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AVB vs Sir Alex - The Rematch!

AVB vs Sir Alex - The Rematch!

Manure return to the Lane expecting all three points and with the added bonus of not conceding a goal. 

Since the PL started Manure have recorded a total of 16 shut outs from their previous 28 clashes with Spurs. Of those 28 matches, 12 have been at White Hart Lane; exactly half of these have resulted in Spurs failing to score and half again ended in victory for Manure. However, Manure have only managed to prevent five teams from scoring in league action this season. 

Spurs have failed to score in three of their last five against Manure prior to our jaw-droppingly unexpected victory at the Theatre of Dreams earlier this season. Before AVB took over, Spurs had lost seven of their previous meetings with Man United. Manure will be keen to exact revenge on us and will fancy their chances. 

The facts are stark. Manure's record against teams in the top six this season are ominous. United's three away games against teams who fall into the top 6 bracket have seen three wins from three. Spurs haven't fared so well against opposition from the top 6. Our dramatic victory over United represents the only time we haven't been beaten when playing a member of last season's top-six this time around, losing at Newcastle, Manchester City and Arsenal, as well as Chelsea at home. 

Most of us would feel that Manure will return to the Lane and we all go back to situation normal. But will it? When Manchester United conceded the title to their neighbours at the end of last season everyone expected a response from Alex Ferguson. Sir Alex doesn't like his dynasty being interrupted by the likes of Chelsea, Scum and now City. So United did spend this summer, and spend big; £27m on Robin Van Persie and £14m on the Bundesliga's player of the year Shinji Kagawa. All these purchases were geared to making United's offense, already featuring players such as Wayne Rooney and Antonio Valencia, one to be feared. 

In Ferguson's own words; 'Last year we lost on goal difference and I don't expect us to lose on goal difference again. I think Robin may make that difference.' And yes RVP has! So if we look at what happened at OT are there any lessons we learnt that day or have Manure learnt more? The one thing Manure were not on that day was clinical. Their build up play was as surgical as usual but their finishing in front of goal let them down. I would like to say that we defended well but we all know that we were lucky. 

So what have we got to do this weekend to get the same result? For me this is the defining moment of our season not just for our progress in the PL but for AVB and for Daniel Levy. The QPR game was not the result we would have hoped for coming into the United match. A defeat this weekend would ring alarms bells as we all want to avoid the now customary January slide and with just 1 point out 6 we would open the door again for Scum and Chelski to open up a bigger gap or close it. However, to get a win on Sunday will mark a turning point for the club because it will firstly mean that we have taken 6 points off Manure. 

Secondly, it will show that we are getting closer to sitting at the top table. Thirdly, it will give us the belief we need to beat Citeh and Scum when they come to the Lane. But, and there is always a but, if we do win, what will that mean for us bringing in a marquee signing in the January transfer window? or our transfer ambitions? 

If we get sunk by an RvP goal/s will that send any kind of a message out to Daniel Levy? The stakes therefore are higher than just losing or winning 3 points. It's about seeing how far we have progressed under AVB. A win will mean we already have the players and the squad to compete this season, despite notable absentees. A win will mean that we can build momentum and have a genuinely realistic chance of shutting the door on fourth, and, given the inconsistent mess that Chelski are in, a real crack at 3rd Place. So can we do it? Can AVB pull it off again? 

Written by OyVeh Maria



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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Thursday January 17 2013
Time: 5:00PM

