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Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon

Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur, once Kings of the FA Cup...

Have we now disregarded the nations once adored cup for European adventure and the race for a top four place? In many ways we cannot blame Poch and Levy for concentrating on the richer pools of the game, but is our tradition and thirst for silverware something that should make us consider being up for the cup?

Even in rightfully resting several key players against an AFC Wimbledon side that currently sits in the League 1 relegation zone, though they will be heartened by the fact they sit 2 points behind MK Dons, with a game in hand... surely we have the quality in depth to make this a straightforward afternoon, even as Poch bigs up the difficult task of playing the nations minnows.

Sunday will represent an emotional or at least a "What might have been" day for two players suggested by some as potential Spurs stars in Dean Parrett and Andy Barcham who have never quite hit the footballing heights, but might also have that pang of wishing they had had a manager with the vision of Pochettino to entrust their careers in when they were coming through the Spurs ranks.

Though this season has been a struggle for Neal Ardley and his boys, They may be inspired or terrified by a trip to Wembley, but you would like to think that this will also be a far more intimidating task than the Checkatrade trophy game in October where Spurs played with a team comprising of youth and the nearest we indulged Wimbledon with our "stars" was the start with Amos and Sterling.

Sunday may well and for me, should see starts for the likes of Walker-Peters, Foyth, N`Koudou, Llorente, whilst perhaps we will see the likes of Anthony Georgiou, Tashan Oakley-Boothe and Kazaiah Sterling get spots on the bench as we prioritise resting a few tired legs, as well as offering opportunity to others. It`s also sensible to give valuable minutes to Lamela and Wanyama as we push them back to fitness.

These games are impossible to pick teams, but could we see something like Vorm; Trippier, Sanchez, Foyth, Walker-Peters; Winks, Wanyama; Lamela, Alli, N`koudou and Llorente, as an XI? A team enabling us to rest key and no doubt fatigued players, but also showing we take the competition seriously and who knows, we might even try to win it!...

Written by Oxfordspur



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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Saturday January 6 2018
Time: 7:46PM

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If the fringe and academy players want to shine and wanting more game time, they'd better step up. If through this round and draw another lower division team, that's about all the opps they will get this season. I truly hope that the long awaited appearance for KWP and another outing for Foyth will drive them on to start challenging the 1st teamers. I seriously think KWP should develop in to a regular RWB. Llorente another chance to put a few away. I'd like Gazza the goalie over Vorm as we need to be planning for life after Vorm (34 yrs old), with latter probably has another couple of years left in him?. Let's see all these spring cockerels running amok on the big pitch. 4-0. COYS!
critical_spur
06/01/2018 21:36:00
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Ox, for me there are too many kids on your list to be starting in this game. If the U23 performances (& league position) is anything to go by, nah, imo, 3 max + our main squad players to guide them through.
critical_spur
06/01/2018 21:38:00
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Hi Ox... While i agree we need to rest players, we also need to win this game. As critical says our U23 players are not at the top of their league... So we need mainly rotational squad players with 3 young ones, IMO.. poch has to try to win the FA Cup as it is an important sliverware which will keep the main squad players happy...Toby etc. and shut up all who say poch is not good enough to win trophie, because he has not yet....... Remember how close we have been to winning silverware in 3 years of poch management... Its 80% fault of the players who did not perform on the day of the big games, 20% poch tactical errors. COYS.
Block D Spurs
06/01/2018 22:24:00
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The problem is whenever Spurs meet decent opponents in the cup they lose, since the players are variables and MP picks them the inability to win trophies with good players is a problem MP has to solve. Walker looks like he'll win a trophy with a Manager with a track record but won nothing playing for MP. I hope spurs win the FA cup, it could happen if the stars align.
palmover
06/01/2018 22:56:00
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I agree with Block D Spurs, I think we should make a concerted effort to win the FACup. We made a nonsense of the League Cup, we are not going to win the PL or the CL, it is 10 years since we have won anything, so an FA Cup win would be very welcome. It is a disgrace the way this historic competition has been devalued by the bigger clubs, and we should take it seriously.
Frank
07/01/2018 00:05:00
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palmover .... Walker will win a trophy because he's currently playing for a better team. It's a lot more to do with that than it is about the managers. It's the way football usually works.
Geofspurs
07/01/2018 01:27:00
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3-0.
Geofspurs
07/01/2018 01:28:00
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Frank ... Yes, and there are few clubs with a greater history than THFC when it comes to the oldest cup competition in Europe.
Geofspurs
07/01/2018 02:13:00
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Frank, it's not just the bigger clubs who field weaker teams - every team in the EPL and Championship does it now (and possibly further down if I knew the teams well enough). Having said that, it was quite noticeable that Liverpool, Everton and Man City fielded almost their strongest teams at the weekend, and whilst Chelsea made numerous changes from the team that played Arsenal, it was still a team full of established players yesterday and they brought on players like Morata towards the end. Fitness permitting, I wouldn't make wholescale changes either - last season's match against Wycombe at this stage of the competition is still fresh in my mind. We need to be totally professional and get the job done as quickly as possible.
Gary Onedaysoon
07/01/2018 08:01:00
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In defence if the team I suggested with too many kids playing. Only Nkoudou, Foyth and KWP are not players that have already made several appearences. Two of those were signed for close to £10m each. I accept the bench shoild also have a couple of youngsters. But I wiuld like to see is say to aomeone like Dier or Vertonghen to simply take the week off and recharge. They have played almost every minute and probably will benefit from the break. Obviously there is a balance of getting a side to win and resting/giving opportunity, as we dont want to end in a reply and get that extra game. But surely that XI is still balanced and strong enough to get a fairly comfortable win and you still have a team that if sold, you could buy Wimbledon and mK dons and remerge them...
oxfordspur
07/01/2018 08:31:00
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I think a team such as the one Oxfordspur has suggested could storm the Championship and win the title with flying colours. Trouble is, those guys don't all play as a team, week after week. And so I think that it's not so simple to choose a perfectly balanced team without having some of the big guns in the squad.

