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Tottenham Hotspur v Everton

A game that has 0-0 all over it. Unless...

If ever there was a game that was crying out for a home goal before the game kicked off it is this one. Everton hire Big Sam to save them from relegation, but he appears to be doing so and boring the football world to death with a no attack policy.

Two out of three games with zero shots on target will hardly win around a sceptical Everton crowd and may ultimately cost him his job in the summer as surely the fans will demand the right style of football moving forward and Sam may have to prove he is building a solid base, but has definite attacking intent moving forward.

Of course time will tell if the big money signing of Cenk Tosun will pay dividends, but it`s as much about the style and intent to try to take the game to the opposition that`s key at Wembley and beyond. Will Big Sam sit deep and hope to stifle and frustrate Spurs and score on the counter or a dead ball? I`m guessing so and that will possibly make for dour viewing. However an early goal could force Everton to rethink things and we could again give them a football lessen as we did at Goodison, but surely they can`t perform as badly again.

Spurs perhaps have to consider who and how they set out the midfield. Is is Wanyama or Dier, perhaps both, but is that too safe. Can Mousa Dembele play a significant part or do we bring in Erik Lamela are drop Eriksen or Alli deeper to give us extra spark? Surely Aurier deserves a start as he looks better all the time, but with no Rose, it`s Davies on the left, which means it`s more important to have that extra drive on the right. Davies, like one or two other has looked a little tired at times. Hopefully the free midweek will freshen up a few minds and bodies and give us a vital three points...



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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Friday January 12 2018
Time: 11:32PM

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Well, against Hammers Poch chose a line-up to counter the potential of facing Caroll and Arnautovic and it backfired as neither started and they frustrated us. I expect another frustrating day at Wembley and hopefully in anticipation, Poch selects a dynamic eleven. I don't think we'll need two DM's (but can change if needed later on) and I would like to see Lamela and Son start to provide trickery and guile for those runs at defenders and both like to shoot. But I expect Poch to go with one or the other. My line-up would be Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Vert, Davies, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane. I just feel with Dier in the team will slow us down a touch and Sissoko will lead to misplaced passes and breaking our moves. Need to score 1st. Sam will make it very difficult for us. 0-0 at half time will make nervous viewing. 3-1 Spurs. COYS!
critical_spur
13/01/2018 00:17:00
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Tottenham Hotspur v Everton .... a game that has 3-0 all over it! :-)
Geofspurs
13/01/2018 00:41:00
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And there you have it MP, said we are nowhere near signing a player ... l don't u derstand why not, we need to consolidate a top 4 spot ... beggars beliefs if it's true
E17YID
13/01/2018 04:37:00
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Yes. That midfield partner to wanyama is the biggest selection question. Agree that it could be time to rest Dier and see how we perform. Aurier is a slam dunk on the right on this seasons performances and our need of pace. The dream is an on form dembele with the ball regularly in more advanced areas of the pitch. But we just don't know if that's what we'll see if he plays. Winks's passing is crisp. With Wanyama back in the game could that be the ideal combo for high tempo ? Is there a chance he'll be out muscled though? I sometimes wonder about dropping Dele back into the middle. I remember some great moments there when he was breaking through. Then play Kane Son lamela and eriksen against the bus parkers. That's probably a bit much though. Maybe dropping eriksen back with Wanyama? Lamela and Wanyama coming back are bringing these good selection problems with them. Let's be clinical and hope for no soft goals conceded from set pieces. I hate when sigurdson lines up against us. Spurs 2-1.
startinggun
13/01/2018 04:58:00
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Not another bloody park-the-bus manager and team coming to Wembley!

Let's teach them a footballing lesson.

0-0? I don't think so

Spurs 4-1 Toffees!

