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Greetings one and all.

Greetings one and all.

First things first, congratulations Defoe on breaking Big Chivs long standing record, 39 years suggests no mean feat. Well done!. I thought there were a lot of positives to take from the game, Lamela being the stand out performer. Whilst I had a quick look at the comments posted on here at halftime, I was not surprised to see so much negativity. I thought that Lamela playing on the Right allowed for Walker to be utilised in forward positions a whole lot more as compared to when Townsend is played there. Lamela was able to hold the ball a little longer and release Walker further forward at times. Right from the off Lamela looked like he was so much more confident in his ability. his passing was nearly always ahead of the player who was to receive the ball, something we have seldom witnessed thus far this season. His decision making looked considered as opposed to rushed.

Although they did not come off, Capoue did try a couple of balls over the top to Defoe, something we have discussed he is capable of doing, and something that Soldado is very adept at volleying home. Good to see the intention. After seeing Eriksens failed pass across our own backline you can see why his assist rate is so high. Cut that right out. Dembele started with his usual effortless ghosting past players and unleashed a good shot on target. As the game progressed however, he did revert back to giving the ball away all to cheaply at times. How can he make the hard things look so easy, and the easy so hard?.

All in all I thought we moved the ball well in the 1st half and did play some nice little one twos on the edge of the box. Penalty for me, but I'll leave that for you to discuss. All the good work came from the Right, and right at the end of the half Siggy whipped a ball in that Soldado would've thrived on. Defoe did not connect. We did not score, but the tempo was there along with a lot more movement around the box.

Second half saw Lamela continue on the Left where he had ended the first half. I know we had not scored but I did feel most of our best work came from the Right in the first half, this dropped off once Lamela was playing Left I thought. As soon as Lamela was reverted back to the Right he continued picking the ball up and running at players, his dribbling at times was sublime, he played a ball into Eriksen who tried to play a through ball ( which appeared not be coming off), it found it's way to Lamela, and he duly fired home. The duck was broken. Well done young man. You could see the lad grow in confidence before your eyes tonight, he was a constant threat, receive the ball and away we go. he showed no fear tonight.

Lamela picked the ball up and dribbled past numerous players in a tight space with such great ball control it was a delight to witness. He was too much, the foul had to come, soon to be followed by the penalty. Defoes moment had arrived. He despatched it well, but other than this incredible moment for him, he was not really in the game. Holtby did try a little dinked ball over the top, he executed it very well getting it up and down in a short distance. Defoe however was offside. ( no, really he was). But again another sign of what might be for Soldado.

I think that a lot of the way we played would have served Soldado well, he must have been somewhat bewildered as to why he does not receive the same kind off crosses and help to his game in and around the box. Hopefully this will now improve. Disappointed with the goal we conceded after all this time. Not blaming Brad, but i do wonder if we would've seen the same outcome with Lloris in the goal. Eriksen was hit and miss again tonight, but the shot wasn't to shabby, another confidence building exercise i'd suggest.

In summary, I can understand some concerns about the first half performance, but I do feel at times it is not only the score line that needs to be the benchmark for how we are doing. There were plenty of positives for me, two vs. one on the Right like the good old days, Capoue stepping straight back in and performing, more movement, Lamela running riot. All occurred in the 1st half believe it or not. We played well, could do better, but I'll make no apologies for gushing about Lamela, he's going to terrorise defences in time, this was just a taster. I'd suggest seize the moment and start him Sunday. Would you?.

On a final note.....Just because the Sheriff and the posse ( 20 travelling fans i believe) have left town. Let's keep the comments respectful....The site is still policed.

Written by Cider Spurs.



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Writer:Cider spurs.
Date:Friday November 8 2013
Time: 7:58AM

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Thanks Cider, the game seemed to be so much about Lamela, he had everyone looking at him thinking what will he do next. The kid has bucket loads of talent and I can't wait to see him over the next few years. Eriksen looked very frustrated with his own play and decision making. I like this attitude as u fell he wants to perform much better. He has such a great delivery I really hope he gets in more positions to use it. Capoue will be competing for a starting spot, just imagine him and the Beast in MF...