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Comments

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Firstly lets get a good result.
Crissybwoy
17/01/2013 17:09:00
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there is absolutely no way in hell that any match against united, home or away, defines our season. having already beaten them at old trafford, if we end up taking three points from the likely champions at the end of the season then fantastic. we were fortunate that rooney was only just back and only featured in the second half last time, no such luck this weekend. I can understand that the result against QPR will be viewed as 2 points dropped, even though we haven't won at loftus road for almost twenty years, however we do go into this game as the underdogs, so if we do lose can we not have the usual our season is collapsing crap. last season we took 3 points off QPR and 0 from united, this season we took 4 off QPR and already have three off united.
Guernman
17/01/2013 17:16:00
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If Bale is on it and our defence stays solid i really fancy us do the Mancs...but knowing our luck the snow will get the game postponed and by the time its rescheduled it will sandwiched inbetween the Lyon games and Rooney would have found form and Parker be injured lol nonetheless COYMFS!!!
JattYid
17/01/2013 17:17:00
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Guernman like that positive spin
JattYid
17/01/2013 17:18:00
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this could be a belter. Utd will come at us and we play better when teams attack us. The first half at Old Trafford was the best I've seen us play this season. The second half was unbearable, but that's Spurs. I expect there will be goals at both ends here. I don't think we can go toe to toe with them and expect to outscore them though, and I doubt we'd get away with a repeat of the 2nd half at Old Trafford again - AVB will need to earn his money on Sunday
Yorkspur
17/01/2013 17:20:00
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Glad we no longer have a manager who rolls over and accepts his medicine when Man U are in town! AVB goes for the jugular, and I love him for it!
Tactically Challenge
17/01/2013 17:24:00
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This might appear overly simplistic but the team who takes their chances will win this one. By that I mean that we will have as much possession and create as many scoring opportunities as them but who would you bet on, JD or RVP? Please Lady Luck, smile on the Yids.
Love totty
17/01/2013 17:27:00
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Hope that we park both the bus and the trailer, hit them with a counter and get a scrappy win. With the blind owl as ref, anything can happen!
dannylane
17/01/2013 17:31:00
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two things NOT to do here. Dont play Naughton left back, play a left footed left back and do NOT play Livermore in place of Sandro. Naughton could play right back to give Walker a kick
tophobunty
17/01/2013 17:33:00
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Formation: lloris, Naughton Dawson verts BAE, Parker dembele, walker bale Lennon, Dempsey 4231 COYS
tottingham10
17/01/2013 18:01:00
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Or bale up top on his own and Dempsey in the hole, hit them on the counter with the pace of walker Lennon and bale
tottingham10
17/01/2013 18:03:00
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Im predicting the usual thing will happen against united, and teams similar. We'll play quite well then united will score from nowhere, and when we try and attack them we'll concede more and end up losing 3-0 or 3-1. Or we'll score earlier and United we'll just hammer at us and we'll blow it. Rooney normally scores against us, when nani plays us he normally scores, and i cant see rvp not scoring. Having said that since lloris has been playing we concede an awful lot less, i think 11 in 12 and five of them came against the scum, so maybe he'll help us. For us to win parker has to be back at his best, mouse has to play better than last week and defoe has to be clinical and hopefully it will be bales day, but would anyone be surprised if bale just shot at every opportunity and missed?
craig spur
17/01/2013 18:03:00
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I think Utd might let us come at them and go in for the kill when our energy level drops or our frustration shows. Expecting a cracking sunday though. Esp as I live in a house full of Utd fans! COYS!
edmontonspurs
17/01/2013 18:05:00
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Big game for Parker... Needs to be on it but am confident he will be!! Tactically AVB got i right in the first half but they then inevitably came at us. Looking forward to it!! Confident of a result, as always, but also nervous of a shocker s always!! COYS
YidoDave
17/01/2013 18:09:00
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I don't like the AVB versus Sir Alex tact. This is players against players, plain and simple. Both managers know what they are doing. ManU's players will be out for atonement, but much more importantly, they will want to et three points from us while seeing City and Chelsea drop points to us. Fergie will coach this as 1 game in 38 that is as important as any other of the 38. It's how AVB should approach it too. What did we learn from the first leg? Well Walker and Gallas were saloon doors and but for poor finishing, we should have lost. Then again, both of the United goals, IMO, were savable. Lloris will be in net and Gallas should be nowhere near the pitch. We also cannot let Scholes sit in the midfield, untethered as he pulls the strings. I still can't believe that Defoe just sat there for the better part of an 30 minutes watching him move the ball right, left, centre just 20 yeards in front of him. I also note that United's poor defence has not gotten any better. They concede goals. They also played yesterday. We have had more rest. Parker and Dembele is not a huge drop from Sandro/Dembele. If we take our chances, we could well win. I'd play Dempsey with Sigurdsson in behind. Defoe as sub, if necessary. Perhaps this time he'll beat a defender for pace as he should have last time when twice he just had to outrun a defender to be in on goal alone and was both times beat to the ball. We have the talent to win. Play a disciplined, controlled game and dominate of set pieces in their end. Their defence is not great. It's our home. Time for the fans to let everyone know whatthat means. Rock the joint, take the points. COYS
