Category Archives: Match Reports

Spurs make hay away while Kane shines


Expected goals by time

Tottenham continued their excellent run of away victories with a comfortable win at Huddersfield. Spurs blew their opponents away with three goals in a fantastic spell in the first 30 minutes.  Continue reading


Spurs draw a blank against a resolute Swansea

It was a familiar story on Saturday evening, as Spurs failed to break down a packed defence.


How the match unfolded by Expected Goals, i.e. quality of chances

Swansea have conceded the second most shots in the division so far this season, and have recorded the lowest shot count themselves, so here was a real opportunity for Tottenham. Continue reading

Spurs 1 Burnley 1 – the sucker punch

Another disappointing result in August, it just never seems to come together for Pochettino at this time of the year. Another last minute goal conceded, it wasn’t that long ago that Spurs were the team of 90th minute winners, supposedly a testament to our manager’s penchant for extra training sessions. This felt like a real sucker punch. Continue reading

Spurs 1 Chelsea 2 – stats encouraging but lack of wingbacks an obvious issue


Spurs lost a tight game to continue their poor recent record at Wembley.

It wasn’t a very positive result but Pochettino’s team played reasonably well. With 68% possession and 18 shots to 9, they were certainly not outplayed and it was a game that could have gone either way.

It was interesting that both manager’s went with cautious starting lineups; both shielded the defence with three holding midfield players. This was maybe more understandable from Conte’s point of view. He was after all the away team coach and had to deal with several injuries and suspensions.

For Spurs, I would have liked to have seen Son’s pace from the start, and the inclusion of Winks to give us more passing options from deep.

Spurs certainly missed the width and pace offered by Rose and Walker, often the answer to unlocking stubborn defences last season. Wingbacks should be a priority in the short time left of the transfer window.

Kane still hasn’t scored an August Premier League goal. Here he was unlucky taking 8 shots, twice that of the next most prolific player (Morata) and going extremely close as he saw one effort come back off the post.

I’m not too worried about our form at Wembley. Losses against teams of the stature of Monaco and Chelsea are not proof of a problem. If we fail to win against Burnley on Sunday, well that would be a different story entirely.

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Spurs 1 Newcastle 2 -Tottenham run out of steam


Everything had been going so well.

In a topsy-turvy season where Chelsea hover one point from relegation and Leicester sit top of the Premier League, a result like this shouldn’t really be a surprise. But then this was supposed to be a team that had shrugged off the Spurs image of old. Continue reading