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Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United

Reasons to be cheerful: Capoue is back! Kaboul is making his way back into match fitness and Lamela not only started expressing himself but he was looking for work and hungry for the ball. So what did shooting the Sherrif tell us on Thursday? We are still not sure. We have a squad jam packed with talent. Yet when we get on the pitch no matter what combination of players we use we still come away from the game not quite knowing what it is that is missing.

Question: What would we rather be? Tight at the back or more productive up front? Answer? Both!

At Everton last week once again we had 58.3% of the possession. However, even though we were seeing more of the ball and we were pushing players up and forcing Everton to play the game in their half we still did not make enough clear cut chances. 7 out of 10 attempts on goal were from outside the box. At Valencia, Soldado played up front as a lone striker and he scored 24 goals in 35 La Liga games. Apart from a missed header, Soldado only touched the ball once in the Everton 6 yard box. Soldado had fewer touches than any of the other outfield players for the entire game. Contrast that with the touch map for Lamela on Thursday. Part of the problem last Sunday was that Townsend and Lennon kept cutting inside to shoot rather than trying to cross. At times Soldado looked isolated, waiting in the middle for a ball that never came. If AVB can ask for the ball to be given to Lamela against Sheriff he should be looking to do the same with Soldado on Sunday. At present our goal threat is not coming from within the box it`s currently coming from outside the box yet, according to the Beeb, Spurs have managed more dribbles than any other team in the league this season (150).

Here are some more stats I found on the BBC Sport Web Site:



AVB picked Holtby ahead of Siggy for his defensive qualities. Holtby was given a job to do on Leighton Baines because he wanted to stop Baines building anything from the back. Tactically did AVB get it right last Sunday? You have to say yes, we got a result; more than Chelsea got when they went there. Spurs have now conceded only one goal in five away league games but we have only scored four times in those five matches, so you have to say it`s because of the way we are set up.

If Lamela can move from being a bit part player to first on the team sheet then we have a piece of the jig saw puzzle back. But, come January, we have to sort out Left Back. Verts has already told the press he doesn`t like being a "fill in" for the LB position

So what is AVB`s intention for Newcastle? We need service in the box. How do we get it? Who is the service going to come from and how do we get Soldao on the end of the ball in the 6 yard box?

Alan Pardew will no doubt do to us what everyone else has done. They will get men behind the ball when they don`t have it, they will close down the spaces in front of our man on the ball and they will hit us on the counter. Against Chelsea Newcastle were well drilled and organised at the back. Mata, Oscar and Hazard were not given room to dictate play, which meant Torres had no service up front. Sound familiar? We can expect the same tactics again from Pardew`s men on Sunday. Coloccini could be back which means Alan Pardew is facing a big decision whether he replaces one of his two in-form centre-backs Mike Williams or Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. The Toons threat up front looks fairly potent; Remy, Ben Arfa and Gouffran have scored 11 goals out of the 14 that Toons have scored this season. However, they have let in 16!

AVB has to approach this game differently to the way we have been playing. For me Dembele should not be picked, he gives the ball away too many times because he takes one touch too much. What we need is some invention and creativity in the middle and we need to release some speed out wide. Lamela for me would be a risk worth taking. Not just because he has some speed but because he is an unknown quantity for Pardew. Does he double up on Townsend? does he double up on Lamela? Lamela has two good feet and when he comes in off the wings he causes problems in the box which will give Soldado the chance to pick up some half chances. To me Eriksen is still looking flakey. Holtby has shown that he can be both attack minded and defensive. Given that Sandro is probably not fit and Capoue is making his way back I would like to see Holtby because he covers every blade of grass and is good at retrieving lost possession. Paulinho made an instant impact when he came on against Sheriff and for me he is starting to understand the pace of the Premiership. With Townsend and Lamela swapping sides we should put Siggy in behind Soldado. Lennon could add some real spice and take on a tiring defence after 60 minutes.

We will not have Danny Rose back so no doubt Verts will play LB again and Walker on the right which means we will probably have Dawson in the middle with Chiriches; unless Kaboul is deemed as able to last at least 60 minutes.

Will it be a tight game? When is it not! Will it be a 1-0 win? Probably!