peterballb
17/01/2013 18:10:00
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tottingham10.. I like your thinking, however cannot see it happening! Agree tho that my defence would be Naughton, Dawson, Verts, BAE... Walker needs a kick up the arse!!
YidoDave
17/01/2013 18:17:00
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Agreed peter. AVB and Fergie have no beef. Would be a good game for BAE to start. Bale plays well with good service from him. And Parker/Dembele can be as good if not better than Sandro/Dembel. That's one area where we really do have strength in depth. I fact I think it's an ideal game for Parker
edmontonspurs
17/01/2013 18:22:00
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Look on the bright side and think of this match as a win win situation. Win and we've taken six points off united. Lose and Levy might just get us that striker we've needed for [insert your own number] years.
In-spurs-ational
17/01/2013 18:26:00
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I think bale has what it takes to play up top if he plays on the shoulder and Dempsey can find a through ball no one will catch bale, and with Lennon and walker on the wings we won't lose pace, can't see why they don't try it, it's not like bale can do any worse than Defoe and plus walker and Lennon have the pace and are defensively minded to get back COYS
tottingham10
17/01/2013 18:29:00
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Edmonton, this is, as you say, the perfect game for Parker. He gets away with loads that Sandro doesn't. Also, I think you are right about BAE. I suspect AVB had his eye on this game and wanted to make sure that BAE was available. I doubt AVB would do it, but I would play 3-5-2. Lloris, Dawson, Caulker and Vertonghen, Lennon and BAE out wide, Dembele and Parker in the middle and Bale and Dempsey up top with Sigurdsson tucked in behind. That would make it very hard to work through the middle while having three big bodies in the middle to deal with incoming crosses that Lloris can't get to. Throw everything we can at their box and see what happens. Sir Alex will be playing to stop us doing what we intend to do. It's how he beat Harry every time. Just sets his team up to stop us doing what we want and then nick a goal and the victory. Throw a solid defence at him with a top end that he will not have planned for. Young is not likely to play. Vidic is just back from injury. They played yesterday, though they rotated players. It all takes a toll. COYS
peterballb
17/01/2013 18:44:00
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It's going to be ONE HELL OF A GAME. Tottenham10 - what on earth are you on about talking about Defoe like that. He's abs lethal and is even holding up the play well and linking it. He's so close to being prem top scorer. Nearly against QPR and games before that. Give the guy a break....he has to play! What a shot! What a finisher... Guernmen... What a lovely and positive refreshing outlook. Of course it's not doom and gloom if we lose to United. We get back on the horse and fight. But realistically I think we are 55/45 favourites at the lane. Bring it on!
willfry
17/01/2013 19:28:00
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Peterb.. like your thoughts on 3-5-2- give alex a headache 1st half score 2 goals... the swich to 4321 midway 2nd half will have him shouting for ref and 4th official to give 100 mins playing time, so they can equalise... COYS
Block D Spurs
17/01/2013 19:36:00
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willfry, I love the level of support for Defoe. Truly I do. It is a little optimistic though. He is not "lethal" and is not "close to being the prem top scorer". Now I don't like EA Sports numbers, but even they have him as the 9th best forward with both Bale and Lennon considered as better offensive performers. He has scored 14 in 28 and has scored 9 of those in 4, which means 5 in the other 24. Hardly on fire. Over 1800 minutes at 10 goals in the Prem. That's one goal every 180 mintes on the pitch or .5/90 minutes. His career average is .6/90 minutes. You did get the one word that properly qualifies him though "nearly". Impact sub at best. Harsh? Sure, but Harry got that one right. COYS
peterballb
17/01/2013 19:56:00
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Dempsey has to sit on scholes or carrick....and we need to press their back line....that'll mean bale working the left, not floating about....
shedboy2
17/01/2013 20:06:00
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It's a shame with Kaboul fit 3 at the back looks almost better than 4...Verts Caulker Kaboom...not easy to get past them!
shedboy2
17/01/2013 20:08:00
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We have to support Defoe, he's the only striker we have! Not supporting Defoe would be like not supporting AVB....wouldn't it?
shedboy2
17/01/2013 20:19:00
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In a way Guernman is spot on. Our excellent win at OT gives us leeway on the game on Sunday. A draw will be an excellent point earned, although I'm hoping for all 3.
HuddersfieldYiddo
17/01/2013 20:23:00
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What's the word on sandro? funny that one year on, and about that long since I was last blahhing about how good he is, and now how important he's become, how everyone else has realised how much we'lll miss him. How long is he going to be missing? Talk about a jellyfish with no spine. Kind of like Gaurdiola picking Germany over Premier league. Phucking spineless planner. Untikl you pit your wits against the best, you're like a nazi ba$tard fighting the second world war. Weak (unt
PERTH OZSPUR
17/01/2013 20:25:00
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shedboy, I have always supported every player that has pulled on the kit. It does not mean I am blind. If (ad I expect he will be) he is in the starting XI, I will hope that this is his brace game. COYS
peterballb
17/01/2013 20:26:00
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.....................Bale..........................

