Spurs haven't been in the bottom half of the table after 11 games since Hull's first Premier League season 6 years ago in 2008.
Hull, then managed by Phil Brown, made a fantastic start in their debut season in the Premier League, winning 6 of their first 9 games, and even beat Arsenal and Tottenham away in consecutive weeks. Spurs were on their way to "2 points in 8 games", and suffered their third home defeat in four games. Spurs' form was not dissimilar to their current displays...........
Spurs had won a hard fought battle against a well organised side having continued to try and play their way through the middle. I would have liked to see a couple of balls played over the top for a runner to break the defensive line. Spurs responded well after going behind in a game where there were few chances. Harrison put his two chances away well and Georgiou made headway in the second half to finally break through.
The win moves Spurs up to fourth in the table a point ahead of West Ham who are the next visitors to Hotspur Way. Spurs will be looking to avenge the loss to the Hammers in the same fixture last season when visitors won 3-2.
"If my neighbours are reading this, my apologies for shouting at the television screen during England’s 3-1 victory over a mediocre, so-slow Slovenian team that would struggle to beat one of our mid-table Championship sides.
My expletives reached their peak when Wayne Rooney tucked away his penalty for his 44th goal in his 100th international match.
This, commentator Clive Tyldesley informed us, equalled the Jimmy Greaves haul of goals and lifted Rooney to joint third place in the all-time England goal-scoring list.
Clive is one of the better commentators and usually supports his observations with a spray of statistics. But in my view he did not make nearly enough of the fact that Spurs legend Greavsie collected his 44 goals in just 57 games. And not one them ‘on the cheap’ from the penalty spot."
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Spurs slipped to their fourth home defeat in only 6 games, and slipped back to the bottom half of the Premier League with a performance that was quite simply of the standard of a team destined for relegation.
The question is - who exactly is to blame for what seems like Spurs' worst start to a league season since the days of Juande Ramos 6 years ago? Under Pochettino, Spurs did win their first two league games, but they've only managed two wins in their last six league games.
I confess that I tweeted my views at half-time, when we were 2-0 down, when I said "Might I be the first to say F*** off Mauricio, I think it's time to go" That drew a lot of reaction, most of which thought I was jumping the gun, and guilty of my own knee-jerk reaction. There was some agreement with my offering..............
Two of Spurs' home grown players, Andros Townsend and Harry Kane, gave us the first half goals which proved enough to give Spurs the win, and to maintain their position level with Besiktas at the top of Group C.
Quite how that happened is beyond most observers, as Asteras could, maybe should, have scored five or six goals in the second half. The home side surged upon the Spurs goal with passion and incisiveness, but, luckily for Spurs, lots of inaccuracy.
Spurs had 69% of the possession, but, as we all know, it's what you do with that possession that counts................
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