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VS Preview: West Ham v Spurs

Here we go! - Its West Ham's biggest game of the year! That's cos we're 'special' to them!

There are no surprises in football just plenty of disappointments. As the analysis of our first 3 'home' games continue the players and coaching staff have to ask some questions of themselves. The Dortmund result remains a one off until Poch can start to get the team winning at Wembley. As Barnsley showed mid-week we have a magnificent 11, if not slightly off their best at the moment, but not much underneath.

Our limited participation in the domestic cups (one FA CUP Semi-Final and 1 League Cup win in 9 years) means that we are focused on the Premiership title and the CL. But, is this the right approach?

If we are to challenge for the title we have to deal with the fundamental problem of breaking teams down when confronted with 10 defenders, we have also only had two clean sheets at Wembley since 2011 which has to be addressed! Swansea was a wake-up call to the coaching staff. It was like watching Spurs play under AVB! We are a very good team, and better than that Swansea performance.

Criticism of Poch's selection against Swansea went from; 'why did we play three at the back against a team that can't score goals and not concentrate on increasing our attacking options,' to; 'why did we leave Moussa and Davies out.' Sanchez was described as a luxury, 'we didn't need 3 at the back against a team that can't score and instead Ben Davies should have played freeing up Son to play further up the pitch.' We are calling the tune in territorial terms but you can see Poch's frustrations at recent press conferences as he struggles with our Wembley form. Poch is yet to find his best XI and is being criticised for experimenting too much with formations but even some of our players are struggling to replicate the form of last season. Dele Alli is one of them which is why he was not rested by Poch and told to play himself back into form against Barnsley. Is what is happening off the pitch affecting Alli with two major Agents; Mino Raiola and Jorge Mendes vying for his signature? Barnsley was another example of not being good enough in front of goal, we were missing sitters, especially Llorente of all people! Poch talks of being more clinical, but we are, just not at Wembley!

Poch should try and establish who should be his impact players, someone that can come off the bench and make a difference to a game that needs turning around. Son is thought to be better as an impact player rather than being a regular starter. Although we don't have anything like the depth of quality or squad that City, United and Chelsea have on the bench maybe Poch should be identifying his game changers around his core players. Moussa, with his foot problem, has been used sparingly and in a 20 minute spell could take control of a game, Lamela too, when he returns, brings something different to a game. Whether N'Koudou could do the same remains to be seen, against Barnsley he certainly added something. Sissoko remains a passenger, we all know he has got it but he just can't seem to make it happen. There is no doubt that this season is the toughest for Poch but we don't need to make our own problems by leaving out players and playing players out of position.

The Hammers will no doubt play with 3 CB's because they will want to maintain their 100% record against us at the London Stadium. Sadly, they are still talking about last May's result! The Hammers started the season with 3 straight defeats but have managed to turn it around with 4 points from their last 2 games. Slaven Bilic has been handed a boost, with a couple of his injured players nearing full fitness. Skipper Mark Noble has fully recovered from a minor knee problem and could see action against us while Edimilson Fernandes, who suffered an ankle sprain during the last international break, may also return.

So, will Javier Hernandez or Jan Vertonghen win the key battle? Hernandez has scored two of West Ham's Premier League goals this season, both at Southampton, but his personal record against us consist of 8 games against us and no goals even when he was playing against us at Bayer Leverkusen. It's the most games he has played against any team without scoring. He will of course live off the shoulder of Verts or Alders because we will play a high line. Vert has made far more clearances, headed clearances and interceptions than any other team-mate in our back four this season.

Pablo Zabaleta vs Davies will be another battle, it will be interesting to see if the supply from Davies is cut off. West Ham have two clean sheets on the bounce albeit against Huddersfield and West Brom, whilst we have to avoid failing to score in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since May 2015. Declan Rice is just 18-years-old, but the defender has caught the eye of Bilic with James Collins out for a month with ankle ligament problems, Rice maybe looking to take his place. Bilic has said there are places up for grabs. West Ham are likely to play three centre-backs against Spurs and Rice is hoping for one of those three spots.

After the Newcastle result West Ham have obviously worked out their defence so Harry, who has scored 5 times against the Hammers, Eriksen and Dele will be closely marked. West Ham go into the game without Collins and Manuel Lanzini because of injury, but will Bilic give Rice another chance or stick with Angelo Ogbonna? Either way our away form is better than our home and if we are to drop points at Home we have no choice but to win away.