...Bale..........Dembele........Lennon...

...........Verts..............Parker...........

BAE......Dawson.....Caulker,,..Walker

.....................Lloris........................


We will need to defend ....
Yidmarks
17/01/2013 20:34:00
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bale is worth 100 mil now yidmarks?
tophobunty
17/01/2013 20:39:00
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Yep !...let's fool an old fool ! (fergie)...joking. Grab the midfield.....for a change..vs utd. 3 / 5 / 2. I be thinking........Lloris, dawson,caulker,vertonghen, walker,lennon,parker,dembele,bale, dempsey, siggurdsen...subs...friedel,naughton,gallas,livermore,townsend,defoe,o'bika. Work that one out...fergie..lol
82spursdebut
17/01/2013 20:46:00
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Defoe up top... not Bale...
Yidmarks
17/01/2013 20:48:00
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3 at the back for a huge game when we have not played it all season? suicide me thinks....yes lets grab the midfield but 451 does that better and that can change to a very fluid 433 when we break...
tophobunty
17/01/2013 20:57:00
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>>>>>>>>demsey...siggy<<<<<<<< ........................................................ Bale....dembele..parker..lennon...walker ........................................................ >>>vertonghen..caulker..dawson<<<< ....................................................... >>>>>>>>>>Lloris<<<<<<<<<<<
82spursdebut
17/01/2013 20:58:00
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IS THAT ALL WE'VE GOT J DEFOE? OH NO. NEED A STRIKER OR DOWN WE GO. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. DISTANT DREAM. GET A REAL STRIKER OR POINTS WE'LL BLEED. JD AINT IT, HE'S REALLY $HIT, ONE SHOT IN TWENTY THE POST HE'LL HIT. WE NEED SOMEONE GOOD, CAN SHOOT BETWEEN THE WOOD, NLOT A PHUCKING HOBBIT THAT AINT NO GOOD
PERTH OZSPUR
17/01/2013 21:09:00
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LOL..your hopping mad, you kangaroo !..LOL
82spursdebut
17/01/2013 21:15:00
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433
Llorris
BAE, Verts, Caulker, Naughton
Dembele, Parker, Siggy,
Bale, Dempsey, Lennon
ItalianYiddo
17/01/2013 21:41:00
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Italian, is that BAE at right back, Maughton left back and Bale right side with Lennon left side?
tophobunty
17/01/2013 21:44:00
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It doesn't matter what the result is it will not change Levy's approach. At best you could say he is building for next season, at worst he is repeating what he has done for the last several seasons and not filled the critical gap of a goal-scorer when the rest of the team is coming together. Can't see anything other than a Utd win but I hope AVB will prove me wrong.
Harry-Kari
17/01/2013 21:47:00
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topho, didn't work out as intended, need to mirror image it, BAE on the left and Naughton on the right and so on. Would love to see that formation, not sure United is the team to try it on!
ItalianYiddo
17/01/2013 21:55:00
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This isn't AVB vs Fergie, It's Spurs against Man Utd.
TopSpur13
17/01/2013 21:58:00
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Italian, yes i thought you were way too sensible and knowledgable. I like 433 but I think it should be a 451 able to switch to 433..and i think you might be right in the fact that Dempsey might be able to play that role better than Defoe
tophobunty
17/01/2013 22:01:00
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genuine thanks for the article oyveh but one game against anyone does not define a season. imo our main threat to Manure is pace, even the midweek cup gaim may give usan extra few percent chance. i take the point on 'arry almost on damage limitation mode against manu but i really would like us to play in last (1st half) season mode against most teams
troffer2
17/01/2013 22:02:00
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topho, that's exactly it. It can instantly change from a 433 to a 451 depending on different phases during games. I think AVB is trying to make players adaptable to different schemes according to opposition. It will take a couple of seasons to bring the right players.
ItalianYiddo
17/01/2013 22:18:00
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I like many of you here am wondering perhaps we are NOT going to get anyone in this transfer window. (Nothing like maintaining status quo). That will make for a hard slog for the players, coach and us supporters for the remainder of the season. Will we or won't we get CL, that is. I believe if Levy and AVB get a couple of attacking players in to complement our already great squad, CL is in the bag. I suppose investing 20 mil now to markedly increase our CL chances for some reason is not worth it to those in charge. From our track record last few years, I certainly won't be holding my breath for any new signings :-(
Madaboutspurs
17/01/2013 22:20:00
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Mad, you can hold your breath, but just don't start until January 31 about 20 minutes before the close of the window.

