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Three Things We Learned From Tottenham Point At Anfield

Three Things We Learned From Tottenham Point At Anfield


A thrilling game was played out at Anfield this weekend, where Tottenham Hotspur battled from behind twice to secure a dramatic 2-2 draw, courtesy of Harry Kane`s last-gasp penalty to score his 100th Premier League goal.

The game saw two of the highest-scoring sides in the Premier League go toe-to-toe, as they looked to provide their hopes of landing a top-four finish this season a significant boost as the pair look to ensure they have a spot in the Champions League next season.

It was certainly controversial, with Spurs earning two debatable penalties, and there`s many talking points after the game. It was also a chance for us fans to learn big lessons from the performance and these three things stand out as decisive from the point that we earned at Anfield.

Merseyside woes continue

Tottenham`s poor record at Anfield earned plenty of attention during the build-up to the game, with Spurs last winning on Merseyside in 2011 and winning just two of their past 25 matches against the Reds away from home.

Spurs have shown their ability to go toe-to-toe with the better sides consistently, securing a 4-1 victory against Jurgen Klopp`s side at Wembley earlier this season, but the next step is transferring that form away from home against their biggest rivals.

Away from home against top-six rivals, Mauricio Pochettino`s side have won just once in 19 matches, with the sole victory in that spell coming two years ago against Manchester City, and it`s clear that these struggles are holding the North London back in their quest to get to the top.

Kane continues to shine

Netting his 100th Premier League goal in dramatic style with a penalty deep into additional time, Harry Kane became the 27th player to reach three-figures in England`s top-flight and he took just 141 matches to reach the landmark- with only Alan Shearer hitting that tally in fewer matches (124).

It shows, yet again, that Kane is at the top of his game and it`s tremendous news for both Spurs and England in a crucial World Cup year- and ahead of Tottenham`s move to a new stadium later this year.

Already with 22 goals this season, from just 26 appearances, Kane is on course to beat the 29 goal tally he secured last season, where he won the Golden Boot yet again, and Spurs certainly have a player who is one in a generation.

A week of inspiring form

In a difficult week for Tottenham, where they hosted Manchester United before travelling to Liverpool, Mauricio Pochettino`s side have emerged with their head held high after taking four points from those matches- but the biggest benefit is mentally.

It`s often said that the sign of a title winning side is when a team can manage to avoid defeat when they`re not at their best or a team that`s able to fight back from the brink of a loss to secure a positive result, which is exactly what Kane`s penalty provided yesterday.

In the past few years, Tottenham have also been contenders for the Premier League title but have looked short of ending a long wait for a league crown. Whilst that`s not going to change this season, with Manchester City running away at the top of the table, the signs from Spurs this year have shown that progression is being made and success may be right around the corner for this young and talented side.

Agree with these three lessons? And do you have any others to add? Tell us in the article comments or join us in the forum match thread > Here



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Writer:White Hart
Date:Monday February 5 2018
Time: 2:19PM