Mix26
08/11/2013 08:07:00
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P.S I phucken hate pigs!!!
Mix26
08/11/2013 08:09:00
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Whilst I was SHOCKED to see Brad come off his line at the corners on a few occasions, I can't help but worry he is not fit to keep opponents from scoring. There is no doubt most GK would have pushed that shot away from goal.
Mix26
08/11/2013 08:14:00
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I thought it was a good game! We dominated and were clearly the better side. It was good for the confidence of Lamela, isn't it good to see the inverted winger system work on the right?. Eriksen did seem to relax a little after his shot and hold the passes better (instead of getting pushed off/crowded out or them bouncing off him) he needs to get more minutes but not ready to be called a PL starter (talk of him settling in straight away was premature) it will have done him good. Capoue looks like he'll get up to speed fairly quickly and carry on where he left off and Verts, Walker and pauli all came through without injury (although I do think we're over playing walker)...
shedboy2
08/11/2013 08:16:00
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Mix- Imo Brad should have hung up his boots...it's painful just watching him now...
shedboy2
08/11/2013 08:18:00
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Lamela looking good. Eriksen's stop start form surprises me, but he will come good. Not sure about Lamela at 10. Right side for me, with license to roam, and Townsend on the left. I thought it was interesting that AVB switched wingers around at times last night. Don't recall him doing that before. Better performance I thought. I think the issue with speed of play is to do with the fact the forwards are still new to each other and that means they don't play one touch stuff much in the last third. PS Is it safe to post without a war braking out now?
mattkk
08/11/2013 08:27:00
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It's good that Defoe will be leaving us on a high this time. Roll on January and any one of Hulk, Pato of Martinez.
darkenvai
08/11/2013 08:28:00
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Lamela was a different player last night, confident from the start. Obviously a very young guy and people mature at different ages and I'm guessing having his family here now has made a big difference. I really hope he starts on Sunday. He can do everything Townsend does (albeit at a less explosive pace) but with so much extra added and not at the expense of ignoring the rest of the team. I honestly can't rate Townsend until he either starts mixing it up by threading through balls occasionally once he moves inside or he starts hitting the corners when he shoots to increase the chances of a goal or the goalkeeper spilling it for a corner or back into the penalty area. If Townsend must play stick him on the left where he's much more forced to be a team player and he can whip some crosses in for Soldado. I honestly think with Townsend on the left, Lamela on the right and Holtby through the middle he could be blessed with an abundance of chances.
flipper
08/11/2013 08:30:00
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Agreed Shed as tough a decision it may be we cannot afford to have him as back up the rest of the season. Surely we can bring in a good back up and or use Archer? Has anyone seen the boy play? Brad I think could have a role as coach for us or head back to the states for 1 last pay check.
Mix26
08/11/2013 08:35:00
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The interesting thing about Lamela last night was he didn't hold a position. Rather he moved all over the place, right, left and through the centre. It makes me wonder whether we should try pairing him and Townsend with instructions to swap wings at will. Conversely if AVB is going to play Lennon he really needs to play him on the right. We seem to have developed a way of doing just enough to get a result and this game was another example. Hopefully in the remaining two games AVB will give Kane and whoever else he thinks might make the grade a run out.
jod
08/11/2013 08:37:00
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The negativity at half time was to be expected, given the monopoly of comment by the buzzkill babes, but it was extremely comfortable - practically 3/4 of possession - with a lot more zip to the movement of the ball than we've seen of late, although still with less penetration than we'd like to see. Improvement is there, if you care to look for it. Certainly we merited a penalty for Lamela's drive into the box early on. I hope that, particularly after Verts in the first half against Everton that this people will think twice before saying we've been lucky with penalties this season, or that we can't rely on winning them going forward. I think we'll be awarded a fair few given our pressing in and around the fringes of the penalty area. On the subject, I wonder if Lamela's obvious efforts to stay on his feet will serve us better in the long run than winning that penalty. There can be little doubt that Bale's reputation cost us more than a few penalties last season.
darkenvai
08/11/2013 08:44:00
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Our play is definitely improving ( and it's evident we're practising penalty kicks ). Thought Capoue looked excellent considering this was his first game back after a long absence.