4-3-3 is not a system that would suit us given our personnel. To have 4-3-3 you need a striker who leads the line, can hold up play and link well with the player to the right and to the left. While I like the idea of Dempsey up top, he does not hold up play very well. I think in a 4-5-1, or as I have suggested a 3-5-2, you could have Dempsey up top with Sigurdsson just behind him. I just don't think we have the players for a 4-3-3. Get in Negredo, Willian, Son, Holtby and Sissokho and then we're talking. COYS
peterballb
17/01/2013 22:36:00
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Madaboutspurs All along levy and AVB have said no one in this January. Does no one on here listen any more.
chrishove123
17/01/2013 22:37:00
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Good article Oyveh. I don't really agree on the bit that this game will define the rest of our season. No doubt a win will give everyone a lot of confidence. However a loss will not imo send us down any spiral. AVB has more sense than that. We'll just have to knuckle down and keep getting points week in week out. COYS & WIN X3
Madaboutspurs
17/01/2013 22:37:00
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LOL!! chrishove (as in I am LOL at myself). Yes AVB has told everyone and anyone who would listen in the last month that we are buying nobody. However, the dreamer in me was just hoping that was all just smokescreen while they prepare for something special. Like I said....LOL :-)
Madaboutspurs
17/01/2013 22:40:00
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Hope this does the trick. COYS
peterballb
17/01/2013 22:42:00
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peter, most of us will be doing hundreds of refresh on SPURS news sites in the last hour no doubt, as usual. Levy likes his good deals. Sometimes it works well- VDV, and sometimes it does not- Mmm I was going to say Pav but I know you rated him.
Madaboutspurs
17/01/2013 22:43:00
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I am so smart, SMRT. COYS
peterballb
17/01/2013 22:43:00
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@shedboy: "We have to support Defoe, he's the only striker we have! Not supporting Defoe would be like not supporting AVB....wouldn't it?"