It is a bit of a dilemma these days for top PL clubs, with which competitions to prioritise when in the CL and fighting for a top4 position. And, unfortunately, this sometimes puts less focus on the FA cup these days.

Supporters (and Chairman/owners?), of course now expect the team to do well in all competitions. And yet many fans will wonder why, when there is not more rotation when we play in the domestic cups. Others expect almost a full-strength team. But many will often complain of course, that the wrong rotation has been used if we lose. Or that Harry and co looked knackered and not enough were rested. Or, the wrong ones were rested.

I do expect that a few will be rested but which ones? Pochettino needs to pick a strong and well balanced team, enough to win the match and should know better than us who may benefit from a rest and who is in need of a run-out. Wanyama and Lamela are back and could probably do with some more game time. KW-P and Foyth are surely good and ready enough to play, being part of the 1st team squad and of course, Vorm, Winks and Llorente. Who is perhaps in need of a rest from Dele, Eriksen and Son? Harry on the bench or Sterling? I haven't a clue.

Surely a win is on the cards, whoever Poch picks to play. But anything can happen in the FA Cup and football is not always as predictable as we would all like it to be. But, it's also why it's such a popular sport and why the FA cup has a strong history of upsets and giant killing.

5-0!

But, to which team?

Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 08:42:00
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Got to agree, OX, last thing we need is a replay. Good game for Wanyama and Lamela to get in a full 90 Mins, those two back in first team for second half of Season will give us a great chance of Top 3/4. COYSS!!!!!!
Thats Entertainment
07/01/2018 08:49:00
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Ox, I wrote my post as you were writing yours. It turns out that you've basically said the same as myself. So I'm in agreement with you there. No replay please.
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 08:52:00
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HT, as long as the attitude of those picked Today is correct, I can't see any problems. Famous last words, eh!!
Thats Entertainment
07/01/2018 08:54:00
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It is a lot about the right attitude, TE....
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 08:57:00
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As for winning the FA Cup this season forget it, we all know Man City will win every game for the next Ten Years!
Thats Entertainment
07/01/2018 09:05:00
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Not if their top player Walker gets seriously injured.....
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 09:10:00
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TE ... That'll work out just fine .... in ten years we'll be settled into our new home, our team will all be very well experienced, and all the City players will be well past it. Onwards and upwards!
Geofspurs
07/01/2018 10:12:00
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My team would be: Vorm; Tripps, Foyth, Sanchez, Davies; Wanyama, Winks; Lamela, Youth player, N'Koudou; Llorente; Subs: Gazzinigga, Rose, Dier, Kane, Alli, Son, Youth player
Ali Li
07/01/2018 10:30:00
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Vorm; Trippier Dier Foyth KWP; Dembele Winks; Sissoko Lamela N'Koudou; Llorente.
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 10:49:00
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As HT says, if it wasn't for Kyle Walker, Man City would likely be battling relegation...
Guyver
07/01/2018 11:01:00
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I don't like my team now very much, seeing it on screen...... Son for N'Koudou? I don't know!
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 11:04:00
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After today we have 6 days until our next game and 8 days from then until our game after that. So they will all have a couple of decent coming up. Given this, I would play Lamella and Wanyama (as already suggested) to increase their fitness and I would play Dele to increase his confidence. I wouldn’t mind seeing Kane and Llorente on the team-sheet either .... and then chuck in some young uns! Aint it lucky I don’t pick the team!
Geofspurs
07/01/2018 12:41:00
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'decent rests'
Geofspurs
07/01/2018 13:06:00
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I see no reason why first team players cannot play this one because we have nearlt a week to rest and while some have played two games in a few days they did have a weeks rest before them. I would start Lamela and wanyama and Dembele for fitness reasons. I would expect kane to start we need goals to put this to bed early and i don't mind if we play Llorente with him just to see if the two can occupy the defence between them rather than it being Kane alone. If we get the goals we can take kane of and bring son on, or another offensive player. I would say play Dele, he is used to lower league footy, but may be rest Eriksen. Sanchez is young enough to manage another game and he got a half hour rest against swansea. Verts seems like a fitness machine but I would play him, with Foyth and Sanchez and may be rest dier. My team: Vorm/gazza, foryth, Sanchez, verts, Davies/KWP, trippier. Wanyama and Dembele, Lamela, Dele, kane and llorente. Bring Winks on for Demebele or Wanyama in second half, or start him instead of Demebele and bring Dembele on in second half. replace kane in second half if he have the goals with GK if we don't have the goals drop Llorente in second half and bring on son.