Lamela undoubtedly stole the show - he was sublime at times making passes that seemed to surprise the players receiving the ball - hope this is his turnaround. Sadly, a backup keeper is a priority in Jan - thanks to Brad for the sterling service but at 42 it's starting to show and will hurt us if we don't remedy.
Durbanspur
08/11/2013 08:50:00
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Soldado should have been brought on with 15 to go just to see how he did with the football we were playing, a goal would have boosted his confidence.
Horny Helen
08/11/2013 08:54:00
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Agreed dark re penalties, mind u it seems if they didn't chop him down they may have tripped over the string attached to the ball and his feet...
Mix26
08/11/2013 08:55:00
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Lamella!!!! I creamed my panties. HHXX
Horny Helen
08/11/2013 08:55:00
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Lol@Mix
darkenvai
08/11/2013 08:57:00
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hahahahahahahahahahahah HH :)
Mix26
08/11/2013 08:57:00
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Well done Lamela and the lads. We can now virtually ignore the rest of the qualification games and concentrate on other things. COYS
4everaspur
08/11/2013 09:09:00
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Well we are starting to see what all the fuss was about, Lamela will only get better each game. Im sure people that know him would say he was only about 60% last night as well. I don’t mean to bolt the horse early here but players around him need to catch up. So many times he would try a quick flick or round the corner ball only for it to bounce off Eriksens shin or something (worst performance I have ever seen from Eriksen BTW) The main worry is that Lamela will have to wait another few weeks before he gets a game as no matter what he does AVB won’t start him against Newcastle. Last night wasn’t about the result (but was a nice win) but was about individual performances. Three things to take from it 1) Lamela needs to be playing in the PL. He and Soldado could work some serious magic. 2) We need another feckin Keeper. Freidel may be a super fit 40 odd year old but he can no longer compete at the top. The mind may be willing brad but the flesh is week. 3) We need to qualify for th CL next year because im not sure how many more Thursday night “20man crowds” I can watch. Everyone in the boozer I went too was buzzing about the weeks CL fixtures etc and didn’t even know therer was a game on last night. Not excalty putting us on the map is it.
hudderspur
08/11/2013 09:11:00
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Lamela certainly was the MOTM for me. I thought Sherriff were well organized and generally had 10 behind the ball, although they did have a couple of decent chances. Pluses for me were, Kaboul/Verts CB partnership, Lamela showing all our wingers what the role is about, he mixed his game up very well and got a deserved goal for his effort. I did noticed a couple of time Lamela showed some frustration not sure whether it was miscommunication with teammate or disappointment as he expected better but that will come. I will mention Defoe as he did break the record, but seriously other than the penalty he was terrible. Erikson looked like Holtby last February, clearly he has the ability but I think he's trying a bit to hard rather than just letting his natural game come out.
yiddyboy
08/11/2013 09:13:00
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I'm so relieved AVB kept the new Gareth Bale (Townsend) wrapped up in cotton wool last night as a safety measure for the upcoming Newcastle game, because Lamela was appalling again last night! He cant shoot, he can't dribble, he can't score! Thank god we have no assists in 9 Premiership starts Townsend coming back in place of Lamela for the Newcastle game!
pelebro
08/11/2013 09:14:00
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As Dark says on the other thread, the Toon are next and they've conceded more than anybody outside the relegation zone. Will we be able to break them down or will we continue to flatter to deceive? It showed against Chelski, Spammers and Everton last week that even with first half dominance we are vulnerable if we don't kill games off in that period.
love totty
08/11/2013 09:15:00
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As for Defoe, All the Defoe haters on here are correct! Our greatest European goal scorer in the history of the club is crap, and Daniel Levy should cash in on him in January and sell him to Wet Spam so he can't score another European goal for Tottenham Hotspur, ever...
pelebro
08/11/2013 09:23:00
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"Jermaine Defoe, he's a Yido!"
pelebro
08/11/2013 09:24:00
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Dick
spurspanther
08/11/2013 09:29:00
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Pelebro - Didn't realise you liked Townsend that much :).