It almost sounds as if you are pleading to Levy with that statement!.....but falls on deaf ears!
Critical_Spur
17/01/2013 22:49:00
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Mad, it wasn't that I rated Pav so much as that he scored as frequently as Defoe when done on a goals per minutes on the pitch basis. Neither were what we needed. One got maligned, while the other, as is again the case, gets a pass. "lethal" Defoe. Bless. COYS
peterballb
17/01/2013 22:49:00
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Like your way with words, peter. But yes, Pav was effective coming off the bench often. AVB may have been able to work wonders with him. Some of Pav's goals were nothing short of spectacular. Have a great evening.
Madaboutspurs
17/01/2013 22:52:00
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Mad, I was a fan of Pav, class player and always found space but needed to be in a team that was properly coached (Redknapp doing similar at QPR prefers Mackie or SRP to Hoilett...,ludicrous).But dont agree with Peter on Defoe, much improved this season under AVB
matt hoten
17/01/2013 23:38:00
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As for Man U I always judge a one off by performance rather than result but would accept a lucky 3points any time
matt hoten
17/01/2013 23:40:00
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Agree on Defoe there matt, but he does blow hot and cold. We do need someone else as an option upfront. Talk about stating the obvious.
Madaboutspurs
18/01/2013 00:12:00
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First thing is first, Defoe starts up top. I don't rate Jermain (both of them) whatsoever, but we all know that he is going to start, barring an injury in training or warm up. 4-4-1-1. Dempsey will play behind him, the usual midfield with Parker, replacing Sandro. Back 4 or LB is the biggest decision. We might see Jan, back at LB with Caulker and Dawson in the middle or a return of BAE. LLoris in goal.
thenuge
18/01/2013 01:05:00
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matt hoten, Defoe is averaging .47 goals per 90 minutes this season. Significantly down from his career average. Last year as an impact sub he was significantly above his career average-Harry got that one right). The stats bear out what I see on the pitch. He's lost speed. All he has is the turn and shoot. 1 goal in his last 7 PL games (since December 1) and in the game he scored (Villa) I had him as the worst player on the pitch until he scored which brought him up, admittedly, in my opinion, to the second worst player on the pitch. He was awful. Against QPR, other than one shot that the keeper had to save, he did nothing.. I'd play Dempsey up top of Sigurdsson, but you needn't worry. Nothing I have seen from AVB suggests he will not start Defoe. Bale has one assist, Ade nada, Dempsey few. Even Lennon, who has been vastly improved has identical stats to his last season stats - more minutes this year though. Sorry, Defoe up top alone is, IMO, detrimental to all others on the pitch. Sure, he'll get his 18 goals. Everyone else's numbers will be worse. Bale, Ade, Dempsey.

Mad, we don't need an option. We need a proper up top, lone striker who can play football. Defoe will start Saturday. Hopefully he'll start blowing hot again. Eerily reminiscent of 2009/2010 when he had 10 by November 22, and then sucked the rest of the way. COYS
peterballb
18/01/2013 03:44:00
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C'mon peter, would you stop beating around the bush and just tell us how you really feel about Jermaine Defoe . lol ;-)
Madaboutspurs
18/01/2013 03:50:00
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I think he is an excellent impact sub. COYS
peterballb
18/01/2013 04:11:00
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Sadly I see a loss here. They will be out for blood. Can we get lucky twice? I don't think so.
Tottenham Hotcore
18/01/2013 06:20:00
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Another chance to hang onto the edge of my seat and enjoy the match and no I won't waste it worrying about buying this guy or selling this guy, I'll just enjoy the match......ps It hit 47 degrees today....anyone want to swap??
Underspur
18/01/2013 06:40:00
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In the absence of a new striker signing, I think someone else is gonna have to carry the gauntlet and deliver, e.g., Dempsey + Siggy. Defoe will be smug being the main striker and one of these guys needs to get him off his high horse. I am sure Defoe will start against Utd as well as Walker. AVB has his hands tied on Defoe and seems to favour Walker regardless. I won't be too concerned as long as we maintain a resolute defence and start putting our chances away. Defoe is due another purple patch, so I expect him to net in this game. COYS!
Critical_Spur
18/01/2013 06:44:00
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...if defoe's strike rate is .47 per 90 minutes then he has had his 90 minutes at Loftus Road..ergo... peterB... he has to score against Manure, ...law of averages..Yes, the trick is, can JD score 1 more than Manure score.......with just one striker and only Dempsey and Siggy as options blue nose will be smelling a victory.....however, there is a 12th man on Sunday for Spurs...Those of us inside the stadium....dont let us down, get the set pieces right, break up their play higher up the pitch and if we get our noses in front dont give up 2/3rds of the pitch and let them come on to us...Parker needs to close the spaces on Scholes dont let him play, strangle the supply from the midfield and Bale and Lenny need to turn their full backs and get in behind them...dont ping the chuffing ball into the box cos we aint got any height ,play the slide ball and keep the balls into the box on the deck..Bale's bound to come in and start taking shots so JD has to be in the box to pick up any half chances...link up play on the lines has to be tight, at QPR our link up play between Bale and Naughton was rubbish. BAE has to play to give us the overlaps. Walker has to get his bloody concentration sorted out, he let SWP get the better of him at QPR he's got to close the spaces down. Verts has to wear the same shorts as RvP dont let him get infront of him we all saw what he did to Liverpools pokermon, squirtles..give RvP any room in the box and he'll poach one.....the atmosphere inside WHL will be hyper its important that the lads on the pitch feel the buzz...this will be Parkers most important game he is going to have to cover every blade of grass and Bale and Lenny need to get back and cover if they lose possession......Im going to be screaming my lungs out so hard I'll probably see my beer again!
OyVeh Maria
18/01/2013 07:20:00
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We are short in the striker department and even the fit one we have (Defoe), most of you would start without him to which I would also agree. This highlights our problem for the rest of the season and not only for the United game. I'd be happy to see the following line-up come Sunday.

