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Let’s take this highest ground by storm! West Brom vs Spurs preview

Its been a really great international break  for Spurs with nearly all of the spine of the side ruled out for eight weeks and our new Dutch international being petulant after being substituted. The greatest disappointment is that JD had just discovered his form with his hat trick against Bulgaria.

So back to business in the Premier League before our first Champions League game with a visit to the Hawthorns West Bromwich and a game against the Albion, once upon a time the Throstles now the Baggies. Our last win at the highest ground in the Premier League was in 2003 when Pat Murphy bemoaned Robbie Keanes’s tedious goal celebration when he scored 2 of the 3 goals. Not tedious for us Pat we won! Our last two visits have seen 2-0 defeats but both were Christmas fixtures and I hope this time no Christmas spirit is shown.

Houston we have a problem. We’ve got two new players, maybe three if Cudicini does not play and Gomes remains unavailable, to bed in before the Bremen game and one game to do it. So how do we deal with it?

With no Daws the centre back positions are all over the show. Is Gallas fit enough to play? Could Ledley make Tuesday night if he plays at altitude on Saturday? Doubtful so we could be all over the shop but have plenty of centre backs on the roster.

Thankfully Luka Modric came through a game for Croatia on Tuesday so will be available for selection. Thank God we need some good news so, following the excellent comments received on our “what do we do now” article, I am anticipating Crouch or Pav up front with Van Der Vaart tucked in behind and Lennon, Palacios and Huddlestone also in midfield. Crouch or Pav? I’d play Crouch to get his assistance in defence at corners and throws.

So what of West Brom? Thrashed on day one and lost last time out at Liverpool but won their only home game against Sunderland. Ability wise this game is ours but we will need to back that up with attitude and application and just hope that the starting line up have met each other on the training pitch a couple of times before walking out of the tunnel. What we need more than anything is an injury free game plus a decent start to silence a partisan crowd and get West Brom on the back foot.

Hopefully Van Der Vaart will get a couple of decent shots on target but I fancy that Tommy after a shocker in his last outing will have a decent game for us and might even hit the target from distance. It’s often amazing what a new player can inspire from others who feel a little pressure. Team prediction:

                                               Cuducini,

   Corluka,            Kaboul,                 Gallas,                     Bale,

                                            Palacios

  Lennon,                         Huddlestone,            Modric

                                      Van Der Vaart 

                                             Crouch

Result: 1-3 with VdV to score on debut but let me know what you think.

Thud settles it: Spurs 1 Bolton Wanderers 0

It’s been a nervy few days and there is more of that to come but another 3 points are in the bag and Manchester City beckon on the horizon. But are we on form or have we peaked and gone over the hill after the exertions of the Arsenal and Chelsea games?

Certainly up front we showed nothing in open play for the umpteenth game in succession but at the back Dawson and King were in fine form carefully rejecting anything Bolton had to offer. In midfield we huffed and puffed and put together some fine stuff but in transferring it to the attack there seemed nothing to aim at.

Our play deserved more goals than the fantastic Huddlestone pile driver that settled the game and Jaaskelainen made some decent stops but time and again we either failed to hit the target or messed up our interplay allowing Bolton to be in the game until the final whistle.

Harry’s substitutions are beginning to annoy. In recent months I have warmed to Pav’s merits but today he was awful yet Defoe still came off first. Then within minutes Lennon appears on the touchline. I just don’t understand how this works. What is clear is that Pav and Defoe do not work as a partnership and our first job in the summer is to find someone who can act as a proper target up front to work alongside Defoe.

Lennon was quite lively but had too little time to impress. Maybe he needs to start to play with JD and then come off with the game put away to allow Bentley and Crouch to link up?

Ekotto switched back to left back and Kaboul was restored to the side. Both did well and Kaboul linked well with Bentley who was also industrious and tackling back more than in the past. Bale played on the left and was lively though I do think he is tiring towards the end not understandably after the running he has done this season.

More worryingly Gomes pulled up sharply in injury time and may be a doubt for Wednesday. He had played well and been in command of his area making saves where necessary. That could bring Fulop and Alnwick into opposition, the keepers we swapped some time ago – and we know who got the best end of the deal!

Having played Ledley today will he make Wednesday? It is probably unlikely though I do agree with Harry no win today no need for Wednesday. He was outstanding once again and with Dawson also looking England class we should pull at least 3 more points from our season.

So will today’s performance be sufficient to get us at least a point on Wednesday. I don’t think so. City at home will be at us more then Bolton were today and we need to make more of our chances to secure a point. They are a better side so we need 2 goals. Your guess is as good as mine as to how we get them.

The Tottenham Hotspur Goal of the Decade

Tottenham Hotspur have been running a competition to decide the Spurs goal and game of the decade. What we’ve decided to do is to rank those goals and games and see whether you agree with our choices:

10. Paul Robinson Vs Watford

A  terrific delivery into the box which went in due to Danny Shittu allowing it to bounce and beat Foster. In truth a misunderstanding in Continue reading