Kong
08/11/2013 09:31:00
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Kong, Townsend is my favorite Spurs player of all time's, and one day he will play for Real Madrid... Promise! ;-)
pelebro
08/11/2013 09:37:00
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Sounds like you are wishing for him to play for Real Madrid :).
Kong
08/11/2013 09:39:00
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Lamela - evertime I hear his name I have The Beatles "Julia" ringing in my ears for some reason and played very well last night and he was borderline sublime! The tricks he pulled off for the penalty was similar to the great Ronaldo. Bring it on Newcastle! I just hope he starts from the off. COYS!
James1
08/11/2013 09:40:00
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Sheriff are not a Premier league team, but neither are they mugs. They are a talented outfit who are well-resourced, well-drilled and used to winning. For them, as their coach admitted, the two games against us were the highlight of his and his players' careers. You can imagine - and indeed we saw - that they were extremely well prepared. I don't doubt that they've been researching our every move since they were drawn against us. Nevertheless they ended up losing 4-1 on aggregate and having, if the BBC calculations are the correct ones, less than a quarter of possession throughout. Just the sort of professional dispatch of inferior opposition that you hope, and all done while effecting significant rotation. If, on top of that, this proves to be the game where Lamela came of age for Spurs, I think we can be very content indeed. There's still a lot to do, but progress is there if you care to look for it.
darkenvai
08/11/2013 09:41:00
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There were definite signs that we were trying to move the ball quicker but apart from Lamela and Siggy swopping wings there was little variation in our pattern. Consequently even the most ordinary defences can anticipate our plays and close them down. We never seem to have that free man available ahead of the ball.
love totty
08/11/2013 09:41:00
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Cider - I did not see the game so thanks for the report. We've all been waiting for Lamela and it sounds like he's arrived. And I can't wait for Capoue to get back into the PL games. jod ... I am a great believer in wide players swapping wings when it feels right. It stops the backs becoming too settled. Helen -Giving Soldad 20 minutes would have been a good move.
Geofspurs
08/11/2013 09:45:00
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Well Defoe bagged a brace in a cup game which got him the nod for the following Prem game so Lamela hasn't done himself any harm whatsoever. I'd be happy to see Townsend (L) and Lamela (R) starting against Newcastle.
yiddyboy
08/11/2013 09:46:00
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I'm coming to the conclusion that we definitely need a bulldozer of a centre forward to bully defenders into mistakes. We've become too dependent on the flash of brilliance that Gareth provided and Lamela promises.
love totty
08/11/2013 09:48:00
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Kong, Sadly the 'world class' Paulinho is the one much more likely to be playing for Real Madrid in the future... :-(
pelebro
08/11/2013 09:50:00
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I will be seriously pi$$ed off if AVB starts Lennon and Townsend against Newcastle. LAMELA avb…..play him FFS!
hudderspur
08/11/2013 09:51:00
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love totty - Bobby Smith, it does not get any more 'bulldozier' than that (of course he'd be red carded after 10 minutes these days) lol Will Lamela be fit enough to play again so soon on Sunday? Imagine playing 433 with Sandro, Paulinho and Capoue in the midfield!
Geofspurs
08/11/2013 10:00:00
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Pelebro - I'm neither a Defoe hater, nor do I think he is crap. What we've learned, over the course of his many years at the club is that he is is not quite good enough. He's also too old to expect him to change for the better.