It'sME
07/01/2018 13:08:00
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Resting knackered players is a key consideration here. Otherwise they will have played four games in just over a week leaving them even more knackered for the Everton game. If we cannot put out a winning team without them against a poor Div 1 team it will confirm that our squad is completely inadequate and maybe spur some really big spending in the coming weeks. Either that or someone in our managerial ranks must go!
Stan Rosenthal
07/01/2018 13:13:00
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I don't think it's so much about needing a rest before having a rest until the next game. :-) I think it's more about needing some recovery and rest after the last 2... If you get my drift. It's only going to be in matches against the likes of Wimbledon that Poch can afford to do this. Although I will trust his judgement on this and he he picks... I'll post the line-up soon....
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 13:18:00
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That should be THREE games in over a week. Forgot that they had last Saturday off.
Stan Rosenthal
07/01/2018 13:19:00
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So yes as Stan has just posted...... I was writing similar before I saw his post.
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 13:20:00
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And I meant to write NOT needing a rest...... I do wish we could edit on here as on the forum.
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 13:23:00
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It'sMe, It's a squad game and some of the players have hardly seen any game time. No way I expect Poch to follow what you suggest and some of the 'bigger' players will get a day off. What is the point of giving KWP a new contract and add to the squad, but never played? If we get beaten by AFCW then as Stan Rosenthal says, we have serious problems and someone should be held accountable. Mix 'n Match it will be and a job done! Kane, Eriksen, Verts, Hugo for another day off. Sissoko to be sold off!
critical_spur
07/01/2018 13:33:00
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More #THFC: Vorm, Trippier, Foyth, Vertonghen, Walker-Peters, Wanyama, Dembele, Sissoko, Lamela, Kane (C), Llorente. #COYS
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 13:52:00
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Subs: Hugo Davies Dier Eriksen Dele N'K Son
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 13:52:00
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I'm pleased Wanyama is playing even though I didn't choose him. I am a little surprised that both Kane AND Llorente are. But it's a strong team, good bench and some do get a rest, sitting on the bench...... Unless we're 4-0 down before half-time, I suppose...
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 13:59:00
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MP must have read my comment.
Geofspurs
07/01/2018 14:07:00
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Tottenham have just posted on Twitter a picture of Vorms shirt alongside Sanchez' shirt with the words "all set". Thing is, Sanchez is not in the squad that I copied and pasted from the club site..... ?
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 14:13:00
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Critical - I did include KWP just slightly unsure that is why I said him or Davies, as it it he starts. I also included Verts and kane and they start in fact Sissoko in for Dele, I got most of the line up correct but i named 12 players lol if you omit the 12th player I mistenly named like Sanchez then actually means I got one player wrong, Dele instead of Sissoko. It seemed obvious to me that kane and Llorente would start, we need goals and we couldn't risk relying on Llorente. It was obvious Lamela, Wanyama and Dembele would start for fitness and Verts for experience. I actually got pretty close to naming the starting line up had I not named 12 players. We cannot afford to lose this game, the media would go mad and so would the fans, its all about proving we are serious about winning a trophey, and as I said, we got a weeks rest so line up pretty much as I predicted, sorry critical, I was almost right,.
It'sME
07/01/2018 14:17:00
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Also good to see the 12 year old, Foyth starting... Well he looks that young to me. Anyone under 40 looks young to me but he does look like a young kid! Let's hope that Captain Harry doesn't choose to take him by his hand when they walk out on to the pitch from the tunnel, mistaking him for one of the child mascots!
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 14:28:00
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So we are playing with 10 men? Might as well with the idiot sissoko on the pitch .., let's hope the rumours are true we are willing to off load this month.
E17YID
07/01/2018 14:47:00
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Actually those three game will be in less than a week. I see Harry and Jan have been picked again. Looks like Poch doesn’t believe in rest and recovery as far as they are concerned.
Stan Rosenthal
07/01/2018 15:00:00
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Can this game be wathced anywhere or listened to
It'sME
07/01/2018 15:04:00
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5 live sports extra has commentary, can't find any video streams.
