood than at the final whistle last night, when the denizens of the South Stand took time out from making rude gestures at the Stoke fans to stare in horror and cover the ears of the nearest small child while I emitted an unmistakeable, loud tut.

Spurs - Stoke Preview

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So the football resumes tonight, and it may be, for the players in particular, that having another game so swiftly will be the best way of dealing with Saturday's events. It would certainly be understandable if the atmosphere at the Lane tonight were a little subdued, but the news of Muamba's ongoing recovery is positive.

Spurs 1-3 Man Utd: Tardy Musings on Proximity Minus Cigars

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Apologies for the tardiness...

Speculating about what might have happened had Parker, Bale and/or VDV been fit is the very living, breathing embodiment of pointlessness (although it has not stopped yours truly moping on a near-daily basis about what might have been had Gazza tapped in against the Germans in Euro 96), but for the purposes of perspective following our SECOND CONSECUTIVE DEFEAT (gasp) it might be salutary to note that with the aforementioned gentlemen on board our lot probably would have prevailed.

Spurs - Man Utd Preview: Over-Reaction Overload

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A brief perusal of the comments section beneath in the aftermath of the l'Arse defeat rather gave the impression that our heroes are about to nose-dive to the oblivion of the Championship and beyond. Excuse me while I take cover in the battered old AANP bomb shelter, in anticipation of the apocalyptic levels of anguish, vitriol and over-reaction that will rain down if we take a beating from the current Premiership champions on Sunday.

L’Arse 5-2 Spurs: Sitting Deep and the Crouch Reboot

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Awkward. Maybe we should begin at the beginning...

The Glorious First Five Minutes

Ah, ‘twas a pleasure to be a Tottenham fan. Our heroes produced some ovely stuff. Swift, slick passing; patient but pacey; sideways if necessary but probing forward whenever opportunity even threatened to knock.

Arsenal - Spurs Preview: Like Playing Stevenage Again

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Times a-changing? Keep up - they've already a-changed. ‘Tis now generally agreed, either publicly or otherwise, that Tottenham are the best team in North London; the "St Tottingham's Day" bet with my Arse-supporting chum Hawthy is fast becoming redundant; and following the weekly toasting of our own latest bravura successes we lilywhites as a regular side-note are also able to amuse ourselves by sniggering at the ongoing and quite spectacular implosion of that ‘orrible lot down the road.

West Brom - Spurs Preivew: Let Not The Bubble Burst Today

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Anyone else reached the slightly absurd conclusion that we should really win all but two of our remaining 27 fixtures? The bubble will presumably burst at some point, but if the earth continues its merry rotation around the sun in the time-honoured fashion of a few thousand years there is little reason to expect anything other than the standard, slightly tortuous three-point haul.

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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.

Spurs - Bolton Preview: A Break From Our March Towards Doom

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This, I am reliably informed is a desperate situation. Quite possibly the desperatest. Handily glossing over the fact that our three consecutive defeats have been to three teams who, for one reason or another, stumbled upon optimum form just as they took to the field against us, the people have spoken in their lilywhite hordes, and this run of form is now scientifically proven to be the most wretched thing in history.

Spurs - Liverpool Preview: A Sight to Behold

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Never mind the game today, have you seen Sandro's hair? Heavens above. The fellow has done the most extraordinary things... have yourself a perusal at around 1.50 on this clip.

Of secondary importance is the visit of that red mob. In what might as well be a 17-team division competing for fourth spot, Liverpool, along with those relentless purveyors of comedy at the Emirates, represent our principal rivals – which makes this quite the key clash in the grand scheme of things.

Defoe

Where’s the crisis?

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Do we as Arsenal fans perhaps have the right to feel slightly aggrieved at the way the media treats us? I see no special reason for pundits, journalists and bloggers to have some kind of agenda against the club, but it does seem like there's something there.

Take the coverage our rivals Spurs are currently getting, for instance; you'd think it was Arsenal who'd let a potentially great season fall apart and were set to miss out on the Champions League next year, with all the talk being of where our star striker will be after the summer.