I don't doubt that he's done his best for the club, according to his lights, but, if we are serious about challenging, we need better than Defoe. How close to Chivers record do you think Defoe would've got, if we'd been playing CL level opposition rather than some of the Eurotrash that we've been up against in EL? Or, to put it another way, how much more CL football would we have played, if we'd had someone better up front than Defoe?
Jermaine Defoe is a Yido. The sooner we are saying that about someone considerably better, the sooner we will start winning stuff.
darkenvai
08/11/2013 10:01:00
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darkenvai - apparently Sheriff have not won an away European tie. Let's get things into perspective. Wasn't able to watch the match, but I sense nothing much has changed barring a slight emergence of Lamela. Pelebro - despite breaking the Chivers' record, I guarantee that Defoe has played more matches in Europe than Chivers. If the champions league and europa league existed in those days, Defoe would not be the record holder. Let's get that into perspective too. Not hating Defoe, he is a great cup scorer. Just not top 6 league standard - especially at 31.
TonyRich
08/11/2013 10:03:00
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I'd settle for Les Ferdinand in his pomp, Geoff.
love totty
08/11/2013 10:08:00
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This made me smile from the Telegraph:
"Sheriff are no ordinary club. They hail from the quasi-autonomous Moldovan enclave of Transnistria, where the weather can be bitterly cold, the food questionable and the locals ferociously suspicious of outsiders. If nothing else, it was ideal preparation for facing Newcastle this weekend."
jacobslad
08/11/2013 10:12:00
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Sorry to be such a nerd but it's close.....Chivers 22 goals in 32 and Defoe: 23 goals in 35 games....
MAN ON!
08/11/2013 10:13:00
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TonyRich, If Defoe can do the business for us in the FA Cup, the League Cup, and the Europa, and continue to be a willing covering bench player to Soldado in the Premiership, I believe he will have more than earned his wages this season, especially if we win the FA Cup or Europa League! And please don't write Defoe off scoring more goals for us in the Premiership...
pelebro
08/11/2013 10:22:00
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So, after last night's game the debate re Lamela will move on from "can he/cant he" (in terms of performing) to "should he/shouldn't he" get picked to play against Newcastle.
Difficult one, maybe for AVB. He has managed Lamela's introduction very well. He may want to hold him back, show loyalty to the players who have so far started ahead of him. On the other hand, with the int break looming, Erik on a high, and the team needing his skills to get in amongst what will presumably be another packed defence, Erik may get his first PL start. I'd start him IMO.
jacobslad
08/11/2013 10:23:00
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Good to see Lamela starting to show some form but my main concern was the very poor passing of the ball , more times than enough our players would give the ball away far to often and far to many school boy mistakes no sence in naming players because most of them were to blame , we better not play this bad against Newcatle or they will punish us , Dawson must return Kabul is not ready Eriksen not producing the form we are to believe he has , Capune no form what so ever , Siggudson no consistency , Lloris must return , Naughton not a left back not even a right bget shot of , send for Ekotto at least he is a left back Vertonghen must stay at centre back , give Defoe and Adebyor a chance .
POP
08/11/2013 10:26:00
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MAN ON! Thanks for the stats! Very interesting...
pelebro
08/11/2013 10:26:00
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Tony - I'm not saying they are Barcelona, but you're right things do need to be put into perspective. Look at the teams that Sheriff have failed to beat away in Europe, and they are hardly the sort of teams you've never heard of. They've also beaten some significant (EL level) opposition at home. My point is, they are not mugs, and as we should all know by now, there are no guaranteed victories in any competition home or away. Clubs of all hues can struggle against motivated minnows (God knows we have in the past!) but 75% possession and 4-1 aggregate scoreline are just the sort of professional performances we want from our second string, and that is just what we got. It's well worth watching the game if you've got a chance. There was still a lack of penetration and the slew of clear cut chances we all want, but the speed and precision of movement of ball and personnel in and around a very congested final third was much improved on previous performances. Also, if you've got any hopes invested in Lamela proving his worth, then you simply have to watch him in last night's game. Unrecognisable from the hesitant waif that we've seen in other games against similar level opposition.
