“It’s happening again” sang the West Ham fans as their team went 2-0 up at White Hart Lane, a ground where they were victorious twice last season. In a way they were right, as for the second time this campaign, Tottenham scored an injury time goal to break Hammers’ hearts.
As I took my seat, the teams were being announced and there was one big surprise. Continue reading →
Spurs are back in Premier League action this Sunday as West Ham visit White Hart Lane. The corresponding fixture last season seems a very long time ago – I was there to see the 3-0 defeat, the first sign Continue reading →
The new manager demands a lot from his players. First of all there’s the fast but risky, vertical passing game he favours when his side have the ball. Then there’s the team based, high energy pressing when they don’t.
The young striker drops deep as Spurs break, pulling the centre back out of position. He plays a beautiful, defence splitting through ball to an onrushing teammate, who is making a clever overlapping run. The teammate, another youth prospect, showing admirable composure, rounds the keeper and scores.
This is what we were sold – football the Pochettino way. Unfortunately for 93 minutes the football was anything but.
So here we are again, the start of another Premier League season. As usual, hopes are high – a new manager, a fresh start. Compared to last year, things feel a little calmer, expectations a little more realistic.
Let’s hope Spurs supporters and our trigger happy chairman, give Mauricio Pochettino the chance to implement his ideas. The new system might take time, all worthwhile things do.
Well here we are again. This tortuous season just gets worse. A third loss to West Ham, another comprehensive beating from the “tactical genius” that is Sam Allardyce. We’ve pretty much saved his side from relegation. They must wish they could play us every week.
West Ham are Spurs’ hosts this Saturday, in the lunchtime kick-off. The equivalent fixture at White Hart Lane is etched into my memory, a shameful 3-0 reverse – for me the worst game of the season, and I was there.