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Everything to be proud of but let's finish in style before we hit the beach.

A quick word about Sunday's farewell. I tried to get myself a piece of the pitch but as I couldn't get my spade through security all I could pick up were some blades of grass and some sticky sand! Not exactly something you can frame on the wall! The saddest part of Sunday was not who were was there but who wasn't. The two biggest beasts were missing on Sunday, Greavsie and Gazza. The roof would have come off if those two had come on and it's such a shame that Greavsie was too ill to get there and Gazza was advised not to go. Get well lads, we still love you both.

The transfer rumours mill is cranking up. Kyle Walkers is at the top of the list. His Twitter Video was more like an obituary or a, farewell and thanks for the memories, than a pledge of allegiance to the flag. Will he get picked over Trippier for Leicester and Hull or is it best for Tripps to get as much game time as possible if Kyle is walking. The season is not over and I hope the team don't decide that they are already on the beach. It will be interesting to see who Poch picks for this game, in particular Sissoko. If he doesn't get picked then you have to believe he is on the way out.

It may be a dead rubber for both teams and there may be some changes to both sides as a result. Hopefully it will be an open and exciting game rather than an end of term exhibition match. We were hoping for a blood and guts encounter but despite the fact that Leicester have won all five home league games under Craig Shakespeare we still want another 3 points and set a record points tally for a season in the Prem. 80 points is eight more than we have ever achieved in a Premier League season. The Foxes were unlucky not to get something from the Etihad at the weekend but Spurs still have everything to play for to help Harry get the Golden Boot. You can bet the Yid army will turn up in force. No doubt we will have to listen to several renditions of 'Champions of England you'll never sing that,' from the Leicester faithful. We can counter with "were in Europe again, were in Europe again, Leicester City, you'll never sing that!' Poch being the disciplinarian that he is will be looking for 'Pashion' from the side and plenty of commitment. I hope we get to see Vincent Janssen get a decent spell on the pitch and some time for N'Koudou. All eyes will be on Mahrez as he is tipped to be coming our way. One player I would like to see is our very own Marcus Rashford, Marcus Edwards! He has just signed a new contract with the club and he is one of the players that I am tipping to be more involved next season.

It says it all about our season that it's taken till the 37th game for the pressure to be off us. Every game became a must win toward the end and we almost did it. Spurs will pick up £36.1m for finishing second. In fact, as we walk into an uncertain season next season our long-term forecast is looking good. For years the press have talked about the top four and for years we have been trying to break the glass ceiling to get into the top 4 and now we have done it and the rewards will be colossal. According to the Deloitte Football Money League for the 2015-16 season, Spurs were the only one of the top six clubs not to break £50million on match-days. Manchester United led the way with £102.8m, followed by Arsenal with £99.9m, Chelsea with £69.7m, Liverpool with £56.8m and Manchester City with £52.5m. Spurs only took £40.8m. When the new stadium is ready we will be looking at adding a third more in turnover just in gate receipts alone. Not only will we have the biggest Football Stadium in London but we will become the 4th biggest club in England behind Chelski, United and City which would put us in the top 10 clubs in Europe. This season no one will remember Arsenal, Manchester United or City but they will not forget Tottenham for what we have done last season and this. Pep Guardiola and Mourinho may be headline managers but its Poch everyone will remember and its Poch who is on the top of the major Clubs shopping list. No matter how much money Chelski throw at their team in the pursuit of trophies in the summer we will still be title challengers. Long may Poch's reign continue, it's going to be Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur from 2018 onwards. Spurs are back and we are hungry and now we want the Silverware to match the team. Spurs really are marching on and I leave it to the rainbow that rose above White Hart Lane on Sunday as evidence that we are a club going places, the rain is over, the 'Pot of Gold' is somewhere on the other end of that Rainbow so let's go and get it.

COYS!



