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Tottenham Hotspur Vs. Reading.

Firstly a very happy new year to everyone! I will play safe and wish you exactly what you wish me, whatever that may be…

If we look at results and league position, this is an easy three points for Tottenham, though of course we have said that before, and in truth despite what appears to be a more robust and defensively solid Reading, I don't see too much to stop Tottenham win and win comfortably, just as long as they themselves show up and produce football of their recent games. Seven wins in the last nine, is form that might not yet replicate Harry's golden run early last season, but you get the feeling that this is built on sound development under AVB and though we might not be looking to win the title, unlike the ever optimistic Sandro, this is a team and squad that is hopefully going to get better and better over the remainder of the season, whether we spend or not this month.

Reading are suddenly being talked about as being rock solid defensively, in only conceding one controversial goal in their last three games, and certainly an unfortunate defeat against Man City where Gareth Barry climbed all over Nicky Shorey/Nicky Shorey defended like a girl (depending on your point of view), a home draw against Swansea and a 1-0 win over West Ham have brought both hope, improvement and much needed points, but with seven defeats and a draw in their previous eight games, is hardly survival form and it will take more than these last three games and long overdue team resilience to convince me that Reading are going to stay in the Premiership. Perhaps as long as Tottenham don't make any James Collins style cock ups, we should again be looking at a clean sheet, and an early goal will surely force Reading into more offensive tactics.

Spurs are of course robbed of the services of Gareth Bale, whilst Clint Dempsey is the logical replacement, is he deemed fit enough to play a full 90 minutes, therefore could Gylfi Sigurdsson get a deserved start against his former club? Beniot Assou-Ekotto is potentially available, though I feel that we will not see him until we face Coventry at the weekend in a game that will be a perfect reintroduction after so long out with no competitive games since the start of September. I can see Villas-Boas, saving radical change for the FA Cup, which will probably mean that Scott Parker remains on the bench and we stick to pretty much the side that won and played so well at Sunderland. Whether AVB again rotates his centre backs, perhaps bringing back Gallas and Vertonghen and using Caulker and Dawson on Saturday seems like a good bet. Otherwise I expect to see: Lloris, Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Naughton; Sandro, Dembele; Lennon, Dempsey (Sigurdsson) Adebayor and Defoe start today, which is surely is a side good enough to win well, and then AVB has the opportunity to rest tired legs for Coventry and in effect give some two weeks rest before we travel to QPR and a Redknapp reunion on the 14th...



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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Tuesday January 1 2013
Time: 1:29PM