Hot Tottingham
13/01/2018 06:24:00
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Does anyone know how big the parking area will be at the new stadium?
Geofspurs
13/01/2018 07:12:00
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Sam Allardyce recently said that the Everton supporters would've preferred being bored in getting their defend-in-numbers draw against Liverpool rather than watch Everton playing open and attacking football and perhaps getting beaten 4-0. (Something like that). I think he was probably right as long as we assume that those supporters don't think the team is good enough to beat any team of note, in the first place, let alone Liverpool. But that would be like Pochettino parking the bus against Arsenal whilst conceding that they are just too good for us to give it a go. What Spurs fan would find that kind of defeatist language acceptable when playing our main local rival, let alone any other club?

Looking at Everton's very expensive and talented squad, is it a team that looks like it should be playing such negative tactics just to avoid defeat?

Maybe they will surprise us and attempt to outplay us with some attractive, open and attacking football. Maybe not.

Should Pochettino double bluff Sam and park his own bus? Nick a goal on the counter and then see what happens. I'd pay no money at all to witness that one. And yet Spurs supporters will tend to complain about our own, often patient, possession tactic of (at least) attacking football against these brick walls of defenders, rather than criticise the opposition for their blatant and cynical, anti-football negativity.

C'mon Everton, show us what your made of.

Come on you Spurs and make my day!

Hot Tottingham
13/01/2018 07:32:00
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I'd like to see Eriksen drop deeper - slightly in front of Wanyama - for this match and play Lamela, Son, Dele and Kane ahead of him. He's a superb passer of the ball and has the creativity, guile and vision to provide our forwards with the service they need to gt behind Everton's defence. And he can join the attack when appropriate. Against West Ham we simply didn't get enough men in the box. I felt sorry for our forwards because they worked their socks off to try and create something but they constantly had two or three defenders around them. And far too often they were playing with their backs to the goals and coming deep to get some space and because the service from midfield was too pedestrian. At times Eriksen was picking up the ball from our CBs ffs. I think he can orchestrate the play from a deeper role. However, as has been pointed out, Poch does prefer two fairly CMs and my fear is that he will pair Dier with Wanyama.
Gary Onedaysoon
13/01/2018 08:34:00
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Gary .... I was hoping for Winks and Wanyama in the middle but Winks is injured. I like the look of your selection but I expect MP to start with Dembele.
Geofspurs
13/01/2018 10:21:00
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With Wanyama back, I feel really confident for the rest of the season, superb passing and his ability to break up opposing attacks. Geof your 3-0 looks good to me.
Thats Entertainment
13/01/2018 11:12:00
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I hope we play more wide attacking Everton's defense, and get more players into the 18 yd box than we did at west game. Big Sam will have done his homework and I expect him to play similar to their Liverpool game, and as west ham against us. Im off to wembley soon, and 3 points more on the table for spurs COYS
Block D Spurs
13/01/2018 11:26:00
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Agreed Geof, Wanyama and Dembele is likely. On last season's form that would be perfect. They controlled most games and gave our forwards a firm platform. But Dembele isn't the Dembele of last season and Wanyama is going to take a few games to get fully up to speed.
Gary Onedaysoon
13/01/2018 12:30:00
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I'd like to see Dele in central midfield to make way for Lamela up front. If it doesn't work out Dembele or Dier can replace Dele in midfield (assuming Wanyama wiill be playing) leaving Dele to take up his usual role in place of Lamela. That's the way to open up bus parkers!
Stan Rosenthal
13/01/2018 13:21:00
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Personally, I think we deal quite well against teams that turn up with a view to not losing. It might seem that we aren’t positive enough at the start but I think we play a steady, controlled, possession -game. Nobody panics if we are not ahead at half time. There is a belief within the team that we will score .... eventually. And we usually do. The team also believe in each other. The game lasts for 90+ minutes and the winning goal can be scored at any one of them. I often think that some supporters would enjoy the game more if they remained as patient as the team. Then again, we’d be in big trouble if the team spat the dummy as quickly as some supporters.
Geofspurs
13/01/2018 13:43:00
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Certainly that was true last season Geof, and to an extent the season before, but we have undoubtedly struggled at times this season, particularly early on. We seemed to have turned a corner with the Stoke & Soton wins, but then back to early season form against West Ham. Your point about staying patient is well made and last season I always felt confident we would score no matter what stage of the game we were at. But I haven't felt the same this season in some of the games, particularly against West Ham when I was actually quite surprised when we did score. Everton will be a stern test (on paper at least and with Allardyce in charge) which is why I'd like an extra attacker on the pitch. I don't think there's much downside because Everton don't really have much pace to counter-attack.
Gary Onedaysoon
13/01/2018 14:10:00
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It's difficult not to see a Spurs win, Gary, but football doesn't always follow the expected script.
Geofspurs
13/01/2018 14:20:00
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3-0 sounds great, 4-0 even better!! COYS!
jvd
13/01/2018 17:10:00
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Just had a look at our bench. Wow we really don’t have much in the way of game changers, do we? We really need about 2 or 3 really top players who would make this squad really deep and allow us to make changes which don’t weaken the team on the pitch when we bring them on. No wonder MP is in no hurry to make changes during a game. Sad!
jvd
13/01/2018 17:15:00
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Even 1top signing, a known top player not a project, could significantly improve this team.
jvd
13/01/2018 17:18:00
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Allardyce, “a draw today would be a very good result”! Says it all, doesn’t it?
jvd
13/01/2018 17:20:00
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Well 1-0 up heading to 3-0 hopefully! Still not making enough quality chances but getting close. Hope MP puts a spark up their arse in the second half. Glad for Son, he is playing really well.
jvd
13/01/2018 18:26:00
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What a beautiful goal!
Fanman
13/01/2018 19:07:00
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Great performance and result, there is just nothing else to say. Son correctly named BT MOTM.
Frank
13/01/2018 19:23:00
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The 4th goal was absolutely beautiful. Son was electric all game, such an under rated player by a lot of fans.
spurfect one
13/01/2018 19:23:00
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I agree the 4th goal was an art form, a thing of beauty.
Frank
13/01/2018 19:44:00
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Everton is one of the poorest teams I’ve seen this season and a lot of them are poor, I must say. It really is a top 6 league now. It isn’t good for the game and the distance between the quality each team can afford is widening every year. I fear for the game as we know it. I suspect a European super league may have to become a reality in the near future for us to see really decent Football consistently.
jvd
13/01/2018 19:50:00
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jvd, based on this season, its a top 1, then another 5, then everyone else. As for today, great performance, and much needed with some difficult games approaching. Son and Dembele were excellent.
Guyver
13/01/2018 19:55:00
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Well done lads.