darkenvai
08/11/2013 10:27:00
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Geofspurs- the swapping of wings last night only negated our threat from the right where Walker and lamela were combining well (lamela is better right than left)....the way our system works we'd confuse their fullbacks more if our fullbacks swapped wings! as for 433 yes! and at one point when i saw pauli waiting to come on I thought we might be taking eriksen off and was really looking forward to capoue at the base of Pauli and dembele in a 3...Pauli had a couple of half chances he made through being positive through the middle. The three of them I feel would make chances yet dominate the oppo...
shedboy2
08/11/2013 10:29:00
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MAN ON - But the format of the competition surely helps the modern player. They are guaranteed 6 games in the tournament whereas in Chivers time, lose and you're out. Not trying to take the record away from Defoe, just highlighting that actually we are comparing apples and pears.
yiddyboy
08/11/2013 10:29:00
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I hope Lamela gets a start against Newcastle.... What I think was impressive about him last night is him getting his act together so well and so soon after his disappointment of missing that penalty in his last match. He held his head high and went for it last night without any fear..... We seem to have a squad of players that show that same quality. A good team spirit and determination to succeed. This has to stand us in good stead for the future. A young and hungry group of talented players fighting for a place week in and week out and showing a steady progression. We're getting there. COYS!
MAN ON!
08/11/2013 10:39:00
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for me townsend should only play on the left where he is more likely to go for the byline and get crosses in. lamela was much more effective on the right yesterday because even if he cuts in he is looking for the pass to walker running into the vacated space on the wing or a though ball for his teammates in the box. I am so fed up to see townsend cut in and shoot. just 1 goal and this was from a cross and not a shot lol and no assists is simply not good enough for a player who is negating others in the team. I imagine Soldado must want to kill him by now. It frustrated me when bale played like this and his shooting was incredible. townsend is not bale and the sooner he stops trying to replicate him the better. he has shown on occasion that if he gets his head up he can spot the pass, but it is all too rare. Both lennon and lamela offer better balance on the right so townsends best hope is to make the left wing his own and start playing for the team
Guernman
08/11/2013 10:44:00
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darkenvai, Of course we would all swap Defoe for Suarez in a heart beat! But until such time Defoe is the best we have as number two to Soldado, with Ade not around? So I am going to continue to support him, and respect him, because I know he lives to score goals for the team I love. I hope justice is done and he ends his Spurs career with a Europa League winners medal, like the great Martin Chivers (in the old EUFA Cup) who I was privileged to have watched live, many times as a very young child. Sweet memories...
pelebro
08/11/2013 10:44:00
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yiddyboy....I know what your saying but you still have to put them away. A goal is a goal. However, Chivers was a far better CF and scored a great variety of goals. Also, for a big strong fella, he was pretty fast. As for Defoe it may be that it's his goals that help win us a trophy this season.
MAN ON!
08/11/2013 10:50:00
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jacobslad; ''the weather can be bitterly cold, the food questionable and the locals ferociously suspicious of outsiders. If nothing else'' I'm going to post that on Trip Advisor, sounds like my local pub.
spu 4 life
08/11/2013 10:50:00
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Agreed Guernman. I think Lamela is better disciplined than Townsend to sit out on the touchline and create space when necessary. Much like Lennon did on the left wing at Everton, allowing Verts to exploit the channel and have a MOM performance.
jacobslad
08/11/2013 10:51:00
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Pelebro - and the next opportunity to swap Defoe out for someone better is in January. Scant chance that it will be Suarez, but the rumours have already started. If you are for an upgrade, I don't understand your intemperate comments directed at those of us who'd like to see him replaced in the next window with someone better.