Lloris

Walker...Dawson..Vertonghen...BAE

Lennon...Parker...Dembele...Bale

Siggy

Dempsey
yiddyboy
18/01/2013 08:48:00
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OyVeh Maria - Defoe scores 0.5 goals per game, his last coming against Villa. Since then we have had 4 games so I guess he'll deliver a brace then??
yiddyboy
18/01/2013 08:52:00
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We won at Old Traff vs Pure Manure, and there's no reason we cannot do the same in N17. My only source of down feelings stems from Sandro's injury, which really does have me feeling ominously sad. But, we won the last time we met the Manures, and we can do so again. One thing we do know that differs from our last scoreless match vs Harry and his Houdinis, they will not be parking a coach across the box so we should have scoring chances. Curious to see if we stay in a 4-4-2 without Adebayor. If so, who's the other forward with Defoe? Or will we see a reversion to a 4-2-3-1? Let's hope Scotty has enough fuel in his tank to replace Sandro for the full 90+ minutes. He often didn't have sufficient energy to last last season. We need the old man now. COYS. (And Come on you Sandro. Heal fast, rapaz.)
Total knobhead
18/01/2013 09:04:00
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haha Yidmarks, I liked it better when you had cloned Bale. Bale passes from the wing and it connects with CF Bale for a gooooooooooal! nice stuff.
Total knobhead
18/01/2013 09:11:00
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Any transfer gossip? I read an article about us wanting Anas Sharbini any one heard anything about this?
thfan
18/01/2013 09:19:00
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unfortunately defoe tends to score the odd hatrick against poor opposition so he can afford these long goal droughts and still keep his stats just south of average. A finisher is judged by how many chances he needs to find the back of the net, how many shots per goal. Unfortunately for us our ***** hot striker is actually a poorer finisher than the much disparaged lennon, bale naturally and even dempsey who is only just getting warm. Its amazing what a PR campaign can do, pundits keep saying defoe is a deadly finisher and every believes it, even defoe unfortunately, perhaps thats why he never passes
Guernman
18/01/2013 09:22:00
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By the way JJ is back useful loan spell then to put him in the shop window. One start and only six appearances at Forest. Plagued with injuries again. So more expense for us re wages or will he replace Sandro lol
thfan
18/01/2013 09:22:00
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Will Jenas replace Sandro, thfan? Wash mouth with soap. Now. Repeat several times. Then sit in corner with large pointed hat and dumbfounded expression of face. Good one, mate.
Total knobhead
18/01/2013 09:34:00
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