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Spurs match reports

Spurs 2-0 Watford: Four Tottenham Observations

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Slightly stodgy stuff all round, but these routine 2-0 home wins are necessary fare. That I could only really muster three and a half observations tells its own slightly damning story really, what?

1. Lloris

Monsieur Lloris has found his head shoved in the stocks and pelted from several angles with fruit of questionable freshness in recent weeks, due to some fairly high-profile in-play choices made, but yesterday he was back doing the du pain et du beurre for which he earns the weekly packet, and it was a gentle reminder of why we fell in love with the chap in the first place.

Newport 1-1 Spurs: Four THFC Observations

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I suppose the non-Spurs-supporting mob who traverse this Fair Isle allowed themselves a chuckle or two at our expense yesterday. In fact, I can do more than suppose, I can report the point as one of fact. And the reason I can do the aforementioned is that just about every blasted one of them spent the game helpfully reminding me, via the medium of the humble telephone-based messaging system, of such critical points as the scoreline, the time elapsed, the league placement of our opposition and other such salient information.

Spurs 3-1 Real Madrid: Seven Lilywhite Observations

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1. Bright Moments From Dele

Young Dele has been smothered in fuss for around two years without a pause for breath, so naturally the young fish is today being feted as the second coming, after one scrappy poke, a heavily deflected second and an open goal miss.

A curious specimen this chap, because his performances frequently feature errors strewn about the place like confetti, alongside the glimpses of match-winning élan.

Spurs 1-0 Sheff Utd: Turning The Hard Way Into An Art Form

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Melchett: ‘It's a barren, featureless wasteland out there, isn't it?'
Darling: ‘The other side, sir...'

I suppose we can comfort ourselves with the knowledge that even if we had established a three or four goal advantage tonight, this being Spurs we would probably be two down within ten minutes in the second leg anyway.

Premiership

Palace 0-1 Spurs: Five THFC Observations

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1. Lackadaisical From Top To Bottom

The quickest route from A to B, so the boffins used to instruct me, is in a straight line, which seems a reasonable enough way of approaching that particular conundrum; but if you are a member of the good ship Hotspur it pretty much is a condition of employment these days that anything resembling a straight line gets tossed out of the window, and the most convoluted and complicated way of doing things is instead selected.

Liverpool 2-2 Spurs: Six THFC Observations

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As just about every living soul on the planet has immersed themselves in the rights and wrongs of the various decisions in those final ten minutes, I might incline the bean towards the various other goings-on.

1. Lloris Playing From The Back

Starting at the beginning, I think the shrewder observers amongst us would have been bang on the money in identifying that, in the first half, all was not well on the domestic front.

Man Utd 1-0 Spurs: Four Lilywhite Conclusions

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1. Struggles Without Kane

Having spent the last 48 hours or so confidently assuring friend and foe alike that we are plenty more than a one-man team, and the loss of Kane would be swatted away with the care-free insouciance of an elephant dispatching a few errant flies on its muzzle, you can well imagine the awkwardness at AANP Towers as events unfolded on Saturday.

Liverpool 2-0 Spurs: Five Lilywhite Observations

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Having not strung consecutive passes together since around 2014, and suffered defeats in recent weeks to such behemoths as Swansea and Southampton, there was a fairly morbid inevitability about the fact that Liverpool would rediscover their joie de vivre against us. Of course they would.

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Liverpool 2-0 Spurs: Five Lilywhite Observations

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Having not strung consecutive passes together since around 2014, and suffered defeats in recent weeks to such behemoths as Swansea and Southampton, there was a fairly morbid inevitability about the fact that Liverpool would rediscover their joie de vivre against us. Of course they would.

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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.

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 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".

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 4-1 Sunderland: 4 Lilywhite Points of Note

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The Return of Dembele

Coincidence? Around these parts we certainly think not. For the last couple of weeks young Master Carroll has been hopscotching around the place, with pretty passes a-plenty and a very serious expression, which does not make him look any less like a 10 year-old but is noble enough.

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 0-0 Man Utd: Turning Luck Into An Art Form

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Somebody somewhere once warbled to the effect that if you can play badly and still win then you must be doing something right in the small print. Now the eagle-eyed amongst you will no doubt have spotted that on this occasion we did not actually win, but a few days earlier against Leicester we did, after an eminently forgettable performance, and yesterday we could perhaps be described to have hung about gamely.

Villa 1-2 Spurs: Post Mortem on Kaboul & Capoue

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The eagle-eyed amongst you might have noted that the best part of 48 hours have elapsed since the curtain came down on events Villa Park, but for that long have I been ruminating on the various ills within our mob, and particularly the rearguard.

Attack

Up in attack, while things can hardly be said to be beetling along in a state of serene success, the general gist of things is just about in credit rather than debit.

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.

Chelsea 4-0 Spurs: Punch-Drunk Defending & Tactical Experiments

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Poor old Tactics Tim has had a negative press at times, for papering over the nuances with buzzwords about passion and character and the like, but pre kick-off yesterday our glorious young leader emerged absolutely dripping in tactics. Nothing screams ‘I do tactics' like sticking Walker in midfield and Lennon off the main striker, and by the time the first whistle blew we could barely move for the permutations.

Newcastle 0-4 Spurs: Three Reasons to Rejoice

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1. The Return of Kaboul

Slaughter a calf! Inflate a balloon! Find a young maiden and go down on bended knee! For, ye gods be praised, Kaboul is back, and in the team, chest puffed, pace increasing, eyebrows immaculately plucked. The return of Kaboul quite possibly makes me happier than winning four-nil away from home.