Written by OyVeh Maria

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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Saturday November 9 2013
Time: 1:53PM

Comments

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10.0!
MAN ON!
09/11/2013 13:57:00
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If Newcastle approach this match as they did against Chelsea then yes, they'll park the bus. Chelsea dominated the first half but had little progress getting the ball forward to Torres, as you say, Oyveh.... After about an hour, confident in it still being 0-0, the Magpies stepped it up in attack but remained strong in defence. Will it be any different, them being away from home? Probably not. Remy will look to exploit our high line with balls over the top and, he's quick! I feel we have the speed and strength to deal with him.....Once again I believe an early goal for us is important so we need to go at them, at pace, from the off. It could be another tough one but I'm optimistic that we can win this comfortably. But then again, I always do. COYS!
MAN ON!
09/11/2013 14:18:00
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.....always am
MAN ON!
09/11/2013 14:20:00
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....Soldado hat-trick?
MAN ON!
09/11/2013 14:22:00
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I'll be there tomorrow but hate these bloody early kick offs! Lamela to start please AVB?
MAN ON!
09/11/2013 14:29:00
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Thanks for the article by the way.... I'll wait for someone else to join in before I start arguing with myself....
MAN ON!
09/11/2013 14:40:00
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Howdy Man on
Crazyspursfan
09/11/2013 14:42:00
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Hi Crazyspursfan!
MAN ON!
09/11/2013 14:43:00
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C'mon the Baggies!
MAN ON!
09/11/2013 14:49:00
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Up the Lilywhite Army!
MAN ON!
09/11/2013 14:50:00
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Hate the early kick off too. So, are we going to try and bore them into a 1-0 defeat?
edmontonspurs
09/11/2013 15:08:00
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MAN ON ... You seem to be having a good time ... at least you have not started arguing with yourself ... yet! Most people on here seem to enjoy selecting, discussing, and arguing about, the team they want to play in the next mach. After much soul-searching and painful deliberation, resulting in many sleepless nights and daydreams of future glory, I have come up with the ideal team to play Newcastle, which I am completely positive nobody will find fault with on VS. My team to play Newcastle on Sunday, is, therefore ... Tottenham Hotspur!!
Geofspurs
09/11/2013 15:12:00
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MAN ON ... You seem to be having a good time ... at least you have not started arguing with yourself ... yet! Most people on here seem to enjoy selecting, discussing, and arguing about, the team they want to play in the next mach. After much soul-searching and painful deliberation, resulting in many sleepless nights and daydreams of future glory, I have come up with the ideal team to play Newcastle, which I am completely positive nobody will find fault with on VS. My team to play Newcastle on Sunday, is, therefore ... Tottenham Hotspur!!
Geofspurs
09/11/2013 15:12:00
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Sorry about the double post ... guess I must have thought it was important! lol
Geofspurs
09/11/2013 15:13:00
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Is sandro injured?
neymar
09/11/2013 15:18:00
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I guess Fulham cant be parking the bus at Liverpool today, well so far anyway.
tophobunty3
09/11/2013 15:29:00
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i guess Hull are not parking the bus at Southampton so far
tophobunty3
09/11/2013 15:32:00
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Play Lamela at number 10.
tophobunty3
09/11/2013 15:33:00
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when we played Newcastle at home there was a substition in the second half which changed the game when looking very tough for us at 1.-1....It was BAE on for Naughton, we immetiately looked better balanced and took control, then came Ade on as sub and he started to pull their defence all over the place, the pitch opened up we won 3-1 and could have been 4 or 5 at the end. Have we learnt anything from this experience?
tophobunty3
09/11/2013 15:35:00
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Man On, was that a hat trick of touches?
tophobunty3
09/11/2013 15:36:00
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i think southampton have the kesy to the Hull bus, can they lend them to us?
tophobunty3
09/11/2013 15:37:00
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i think Liverpool have the keys for the Fulham bus, can they lend them to us?
tophobunty3
09/11/2013 15:37:00
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I was about to say Chelsea are doing a good impersonation of Spurs then they go and score the ********s!
MAN ON!
09/11/2013 15:50:00
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Topho. It goes to show what happens to bus-Parker's if you attack them AT PACE. They don't know which taps to plug first and eventually the get overrun and cave in. A good lesson for us to learn. As for tomorrow, Townsend left, Lennon right, Lamela central behind Soldado.
SpuriousLife
09/11/2013 15:51:00
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Bus-parkers bloody autocorrect.
SpuriousLife
09/11/2013 15:52:00
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Chelsea just gifted a goal!!
Geofspurs
09/11/2013 15:52:00
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SpuriousLife......Is that Scott stalled on a roundabout?
MAN ON!
09/11/2013 15:55:00
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spurious dead right and yes that would be my front 4 tomorrow, Lamela must be choming to start
tophobunty3
09/11/2013 15:59:00
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not bothered who plays but I seriously want us to win and I hope Utd beat Arsenal today. If that happens then we go 2 points behind and Arsenal will be under a bit more pressure. However, if arsenal draw with Utd that will do as long as we do better and win, we need to make up some ground when two top four teams play each other. My concern is twice we have had a chance to go higher or top in the PL this season and both times we haven't managed to do it. With international break I really want us to win so we don't have to wait for the next game being concerned.