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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Wednesday May 17 2017
Time: 11:19AM

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I'm hoping to see Janssen, N'Koudou, Walker-Peters/Trippier, Wimmer and Sissoko (well, not really Sissoko) playing a decent part in these last 2 games as we have to think about the team. Kane could still win Golden Boot, but the has to be a secondary thought to player/team development. The extra millions we will be making in match day revenue should allow us to offer our mainstays new contracts and bring in a few, but there's not much to change, merely tweak. Think Poch will use usual suspects for Leicester game and attempt to change once comfortable, while more changes at Hull. COYS!
melloSPUR
17/05/2017 12:32:00
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Leicester 0 - 3 Tottenham!
Geofspurs
17/05/2017 12:50:00
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Leicester 1-2 Spurs
Tino
17/05/2017 12:51:00
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Foxes 0-4 Cockerels!
Dele-Arri
17/05/2017 12:54:00
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Tottenham are without Kieran Trippier (illness), Danny Rose (knee) and Kyle Walker (ankle) for tomorrow's trip to Leicester. Mauricio Pochettino says he may change formation for the game. "We have different options, maybe we will change the formation. It is good for us to be creative. We want to win our last two games, that is important. "We can not change the table butwe want to finish well. To finish second was a good thing now we need to finish the last two games with a good feeling."
BelgianSpur
17/05/2017 13:14:00
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Ahh...... Is that code for both of our RB's causing trouble and wanting to leave?!
Dele-Arri
17/05/2017 13:18:00
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I was talking to a few lads in the pub on Sunday before the game and one of them knows somebody, who knows somebody... Anyway, the ITK said about 2 months ago Walker signed up a new agent and that's when the agitation for a move began. I haven't been able to find any evidence to support it but It's the only thing that really makes sense given that Poch clearly rates Walker.
Gary Onedaysoon
17/05/2017 15:26:00
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We should go all out to win these last 2 games to maximise the points total for 2016-17 season. Pick the strongest available team and shove it to Leicester in particular, and then Hull. I remember 12 months ago when we played Newcastle Utd who like Hull had already been relegated, and we got beat 5 and we don't want a repeat. The season does not end until the final whistle on the last day, so yes we have confirmed 2nd place, but must keep winning until the end, let's be professional.
Frank
17/05/2017 16:50:00
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It is reported that both Trippier and Walker are out of the Leicester game through injury. Trippier apparently got concussed during Sunday's game, and Walker although on the bench on Sunday has allegedly got an injury. Regarding Walker, if he wants to leave, then if somebody meets Spurs valuation, we should sell him. If he is not prepared to compete for the shirt with Trippier, then perhaps we would be better off cashing in, and looking elsewhere.
Frank
17/05/2017 16:58:00
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Let Walker go, But abroad, don't strengthen a rival. .... or let him rot in the reserves.
E17YID
17/05/2017 17:31:00
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If we were mid table, I'd have said play all fringe players and a couple of academy lads. But, as Oyveh says, there are records to be broken. I am not satisfied with achieving 80 points, there are another 6 at stake and pretty sure the lads will be looking to get max. Kane is fighting his own battle for the shiny Boot so will need the usual support around him. Our goals against record looks safe, Goals for is no longer the 2nd best in the PL, the goal difference is just pipping Chelsea, Dele may want to get 20 goals this season, the defence may want to get two more clean sheets. All the individual and team stats can be further improved and can only add to the confidence going forward.... yes, then they can all have a bro-mantic holiday in Ibiza!
critical_spur
17/05/2017 23:10:00
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News just in. An ITK source very close to the club has informed me that the THFC Ladies will be playing in place of all our lads tonight. Levy wants to reward them for the very fine season they've had. Nice one Danny, nice one Poch.
Dele-Arri
18/05/2017 08:28:00
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Let's end the season properly and go for the 3 points. It is a chance to play those who have not featured much lately or if Pochettino knows which players he wants to sell then he won't play them. With Walker who knows what is going on, he only signed a new contract last year so was happy with the terms then. A lot will happen over the summer, if you believe reports then Dier, Walker and Rose all want to leave. What fun and the season hasn't even ended.
Kong
18/05/2017 08:52:00
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So the easy option for Poch would be to slot Dier in at RB and play Wanyama and Dembele in central midfield. I hope he doesn't though. Another option would be to play 3 at the back and use Sissoko as the RWB. I hope he doesn't do that either.
muttley
18/05/2017 13:28:00
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muttley - maybe try Janssen there ;-)?
BelgianSpur
18/05/2017 13:40:00
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Another "West Ham" game tonight. Leicester will want to prove that they are a better team, at least in their own minds so I expect it to get rough and ready. Have we learned anything about this type of game? I don't know. Just glad we wrapped up second place before this game. Hope the lads give a stylish and emphatic thrashing to the wannabes and rub Mr. Shakespeare's nose and the players who conspired against Ranieri in a deep pile of very smelly poo.