Will Poch drop Sissoko and start Dembele play Verts Sanchez and Toby as a back three or go four at the back? Dier in front of the back line and Moussa putting his foot on the ball in front of Dier, Dele Eriksen supported by Wings Backs Davies and Aurier with Kane leading the line and Son as impact off the bench with Llorente? What do you reckon?

We're going for a result so are they! Remember that there has only been one draw during the last ten Premier League meetings between West Ham and Tottenham! It's their Cup Final! Sad but true!



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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Thursday September 21 2017
Time: 5:53PM

Comments

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About time we shut the east london chavs up. 1-3 Spurs.
spurfect one
21/09/2017 18:11:00
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Westham beat spurs 1-0 in this fixture two seasons running, whether this is westham's cup final (which i doubt) it's up to Mp to figure out how to win. MP was at fault last season playing a back four left space behind the full-backs which w. ham exploited. I expect MP to play a back three and hopefully Davies returns, giving a better balance on the left. I think Spurs will win 2-1 or 3-1.
palmover
21/09/2017 22:38:00
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WHU 0 - 3 Spurs.
Geofspurs
22/09/2017 01:22:00
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Agreed, palm. We were to right sided at the weekend. We have no excuses not to perform ... we need 3points a minimum.
E17YID
22/09/2017 04:59:00
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I think this is there cup semi final what with the LC draw.
E17YID
22/09/2017 05:01:00
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If we need a 'MINIMUM' 3 points, it must be a 6 pointer! :0)