Spurs 3-1 Stevenage: (Tardy) Ends, Not Means

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Stumbling over the ball, chasing shadows and conceding possession with almost religious fervour while the scoreboard flashes the eye-watering message "Spurs 0-1 Stevenage" is not really a recommended means of achieving an aim as menial as making a cup of tea, letting alone winning some sparkly silverware, but more wizened sages than I have it that for such competitions as this the ends will justify the means.

Stevenage - Spurs Preview: Won’t Somebody Please Think of Kyle Walker?

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Complacency (noun): A feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, especially when coupled with an unawareness of danger, trouble, or controversy

Just saying. However, given that we are now blinking well the best team left in this whole bally competition, it would be a dashed shame if we whimpered our way to the exit door with the derisory hoots of assorted Stevenagonians ringing in our ears.

Spurs - QPR Preview: “No Disrespect To…”

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Another chance for us all to pore laboriously over he pros, cons, t's, c's and minutiae of the Great VDV or Defoe Debate this afternoon, and with the added caveat that, this being a home game against a newly-promoted mob, we really ought to grab the bull by the horns and play two genuine strikers.

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Everton 1-0 Spurs: The Strange Quirks of ‘Arry’s Job Description

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I do hope that ‘Arry's comments to his players behind closed doors differ quite significantly to those offered to the gentlemen of the press. After the draw with Stevenage he piped up that he knew they would play that way – rather begging the question why he, as manager, did not therefore do something to pre-empt it – and now after games against Man Utd and Everton he has professed himself clueless as to how we failed to do any better.

Everton - Spurs Preview: Bad News for Fans of Traditional, Pacy Wing Play

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Four points from our four big games (Liverpool, Newcastle, l'Arse and Man Utd) is a tad below par, and the gap to the ‘orrible lot down the road has shrunk accordingly, but even the most pessimistic, nihilistic doom-mongerers of our clan are struggling to whip themselves into a genuine frenzy regarding our two consecutive defeats.

Stevenage 0-0 Spurs: A Cracking Draw (Boom Boom)

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Entertaining and exciting, with a most satisfying finale – oh that the game had matched the quarter-final draw, but we can't have everything I suppose. Should I ever cross paths with His Eminence The Lord of Time there are one or two queries I would throw his way – whether Superman's little fly-ruddy-quickly-around-the-world jape really could turn back time, for a start – but high up there on the list would be a polite request to have my two hours back after the excruciating trudge through treacle that was our draw with Stevenage.

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Chelsea 2-1 Spurs: Five Lilywhite Conclusions

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Defeat maybe, but there was at least a smidgeon of honour about this one, rather like a chappie still swinging away even as his limbs get hacked off and arrows pierce him at every juncture. After the bizarre Champions League capitulation that boasted all the spine of a gloomy jellyfish, here was at least a whiff of fight.

Spurs Summer Musings - Baldini, Fixtures & Folk Released

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Out yonder on the horizon there has been barely a flicker of action since the end of the season, not even a new kit over which to pore. Mercifully this sorry circumstance changed ever so slightly this week, as there has now been some semblance of news, so pour yourself a bourbon, make yourself comfortable and join me for a perusal.

Reading - Spurs Preview: Some Early Over-Reactions to the AVB Era

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This is becoming a tad farcical now, no? That a new manager will pop the inherited squad in the shredder and redesign the whole bally thing is inevitable; but tasked with matching or bettering the Top Four the latest shiny new project of Messrs Levy and AVB has not so much gone off the rails as just stalled on the start-line, while everyone else has tootled off ahead in a puff of smoke.

Do we need reinforcements in January?

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Speaking on Absolute Radio before the weekend, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said that it was unlikely that he would be bringing in any new faces to White Hart Lane this winter.

Rumours have persisted in the press, most of them suggesting that Tottenham will be looking for a new striker at the very least, but Harry claims that the current form of the side means that there is no need for reinforcements.

PAOK 0-0 Spurs: First Day at School

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AANP's bosom swells with pride in announcing that the youngest nephew this week began school this week, poor blighter, and similar feelings of satisfaction and reminiscence no doubt occurred to ‘Arry as he sent forth the various assorted whelps and whippersnappers still too young to watch Goodfellas, to do us proud on the corner of some foreign field last night.