Comments

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Mersyside Woes ? we've taken four points out of six against Liverpool. I'd settle for that against all the top six teams. As for Kane the problem is he's being played virtually every game. When that happened two seasons ago he ran out of steam with about six weeks of the season left. If we want to win the Arsenal game then Poch has got to make major changes for the FA Cup tie. Since Moura is supposed to be a winger why not start him and Llorente. Give Lucas instructions to keep attacking the full back and sending in crosses for Llorente and just see what happens. One further thing from the game - Poch has got to stop making excuses for Ali's diving and make him cut it out. A referee is going to be very reluctant to give a penalty now when Dele hits the deck almost regardless of the circumstances because he'll have a justified fear of being conned.
jod
05/02/2018 14:55:00
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Agree about Dele diving, he really does need to ut it out. He will get himself sent off sooner or later because of it and yes refs will be reluctant, not only in case they get conned, but I feel some of them may well try to "teach him a lesson" so to speak by purposely not awarding one when it should be. I thought this was a far better showing than the manure game as we had to fight hard for the point. Against manure we blew so many chances that we should have been four up at least after 90 minutes, but once again our outfield dominance came to virtually nothing, we score one and they score the other. We NEED to be a damned sight more ruthless and clinical in front of goal if we are to finish in the top four let alone win the Prem at any stage. We have the players when they are on song, but that doesn't seem to happen enough, we need that consistency that true champions have rather than blowing hot and cold all the time. But yesterday we fought hard even though Dier decided he was a 'pool player for a few seconds. As for Salah, why didn't we buy him.
chrishove123
05/02/2018 15:08:00
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Defending for Salah 2 goal, looked like we were white ghost
123spurs
05/02/2018 15:41:00
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123Spurs, Salah was a ghost buster on that play. Brilliance on his part more than ghostly performance by our lads.
David O'Brien
05/02/2018 16:07:00
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Salah's 2nd goal gave Lloris the idea of going to ground early and kiss Salah's celestial feet.
Block D Spurs
05/02/2018 17:44:00
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Hey Falstaff/Knobhead/David O'Brien, thanks for confirming on the other thread. Hope life's treating you well over there (beaches and women!), still back and forth between Brazil and New York? Good to have you back and your incessant posts during the game. Can't remember if it is you or Block D that hold's the record for consecutive posts. May be we'll hit those 1000 posts threads soon, tha's if Vital admin get their act together with (non) matchday threads! :o).
critical_spur
05/02/2018 18:42:00
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Watford's pen exactly like Kane's, most if not all strikers will go down in that situation.
Fanman
05/02/2018 20:40:00
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Genuinely reckon Dele slipped and he didn't look for the pen, but he has a bad rep now. For me we've finally started to show the quality all over the pitch that helped us gain momentum in last 2 seasons. With Alderweireld set to come back, Lamela getting sharper and Moura hopefully making an impact, things are looking up again!
Parklaneyido
05/02/2018 23:09:00
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3 points against the Woolwich and suddenly our record against top 6 for this season anyway doesn't seem so bad!
Parklaneyido
05/02/2018 23:14:00
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Moura is cup-tied for Newport, players not registered for first match cannot play in a replay.
BestCaseScenario
06/02/2018 00:03:00
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Bad news BCS. I was looking forward to seeing him play. Doubt he’ll get a start vs Arsenal. Hopefully on the bench.
jvd
06/02/2018 00:52:00
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3 things I learned? 1. Their goalkeeper did his homework. (He just stood still!) 2. Harry is human after all. 3. Harry has big, big balls. Golden boots and iron Gonads!
Hot Tottingham
06/02/2018 01:19:00
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thanks for the welcome, critical. I'll not be able to provide the running commentary during the coming Arse-in-hole match this weekend. My bad. I'll be driving the whole day. What can one do? But I'll try to provide the yoeman tasks again soon thereafter. Those who despair at this are invited to scroll on by. Abraços. I'm in NYC now, but back to Brasil in April. I'm trying to open some schools there to provide education the the children of the extremely poor who would be facing a life of prison or drugs and guns otherwise. Something to do to stop going balmy as I age. LOL.
David O'Brien
06/02/2018 02:36:00