I believe we have the players to get the job done. Now need Poch to wave his tactical wand.
Critical_Spur
22/09/2017 10:06:00
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Yup critical, it has to be a 6 pointer, the reason I say 3 points is. A must is purely because I was born in forest gate, apparently you could hear west ham From where I lived.... anyways I hate them and we need to beat west ham .l can only thank the fact we moved when I was to young to know and ended up in a tottenham manor.
E17YID
22/09/2017 11:22:00
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E17, I agree with all that you say mate. I want us to poo on their 'cup final', the pretenders living in the taxpayer drome. Just don't want to see much tinkering from Poch. IMO, Dele may be up for it, Harry (top Derby scorer) needs to keep that going, hopefully Davies back. Given the choice, I'd be tempted with Winks and at a push, drop Dier for Dembele. Sonny for impact. Let's be having another of Geof's prediction come true. COYS!
Critical_Spur
22/09/2017 14:17:00
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Class will tell in this one!...Wet Spam can huff and puff as much as they like we have to show our class, pound for pound each of our players on the park in each position is better than the Spammers that's why Bilic spends his entire time defending his job and keeping the club from the drop each season. If we lose this one it wont be from lack of ability, technically we are far better than they are, if we lose its because we allowed ourselves to be intimidated. We need to outplay them but more than that we need to bury the chances that come our way not squander them. Dele need's to concentrate and do the simple stuff not try and be flash .....use this as a practice run for Nicosia cos they will be using the same tactics as West Ham.
OyVeh Maria
22/09/2017 14:50:00
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Some positive news that Lamela is in full training and could return at end of next month. We need him. Would be like a new signing. Also we need Rose and Wanyama back soon. We are not as dominant as last season without these three. We need a much stronger bench.
wentworth
22/09/2017 21:14:00
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Wentworth we were without Rose and Lamela for the 2nd half of the season and more. It is Wanyama we are missing. Going with Geoff on this one 0-3 for the mighty Spurs!!!
jvd
22/09/2017 22:10:00
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Red, lamela will be excellent to have back .... I completely agree, Davies needs to return ... don’t fix what isn’t broken. The selection vs Swansea baffled me ... Alli, really needs to buck his ideas up or be dropped. Can’t live on your past form. He needs to know he’s not undroppable. Kane gives his all 150% just doesn’t like to score in August. Coys
E17YID
23/09/2017 04:47:00
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Any win will do.. Pretty or ugly... 3-1 spurs.. Coys
62rovinella
23/09/2017 06:33:00
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There is no doubt that we have better players than them but Bilic is a manager who changes his tactics according to the opposition whereas Poch does not, as he confirmed in his press conference yesterday. I hope when he says we have to play our game he means the one specifically designed to deal with aggressive, physical opponents motivated by hatred.
Harry-Kari
23/09/2017 08:16:00
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Just glad we're away today, problem is, its one of our toughest. Due a win against the bigots..4-0 will lift the spirits. COYSS!!!!!!!
Thats Entertainment
23/09/2017 08:21:00
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Harry-Kari, west ham have won 4 of their last 20 EPL games. Maybe Bilic should stop tinkering if it isn't producing desirable results.
Guyver
23/09/2017 09:50:00
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Guyver, it seems to work against us at their place.
Harry-Kari
23/09/2017 11:08:00
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Sissoko and Alli both start, arguably our two least effective players so far. Hope this is the day they come to life,
Harry-Kari
23/09/2017 11:51:00
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Dembele injured again? Apparently a win today equals a club record of 5 successive away wins.
Guyver
23/09/2017 12:06:00
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Very slow paced, sideways and backwards.
E17YID
23/09/2017 12:31:00
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What a tackle!,!
E17YID
23/09/2017 12:36:00
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They are going to punish us, 22 minutes gone and we are playing appalling ... sloppy passing no pace to many side ways and back ward passes. I hate them being in the game.
E17YID
23/09/2017 12:43:00
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Hope we settle quickly - looking disjointed
Durbanspur
23/09/2017 12:51:00
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Get in!!!
E17YID
23/09/2017 12:55:00
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Exactly what we needed.
E17YID
23/09/2017 12:56:00
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Yes!!!!!!
E17YID
23/09/2017 12:59:00
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Love it, born a stones throw away from west ham and enjoy us beating this team coys
E17YID
23/09/2017 13:01:00
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West Ham pressured hard 1st 20 minutes, but we fought back well to wrestle back control of the game and force them back. They haven't had a shot of note yet, while we look dangerous in spots. Just need to avoid complacency in the 2nd half.
Guyver
23/09/2017 13:11:00
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After a slow start both Sissoko and Alli have made good contributions. Echo E17 about our first 20 minutes though. Our passing and tempo were shocking. Freat pass from Eriksen to set up Alli for his cross to Kane who was initially offside. I thought Alli had screwed up the cross but Harry made a great headed finish. Second goal was also a great move started by Jan and Eriksen and when Alli's flick was saved by Hart Harry was there to put it in the net. Will Poch let us continue to carry the game to them or will we try to play keep ball in the second half. We must try for a third because the Hammers will certainly be fired up for the second half. Well done lads so far.
Harry-Kari
23/09/2017 13:17:00
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I am already looking forward to the rest of the weekend. Not counting my chickens, but feel they don't have enough to get back in to the game. Another Kane goal will ensure 3 points! Sometimes I hate this early kick off on Saturdays as a defeat makes the weekend soooooooo long watching others pull away even further. COYS!
Critical_Spur
23/09/2017 13:20:00
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I agree, completely sissoko has stepped up today. I think noble should of been booked he was in his face ... he held is composure well. Now as you rightly say harry, we need to close out the game. They I expect will come out fighting for the first 5 minutes let's hope we get another 3 or 4 goals. And stuff west ham.
E17YID
23/09/2017 13:21:00
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Geoff, let's hope your score is wrong ... let's get 4/5/6