I think Newcastle are finding some form and will be strong and confident but we need to show them that we are strong and up our tempo an d get some goals. I do wonder once we score two or three goals if this will ignite our goal scoring record, lets start tomorrow.
WorldPeace
09/11/2013 16:01:00
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Liverpool not doing their goal average any harm with 3 goals so far against foolham. And it's only halftime. We will have to win just to keep up. Southampton also 2 goals up against the mighty hull. Sigh.
neymar
09/11/2013 16:08:00
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Once again a good pre match article Oy Veh... Townsend on left lamela right, crosses in to area.. 70 mins,, JD on for saldado..ericson on for dembele..and we score some goals..
Block D Spurs
09/11/2013 16:09:00
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neymar, come on you are not a real spurs supporter you know our pitch is narrower than Southamptons
tophobunty3
09/11/2013 16:11:00
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Liverpool 4 now, their pitch is too wide
tophobunty3
09/11/2013 16:12:00
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What have Southampton got that we didn't against Hull??
Big Ron
09/11/2013 16:17:00
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quick movement according to sky sports panel
tophobunty3
09/11/2013 16:17:00
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ome on WBA
Big Ron
09/11/2013 16:19:00
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WBA!
MAN ON!
09/11/2013 16:19:00
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get in there WBA....
tophobunty3
09/11/2013 16:28:00
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COME ON YOU SPURS & WIN WIN WIN ! ! !
Madaboutspurs
09/11/2013 16:39:00
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Last minute penalty to the chavs
neymar
09/11/2013 16:55:00
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That was not an effing penalty!
MAN ON!
09/11/2013 16:56:00
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What a disgrace the referee at Chelsea...
AlexSpur
09/11/2013 17:02:00
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Given all the crap Mariner let go, that was one of the poorest penalty calls I have ever seen. He wanted to give that. He handed Chelsea a point. Shame for WBA though they should have time wasted and made more of the three on one. Oh well. Chelsea drop two more points at home. COYS
peterballb
09/11/2013 17:03:00
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Also should add, absolutely no reason to give 4 minutes of added time. 2 minutes was probably fair. Ridiculous. Stop time for subs and injuries. 90 minutes is 90 minutes. Time for the game to be wrested away from the ever poorer officials. COYS
peterballb
09/11/2013 17:07:00
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WBA defend their butts off and the ref does that!
MAN ON!
09/11/2013 17:12:00
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neither was one of ours man on...thats football
tophobunty3
09/11/2013 17:12:00
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C'mon NORWICH. WBA what was that player thinking of, had the ball 2-1 up and tried to score from out wide, take the bloody thing down into the corner flag and they would have won, chavs go up the other end and get a pen 2-2, it was always on the cards one was coming.
spu 4 life
09/11/2013 17:14:00
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That don't make it any better!
MAN ON!
09/11/2013 17:16:00
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Bad penalty decision (although who are we to complain) but Chris Brunt and Goran Popov made a couple of ridiculous errors for West Brom prior to the penalty.
Guyver
09/11/2013 17:17:00
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Unlucky West Brom but after their loss against Newcastle that's 1 point from an expected 6 for the dirty Chavs in the premier league, we need to beat Newcastle to capitalise on it.
MrSpurs
09/11/2013 17:23:00
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It would have been mounerino's first home loss as a chav manager and he gets a get out of jail card via a dubious peno in the last minute of injury time. Even if you could make it up you will be hard pressed to beat that. Lucky Phuckers.
neymar
09/11/2013 17:27:00
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Andre Mariner, had no choice. The voice in the earpiece told him to give the penalty, two if possible.
Arky
09/11/2013 18:07:00
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Tomorrow I would take the boring, boring 3pts. COYS
Arky
09/11/2013 18:08:00
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I just read an article in which Ancelotti has admitted that he sold Mesut Özil because he thought he didn't have enough character! Here's hoping his character deserts him and the mancs stuff them not because I want them to win but only because gooners need to get pegged back in line.
neymar
09/11/2013 18:36:00
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Arky - I second that! The 3 points is absolutely THE only outcome that we should be focusing on. Hope AVB has the game plan to achieve the win. COYS!
neymar
09/11/2013 18:50:00
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Soldado