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By the way, a friend of mine named David O'Brien is the biggest fool and knobhead I've ever known (I envy his skill at it), so I've decided to adopt his name to succeed knobhead and fool. He's a fellow who can prattle on about mythology and its place in modern football for hours upon hours. Perfect for vitalspurs, methinks. (I once heard him expound for hours about how the belief in anthropromorphic gods is the result of us recognizing as children that other people have minds just as I do, and then assuming that this extends to trees and rocks and all of nature. So a tree has a mind just like we do. So nature must be a god that has a mind and has intentions and hopes etc. just like me. Can you imagine his take on why I'm a Spurs supporter since my childhood? If a tree can be sacred, then both the tree and I can cry when the Spurs play poorly. Harry Kane has the soul of a samauma tree. https://www.google.com/search?q=image+samauma&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=LfPTdwPocqmOxM%253A%252CnOshw32J5wYmpM%252C_&usg=__0LFGnjKP3RH_VQOrIdh5rE7H6bk%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjD3dP4o5DZAhWto1kKHZvbDcsQ9QEINzAG#imgrc=LfPTdwPocqmOxM:
David O'Brien
06/02/2018 02:46:00
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By the way, a friend of mine named David O'Brien is the biggest fool and knobhead I've ever known (I envy his skill at it), so I've decided to adopt his name to succeed knobhead and fool. He's a fellow who can prattle on about mythology and its place in modern football for hours upon hours. Perfect for vitalspurs, methinks. (I once heard him expound for hours about how the belief in anthropromorphic gods is the result of us recognizing as children that other people have minds just as I do, and then assuming that this extends to trees and rocks and all of nature. So a tree has a mind just like we do. So nature must be a god that has a mind and has intentions and hopes etc. just like me. Can you imagine his take on why I'm a Spurs supporter since my childhood? If a tree can be sacred, then both the tree and I can cry when the Spurs play poorly. Harry Kane has the soul of a samauma tree. https://www.google.com/search?q=image+samauma&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=LfPTdwPocqmOxM%253A%252CnOshw32J5wYmpM%252C_&usg=__0LFGnjKP3RH_VQOrIdh5rE7H6bk%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjD3dP4o5DZAhWto1kKHZvbDcsQ9QEINzAG#imgrc=LfPTdwPocqmOxM:
David O'Brien
06/02/2018 02:46:00
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By the way, a friend of mine named David O'Brien is the biggest fool and knobhead I've ever known (I envy his skill at it), so I've decided to adopt his name to succeed knobhead and fool. He's a fellow who can prattle on about mythology and its place in modern football for hours upon hours. Perfect for vitalspurs, methinks. (I once heard him expound for hours about how the belief in anthropromorphic gods is the result of us recognizing as children that other people have minds just as I do, and then assuming that this extends to trees and rocks and all of nature. So a tree has a mind just like we do. So nature must be a god that has a mind and has intentions and hopes etc. just like me. Can you imagine his take on why I'm a Spurs supporter since my childhood? If a tree can be sacred, then both the tree and I can cry when the Spurs play poorly. Harry Kane has the soul of a samauma tree. https://www.google.com/search?q=image+samauma&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=LfPTdwPocqmOxM%253A%252CnOshw32J5wYmpM%252C_&usg=__0LFGnjKP3RH_VQOrIdh5rE7H6bk%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjD3dP4o5DZAhWto1kKHZvbDcsQ9QEINzAG#imgrc=LfPTdwPocqmOxM:
David O'Brien
06/02/2018 02:46:00
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hope most of you scrolled by the last post. IF you didn't, as least check out the images of the samauma trees. They do cry. I know. I've slept under them and been awakened by their weeping. only a damned knobhead would do that. COYS.
David O'Brien
06/02/2018 02:48:00
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WFT? how the feck did that comment repeat three times? It must have had a sacred mind of its own. Certainly shocked me with its egoistic behavior.
David O'Brien
06/02/2018 02:50:00
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As I've said previously, I don't think any player should be yellow carded for diving unless they actually CLAIM a penalty .... otherwise, just play on!
Geofspurs
06/02/2018 03:03:00
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Geofspurs, have you no fear that under your no-card for diving unless they "claim" a penalty would increase the number of players diving? And what would count as a "claim"? Verbally saying to the official that you were knocked to the ground? So, everyone would go to the ground and no-one would say a word. The problem, for me, is the player who legitimately is clumsy and simply falls to the ground without being pushed and is carded for it. But I take your suggestion as a serious one.
David O'Brien
06/02/2018 04:18:00
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You'd obviously have to put your hand up to claim a penalty. Simple, really, and avoids accidental yellow cards for diving. Then again, 'diving' is a sport in itself so perhaps they could just award a score out of ten. It's all so difficult!
Geofspurs
06/02/2018 05:03:00
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lol. I thought Delli Alli dove and deserved the yellow. Hope he stops this stuff. It detracts from all of his good play and is leading to a reputation that will draw cards even when he simply falls over clumsy.
David O'Brien
06/02/2018 05:22:00
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That's why I think having to claim a penalty solves the problem.
