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Sunderland Vs. Tottenham Hotspur.

I have to say it is difficult to have too many complaints as a Spurs fan, though I know some will always find a few, however unreasonable or unfounded. One defeat in nine and that an injury time loss at Everton is a very impressive run of form to see us sit nicely in fourth place and there is a definite feeling that AVB is working well with the players and they are embracing his methods, which will hopefully see us be even better in the second half of the season, whether we bring in new players or not.

In contrast, I am still awaiting more evidence as to whether Sunderland's three wins in four are proof of a revival in form and fortunes or just a lucky spell to take them towards the mid table positions of respectability. Of course (again) beating Man City at home is a real eye-catcher, but City look far from invincible and perhaps were the architects of their own downfall as much as Sunderland can take credit. The other two wins against Southampton and Reading are perhaps expected and anything else could easily be interpreted as reasons to continue talk of relegation, as opposed to being an improving team. If we consider before those wins, it was one win and seven defeats in the previous eleven, so are we on a revival or simply getting lucky?

On paper Sunderland have genuine quality and for me has massively under-performed this season. Take away the goals of Stephen Fletcher and they would be in real trouble and perhaps recent and much delayed improvements from Adam Johnson and Stephane Sessegnon have made Martin O'Neill's side look more dangerous as an attacking force, but despite creating much more, you hardly feel they are a team that will score enough to get two or three goals to win a game, so perhaps if Spurs score one, that might well be enough to get at least a point as long as we play to our ability. In defence and attack, losing Danny Rose will also be a big loss, but perhaps Tottenham's gain as they will surely look to exploit the loss of Rose who has been sensational for Sunderland all season.

Tottenham have to take great heart from the Boxing day victory at Villa. Sure Paul Lambert's team were rubbish and I expect far better opposition tomorrow, but overall, we played really well and could easily have scored more than four, which despite a weak opposition, is always a big boost, knowing that as a team you are gelling and playing well. I always feel that just before or during transfer windows, you either see teams up their games as players fight to prove they can do a job or they get downbeat knowing that new faces will cause upheaval. At this time, I feel that Spurs know what they need and understand that any new arrival will be for the benefit of the squad as opposed to established players being dumped. Would it be a shock to any of us to know that Dawson, Huddlestone and perhaps one or two other already know their fate, but as they are not regulars, wont rock the boat and will be professional enough to play their part if needed.

Again we are in that position where perhaps we need to rest one or two, but do you make radical changes to a team that win 4-0 in the last game? Perhaps we can see Caulker or Dawson come in for Gallas, whilst perhaps Dempsey or the much improved Sigurdsson will start over Defoe or more likely Adebayor in attack, but otherwise would we expect too many changes? In defence, I feel that retaining Naughton at left back is an ideal foil for the left footed Adam Johnson, therefore it also pleased Jan Vertonghen in allowing him to retain his place in the centre. As for BAE, is he fit enough? If so why not use him against Reading in midweek?

Of our rivals, all have losable games, with WBA away to United, City away to Norwich, Arsenal at home to a Newcastle side that will hopefully be buoyed by their performance at Old Trafford and Everton at home to inform Chelsea, a win will certainly do wonders for Tottenham's claims for 4th place and I feel that if we play as we have been, we have a very real chance of getting all three points tomorrow and finishing 2012 in a top four position has to be considered a great place to be after so many changes in the last six months...



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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Friday December 28 2012
Time: 7:02PM

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COYS....
Yidmarks
28/12/2012 19:04:00
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Should be a good game. we win this and we can feel well satisfied. Plus it will put pressure on le arse4 and the scum as well as citeh. So I think 3rd could well be within our grasp as long as we play to our potential and don't suffer any more major injury problems. We have done bloody well considering the upheaval and the injuries. Long live AVB long live his revolution
chrishove123
28/12/2012 19:09:00
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Sunderlands defence is solid as we have seen over the last few months...

the game does suit us... away from home and we are looking pacey at times... hopefully this is a 3 pointer for us.. as there are a few 6 pointers being played by teams in the top 6 over the next couple of fixtures..

clearly 4th by the end of January would be perfect... plus 2 big signings...
ISCO/SNEIJDER/ALEXIS SANCHEZ/WILLIAN/INCE
HUGHES/LLORENTE/NEGREDO/REMY/MOUTINHO
Yidmarks
28/12/2012 19:09:00
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Ym Whe3re are we going to get all the cash for these players. I have heard the rumour that we have 30 mill at the most. I really feel we don't need it 'til the season's end.
chrishove123
28/12/2012 19:12:00
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my Xi to start tomorrow: Lloris, walker, Caulker, vertonghen, Naughton; Sandro;Dembele; Lennon, Sigurdsson, Bale, Defoe
oxfordspur
28/12/2012 19:12:00
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Id prefer to see this team start... then bring on Ade for either Parker or Dembele...