E17YID
23/09/2017 13:38:00
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Well, I said on another thread, Aurier is a beast and a great tackler, but has a booking written all over him. Great when his tackles work out, but not half risky. Game in the bag, why go for it like that in their half. Never mind, I still think we'll be too much for them. COYS!
Critical_Spur
23/09/2017 13:50:00
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Needless tackle from Aurier. Puts his team on the back foot when they should be coasting. Good player, but over zealous. Reminds me of Chimbonda a but.
Fanman
23/09/2017 14:07:00
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Squeaky bum time.... we'll be lucky to get the points...
Fanman
23/09/2017 14:10:00
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West Ham always raise their game against us. Their friggin' cup final...
Fanman
23/09/2017 14:12:00
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Just make sure there's a police cordon around the team coach. Well, Verts said before the match he was ready for the aerial duels....not for their 2nd goal it seems! Still, deserved it, but made a difficult job from being out of sight.
Critical_Spur
23/09/2017 14:17:00
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Feels like we can never beat West Ham comfortably. Its always a struggle, even when it doesn't have to be. A least we won in the end, but Aurier was really silly there and not sure why Son didn't come on for Dele. Seemed an obvious sub, with Son's pace more suitable for exploiting the space west Ham were leaving at the back..
Guyver
23/09/2017 14:20:00
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Overall, we deserved the 3 points ... how I don't know .... the ref was a tad biased towards them I feel. The red card could of proved costly, trippier should of gone to the first cross for the first goal. It put winks on it.... still important thing is we won and that lot lost ... London derbies always are heated affairs ..l we will get so much confidence from the result 100% away record still.
E17YID
23/09/2017 14:20:00
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Critical_Spur, that was Davies who was out-jumped for the 2nd goal.
Guyver
23/09/2017 14:21:00
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Always sweet to beat the bigots, Kane unlucky to miss hatrick, shame we can't play all our games away...
Thats Entertainment
23/09/2017 14:23:00
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If Aurier had stayed on they wouldn't have scored either of their goals. The guy obviously has a brain problem making a tackle like that when already on a yellow. Alli missed two golden chances in the second half which would have put the game way out of their reach but I'm glad for the lads. They deserved to win but they deserved to win by a much bigger margin and would have done but for Aurier. Can't say I'm overly impressed with either him or Sanchez at the moment. Aurier spends too much time on the floor which is dangerous if he doesn't get the ball and Sanchez doesn't seem to be a monster in the right way or have much pace. Hopefully both will improve. Thought Eriksen was outstanding in a game not really of the best type for him and Harry was superb along with Toby. Verts had some great moments and some dreadful ones with his passing but until we went down to 10 men we controlled the game from 20 minutes onwards in a very positive way. Well done to all.
Harry-Kari
23/09/2017 14:25:00
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We probably picked the worse time to move stadium, right when we have a squad and manager capable of 85+ league points.
Guyver
23/09/2017 14:25:00
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By far Sissoko's best showing in a Spurs shirt, not brilliant but a step in the right direction. We wethered the storm and took control only for Aurier to make a needles tackle and hand ham the innitiative, against better sides, we will not be so lucky.
spurfect one
23/09/2017 14:36:00
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Our away form 3 wins from 3 games ... we need to step up at Wembley hart lane ... we need to just stay in the top 4 if possible this season, I feel, we should be able with this squad. Let's take it a game at a time next PL is away to Huddersfield , let's hope that's another 3 points,
E17YID
23/09/2017 14:39:00
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Winning is all that matters huh.... Shame about aurier... Gave them a shot... Well livpool got five playing with ten.... Why did we have seven minutes plus extra time???...thought it was to be four
62rovinella
23/09/2017 14:39:00
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If Dele Ali hadn't have thought he could do it on his own in front of goal three times and passed instead to players in far better positions than he was to score, we could have had four shortly afyter they scored, plus at least one more, but no, he thinks he is so damned good that he doesn't need anyone else when he is in that position. If he had played for the TEAM instead of himself we would have had a much easier ride in the last 20 minutes. He should have been brought off for Son. Plus he really needs to stop throwing himself around on the grass so much, Bale started that sort of nonsense for a while and got stick for it, I can see him getting similar stick if he carries on because whilst he is down protesting against the ref's decision, play carries on without him, and for every minute he is sitting there with his mouth agape and his arms spread wide with pleading we are effectively playing with ten men> He needs to grow up and stop acting like a spoilt brat who has suddenly realised that he can get away with almost anything because there is no one to push him for his position, so he doesn't have to try, he can coast it because there is no one to step in. Maybe in some ways we would be better off without him so we can invest the money from his sale into someone with a bit more maturity about him and who is going to work for the team/squad.
chrishove123
23/09/2017 15:27:00
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E17YID, agreed. I think our squad is good enough to finish 4th, as I don't see us finishing above the 2 Manchester clubs and Chelsea, but you never know. Its going to take some good management though. Between us, the gooners and Liverpool, I think we have the edge (best squad). More so if we get our key defensive players back soon. As someone said, getting Lamela back will be like a new signing, as he chips in with the goals and will cause competition within the team.
Fanman
23/09/2017 15:29:00
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chrishove123, I pretty much share your sentiments about Alli. He's a great player, but his head isn't that of a professional. To much attitude to go with his swagger. He should take a leaf out of Kane's book. I'm not sure about selling him though. We did well without him in Europe, but his ability makes him an auto-pick. I think Son is good, and if he doesn't get any game time I could see him leaving as he's better than a squad player, but not good enough to keep Alli or Eriksen out of the first team.
Fanman
23/09/2017 15:41:00
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"Maybe in some ways we would be better off without him [Dele]"