Harry-Kari
18/05/2017 14:27:00
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Young Michael Oliver is tonight's referee. He's normally ok(ish).
Tino
18/05/2017 16:49:00
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DA, I've always meant to ask about your score predictions, are you predicting what you think the score will be?? or you telling us what you hope the score will be??
Ossie
18/05/2017 16:57:00
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I agree with you Harry-Kari, that this will be a tough game. Im sayin score draw, as we ain't so great away from home against the better teams, but Im hoping Im wrong .
Ossie
18/05/2017 17:00:00
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I understand Morgan and Huth are both out so at least it won't be the usual wrestling match! :-)
TQ2Spurs
18/05/2017 17:25:00
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Good if Morgan and Huth are out, so defending corners should be ok for us. However, I am concerned about the lack of pace at the back as Leicester will look to feed Vardy on every opportunity. My guess, we'll go with 4 at the back and may be use Son and Sissoko on the wings. COYS! My guess, both teams to score and Harry to get a brace for neck-and-neck finish with Lukaku. COYS!...BTW, what happens if it is a tie for the golden boot?...penalty shoot-out?!
Critical_Spur
18/05/2017 17:48:00
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#THFC: Lloris (C), Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Wanyama, Dembele, Sissoko, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYS Subs: Vorm, Wimmer, Lesniak, Shashoua, Eriksen, Nkoudou, Janssen.
Dele-Arri
18/05/2017 18:53:00
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Schmeichel (c); Simpson, Benalouane, Fuchs, Chilwell; Mahrez, Ndidi, Amartey, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy.
Dele-Arri
18/05/2017 18:54:00
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For the first time all season I suppose we can say it's not a must-win game. It is definitely I would love us to win it one though and we will win it....... I think. - Sissoko to score? - Up the Spurs!
Dele-Arri
18/05/2017 19:01:00
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We're good!
Dele-Arri
18/05/2017 21:06:00
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Masterclass!
Durbanspur
18/05/2017 21:07:00
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Kane will grab the headlines but Dele was MOM for me!
Durbanspur
18/05/2017 21:22:00
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Harry up to his hat-tricks again!
Dele-Arri
18/05/2017 21:22:00
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Too easy - and at a canter!
Durbanspur
18/05/2017 21:25:00
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When he scores one he scores 4...........
Dele-Arri
18/05/2017 21:26:00
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Shoulda been more...... Gutted!
Dele-Arri
18/05/2017 21:27:00
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Well, I asked the lads to "give a stylish and emphatic thrashing to the wannabes and rub Mr. Shakespeare's nose and the players who conspired against Ranieri in a deep pile of very smelly poo" and they did it in style. Great performance especially as no Eriksen. Well done to all.
Harry-Kari
18/05/2017 21:35:00
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Harry Kane take a bow. Unbelievable performance.
BelgianSpur
18/05/2017 21:39:00
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In one foul swoop Harry tops Romelu Lukaku and is once again on course for the Golden Boot. Well done to Son as well.......
Dele-Arri
18/05/2017 21:44:00
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Three season wonder Kane does it again, typical Spurs tailing off at the end of each season and only taking 33 points out of the last 36. Good times.
Kong
18/05/2017 21:47:00
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Between them all, so far this season, Dele, Harry and Son have netted a total of 68 goals! That's pretty damn good.
Dele-Arri
18/05/2017 21:52:00
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That's 26 goals for Harry in just 29 PL apps and a total of 30 in 33 matches! Sorry but i'm feeling indulgent tonight.....
Dele-Arri
18/05/2017 21:58:00
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30 in 34 ? ......... I think ....... It's bloody good whatever it is.;-)
Dele-Arri
18/05/2017 22:03:00
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Hull must be bricking it tonight! lol
TQ2Spurs
18/05/2017 22:06:00
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We are performing even though we have had injuries throughout the season, no rose, walker, lamela, trippier, winks and Eriksen tonight and some players missing for more games and still putting in performances, great team effort.
Kong
18/05/2017 22:07:00
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This being said, I was far from impressed by Sissoko again, and Janssen was at his best "work hard but pose no real threat" self again. Unfortunate.
BelgianSpur
18/05/2017 22:42:00
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Sorry I didn't get to see the game. However the extended highlights were brilliant. Great to see Lesniak get a run out. From the highlights Janssen seemed to have a decent 16 minutes BS was just offside for his "goal". He will get next season to see if he makes to grade. Hi Geof you only predicted the second part of the game you forgot the 1-3 first part!!
jvd
18/05/2017 23:26:00
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C'mon, Poch out!. FFS, these guys are setting the bar too high for next season! Better win the league next time round! I mean if 80 points wasn't enough, we go and add another 3. Then go and score 6 away from home ...never to be heard off under Poch and within 1 goal of being the top scorers in the league. Despite conceding a goal tonight, running away with the 'least against' stats. Gone totally out of sight with the GD. Wot are they playing at?! It's not football as we know it Jim. Another round of records to be smashed on Sunday....bring it on! COYS!....