TQ2Spurs
07/01/2018 15:08:00
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TQ2Spirs - Thanks
It'sME
07/01/2018 15:20:00
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Can't even watch it in Austrlia ESPN are showing post west ham and Arsenal ... still 25 in and can't score past these our 2nd string are a joke
E17YID
07/01/2018 15:21:00
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looks like another frustrating afternoon
It'sME
07/01/2018 15:23:00
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Why?
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 15:25:00
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Even the official website, said sissoko opted not to shoot how the ***** does that idiot get playing time ... yes it is frustrating, I can see why some are calling for the managers head he seems to stubborn and unwilling to change or learn
E17YID
07/01/2018 15:27:00
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Nearly went behind. Sounds as though they are doing what most lower do to us, everyone behind ball and then tray and break with us not being able to break them down, that special player we miss in these situations.
It'sME
07/01/2018 15:27:00
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Lets wait and see first....... We may well thrash them yet. Why not? 1-0 will do it.
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 15:29:00
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Agreed, It's Me, a shambles, yet again MP won't change ... says the premier league is more important where are we there ******** no where ... if we lose this or even draw I think he has to make way for a person to take us to the next level we will hear ... and maybe they are right Poch has been found out for way to long
E17YID
07/01/2018 15:32:00
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E17YID - May be Sissoko is in to put him in the transfer window.
It'sME
07/01/2018 15:32:00
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These games are very difficult, but it does highlight our need for something different someone who can move the ball quicker and who can break a defence down
It'sME
07/01/2018 15:33:00
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https://www.pscp.tv/w/1vAxRMrRRXYJl Video streaming of game via a mobile
It'sME
07/01/2018 15:41:00
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says fans are frustrated at the slow build up
It'sME
07/01/2018 15:43:00
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E17 ... There's plenty of time! Did you get your dog? How was Newman?
Geofspurs
07/01/2018 15:53:00
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Doesn't seem as though we're playing well.
Fanman
07/01/2018 16:02:00
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What the bloody hell is going on, surely we can beat this lot, how low can we stoop. MP is clueless when it comes to prioritising the winning of a bloody trophy, any bloody trophy, the first one in 10 years. We should play our strongest team in all these games get the bloody game won in an hour, then give some of our over rated stand ins a run when the job is done.
Frank
07/01/2018 16:09:00
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2-0 Frank.
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 16:17:00
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IM .... Not sure you need speed against defense-minded teams ... they are already back behind the ball.
Geofspurs
07/01/2018 16:20:00
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3-0!
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 16:23:00
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this could have been 4, 5 6 or 7 if Harry was just that tad sharper
Spursex
07/01/2018 16:36:00
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Turned it on, nice one lads.
Fanman
07/01/2018 16:39:00
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Forest 2-1 Arsenal
Guyver
07/01/2018 16:44:00
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Easy really, wasn't it? Wimbledon worked hard, did their very best to keep us out but obviously not good enough for the 90 minutes. As expected..... Up the Spurs. And Up the Poch!
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 16:48:00
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Come on the Forest! Get Wenger!
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 16:52:00
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I'm not sure what I mean by Get Wenger! But it sounds good to me...
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 16:57:00
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Ever since we started scoring, it went all quiet on here... ;-) I'm off to laugh at a Gooner. As long as they lose of course... Good night and good day all.
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 17:03:00
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Some are just wishing this site implemented a delete button.
Guyver
07/01/2018 17:07:00
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Sorry..... But I just have to say...... 3-1!
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 17:23:00
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Can't see the Wenger for the Forest.
Hot Tottingham
07/01/2018 17:51:00
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Well done Forest, my late Dad would have loved that being a Firest supporter. They deserved it, even the supposingly two foot penalty, which wasn't clear to me didn't matter, they would probably have scored the penalty on the retake anyway. Fact Forest played well and deserved it, Arsenal were poor, they were beaten to the ball so many times.