Defoe's recent comments about West Ham make me wonder whether your faith in his devotion to the cause is misplaced. Your faith in his scoring ability certainly is.
darkenvai
08/11/2013 10:56:00
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Great to see that AVB has seemed to evolved the formation and tactics. Wingers swapping sides was a welcome sight and the number of cross increased dramatically, Siggy staying out wide left or right and whipping crosses into the box. Dembele, Capoue and Eriksen were a bit disjointed at times but thats to be expected given the very limited playing time they've had together (and Capoue and Kaboul coming back from injury lay offs). Lamela in the first half reminded me a bit of a young Ronaldo when he came to United first, lots of unnessecary step overs with very little progression, but the evidence of the ability was there, second half he was diferent class. His run across the box for the penalty was sublime. Big defenders muscled Defoe out of it for most of the game, but the crosses and chances were there. Our typical dominant possession game has started to marry to a more cutting edge attack. Still a bit ponderous at times but over all a very positive result in terms of performances, game time, confidence and scoreline.
Slurms McKenzie
08/11/2013 10:57:00
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as with last week we should try all three lennon lamela and townsend it would be scary to play against and very fluid, quick movement, well worth a punt.
tophobunty3
08/11/2013 10:58:00
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REALLY good read, nice one, Cider!!
coopsieyid
08/11/2013 10:59:00
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pelebro - Same as you re Defoe ... except with his experience, the frequency of offside is both criminal, stupid and has prevented him scoring so many more goals throughout his career. I've never understood how he has not addressed this! He is worth his place in the squad and does have a job to do - at least until January. MAN ON - that's a surprising and interesting stat. Yes, the goal was great for Lamela after the penalty miss. It is 'Team Spirit' that will progress us. SHEDBOY - thanks for that. Good point
Geofspurs
08/11/2013 11:00:00
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Great performance by Lamela last night, not sure why the rush to play him on Sunday, like the way AVB is handling the situation. As for Defoe as per usual VS making him available for transfer in the next window, but he ant going nowhere, he seems to accepted he's back up, and AVB (the actual first team coach) seems happy with him.
Ossie
08/11/2013 11:01:00
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Lamela will bring others into the game more if played. I feel him and Soldado could build up a great understanding.
Kong
08/11/2013 11:01:00
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Mix - I have to agree with you there, re Friedel & pushing the shot away. Them's the basics when it comes to goalkeeping. Not slagging the guy off, just stating the bloody obvious.
coopsieyid
08/11/2013 11:01:00
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ade is in the mix for the toon game....he played quite well against them before but i can't see AVB giving him the nod....Defoe struggles in our system, as does Naughton but I don't think either will start against toon....it just seems all our options are now Right...Lennon, townsend and Lamela...and as teams park the bus we rely less on speed and more on incision...it has to be lamela. But i expect townsend to start and Lamela to come on....
shedboy2
08/11/2013 11:02:00
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Yup Friedel is startign to decline, and at forty is that really a surprise. He is still good enough for these types of games (just) but as we progress will he still eb capable of assisting the team or will he become more of a liability? Lloris can't be expected to play every game after christmas and the everton game could have put him out of action for seveal months. Goalkeeper must be the main target for January. Forster from Celtic for less then 7 million anyone?
Slurms McKenzie
08/11/2013 11:05:00
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Ossie, I think it is more a case of Defoe making himself avaialbe for the transfer window then anyone on VS. Yes we would liek him to Stay with the club as our back up / cover striker but he has made it clear through out his career that he doesn't want this role and witht he world cup around the corner the lad needs to be on the pitch impressing Woy. Maybe a six month loan deal wouold suit all parties if we sign another striker in january. And then after the world cup he can see out his days with Spurs.