chrishove123, admittedly he's not playing at his best, but bad form isn't a reason to discard a player, especially when they've already contributed so much to the team already. He's almost irreplaceable, unless you can come up with a player who is as productive as he is "another assist today" as young as he is, has a British passport as a bonus and is willing to join Spurs at cut price wages. You might be able to replace him on your computer games, but in real life, its never that easy.
Guyver
23/09/2017 15:46:00
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Well that was a good result considering the way the game went. I think Harry confirmed my recent article, ‘Saluting Harry Kane’! A couple of worries for me (yes, I do get them), Dele gave the ball away far too often throughout the match and, Mauricio needs to have a good talk to Aurier about positive aggressive defending, as against stupid aggressive defending. It should have been a bigger win but it’s the PL and anything can happen .... and it did. Very happy with the result and general performance.
Geofspurs
23/09/2017 16:10:00
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And it was 0-3 for a while! :-)
Geofspurs
23/09/2017 16:11:00
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A poster made the comment that neither Sanchez or Aurier has impressed him but I have the complete opposite view. Sanchez is like a rock in the middle. So much so that he frees up Vertonghen to go forward with safety as Sanchez cleans up all the balls over the top down the middle. For a young player, playing for the first time in the PL, I find he plays remarkedly. Aurier is very strong on the right and is a great tackler. The save against Artaunovic was simply fantastic. Unfortunately he needs to learn to be
jvd
23/09/2017 16:19:00
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(Sorry my post was sent prematurely) judicious in his when he makes such tackles. I have no doubt that Poch will sort him out quickly. Deli is just trying too hard to score. He needs to look for the simple pass, simple play and stop trying to do the spectacular on every play. He had two chances that could have scored if he had taken the shot first time but instead he tries to cut back or dribble through 2 players. Poch needs to sit him down and speak to him. Game too tense for me thanks to the sending off. Speaks volumes that we were able to hold on 4 years ago we would have drawn or lost that game. COYS!!!
jvd
23/09/2017 16:26:00
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to be fair Deli sgould have had a penalty. I thought the ref was a little biased towards them.
philbill
23/09/2017 16:42:00
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The quality between the top 6 (not including Newcastle) and the rest of the league is so vast as to be funny. Really until we lost Aurier we were cruising. Stoke were inept and the team which played ManC were worse.
jvd
24/09/2017 00:19:00
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Bar the first 20minutes which we were appalling, we dominated the game. Dele, was ok yesterday, he got the assist, should of had a penalty ... worked his socks off ... you will see a few times he was behind Kane and chased back. ... he's having a slight bad spell, he's work class and to suggest selling. Him well pathetic.
E17YID
24/09/2017 01:51:00
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E17, the issue with poor 1st 20 mins is something that we are carrying over from last season and IMO needs addressing. Those 1st 20 mins can often be make or break and set the tone for the rest of the match. So glad we moved up the gears soon after, but there are teams out there that won't allow you the luxury of testing waters early on.
Critical_Spur
24/09/2017 09:48:00
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My brief views of the game...Aurier was unlucky to get his 1st yellow card..2nd was justified, as he missed the ball took out Carroll's legs. Dele is one of those players, who play a bit iffy in a game then moments of brilliance / score & assists to goals, so difficult to drop him to the bench. We still need to improve our ability in dealing with opposition teams pressuring us, by not making panic tackles, using anticipation of opposition passes, covering each other and making effective counter attacks (score our chances) We did well for most of 1st /2nd half. Sanchez was a bit lucky in his push on Carroll. Their 1st goal was bad marking at back post...But I have to say we did look good, Eriksen/ Harry Kane/ Toby / Jan / Sanchez /Hugo/ Dele,/ Aurier did well. Sissoko needs more mins. as CMF he will get better,
Block D Spurs
24/09/2017 10:05:00
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Dele has been a 1st team starter from the age of 19, none of his peers have manged that let alone score 30 pl goals in two seasons, why spurs fans are having a go at a 21 is beyond me, winks is older than ali but is no where near ali in what he has achieved. Ali did miss opportunities to score assist yesterday, however, he still played a crucial role in the win. Spurs played with three squad players Davies, Dier and Sisoko and where in control until the red card, to me this is a positive. I don't see too many problems at spurs with the players they have MP is getting a tune out of sisoko which helps rest the legs of Dem/ Wam for the big games. Spurs have to start wining at wembley and it could turn out to be a a very close pl as all teams are in europe this season.
palmover
24/09/2017 10:29:00
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palmover ... I agree. There is a much greater depth to our squad now. When Rose and Lamela return it will be even greater.
Geofspurs
24/09/2017 10:33:00
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The player we are missing most right now is Wanyama. Especially at wembley. Diet is a decent DMF but Wanyama is better. Simple. He breaks up attacks all over the middle of the field and allows his partner a more attacking role. Can't wait for him to be back in the side.
jvd
24/09/2017 12:16:00
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To be fair JVD, wanyama, has his fair share of losing possession. They are different players and need to play in different tactical set ups.
E17YID
24/09/2017 12:26:00
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I didn't think the 1st 20 minutes were poor. I saw two very determined teams battling for dominance in midfield, which we were slowly starting to win. I believe its called "earning the right to play". We had Sissoko and Dier in midfield, not Modric and Xavi. Antonios injury after 30 minutes made things easier as well, as with his replacement, Carroll, they were less of a threat on the counter and unable to press our back line as effectively.
Guyver
24/09/2017 12:41:00
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Really looking forward to seeing the Wanyama of last season return, but im guessing it will take a few games to get back to that level. Hasn't had a pre season, then injured again. So he hasn't really trained properly, or had regular football since the end of last season.
Guyver
24/09/2017 12:47:00
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DA .... Where are you?
Geofspurs
24/09/2017 13:14:00
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Some interesting points made. It was a must needed win against WestHam, and now we have done it we can put our poor record against them to bed, another hurdle over. We made it hard for ourselves tough with the sending off, but also lets not dismiss our inability to defend crosses in the air, that is still our weakness imo.