Ghana, hope nothing too harsh was said by the Vital admin and that you are still about.
critical_spur
18/05/2017 23:45:00
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Well, I can't see Lukaku making a miraculous recovery (v LeArse) to pip Kane (v Dawson).COYS!
critical_spur
18/05/2017 23:49:00
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Dele-Arri, re your 68 goals comment...lifted the following from Evening Standard's article:

Son’s goal was his 20th in all competitions this season, making him the third Tottenham player to reach that tally after Dele Alli (21) and Harry Kane (29).

It is the first time in Tottenham history that three of their players have passed 20 goals in all competitions during a season.

Remarkably, that stands as a feat not even matched by the likes of Arsenal’s Invincible side or Manchester United’s treble winners of 1999.
critical_spur
19/05/2017 00:26:00
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Just another typical Spursey performance. Come on you Spursies!
Geofspurs
19/05/2017 01:34:00
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jvd .... Sorry, mate. I'm working on my predictions. It's not my fault that we keep scoring too many goals! :-)
Geofspurs
19/05/2017 01:44:00
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Well, critical, I must agree. We need to sell Kane,son, Alli Dier and sack MP. I'm really not happy that we scored 6 goals. It's just not spursy.
E17YID
19/05/2017 05:55:00
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Ghana, Barkley is not as fortunate to have Kane Alli Son and eriksen around him ... if he did he would be in double figures. You make valid posts however, I think for once you need to chill and soak up the delightful season we have had. Unless you want back to mid table mediocrity we used to suffer.
E17YID
19/05/2017 06:11:00
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and...... Barkley doesn't have Pochettino guiding him on......
Dele-Arri
19/05/2017 07:24:00
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Somewhere over the rainbow way up (Tottenham) high (street) ....... There's a land that I heard of once in a lullaby ......... Somewhere over the rainbow skies are (Lilywhite and) blue ....... And the dreams that you dare to dream (to do) really do come true ........ If happy little cockerels fly Beyond the rainbow Why, oh why can't I? There's no place like home. There's no place like home.......
Dele-Arri
19/05/2017 07:46:00
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Sorry!
Dele-Arri
19/05/2017 07:47:00
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Tottenham High Road! Get it right Dele-Arri!
Dele-Arri
19/05/2017 07:54:00
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I was expecting to see the headlines in the papers today of 'Spurs only score 6'. We have not won the league but i am still enjoying the ride of this great season. One more game to go and then we can all start moaning about transfers. Like Pochettino said last night we sell who we want to sell and will keep who we want.
Kong
19/05/2017 08:03:00
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I am not sure that Barkley is the right fit either, but he is the right age, promising, EPL experience, England experience, homegrown, has the tools, and needs a change of scenery to step up. There is something I like about Barkley, despite the way he is engineering a way out of Everton and recently underperforming. Buying him may not work, but that does not stop our rivals buying players that may or may not work - this is what we must do. Improving on this first XI will not be easy, but you will have to shake things up a bit to keep players on their toes. With Dembele 30+ and carrying niggles, Winks just starting, question marks over Lamela, Sissoko, Dier switching positions, we do need to bolster midfield options.
TonyRich
19/05/2017 08:11:00