Sunderland 1-2 Spurs: Post-Match Verdicts On Dawson & Defoe

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Six points in four days – but perhaps more importantly, a performance that in parts had us clearing our throats and purring. For around 25 glorious minutes we were treated to a glimpse of how the world might look if the wolf really does lie down with the lamb, famine and disease are shoved under the carpet and Spurs get their act together.

Sunderland-Spurs Preview: The Daws-Out-Defoe-In Campaign

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It seems you can't sneeze these days without another Spurs fixture hurtling towards you. This presumably gives Messrs Levy, Baldini and Villas-Boas a degree of smug satisfaction, because even if the XI on the pitch each game can do no more than trundle the ball sideways and backwards, on paper at least we do have a squad eminently capable of coping with two games per week.

Man City - Spurs Preview: Daws Against This Lot? Heaven Help Us

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It's a rummy thing, but having spent all season enviously eyeing the opposition net from around 20 yards, we now toddle off to the home of the Champions-elect, where they routinely run rings around all-comers, and I feel a darned sight more upbeat about our chances of finding the net. The primary reason being that old ‘Deep-Lying Opposition Defence' chestnut, which has become rather a curse at the Lane, but tends to be less of an issue on our travels - and against this free-scoring, attack-minded mob and their glittering array of creative superstars it ought not to be a problem at all.

Everton 0-0 Spurs: Will Someone Somewhere Please Solve The Wretched Soldado Problem?

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A point at Goodison probably ought not to be sniffed at, even if we cannot help but wonder what might have been, in that heart-warming first half in particular.

First Half

Our heroes came out of the traps as if feral animals scenting blood, hunting down the blue mob in packs and shoving faces into armpits like it was nobody's business.

Villa 0-2 Spurs: The Wonders of Off-The-Ball Movement & First-Time Passes

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Ah, the first-time pass. Scourge of the ball-watching defender. Slicer of the well-drilled bank of four. And as conspicuously absent from our game-plan for the first half half or so as it was instrumental to operations thereafter.

The Opening Half-Hour: Ponderous

I spent most of those opening 30 minutes wanting to offer my kingdom for a first-time pass.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham fans react on Twitter to 30-year-old's performance for Belgium

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen scored a superb goal as Belgium won 2-1 against Greece in the World Cup Qualifiers on Sunday.

Romelu Lukaku scored the other goal for Belgium, as they became the first European side to join hosts Russia at next summer’s World Cup finals.

After a stalemate first half, Belgium took the lead through Vertonghen in the 70th minute, as he fired home with a brilliant long range effort.

Vertonghen extends Spurs stay until 2019

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London (AFP) Tottenham Hotspur's Jan Vertonghen has signed a new contract that is set to keep him at the north London side until 2019, it was announced Friday.

The Belgium central defender moved to White Hart Lane in July 2012 from Dutch side Ajax and has since become a mainstay of manager Mauricio Pochettino's team.

Arsenal must pile more misery on Vertonghen’s Spurs

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Jan Vertonghen has claimed his Tottenham side has been unlucky in recent weeks, and expects better against Arsenal. Spurs make the short trip across North-London on Sunday to take us on, and we come into the game with very different form. Arsenal are in a hot-streak having won 11 and drawn two of their last [.

Tottenham will play strong team against Arsenal

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Arsenal have lost their last two games and are trying to avoid a third in tomorrow's Capital One Cup game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, but, conversely, Spurs have won their last three and are keen to keep their run going. Maurice Ponchettino's men reached the League Cup semi-final last season so they are [.

Kaboul to Arsenal? No thanks but we’ll have Vertonghen

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After reading the latest Arsenal transfer rumour this morning, I did have to check that it was April's fools day yesterday, not today. The story, reported by Metro and others, is that the Tottenham central defender Younes Kaboul is ready to repeat the actions of Sol Campbell and swap his lilywhite shirt for the red [.

Photos: Jan Vertonghen and Paulinho return to Tottenham training

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Tottenham duo Jan Vertonghen and Paulinho returned to training today. Belgian defender Vertonghen continued his comeback from the ankle injury that has kept him out since the start of December. He resumed full training at the end of last week but was not available for Sunday's game against Swansea. Paulinho has been out with his [.

Arsenal

Euro 2016 hands another big boost to Arsenal EPL hopes

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The chances of the Euro 2016 dream going on for Wales and their Arsenal midfield star Aaron Ramsey took a big boost today, with the BBC reporting that the Tottenham and Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen picked up an injury in training and will miss the game and the rest of the tournament. And while it [.

Two injuries that could HELP Arsenal win title?

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It is up to Arsenal to make the most of any slip ups by our Premier League rivals of course, and after slipping back into third place, even though we are only behind Man City on goal difference, means that we will need to do better than them and Leicester City for the rest of [...]

Spurs news, rants

Idle Musings on Tottenham at the World Cup

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Don't mind AANP breezing through your Sunday evening with a few musings on the lilywhite brigade busting their respective guts at the marvellous World Cup...

Paulinho, Brazil

Like Djimi Traore proudly keeping a Champions League Winner's medal stuffed alongside the small change in his pocket, and Ian Bell possessing one hundred caps for the England cricket team, there is something that makes me shed a small tear and wonder if there but for the grace of God about the notion that, should the hosts go on and win the whole bally thing, then Paulinho will be a World Cup winner.

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

Summer Lilywhite Musings

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Here at AANP Towers we are pretty firmly of the opinion that not a dashed jot ought to be read into the great big tease that is The Pre-Season Friendly, and in that spirit I'm inclined to care not a hang about the two defeats. Of rather more interest were the shiny new personnel who gambolled around the Melbourne Cricket Ground (a turn of events that did get me thinking that the last time I tried playing football on a cricket green I was unceremoniously booted off, with the threat the local constabulary were to be involved, but such is life).