Some observations. First our opponents - Allydyce honey moon period is over. Tosun could bring them back on track if he continues to make a nuisence of himself.

For me the difference today was a willing RB in Aurier to go past his man, and beyond the half way line, something Trippier doesn't do enough of and neither does Davies but it is ok for one flank to stay conservative but not both flanks. So Davies being more conservative wasn't a problem as Aurier gave us that outlet on the other side and Davies was once again a steady player who played well enough.

Clinical finishing made a difference even though Kanes first was possibly offside, but we did better at getting the ball in the net.

Much better pace to the game in midfield, getting the ball forward quicker and a dominant Dembele who actually instigated a lot of that movement forward.

Sons performance again, getting better with time this season after slow start, when he plays well he brings something different.,br>
Dele is doing ok but not great, once again he lost the ball so many times and he seems to be Poch pet. If Eriksen, Son or Sissoko lost the ball that many times there would be words and unease. Yes he is young but I still think he needs pusing which brings me onto Poch.

When we killed the game off at about 60mins I think Poch could have made subs. First there was a dip in our game, lack of concentration, giving ball away and it needed refreshing, Dele being one of the culprits, but also it was great opportunity to rest a couple of key players that haven't had much rest, Dier and Eriksen. I think Poch could change it sooner to avoid mental exhaustion later in the year, but also had he taken Dele off after giving the ball away so many times it would send out a message, there is someone waiting on the bench, like Lamela.