Comments

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Drop Walker.
TopSpur13
01/01/2013 13:33:00
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Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Caulker, Verts, Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Dempsey, Adebayor, Defoe.
TopSpur13
01/01/2013 13:34:00
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Heck, Give Siggy a start instead of Adebayor who has been woeful too.
TopSpur13
01/01/2013 13:35:00
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no complacency - we need to go full throttle the whole match...perhaps Daws to deal with the Pog...
shedboy2
01/01/2013 13:40:00
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Just another 3 points needed to keep the ball rolling. Don't care if it's 1-0 or 6-4. If you had to be missing Bale for a premiership match you would probably choose Reading at the lane so his absence can not be an excuse for anything today. They frustrated City and they'll try to do the same here so COYS and lets win!
TopSpur13
01/01/2013 13:40:00
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Happy whatever Ox. And I agree re Gylfi being given a start COYS
Big Ron
01/01/2013 13:41:00
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I would stick with walker and naughton at full back today and bring in Vertonghen to CB with a rest for Vert and walker against Cov. Coventry is the game to rest players and giving Dempsey a start in place of Bale is reward for his good work when covering for him when he was injured. I agree that I would like to see siggy start, especially against his former team, but we know that in AVB dropping Caulker against Swansea he doesnt pick on sentiment but on the best team for the game
oxfordspur
01/01/2013 13:41:00
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surely he starts against Coventry at the weekend! what we and Im sure AVB is doing id dismissing sentiment and making sure where possible that players are fresh, but also fit to play and fighting for their position. It always annoyed me under Harry that we so often played players who were seemingly 70-80% fit, which was to the detriment of them and the team. Under AVB it seems that you not only have to earn your place, but be fit to run all game
oxfordspur
01/01/2013 13:53:00
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Win the game early. Make and take the chances so we can enjoy it please.
Love totty
01/01/2013 13:54:00
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Lloris, Walker, Daws, Verts, Naughton, Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Dempsey, Ade, defoe....but we can change it around a bit....they will sit deep so perhaps the guile of Gylfi will mean we can lose a speedster in defoe or Lennon...I think Gallas could be bullied in the air (as usual) by Pogrebnyak so Daws should get the nod
shedboy2
01/01/2013 13:57:00
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Tough team selection today. No Bale and no left footed LB so it will be important that Lennon stays wider on other side. That could mean that AVB opts for Verts at LB.
muttley
01/01/2013 14:02:00
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I'd go for it...and give the team a Refresh..plus would give us a better clue on what may be required..jan' and the future. For me....Lloris, naughton,dawson,caulker,vertonghen, lennon,parker,dembele,townsend,siggurdsen,dempsey. subs..friedel,walker,gallas,livermore,sandro,adebayor, defoe. Would like to see goals goals goals.......can see lennon scoring again and ideally, all 4 of our attacking frontmen used and scoring today.
82spursdebut
01/01/2013 14:02:00
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I know some are suggesting we drop Ade, but I can see it then being a case of others complaining that we have only played with one striker, at home and against the team in 19th place. in contrast is this a game where we should be hoping that he has a stormer and regains some some and confidence
oxfordspur
01/01/2013 14:05:00
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Our starting team vs Reading today: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton, Sandro, Dembele, Lennon, Sigurdsson Adebayor & Defoe
oxfordspur
01/01/2013 14:06:00
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And our subs: Friedel, Caulker, Livermore, Falque, Huddlestone, Parker & Dempsey
oxfordspur
01/01/2013 14:07:00
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Not understanding the inclusion of Dawson but the rest is as expected. I would have played Caulker.
muttley
01/01/2013 14:10:00
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The Reading team today: Federici; Gunter, Harte, Mariappa, Pearce; Karacan, Leigertwood, Kebe, McAnuff, Guthrie & Pogrebnyak #COYS
oxfordspur
01/01/2013 14:12:00
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Ox Clint Dempsey is the illogical replacement.
tophobunty
01/01/2013 14:12:00
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Mildly concerned that BAE still doesn't make the bench even
bowerman
01/01/2013 14:13:00
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I wonder if the inclusion of Daws is to counter the physical threat of Pogrebnyak? NO Gallas? Perhaps he is heading for QPR???
oxfordspur
01/01/2013 14:13:00
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Not sure why we are seeing 3 similar players on the subs bench. He did this saturday too. That to me is one clue as to why we require a new striker in jan' tranfer window.
82spursdebut
01/01/2013 14:13:00
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i still dont believe why Townsend sits on the bench when Bale is not playing, poor management, very. Naughton at left back is also very puzzling.