made my day, one less PL team out of the cup.

We did our job and we got the win and kane scored a couple. Seems as though Llorente was awful, not easy when you don't play, but that is the problem we having to be behind a wc striker in Kane. Well done Jan he wanted to score for a while, may be he will go on a run with a few goals lol.

No FA cup game is easy, we made 8 changes and it was difficult, two of them back after injuries, one only just getting back. A couple of youngsters who haven't played much and a old striker who also hasn't played much and a 30m average player who clearly isn't good enough, so what do we expect. We stepped up and got the goals and won, so well done. would love to get a lower team next round just to give us a bit more time to fringe players.
It'sME
07/01/2018 17:59:00
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One top team out. Just need city, chavs, manu and pool to get knocked out now then MP would have a real chance of wining his 1st trophy.
palmover
07/01/2018 18:04:00
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Where was Llorente today Hot T? A chance to score against a weak team......as usual he didn't touch the ball. Sell and recoup some money. We should not be paying bench warmers.
wentworth
07/01/2018 18:47:00
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Great foresight on the Gooners result Frank, heaven forbid we should lose in the third round to a lower league team! :-)
TQ2Spurs
07/01/2018 18:54:00
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It'sME, Well done for your opinion on the starting line-up. Never in a million years I'd have predicted that strong a team to start, though from the commentary, one would've thought we were playing West Ham. Great end result considering in a Cup game nothing should be taken for granted as Leicester, B'Mouth, Hammers, Chelsea and Swansea all drew and Arsenal (the holders) got dumped out! Nonetheless, the theme and our style seems to be stuck in the same groove of a lot of possession related sideways and backwards (some would cal it patient, others, bereft of ideas).

The striking thing for me is that it seems that Poch has come to the end of his 'promote from within' as the conveyor belt must have got stuck under the new stadium. So glad the KWP played, but not having seen the full match, hard to comment on his rare appearance, ditto Foyth.
critical_spur
07/01/2018 21:49:00
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