Slurms McKenzie
08/11/2013 11:08:00
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My first half comments where simply born out of frustration last night, again we had most of the possesion (how many times is that) yet we go in at HT 0-0. Seeing Capoue get almost an hour of play time was very pleasing, Defoe breaking new ground setting the clubs record for goals in european games, overtaking Big Chiv was always going to happen the little fellar will get us goals, long may it continue. But the biggest smile was seeing Eric Lamela have a very good game, MOTM without doubt and as predicted scoring, when we signed him and I kept blowing his trumpet on VS, for us to do so, he is a footballing talent and one who will get better as time moves on, I'm certain when Kyle Walker ask's him to slot in and pick up a player, he has no idea what his saying, training by day and english classes by night, well maybe. Let him bed in and AVB to take his time with him, as he did with Hugo. We have got into the knock out stages, we clearly need to win the group, this helps us avoid 3rd placed CL teams coming into our back yard, we can go all the way in the europa cup, we have the players to win it.
spu 4 life
08/11/2013 11:09:00
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We need these euro games, and PL & Cups as all of squad gets games. JD is always best at impact sub in PL.. and cup games as starter.. so he should be acceptable, as getting game times and scoring.. This is something Harry never really got right,.. rotation of players. But in fairness he did not have the depth of quality AVB now has...
Block D Spurs
08/11/2013 11:11:00
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moving the ball is not well! Dembele is strong skillful but too predictable. one or two changes of directions and little body positions and pass to someone behind or next to him. - the main problem is him. i like him btw
SpursWho
08/11/2013 11:12:00
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Oh, I also have a request. Can people PLEASE stop saying Lamela is our record signing, or that he cost £30mil. He is NOT and he DIDN'T.. Soldado cost £26mil, Lamela cost us £25.7mil, with £4.2mil coming from future add-ons, should he reach certain targets with our club. That makes Soldado our record signing at this moment in time. That may be a petty thing to ask, but it pi$$es me off when I constantly see "this lad cost £30mil & is playing like this", or "Tottenham's £30mil man is struggling to live up to his record price tag" etc etc etc. There is no record price tag hanging over the lads head, not yet atleast. There will also NEVR be a £30m fee associated to him either. £25.7m + £4.2m = £29.9m. Pedantic? Yeah maybe, but that £100k makes a massive difference. I believe we once signed another player for £99,999 because Bill Nicholson refused to pay the full price, just to stop him being the first £100,000 player? I think that guy was called Greaves, or something like that? He never did much for us after signing anyway ;-).. My point is, the difference may be little, but fact is the figure being spoken of is incorrect. Sorry.
coopsieyid
08/11/2013 11:16:00
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It is astounding that Friedel, at his age, has managed to maintain the level of skill and fitness that he has. In all sincerity I tip my hat to the man. Unfortunately, that level is not high enough for our needs (even) as a backup keeper. Against the teams we are going to face in the earlier stages of EL and the domestic cups, we will no doubt get away with it, but if, God forbid, some brick outhouse of a forward should by accident or design give Lloris the kind of whack on the head that Gallic obstinacy is not going to save him from, we would get found out sooner than later in the Prem. Fingers crossed that it doesn't happen, and, thankfully, injuries to keepers are rare, but I'm not comfortable with us relying on chance in this way.
darkenvai
08/11/2013 11:16:00
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We certainly have a more crosses yesterday, which I'm sure is just coincidence as Townsend wasn't playing!
Townsend (L) Lamela (R) for me against the Toon.

For me Townsend plays a similar game to Bale and Lamela is more like Ronaldo, which in turn tell me everything I need to know.
yiddyboy
08/11/2013 11:16:00
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defoe did it once but not effectively.. keep trying, he should run across / in front of back line defenders, and turn for the through ball / over the top pass. No offside and More goals...
Block D Spurs
08/11/2013 11:17:00
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Block D Spurs add to that arry would not have signed any of these current 7 players AVB got, because he would have put Levy down ''I don't want a DOF'' we still would have lost Bale, I shudder to think who arry would have signed?
spu 4 life
08/11/2013 11:18:00
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We do need a better and younger backup for Lloris. The dilemma with keepers is keeping the second choice happy and up to scratch when one of them is gonna be a benchwarmer for most of the season. Brad is just grateful for every chance he gets. A good young keeper like Forster will want regular first team football.
MAN ON!
08/11/2013 11:20:00
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