Comments of Aurier, well he is a similar player to myself, I always did sliding tackles, never gane a penalty away or a foul as dar as I can remember, I was good at them, but of course I am not a prefessional and I do think he may have to be more selective at PL as to whe and where he goes for a sliding tackle simply because there are many technically gifted PL players that will ride them but mist importantly the speed at which PL players play, he will be caught out, but also its about being clever, making a sliding tackle in the oppostion half when your on a yellow isn't clever, if he did it in our half as a must win tackle and chance it as its a critical time then so be it, but once on a yellow, you stay on your feet especially in the opposition half, that is learning to be clever. However, I am not concerned as he is new to the PL and a baby under Poch, similar to Wanyama he will learn under Poch, Wanyama has improved on his tackling, being more clever compared to his earlier days at Southampton. Aurier will learn under Poch and also get confidence in our other players, but I think his second yellow was down to him playing with emotion rather than his head, Poch will sort that out in time.

What I will say is when he does play, we don't miss Walker as much as we were before he arrived, the first few games, even though his passing sn't great and he doesn't seem to be as technically gifted on the ball as Walker or as fast, but technical abilty to hold thew ball will improve with confidence, usually you don't try thjings when your new to a different league, he will get confident and will be steaduer on the ball and realise he doesn't need to slide in or release it quickly. I seriously don't think we will miss Walker now we have him as long as he stays focused, knuckles down and doesn't get into socail media nonsense or outside football nonsense.

I think Sissoko has slightly improved but still seems behind the rest of the players in terms of ability, he still looks the weak link, but may be with a run of games he will get better.

Dele isn't playing well, he frustrates me, misses open chances, doesn't pass to better postional players and loses the ball a lot and doesn't work hard enough of the ball at times. However, he is a game cahnger and is still young, but I do feel he need competition and I think Poch knows it as well, and may be Lamela will be that person, push Dele and Eriksen.