......................Defoe.........................
Bale..............Dembele............Lennon
...........Parker.............Sandro............
Naughts....Verts.....Daw/Caulk..Walker
.......................Lloris.........................
Yidmarks
28/12/2012 19:20:00
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Siggy has to play otherwise we won't be able to unlock this touch Sunderland team. Ade and siggy up top for me!.......
01tottenham
28/12/2012 19:23:00
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we sometimes forget that Dembele started his career as a striker/AMF.... id try PARKER/SANDRO/DEMBELE.. just once..
Yidmarks
28/12/2012 19:23:00
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Lloris, Walker, Gallas, vertonghen, Naughton, Lennon, sandro, Dembele, Bale, Sigurdsson, Adebayor. I think we will need the experience of gallas for Sunderland.
01tottenham
28/12/2012 19:26:00
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01tottenham. That's the line up I'd really like to see. Ade and Siggy. Ade needs a game like this with FULL reponsibility upfront. Defoe can always come on later to keep their defence on toes. COTS!
Critical_Spur
28/12/2012 19:40:00
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Dembele's out, but BAE andParker are ready. So no question:
Lloris.
Walker, Calker, Vertongen, BAE.
Sandro, Parker.
Lennon, Syggi, Bale.
Adebayor.

Yes I say Ade, because with Sigs behind, no interference from Defoe, a bullying Sund defence, away from home Defoe can weapon in for either Sigs or Defoe, we have CB backup, LB and RB backup, wing backup however light, and there's no doubt Ade's fit now, this is a good match to get his form back and running into the next crucial games
tengboon
28/12/2012 19:55:00
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I don't want to see a fragile Dembele risk injury, the Sunderlands are physical and ruthless, however unorganised
tengboon
28/12/2012 19:57:00
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With the exception of Kaboul, we're close to a fully fir starting 11 here. Let 'em have a go while the confidence is high! They will capitulate after such an upset last week, all the lower divisions do that
tengboon
28/12/2012 20:00:00
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I would make one change from 01Tottenham's lineup, I would play Caulker or Dawson over Gallas. 2 3/4 days rest is not enough for Gallas to overcome the effects of playing the whole game at Villa. Plus they give us extra height on corners, especially Caulker.
jvd
28/12/2012 20:00:00
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Would be happy with a starting X1 Including: Lloris, Walker,Caulker/Daws,Verts,Naughton/BAE Lennon/Townesend,Sandro,Dembele,Bale,Dempsey/Siggy/Ade,Defoe. In Jan we need to bring in ATLEAST one of these Aubameyang/Remy/Soldado/Pato/Negredo/Damiao and hopefully one of these creative midfielder: eriksen/moutinho/sneijder. Dream X1 After Jan (4-3-3): Lloris,Walker,Kaboul,Verts,BAE,Sandro,Eriksen,Dembele,Lennon/Townesend,Damaio,Bale. <333
SpursSnM
28/12/2012 20:32:00
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SpursSnM...... That's 16 players included in your starting XI mate.... I like your thinking ;-)
thfc1882whl
28/12/2012 20:51:00
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I personally hate it when we go in as favourites.I would love to see us actually scoring at least 2 in the first half and then getting a few early changes to give experience. I really want Gylfi to start and see what he can offer in a full game
Big Ron
28/12/2012 20:55:00
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Play bale in the hole behind ade and andros out on the left the rest will pick themselves and the game will be won! Need to mix things up a little to beat bus parkers as the lack of goals scares the hell out of me. Coys
Little spur
28/12/2012 21:11:00
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Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Jan, BAE, Parker, Sandro, Bale, Lennon, Siggy and Ade. I think he'll go with Ade and Defoe. Not overly bothered, think he has played it well so far. Just hope Gallas isn't in. Heard Dembele is injured and BAE is a bit strange, fit or signing for Chelski? Some of the names linked are silly, Will.i.am isn't going to leave a CL team half way through.
RAF Yid
28/12/2012 21:15:00
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I think that Dembele might be injured for this one, if so Parker will start.
Fanman
28/12/2012 21:28:00
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I agree with those saying that we should start Ade with Siggy behind him. As we will need to be more creative in order to break down Sunderland's bus.
Fanman
28/12/2012 21:32:00
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Defoe, doesn't do well in games where the opposition parks the bus.
Fanman
28/12/2012 21:33:00
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Is it confirmed dembele injured?. If so, it highlights the need for erikson to be bought. Siggy to start with andros on later to move the parked bus around if the scores are deadlocked. Agree with above post about Gallas needing a bigger break, and caulker is a fantastic replacement. My heart says 2-0, my head 1-1. Coys!
van der haart lane
28/12/2012 21:46:00
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thfc1882whl....In some positions i have "/" (meaning 1 or the other) so infact there is 11 players you fool.
SpursSnM
28/12/2012 21:53:00
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At last someone is listening to me... the player i couldnt stop mentioning in the summer... who i believed would be our Mods/VDV replacement....