A little gripe about our defence, once again we saw on a couple of occassions stupidity, trying to play out from the back, got pressed and got caught out could have been punished, why oh why do they do it. kick the ball long when there is a press, stop trying to be clever.

Aurier is improving, but he is like Walker used to be, his crossing is hit and miss, just like all our fb's but his fitness seems better and his concentration is getting better. I think he may be turning a corner and hopefully next season we will see a better Aurier!.

Sissoko was Sissoko again when he came on. Worked hard, powerful runs then fluffs it, the end product but as I said, similar to Dele, he fluffs so many moves, but then he can pull something special out of the bag, not sure Sissoko can do that though!.

Verts is one of our best players and most consistant, matured into a very decent CB and is doing so well with less experienced defenders around him and Toby out.

Sanchez yet again showed how good he is for his age and his first season, brilliant buy.

Overall very happy and deserved the win, and looking forward to rest of season to see if we can get that top four.
It'sME
13/01/2018 20:27:00
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Everton spent 120m+ and it look like they spent it badly. The back 4 they put out was not championship level, playing a right footed player as Lb is always a recipe for disaster. Harry kane has become spurs top pl scorer at the age of 24 and done it in 100 games less than sheringham, i am actually lost for words as i can't believe how he scores so regularly this is his 4th season in a row of hitting 20 goals barring injury he could get 35 goals this season. Son, Dembele, Serge and verts all had stand out games. Please can spurs sign another player like son as it would give the team true balance which i still think is lacking with the current players used in that role.
palmover
13/01/2018 22:10:00
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Palmover, I think Lamela can be that player (Son line) as you refer to, but who would Poch drop to accommodate him. I said at the outset of this thread, I'd like to see both Lamela and Son start, but as It'sMe points out, Dele invariably gets a nod from Poch. The thing I see with Dele is that he is slow releasing the ball or late in shooting, perhaps looking for that fancy pass/goal. His assist for Eriksen was great, but that sort of thing doesn't always come off. May be I am being too critical (!), considering we thrashed them! COYS!
critical_spur
13/01/2018 23:50:00
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Not seen the game didn't want to awake at 4:30a, or go to sleep at 6:30am .. highlights seem to show a dominating game on behalf of spurs ... excellent throughout ... Everton to be fair, we seem to always beat them since the formation of the PL. I don't think it's a 6 team division ... City are buying up all the best players and others can't compete ... we just need to get over the next season after this and then we will do better ..
E17YID
14/01/2018 03:03:00
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Totally dominant performance. Of course Son was MOTM but Dembele was also superb. When he plays in that form he has the ability to make the team play better. When (if?) Wanyama gets back in it will be a formidable partnership, although Dier did well yesterday, generally speaking. There was much more attacking purpose from back to front yesterday, particularly compared to the West Ham game (although to be fair tiredness may have contributed to that game) and Everton were simply run ragged. They had competitive players in midfield but couldn't get near Dembele. The one gripe, again, is the lateness of the substitutions. At 3-0 the game was won and surely that was an opportunity for Lamela to come on and add some impetus to the midfield/forward areas? I also thought Kane was below par (by his standards) despite scoring two more goals. The team now look at home at Wembley and it was a very big crowd 76,000 which clearly helps the players.
Gary Onedaysoon
14/01/2018 07:59:00
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critical_spur i think lamela is the best option at the moment but he doesn't offer the threat son offers in goal scoring terms and always comes in field i think lamela is a good option as a am. If MP dropped one of the midfield pivot and went 433 it could work or he could drop/rest CE or dele. I think dele is star and rate him far higher than CE.
palmover
14/01/2018 10:24:00
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Arsenal are starting to fall away, which helps our top 4 chances.
Guyver
14/01/2018 15:48:00
