Following our 3-0 defeat at home to Liverpool, Norman is "desperately trying to think of positive things to say". you cana see what he offers by reading this week's piece, in which Norman also gives us the heads up on a special night with Jimmy Greaves on February 20th 2015, when my hero will celebrate his 75th birthday.
Norman also announces this week's lucky prize winner and a new teaser, with a self-penned book on offer. See full details here
I get lots of positive feedback on the message board and via social media every week, so rest assured that Norman's articles are always worth a read!
All the optimism about Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs was wiped away at a stroke by Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side who have now beaten us 12-0 on aggregate in our last three games. Even a goal against them would be nice.
Pochettino started with the same eleven as last Sunday, when we thrashed a poor QPR side 4-0. There was no sign of Sandro or Paulinho, who I fear could be sold, and who I know have more skill and enterprise in their feet than the two substitutes deployed by Pochettino after 59 minutes today.
Andros Townsend replaced Christian Eriksen, who has more creativity in his boots than most Spurs players. Townsend's first touch was to give the ball disastrously to Moreno, just in the Liverpool half, allowing the left back to race all the way to the Spurs area un-challenged, and to score what became the killer third goal for Liverpool. That was the game well and truly over.
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A draw was a fair result from two good attacking sides between whom there was little to choose . Carter-Vickers slotted in seamlessly for his first game back from representing the USA U-18 in the Czech Republic. Luke Amos did a good job as defensive midfield against a good side and picked up a goal as well. It was a good all round performance from the team as a whole.
There is a break in the League programme next week, so the next game is a home match against West Brom at Hotspur Way on Saturday 13th September. Next weekend the Premier League will be holding an U-18 tournament at Hotspur Way. Spurs and West Ham will be playing along with Liverpool and Everton and teams from Benfica and Real Madrid. Unfortunately it is not open to the public.
Spurs sailed through the second leg of this Europa League fourth round qualifying match, and into the Group stage of the competition. The draw will take place today (Friday 29th August, 2014).
When you consider that only two of tonight's starting line-up ( Lloris and Kaboul) started Sunday's game against QPR, and that the same two players are probably the only likely starters against Liverpool, it is quite a strong second team we have!
....Quite rightly, Dawson has received tributes from his fellow players, the Chairman, and the fans. The photograph at the head of this piece was taken on the recent tour of North America, specifically in Seattle. (Thanks to Beverley Smith for the picture). It seems that he knew a move to Hull might be on the cards, but being the true professional he is, Michael fulfilled his Spurs obligations, not only because it was what he was paid for, but also because he loves the game, and loves the fans.
So, it's farewell to a happy and fine human being; to a true professional; and to a fine Spurs player......
Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs went to the top of the fledgling league (I remember when we didn’t show the table until three games had been played), with a smashing 4-0 win over Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers, on Harry’s first official return to White Hart Lane. All complimentary remarks have to be tempered against the mediocre (to say the least) performance of QPR, who insisted on playing 3-5-2 for the whole of the first half, despite the Spurs onslaught.
Spurs seemed to have Rangers at their mercy at the touch of a button, or should I say on the receiving end of Lamela’s speed and guile, or Eriksen’s creative juices, or new star Eric Dier’s speed and strength down the right wing. Pochettino has obviously been working hard on the training ground. His style demands the ultimate level of personal fitness, which is why some of the World Cup stars have had to work their way up to the requisite level. It didn’t always work, but when that happened, Spurs usually had the strength and determination to win the ball back in the middle. The players usually knew where their colleagues were, or would be. They cleverly let the ball do the work at times, coupled with a twist and a turn to take the ball away from a befuddled defender or midfielder. There were many times when Spurs went through Rangers like a knife through butter.
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