http://www.talksport.co.uk/sports-news/football/premier-league/transfer-rumours/121228/spurs-arsenal-liverpool-and-man-city-all-eyeing-betis-star-1?
Yidmarks
28/12/2012 22:07:00
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Just heard latest Fergie rant, this time on Newcastle ?!!, saying Newcastle are a 'Wee club in North East' -- hahaha - then what is Sunderland then :-P
sydqcb5
28/12/2012 23:03:00
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Today is one of the most important days of the season which could shape where we will end up.
All top4 contenders have tough games.
WBA go to United, Arsenal play Newcastle, City goes to tough away game at Norwich, Chelski go to Everton and we travel North East to Sunderland.

If results go our way, we could go ahead of Arsenal by 6 points (they have a game in hand). Its a toughaway game, but I guess we are better prepared than ever.

My XI would be - Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton, Sandro, Dembele, Bale, Lennon, Siggurdsson, Defoe
sydqcb5
28/12/2012 23:12:00
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If dembele is injured I'm a lot less confident than I was before. Will be a struggle tomorrow but we should win. I'd go for siggy am ade up top tomorrow. Have a good feeling that will work like a treat tomorrow.
BrooksySpurs
29/12/2012 00:03:00
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SpursSnM.....Ahh but you start your post with '..... a starting X1 (should actually be XI) including'. I'm you no English professor but once you used the word 'including', it insinuated that these were the players you'd select plus some others. Had you used the word 'from' instead of 'including' then I wouldn't have had a little chuckle at your expense. Cheers, from one fool to an even bigger one.
thfc1882whl
29/12/2012 00:10:00
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I'm you no English........ where did that 'you' come from? Bloody keyboard
thfc1882whl
29/12/2012 00:12:00
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'Im you no english professor'...Yes I can tell your not mate lol. Go back to school kid.
SpursSnM
29/12/2012 00:53:00
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I think Sunderland's win over City could work to our advantage in that AVB could use it to reinforce concentration and make sure they're not under estimated. Although, they may still be on a high so problems may very well still arise. I am feeling confident however and would be disappointed if we came away with a single point, let alone none. Hope Bale carries on from where he left off and Defoe keeps up his scoring form. Adebayor needs to improve dramatically, Not done anything this season. I would also be in favour of dropping Kyle Walker at the earliest opportunity. He has been dreadful. However, I think my anger with his horrendous set piece deliveries and my confusion as to why AVB continuously allows him to take our corners and frees has clouded out any acknowledgement of anything positive he does in games of late.
TopSpur13
29/12/2012 01:11:00
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Brooksy, Dembele tweeted straight after game that his injury was not serious and he should be fit for Saturday clash I am sure he will play
sydqcb5
29/12/2012 01:19:00
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sunderland winning by 2-0...
shlok27
29/12/2012 06:36:00
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AVB has definitely got the squad more competitive. There's a couple like Livermore and Falque that are becoming a little remote from the pack but generally it's a competitive unit. I'd quite like to see Ekotto back and it probably makes sense for Dempsey and Siggy to get starts in these next couple of matches. We may even see Sandro and Vertonghen rested as well now that we have cover.
muttley
29/12/2012 07:05:00
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shmok27, thanks for your contribution......
ItalianYiddo
29/12/2012 08:22:00
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Looks like it's going to be a windy one. Usually swirls around at sunderland. Expecting a difficult game. Lloris, walker, dawson,caulker,vertonghen, townsend,sandro, dembele, bale, Adebayor, defoe. Subs: friedel, naughton, gallas,parker, lennon, siggurdsen, dempsey(livermore) Townsend to take the corners. "come on you spurs"
82spursdebut
29/12/2012 09:46:00
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No club has kept 4 clean sheet in a row this season. We have the opportunity to that today. COYS. WIN WIN WIN !!!
sydqcb5
29/12/2012 09:49:00
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prediction.....goalkeeper scoring !...lol
82spursdebut
29/12/2012 09:49:00
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If Sunderland park the bus it will be interesting to see whether AVB has developed any solutions to the problem. I expect Sunderland to clog-up the mid-field, to chase and harass us when we have the ball, shut down time and space and look to Fletcher to score from a set piece/corner. We have seen earlier in the season that these type of tactics stop us playing and give the initiative to the oppositon. If this is the case I think we should go with a 451 and drop DeFoe to the bench. Can't see that happening though. A difficult game in prospect. Hope we can win it.
Harry-Kari
29/12/2012 09:56:00
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All games are difficult in the PL now days and I genuinely feel there is at least 6 or possibly 7 teams that can qualify in the top four. It will all depend on the January window. Teams such as Liverpool, Everton, ourselves and a outsider will need to reinforce if we are going to break in to the top four as I feel over the season the two Manchester clubs will have enough to be in the top four probably first and second. Chelsea will come strong and will be difficult to get above they have the money to reinforce and Arsenal have done it so many times they have the experience. So for me to break in and come above Chelsea or Arsenal and keep the likes of Liverpool, Everton and an outsider below us we need to strengthen in Jan otherwise I can see top four being utd, city, Arsenal, Chelsea and those other teams competing as well. This is an opportunity to get CL so I hope we get a striker and a winger minimum.