tophobunty
01/01/2013 14:14:00
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We really need to get goals, goals and more goals! btw, Westbrom losing....
Critical_Spur
01/01/2013 14:17:00
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tophobunty, Townsend NOT even on the bench!
Critical_Spur
01/01/2013 14:20:00
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Gallas OUT his most likely still suffering from the right hamstring pull or pi$$ed from last night, No loss. We have to rattle them early doors 2 up in 15mins, we need to get a cricket score today.
spu 4 life
01/01/2013 14:23:00
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all sorts of problems could come down our left side today, Kebe is a real flyer and we put a right footed left back against him with Siggy in front of him and he wont stay left and wont track back. This could mean we get even more bent out of shape with Lennon going left which negates him as a threat. This is a worry for me that AVB does not simply play Townsend as Bale's replacement in a place he is comfortable to play, keeping our shape and offering the oppo a significant threat. The team picked evens this game up and we could even end up losing. I hope not.
tophobunty
01/01/2013 14:24:00
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Adebayor owes us a good game ,hopefully today .Been dreadful all season .
Defoe hat trick 4-0 .
4-4-2 is working well but need to be more clinical
big cockeral
01/01/2013 14:24:00
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yep' can see a 6-0 coming !!....time to go..."come on you spurs"
82spursdebut
01/01/2013 14:25:00
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Critical i see that now, I struggle to understand the issue with not playing Townsend, is he injured?
tophobunty
01/01/2013 14:25:00
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Siggy to score? fulham leading 2-1 come on martin jol hold on...
spu 4 life
01/01/2013 14:26:00
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Line-up for today's seems ok. I would substitute in the 60th minute Falque for Lennon, 70th min, Parker for Sandro and after 75mins, Dempsey for Defoe or Ade. But all this should be done if we are up by two goals which on paper should not be a problem at all. But as the saying goes: the ball is round!!! COYS!!!!
Phil-Spurs
01/01/2013 14:26:00
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Ox - I'd gladly lose Dawson and Gallas for a young, top drawer centre half to compliment our other 3. The only link we've seen is Toby Alderweireld and nothing recently. It's hard to dislike Daws but after all of these years not even a hypnotist could convince me he's good enough.
muttley
01/01/2013 14:27:00
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tophobunty, agreed re missing Townsend. Unless AVB gave a prior nod to SOME of the players to enjoy their parties!!!
Critical_Spur
01/01/2013 14:30:00
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yeah if it stays 2-1 to Fulham thats a good start to the day !!
Edinburgh Spur
01/01/2013 14:32:00
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The left-side does look a bit suspect, but Naughton has shown that he's a capable left-back, better than Verts at left-back anyway. I think that if BAE was fit, Walker would be dropped. I think that Sigurdsson will work his socks off today. This is his rare chance to impress and he has pace. I wouldn't of started Townsend. I think that he needs to be loaned to another EPL team like Walker and Rose.
Fanman
01/01/2013 14:39:00
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fulham win it 2-1
spu 4 life
01/01/2013 14:39:00
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Fanman, Naughton is not a better left back than Verts and Siggy does NOT have pace.
tophobunty
01/01/2013 14:41:00
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Be interesting to see if Lennon attacks down the left, allowing walker to use the right side, Siggy another possible, certain AVB see;s them parking up, we will find out soon.
spu 4 life
01/01/2013 14:43:00
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tophobunty, I disagree. I think that Naughton is a better left-back than Verts. Verts gets beaten quite easily for pace at left-back, but he's good going forward. Naughton is good defensively, and good going forward. He can also pick a good through pass. Siggy is no Bale or Lennon, but he has more pace than Dempsey. I think that part of the reason he has been picked today is for his delivery on set-pieces.
Fanman
01/01/2013 14:47:00
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Thought the article was never coming!We should score on the run of play and as fast as possible.Or else Reading will park the bus.4-0 to Spurs!
SilwalYid
01/01/2013 14:47:00
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a big cance here again or 3 points, reading are poor, i hope we areup for it, coys
123spurs
01/01/2013 14:51:00
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I can see Naighton becoming an increasingly integral part of the team, never mind squad. ultimately I see him as a player that could even fill in for Lennon as he showed in Pre-Season 2-3yrs ago he can be very effective as a wide midfielder too... no Bale in the side will almost certainly mean Ade or Defoe scoring.
Viyyash-Ramosh
01/01/2013 14:51:00
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1st goal very important today. They're going to park the bus, just hope we can get something early. If they get to half time at 0-0, it will give them a lift. I'd take 1-0, we need 3pts to keep pressure on. COYS!!
RAF Yid
01/01/2013 14:52:00
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links anyone?