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I watched the game Guyver and they were dreadful. There's a few questions about Chelsea as well. Their lineup yesterday was so defensive - only Hazard and Morata as natural attackers (and the former was substituted early in the second half). Maybe Conte is making some sort of point to the Chelsea board but all doesn't seem well there.
Gary Onedaysoon
14/01/2018 15:55:00
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I agree Gary, Chelsea haven't scored for 3 games I believe and Morata 's confidence looks shot. If we can continue our good form, they seem vulnerable enough to overtake.
Guyver
14/01/2018 16:27:00
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See city are not unstoppable, u sometimes just gotta do ur homework, we beat pool who beat a team which best us. Also we don't have pace up front where as pool do.
123spurs
14/01/2018 17:16:00
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Wasn't expecting Liverpool to get the result. 3 point gap opened up in the top 4 race. Not a good result for us. City were poor today, they look very tired.
Fanman
14/01/2018 17:27:00
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I thought Liverpool might win today but I wasn't expecting this. City have looked tired since the Christmas period and have been grinding out wins which you can't keep doing week in week out. But fair play to Liverpool - they can be devastating going forward and against the top teams. Doesn't look like they'll miss Coutinho too much. Strangely enough their results this season are better without him than with him. It should be an interesting game when we go there in three weeks.
Gary Onedaysoon
14/01/2018 17:43:00
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But then they're not very good at defending!
Gary Onedaysoon
14/01/2018 17:46:00
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U swear klopp won the league the way he celebrated
123spurs
14/01/2018 17:52:00
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Van Dijk for Coutinho, might ultimately be a beneficial trade for Liverpool, as clearly they have no issues scoring goals. They still need a good DM (Naby Keita?) and LB however. I don't think Man City will be overly concerned by this defeat. Their performances have dipped a little, but they've still been getting results and im sure it won't be too long before they're firing on all cylinders again. Im not sure what to think of Liverpool.. They can be spectacular on their day, but are capable of losing 3-2 to Bournemouth. How much of a difference will Van Dijk make to their defence is the question. Chelsea look more vulnerable at the moment.
Guyver
14/01/2018 18:52:00
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Attacking teams but shocking Defending from both teams
123spurs
14/01/2018 19:57:00
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Liverpool are a mixed bag, sublime going forward, but they have a leaky defence. VVD should give them a bit more steel at the back, but will just one good CB make a huge difference? If they tighten up at the back and make some good signings in midfield they'll be title contenders imo. I think that City were the architects of their loss today, by continually trying to play it out from the back too casually and showing a lack of respect to a team with such attacking power and pace they unnecessarily put themselves under pressure. Arsenal don't look good enough for a top 4 finish, and they're having an injury crisis atm. I think that we're good enough for a top 4 finish, but its going to be tight. If we can consistently play to the level we did against Everton then we have a good chance. I thought that Chelsea were a given for 3rd place, but they're going through a goal drought and look vulnerable. 3 points off the pace isn't bad at this stage of the season, but we need to keep this vein form going and hopefully make a shrewd signing or two.
Fanman
15/01/2018 00:51:00
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Great performance. The fourth goal was awesome. Son is a star. Poch still needs to work out when and how to use his bench. Harry is a freak! Well done Spurs. And well done Arsenal.
Geofspurs
15/01/2018 03:15:00
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The game at Anfield will be crucial i feel. We have to go to the Bridge as getting up there with those two will not be easy. I think that all three of us are better than ManU but Jose knows how to get results when it matters so they'll make top four for sure. Whose heads will be turned by the Champions League games?
Love totty
15/01/2018 08:59:00
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Good performance from us, and Arsenal & Chelsea dropping points makes it even better. Shame for City v. Liverpool. Let's hope Stoke can nick something off of Untied tonight.
BelgianSpur
15/01/2018 09:23:00
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