I see Bale is linked to RM maybe he will go to fund the new stadium
thfan
29/12/2012 10:30:00
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R.I.P...Tony Greig.
82spursdebut
29/12/2012 10:41:00
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Sad indeed about Tony Greig. A legend of cricketing world in his own ways. Love his commentary. Ashes will never be the same without his voice. RIP
sydqcb5
29/12/2012 10:50:00
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Three points at lunch time means third place.
Norwich to beat CIteh, an away wins for WBA and Newcastle, puts Spurs within three points of Citeh, but still ten behind Utd. It's the festive season, it's OK to dream - or even believe! :o)
That perfect scenario just leaves tomorrows fixture between Everton and Chelsea to think about.
Would a draw be preferable to an Everton win? Is it more realistic to hope for Everton to fall away and for CHelsea to stay in touch? In other words, is the ultimate hope to finish top three, or to get fourth and hope that gives us CL football next season?
Hotspur 1882
29/12/2012 11:06:00
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Interesting...............aim high, achive high. Jan' transfer window last year.........we were in a position to possibly win the prem'.........sadly, we never followed through. Must be at least one january bargain out there !...lol
82spursdebut
29/12/2012 11:12:00
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I'd say there is more chance of us overhauling Citeh than Chelski, but unlikely let's face it. 4th however is still possible if we can take our chances. The difference between the first half of the season being just OK and not great was the loss to Wigan. A draw today would not be the end of the world but let's not throw it away with missed opportunities. Ade up top for me.
Love totty
29/12/2012 11:23:00
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This will be a hard game, this lot won't roll over like Villa U14s did last week, if they defend properly we will struggle to score as v Stoke and in the first half v Villa, we just didn't have the creativity to open them up. It is probably the wrong time to play Sunderland, bearing in mind their current run. If we want to finish in the top 4 then this, and similar games, are those we must win to keep Everton, Arsenal and WBA amongst others at bay.
Frank
29/12/2012 11:55:00
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an away game between x-mas and New year...let's hope the boys all turn up or we could be looking at a loss...
shedboy2
29/12/2012 11:59:00
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No Verts in the starting line-up today. He didn't have his best game against Villa, perhaps the rest will do him good. We've got a very physically strong and fast team out there today. Here's hoping for 3 points.
Fanman
29/12/2012 12:07:00
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win hear and i will start to believe
ghulamville
29/12/2012 12:08:00
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I hope Bale gets a start, despite playing his usual selfish no defending and 15 shots a game and no passes, he did manage to score 3 goals and that shouldnt be overlooked by the manager.
Viyyash-Ramosh
29/12/2012 12:13:00
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@Spurs83: Our starting team today: Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Naughton, Lennon, Dembele, Sandro, Bale, Adebayor & Defoe
Oxfordspur
29/12/2012 12:14:00
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good rotation,personally i think he should have done it way beforetoday
ghulamville
29/12/2012 12:22:00
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good rotation, vertonghen needs a rest, not risking BAE. i really think that AVBs approach will lead to far fewer injuries
Guernman
29/12/2012 12:26:00
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Tough game today, wouldn't of rested vertonghen today!! Also think sigurdsson is well worth a start, his making stuff happen all the time Coys
Ibiza yiddo
29/12/2012 12:26:00