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I missed the first half last night (saw highlights) ... What a great win by spurs. Harry proved again he is a world class player,4 goals against top quality goalkeeper, and again stuffed humble pie down the throats of all who said he was a one season wonder. Dele is again showing brilliant awareness in the box, his ball over the top to son great... We got some revenge on Leicester from last season, and the way Leicester treated Raneri this season, by showing what we can do. I hope poch and levy get their player "nonsense" perfect this summer. My worry is Wembley home games next season, as from my attendance at the games there, spurs players were overwhelmed by the occasion of 80,000 fans in a massive stadium. (playing the occasion, not the game) So our away form will be crucial next season. COYS
Block D Spurs
19/05/2017 08:33:00
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One thing I was almost certain of, (early in the season), was that I thought the team looked like they were pacing themselves much better than previously for the long run ahead. Even though they were not losing (much), I thought they were often playing within themselves. Conserving energy as it were. ..... After totally controlling the game (once again) last night, I don't think they overexerted themselves at all and still looked very sharp to the end of the match. (Toward the final game of a tough season). ......... Okay, we failed in Europe but we do seem to learn our lessons well under Poch. Too many draws! I hear someone shout. Well, in the end it's not that many at all, relatively speaking. This team learns fast and, is improving all the time, at a good rate. Who knows what next season will bring but I'm sure enough looking forward to it... Whoever we may buy or sell, I see that it's sheer hard team-work that is doing the trick. Add to that more than a little bit of skill, some fluid formation work, defending and attacking, from back to front and back again and ... blah blah ... We're a damn fine team, Tottenham Hotspur. .... and, we do so often score some great goals too. Nice 4 Harry, nice 2 Son! Hull ?-? Spurs......
Dele-Arri
19/05/2017 08:52:00
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Block D - I think the pitch size is an issue. It doesn't sound like much of a difference, but Wembley is 5 metres longer and 2 metres wider. The White Hart Lane pitch was (sob) one of the smallest in the EPL. Couple that with being unbeaten at "home" (19 EPL games WHL), yet beaten twice at "home" (out of 3 games at Wembley) in CL, and additionally beaten one more time at Wembley (neutral) in the FA Cup semi, and the way we play points to a pitch size being a likely factor. Wembley is a worry for me too, however it could actually smooth over the move to the NEW White Hart lane before we make that a new fortress.
TonyRich
19/05/2017 09:31:00
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jvd - "nearly" goals ruled out for offside don't count, sadly. I personally don't feel comfortable going into next season gambling on whether Janssen comes good. He may well do and that would be great, I'd love to see if he does and I think he should get the opportunity to do that, but I think we should hedge our bets and buy a 3rd striker who is more of a sure bet. If we can't afford 3 strikers, then Janssen should be under very severe threat of being replaced.
BelgianSpur
19/05/2017 10:34:00
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Excellent performance last night. I really appreciate the players efforts compared to last season where I was highly critical of Poch and the players for allowing their performances to slip, after losing out on the title to Leicester. Hopefully we beat Hull and finish on 86 points which would be a fitting conclusion to what has been an extremely enjoyable season. COYS!!!
Guyver
19/05/2017 10:44:00
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I'm not hard to please but if we don't beat Hull ... sell the lot and Poch out!
Geofspurs
19/05/2017 13:53:00
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