Lamela

Townsend Paulhino Lennon

Sandro

Verthonghen Chiriches Kaboul Walker

Llorris

ItalianYiddo
09/11/2013 19:11:00
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That's with leaving out Eriksen, Holtby, Dembele, Capoue, Defoe, Chadli, Siggurson, Defoe, Dawson, Adebayor, Best squad since '61.
ItalianYiddo
09/11/2013 19:19:00
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Wet Spam must have been the russian vodka when we played them, they are shi7, well done Norwich 3-1 winners, great second half, Wet Spam might be changing sponsers from Alpari, to Wonder Bra to hold a team of tits up.
spu 4 life
09/11/2013 19:27:00
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Soldado

Townsend Dembele Eriksen Lamela

Capoue

Verthonghen Chiriches Kaboul Walker

Llorris

ItalianYiddo
09/11/2013 19:29:00
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Would love to see Holtby,Lamela and Eriksen playing together. But with AVB don't see it happening.
Arky
09/11/2013 20:01:00
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I don't think that Newcastle will necessarily come to "park the bus", that phrase used to describe the act of disciplined defending in depth. with the players they have in Cabaye, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Gouffran, Remy backed up by Tiote I think they might come to give it a go, they may see the West Ham as a pointer to the fact that they could attack us and win. This of course could help us to play an open attacking game hopefully at a decent tempo, bringing Soldado more into the game.
Frank
09/11/2013 20:03:00
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Neymar, I never look a 3pts in the mouth. I don't care if we win by an own goal off a Toon backside. COYS.
Arky
09/11/2013 20:06:00
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I would be than surprised if Pardew is going to give it a go, last time he tried it he got thumbed 5-0. I hope he does, can't see it though. COYS make my day tomorrow.
ItalianYiddo
09/11/2013 20:08:00
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"more than"
ItalianYiddo
09/11/2013 20:10:00
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Talking of "parking the bus", why does it appear to only be successful against us a WHL, whilst rivals seem to be able to "fill their boots" in home games as Liverpool, and Southampton and to a lesser extent Norwich have done today, and Arsenal and City do in the vast majority of their home games. I think there is more to barren, or near barren home results, than to use the hackneyed phrase, and to blame the opposition's defensive tactics as an excuse for our own failings.
Frank
09/11/2013 20:11:00
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I doubt it Frank, Alan Pardew must have seen the tapes and logically fancies his chance with Loic Remy's burst of acceleration. But I hope you are right.
Arky
09/11/2013 20:12:00
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Wasn't it Mourinho that coined the phrase "parked the bus" when Santini took a very defensive Spurs to the Bridge for a 0-0 draw?
ItalianYiddo
09/11/2013 20:14:00
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Yes, its was Maureen.
Arky
09/11/2013 20:15:00
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Frank, Our policy of pinching rather than punching.
Arky
09/11/2013 20:15:00
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Nothing new with Spurs struggling with the bus parkers, we struggled most of the time with Bale, Lennon, Modric, VDV and Ade, I should know I was there for every game.
ItalianYiddo
09/11/2013 20:19:00
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Delighted with the Norwich result today, lovely to see Allardyce with a face like a bull dog chewing a wasp. I hope it continues, I can't resist imagining the irony of them triumphantly moving to the OS, but unfortunately in the championship at the time. What an array of attractive fixtures they would have, in front of 15,000 in a 60,000 seater stadium, I just can't wait, it would be poetic justice, and who knows if their present progress under Russell Slade is maintained, they might even have a local derby v Leyton Orient, what a mouth watering prospect. Has Allardyce after his triumph at Newcastle, found yet another job he is unable to do.
Frank
09/11/2013 20:20:00
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ItalianYiddo, between the two formations, the first one would be my choice
Arky
09/11/2013 20:20:00
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"...intelligence doesn't make you a good footballer. Oxford and Cambridge would have the best sides if that were true. It's a football brain that matters and that doesn't usually go with an academic brain. In fact I prefer it when it doesn't. I prefer players not to be too good or clever at other things. It means they concentrate on football." Bill Nicholson.
Cider spurs
09/11/2013 20:24:00
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Thats because we do not want to do the dirty side of things to get the first goal at least. Actively earning free kicks in and around the box for example. We seem to think that it is beneath us. No dark arts in our DNA.
Arky
09/11/2013 20:24:00
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Arky, the first would be my starting 11, the second just to illustrate the choices we have. We are going to get stronger the longer the season goes. A LB and forward in January and we will be a force to contend with.
ItalianYiddo
09/11/2013 20:26:00
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