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was hoping to see BAE on the bench today....I think Daws will keep the boys honest...fingers crossed for the result...
shedboy2
29/12/2012 12:26:00
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Haven't all our clean sheets come from vert'n playing in cb? (or when he's played in cb it has been a clean sheet?) There is a difference in that wording, I'm not going mad.
Tottenham Hotcore
29/12/2012 12:27:00
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We have got atleast one ball playing CB in Caulker. Also if Dawson gets his cross field passes today, he can get Bale & Lennon inthe game. COYS.
sydqcb5
29/12/2012 12:30:00
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I would love to see vertonghen play every game, but he has spoken of how tiring the PL is, he has played much more than most and playing LB when he is not used to that much running. he needs the rest. this management team uses the very cutting edge processes to evaluate players. clearly they feel vertonghen needs resting. others would play him, then he picks up an injury and is out for many games. yes, we will miss him but better for one match on our terms than many matches out with injury.
Guernman
29/12/2012 12:33:00
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I also think that Vertonghen is due a rest. He's been an ever present this season. Good assessment Guernman.
Fanman
29/12/2012 12:39:00
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Not sure whether Sunderland will park the bus or have a go. If they have a go, we can catch them on the counter. If they park the bus, we may not be able to break through.
Fanman
29/12/2012 12:41:00
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the Citeh result will give them the confidence to come forward and have a go.... perfect.
Viyyash-Ramosh
29/12/2012 12:44:00
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already 2 occasions when Ade refused to pass to Bale in a good advanced position with space.... intrigying
Viyyash-Ramosh
29/12/2012 12:49:00
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Terrific run by Lennon and guess what, he makes the wrong choice.
Jables
29/12/2012 13:03:00
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Sandro is such a donkey sometimes, number of freekicks conceded for little gain
Viyyash-Ramosh
29/12/2012 13:09:00
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golden opportunity to score!
rahn DMC
29/12/2012 13:17:00
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Bloody hell Ade Gary Doherty himself would have scored that. Embarrassing miss
HuddersfieldYiddo
29/12/2012 13:21:00
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Sandro & Lennon have been brilliant so far, as has Dembele
HuddersfieldYiddo
29/12/2012 13:23:00
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Thanks Walker...
Fanman
29/12/2012 13:26:00
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How not to be a premiership defender
HuddersfieldYiddo
29/12/2012 13:27:00
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I was literally just about to write... we are giving way to many silly little fouls away in the wrong areas, especially when they have a dead ball specialist as good as larsson. Silly mistake by Walker.
rahn DMC
29/12/2012 13:27:00
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Get Walker of that pitch right now AVB. He is f##king woeful. Drop him, fine him just don't have him on the pitch when he can't even pass a football.
TopSpur13
29/12/2012 13:28:00
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Sandro and Dembele 'brilliant' today lol.... Great delivery for goal, we will struggle with this lack of linkplay upfront. looks like Ade-Defoe may be 1 for history books
Viyyash-Ramosh
29/12/2012 13:29:00
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Walker has had a poor season... His mistakes keep leading to goals against us, and we were playing so well...
Fanman
29/12/2012 13:29:00
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Walker deserves to BR dropped just for that!
Durbanspur
29/12/2012 13:31:00
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