I certainly think this season is going to be tough to get top four and our away form is crucial, but I really feel if we can turn it around at Wembley we arae in with a top four shout, its early days, but will feel much better if we get Lamela, Rose and Wanyma back in the frame and may be another addition in January, Barkley or someone else! Good win.
It'sME
24/09/2017 18:37:00
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I'm having a laugh at the latest reports that RM want Dele and it is said it could happen if Spurs acceot the offer of 80m - right, can any one on here see Levy accepting 80m for Dele in the current transfer market? I don't think so. Prices will only go up and up and with Dele rise in such a short time, his tender age and potential I cannot see Levy accepting anything less than 150m+ the 80m for top players are long gone, especially in attack. For me we want sell yet anyway, and if Dele forces a move it will be for nothing less than 150m mark my words. I personally do think he will go though, just a hunch, unless we become a force to be reckoned with, like win the PL title and do well in CL over the next couple of years. He strikes me that he would be willing to move abroad and to a so call bigger team, not sure he will be that loyal to us, but I am not sure he would push for a move just yet either, but if his head is turned next summer and he wants out, which I am unsure that will be the case because I do think may be our players would like to have at least one season in the new stadum, but I could be wrong, but if he does try and force a move with his new agent when he gets one, RM or anyone else is going to have to pay very heavily, at this moment no less than 150m imo and as time goes on if he continues to hold his value and is wanted then that will increase because the transfer market has increased massively of late.

Such silly stories the media write, 80m my arse
It'sME
24/09/2017 20:02:00
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Good result, after all 3 points is 3 points, but due to Aurier's sending off, far more difficult and closer than it should have been. Once more thank God for Kane and Eriksen. Aurier needs to sort his discipline out, that 2nd tackle was totally hideous when already on a yellow, albeit a dodgy yellow for the first challenge. He looks useful but not when he is suspended and unavailable. Now what we need to do is start winning at Wembley, and we will be alright. I think top 4 is a realistic objective if we start winning at home.
Frank
24/09/2017 21:59:00
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It is worrying that "super agent" Mendes is sniffing around Delli Ali, he is a very manipulative dangerous man, out to maximise his take from transfers etc. and needs watching very closely, in fact he must be bordering on a criminal.
Frank
24/09/2017 22:04:00
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Great posts Guvyer....as usual!!
Ossie
25/09/2017 11:10:00
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I think it's time to get Barkley in and see if Poch can transform him into a decent player because Dembele is injured again. We need a strong player to depudise him and eventually take over because with his age and injuries of late I don't see him playing more than one game a week and not too long before he starts losing his edge
It'sME
25/09/2017 13:03:00
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I fail to see why pundits like Jamie Redknapp feel it necessary to write about Spurs players and what they make. What is the impetus for such. Are they negotiating for the player? Are they on some crusade? Are they just trying to disrupt the Spurs team? How does what a Spurs player or any other teams player, become the subject of a football writer? What business is it of JR's? The only thing I am interested in reading from them is actual football stories. I do not want to know or care how much Lukaku or Messi or Morata makes and I doubt many fans do either. So why does this type of writing continue to be pushed?
jvd
25/09/2017 13:04:00
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Although Llorente only came on for the last 6 minutes or so I was very impressed with his play. He was passionate and very aggressive and had an effective impact on the game when we were under a lot of pressure. Also seeing a few articles on Janssen and I'm glad he is seemingly doing well in Turkey. However the slant that he didn't get enough of a chance at Spurs is just nonsense. He had more than enough opportunity and made little of them, often missing good chances. I hope he gets back his confidence and his value increases so we can sell him for a decent return vs having to take a loss. I don't think he suits our system so we need to go back into the market for a replacement next summer. IMHO.
jvd
25/09/2017 13:20:00
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Seeing that Dele, Verts (both suspended), Eriksen and Dembele (Ill/Ankle) will miss the game against Apoel. Which means space for some squad guys and mabey a 4-3-2-1 setup with Llorente up top. Airier on Right of Sanchez and Alders with KWP on the left. Winks, Dier and Sissoko in front of them with N'Koudou and Son behind the lone striker. Hopefully enough to beat them.
jvd
25/09/2017 17:24:00
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