Geofspurs
06/02/2018 06:18:00
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The other big thing I noticed was the increasing availability of our squad. Against Liverpool, we didn't see Rose and Toby but we did see the return of Aurier and Winks to the bench. With Lucas in the mix as well, we suddenly find ourselves very close to a fully fit squad for the first time all season. That will give Poch some nice selection headaches in the next few weeks. He will also have to decide which of his 2 main formations he will adopt. I can definitely see a scenario where some big names won't even be making the bench.
muttley
06/02/2018 07:54:00
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muttley ... Yes, it does seem like everything is coming together at the right time. It's going to make it even harder to guess MP's team selection.
Geofspurs
06/02/2018 08:06:00
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Dele has 5 yellow cards for the season in the PL. It's the same as Dembele who has played almost a 1000 mins less than Dele. These are the two THFC players with the most yellows in the PL. Jan has 4 and 1 red in the CL. Kane has 4 yellows in the PL. I also looked up Raheem Sterling as I've read a lot about his supposed frequency of diving antics. He has 4 yellow cards to his name. What all these yellows are for exactly I don't know but I assume that all of Mousa's and Jans are for physical fouls. ....... I don't know what the average for bookings is in the PL but 5 doesn't seem excessive to me. I do know that that was just our 2nd and 3rd penalty v Liverpool, for the entire season and, that we could've/should've had a few more imo. Dele v United at home, for example. ... How does the ref decide when a player has dived anyhow? I've seen many a player go down (when they could've stayed on their feet), and claim a pen but the ref has not given it, played on but then not booked the player for simulation...
Hot Tottingham
06/02/2018 08:08:00
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Sorry, 1 of Mousa's bookings was in the CL v Real. So he has 4 in the PL. ....... I'm sure you all really wanted to know all of this. LOL!
Hot Tottingham
06/02/2018 08:14:00
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But muttley, I've been reading on here all season that Spurs do not have a good, strong squad...
Hot Tottingham
06/02/2018 08:18:00
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1) Dier makes too many mistakes leading to goals he tops the league in that stat. I have always had a problem with MP playing two DM's, hopefully he ditches one and adds an attacking player to the team. 2) Harry Kane is up there with the best all time Pl goalscorers, surely MP can find away to win trophies with Kane at his disposal? 3) Spurs have the players to make T4 and win a cup, it's up to MP to select the correct players on the day, no more son at Lwb in crucial games. Coy
palmover
06/02/2018 08:18:00
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Come on lads ... let's continue this fine run of Spursy performances!
Geofspurs
06/02/2018 08:23:00
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palmover: No he doesn't according to the PL official website. It's Cech for Arsenal with 4 mistakes leading to a goal. Eric is joint 5th with 11 others, making two errors leading to goals. There are numerous players on 1 error. And many from all the top clubs have made errors leading to goals. It happens, but surprisingly less it seems, than we may all think. What about all of those errors that could've easily led to a goal but didn't? I counted 3 from Dembele alone on Sunday. But good cover from the likes of Dier, prevented Spurs being punished for them.
Hot Tottingham
06/02/2018 08:32:00
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MP playing two DM's? Dembele and Dier at Anfield were to be seen regularly playing in and around the Liverpool penalty area as part of our attack. In the 2nd half it was often both at the same time. It's not about what a formation looks like on the team-sheet. It's about how it works for real on the field of play...
Hot Tottingham
06/02/2018 08:36:00
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Also, a DM is also often needed to help out each wing back as our backs play ahead of our midfield a lot of the time. (One for the left and one for the right). As well as dropping deeper when needed. Our team attacks and defends as a unit most of the time and 2 DM's is not unusual for many top teams. It's about having a good balance and our defence and attack have been consistently very good under Poch...
Hot Tottingham
06/02/2018 08:46:00
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Anyway, I'm off to make up some really negative stuff to suit my many arguments for more peace and less poverty etc, in the world.... Adios amigos! Ciao! Tatty-bye!
Hot Tottingham
06/02/2018 08:49:00
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Palmolive..... Did you just give yourself a thumbs up for telling a porky-pie?
Hot Tottingham
06/02/2018 12:16:00
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With the collapse of Chelsea in recent matches (parallel to the tanking of the world's stock markets this week), out lads should be able to race by them into the top four. The gods are aware that our new home should open in a season in which we have CL matches to play there. No excuses acceptable if we fail to race past Chelscum. COYS
David O'Brien
06/02/2018 13:44:00
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