YankeeSpur23
01/01/2013 14:53:00
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Good to see Sigurdsson starting. He surely deserves a chance after his last subs appearances. A must win match for us and I hope all players to be focused on from the very beginning of it.
AlexSpur
01/01/2013 14:53:00
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YankeeSpur23, try this one http://www.thefirstrow.eu/watch/161231/1/watch-tottenham-hotspur-vs-reading-fc.html
AlexSpur
01/01/2013 14:54:00
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vipsports has been down for a few weeks... links please boys?
Yidmarks
01/01/2013 14:56:00
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AlexSpur, they are all must win these days. Such huge pressure nowadays.
Fanman
01/01/2013 14:57:00
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TOWNSEND has a slight hamstring issue & is NOT being ignored, which is NOT the result of poor management, let alone very poor management. And why on earth is Naughton at LB very puzzling? Have you not watched our last few matches tophob? Clean sheets etc etc, he was involved in those games mate & is getting better with every game. Or would you prefer AVB put Vertonghen there, even though the player himself has stated that he's not agile enough to deal with tricky or pacey wingers & doesn't like playing there?? Apart from possibly using Caulker instead of Dawson, I fail to see what else AVB could have done with his defensive choices?
coopsieyid
01/01/2013 14:59:00
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Everyone is copying our pre-match huddle.
Fanman
01/01/2013 15:00:00
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a good start at a high tempo should give Uncle Festa and his team something to think about
Viyyash-Ramosh
01/01/2013 15:00:00
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oh dear
In-spurs-ational
01/01/2013 15:05:00
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First goal we've conceded in the first fifteen minutes this season
In-spurs-ational
01/01/2013 15:06:00
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scool boy error from a fee kick ball watch
123spurs
01/01/2013 15:06:00
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amazes me the number of times teams score with their 1st real chance on goal against Spurs, yet we struggle to do the same. at least plenty of time to turn it around... I think Reading might just try to defend this lead only from here lol
Viyyash-Ramosh
01/01/2013 15:06:00
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Keep calm and pass me the ball.
thenuge
01/01/2013 15:07:00
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oh for phuck sake, well never saw that coming, now we need to up the gears...
spu 4 life
01/01/2013 15:08:00
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sandro is poor again with hes passing very careless like last game
123spurs
01/01/2013 15:08:00
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Adebayor, Adebayor, give him the ball and he won't score
In-spurs-ational
01/01/2013 15:08:00
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Missed that. What happened? Ade should have had that
Big Ron
01/01/2013 15:08:00
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hopefully this game will make people realise and the managment how badly we need another quality winger at the club as a back up for either lennon or bale when they are injured/suspended we just aren't the same team.....we are really gonna struggle this afternoon to open them up!! Hopefully will prompt a january buy!!!
WiseYid
01/01/2013 15:09:00
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Good test for us now. Let's see what we are made of.
In-spurs-ational
01/01/2013 15:09:00
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Dawson 1_1
In-spurs-ational
01/01/2013 15:10:00
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daawssssssssssssssss
123spurs
01/01/2013 15:10:00
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Did we just score from a corner?!
In-spurs-ational
01/01/2013 15:10:00
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Goal from a corner???
Fanman
01/01/2013 15:11:00
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Fanman, Verts is a much more natural left sided player than Naughton and will always be a better left back. You are faster than Demspey, so is a bus with a flat tyre, being faster than Dempsey does not mean anyone or thing has pace. Siggy is NOT pacey, Townsend is.
tophobunty
01/01/2013 15:11:00
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GREAT RESPONSE FROM MR SPURS !!!!
spu 4 life
01/01/2013 15:11:00
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That will add a few million if Harry wants him
In-spurs-ational
01/01/2013 15:11:00
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SPurs New Years resolution ?

Score from corners yeeha
big cockeral
01/01/2013 15:11:00
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Fanman I do agree with you ref Walker that he could/should be dropped if BAE were fit. I am keen to see if Naughton could be a better right back than Walker, I think there is a good chance he could be.
tophobunty
01/01/2013 15:12:00
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Another corner, hopefully another goal
In-spurs-ational
01/01/2013 15:13:00
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http://www.blinertv-ppv.cc.cc/p/blinertv.html
coopsieyid
01/01/2013 15:14:00
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LOL big c!Good 1!!
SilwalYid
01/01/2013 15:16:00
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http://socsportslive.com/?htrtrhthrth
coopsieyid
01/01/2013 15:16:00
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