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A good day to be a Spurs fan

9:32 am


A Harry Kane penalty secured the points for Spurs

It was a good day to be a Spurs fan yesterday. We saw a one-sided encounter against Middlesbrough which poor play in the last third kept to a 1-0 win from the penalty spot.

At the start of the day we were nine points behind Chelsea, but then there was one point separating the next four teams. After Arsenal and Liverpool lost to Chelsea and a resurgent Hull City respectively, we now have a three point gap to Arsenal and a four point gap to Liverpool.

Manchester City play today in the early kick-off at home against Swansea City and have the chance to leap into third place a point behind us. Manchester United are away at relegation threatened Leicester City with a chance to close the gap on Liverpool and Arsenal.

Premier League Table
Position, Team, Played, Goals For, Goals Against, Points, (Goal Difference)
1. Chelsea 24 - 51-27 - 59 (34)
2. SPURS 24 - 46-16 - 50 (30)
3. Arsenal 24 - 52-28 - 47 (24)
4. Liverpool 24 - 52-30 - 46 (22)
5. Man City 23 - 47-28 - 46 (19)
6. Man Utd 23 - 33-21 - 42 (12)

Liverpool are out of form and a win for Manchester United would put them just a point behind them and two behind Arsenal. That puts added pressure on both clubs who would then have to be worried that another slip-up could see them drop out of the top four.

There is a long way to go and how clubs handle the pressure will play a big part in the final table. Looking up and aiming for a club above you can help maintain focus, that will be the mantra a coach instils in players. Some players can maintain that focus better than others, some can channel the pressure into performance better than others.

It was a lesson we had to learn last season, let's hope we can handle the run-in better than we did then. With two very tough games in our last four fixtures, Arsenal and Manchester United, we will be wanting to make sure we have maintained a gap between us and them.

Next up is a big away game against Liverpool.

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A good day to be a Spurs fan A good day to be a Spurs fan Reviewed by THBlogNews on 9:32 am Rating: 5

Full game video plus highlights programs

12:30 pm


The Tottenham game was an enjoyable game to watch, especially the first half when we should have made more of our superiority.

At the link below you can watch the highlights, the Match of the Day highlights and both halves in full.

Middlesbrough vs Tottenham Hotspur Highlights and Full Match
Competition: Premier League
Date: 24 September 2016
Stadium: Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough)
Referee: G. Scott

Full Match and Highlights

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Video: Son's indivilual game vs Middlesbrough

10:30 am


Son Heung-min rightly too all the plaudits from the Middlesbrough game and is now showing the quality we bought. It is great to have him, Lamela and Eriksen playing quality football as it allows us to rotate players.

His first goal came after some excellent centre-forward play from Janssen, who backed into his man, received a pass from Eriksen, held the ball up and laid it into the path of Son who still had a bit to do but did it with aplomb.

The second was work all his own, even winning the ball back after he had lost it and scoring a similar goal to his curler against Stoke City.

"I shocked myself for the second goal!. I train every day for this (type of) shot, I lost the ball but got it back and took the shot. 
"I feel very good now. I felt good last season as well but I got injured. I try to do my best every game, last season was my first in the Premier League and now I want to do better. It’s not finished, I look forward and will work hard every day for Tottenham."

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Video: Pochettino agrees

9:16 am


It seems Mauricio Pochettino agrees with my immediate assessment after the game that we must be more clinical in front of goal to put these games to bed earlier and stop letting our opponent back in so easily.

Sissoko was easily bundled aside for their goal, he never actually got off the ground and has to be a lot more aware and a lot stronger defending the far post. Gibson's header was simply too easy.

Son Heung-min continued to be a positive and Wanyama allows Dier to be rested or covered in the event of injury without losing the steel in midfield. He was going through th motions for Southampton and picked up three red cards which the commentators like to keep reminding us. He had never been sent off prior to that so it wasn't normal.

Walker is in danger of becoming consistent, Vertonghen bosses Negrado and playing 4-1-4-1 allowed Dele Alli to get forward more than the 4-3-2-1 system constraints place upon him.

Five of 19 shots on target, four of them in the first half, is a statistic we need to improve. There were too many shots off balance, just out of reach. We won, that is the main thing and the first-half was excellent, just how we need to be playing. On to Moscow.

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We should have scored 4 or 5

5:17 pm


A game that should have been won comfortably was made to be a lot tougher in the second half than it should have been. Spurs should have been 4-0 up before half-time.

Son once again came up with the goods with two superb goals, one a solo effort an done thanks to some great holdup and lay off play by Janssen. We should have had a penalty fir a blatant push in the back on Dele Alli but the referee, a relative newcomer to officiating in the Premier League, this was only his fourth or five game, bottled it.

Shortly after great pressing from Eriksen put a chance on a plate for Dele Alli was blazed over the bar. He scores goals but he does miss a few too many that he shouldn't, something to work on for him.

Tottenham totally dominated th first half and had control of the second without creating much, it was all pretty passing with no end produce and when they scored from a cross and header, the crowd were behind them, they had more energy and we looked at times as if we were strolling around.

We deserved the win, but we really should be killing off games like this, 2-0 is not a scoreline that puts a game to bed. I keep repeating that when we are winning we have to take the chances that then come our way as if the score is 0-0, we have to be more clinical. There are always improvements that can be made.

We sit second in the table, have a UEFA Champions League tie in Russia on Tuesday, then the only two unbeaten sides in the Premier League go head to head next weekend. After his performance I wouldn't be surprised if Son is rested in midweek to save him for that game.

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The importance of our summer signings

2:19 pm


The importance of our summer signings

Moussa Dembele, Danny Rose and Eric Dier are unavailable which shows the sensibility in not playing Victor Wanyama on Wednesday as some had suggested.

When picking teams you have to be mindful of the games coming up and rotate the squad. It was an ideal game to play Tom Carroll and a nice touch to give him the captains armband when Christian Eriksen went off for a rest, having sat out the previous Premier League game against Sunderland.

Carroll isn't among the subs so the captaincy just gives him that extra little bit of thanks.

Our subs bench today sees Georges-Kevin N'Koudou sitting there after a very encouraging 30 minutes against Gillingham that for me showed he is a better prospect than Clinton Njie, who needs plenty of football to develop.

Son was rested against Gillingham and comes back in while Lamela played, is rested for this game, although he may come on of course, but will probably start against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.

Wanyama reverts to his proper position, the Eric Dier role, as opposed to the link role Dele Alli is going to play today. Sissoko retains his place after a successful start last week and we see Janssen as our lone striker.

Three of our summer purchases start and the side still has a strong look about it.

Spurs XI
Lloris (c)
Walker Alderweireld Vertonghen Davies
Wanyama Alli
Sissoko Eriksen Son

Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Winks, N'Koudou, Lamela

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Tottenham can challenge for the title

12:30 pm
Tottenham can challenge for the title

The Middlesbrough manager won the Champions League with Real Madrid three times as a player so knows all about success and what it takes. At his pre-game press conference Aitor Karanka said he thought Tottenham would be challenging for the title again and that losing Harry Kane isn't a great blow.

"We got to know each other on that course and a couple of years ago Tottenham were helpful in loaning us some players so we have a good relationship
"He's a good coach and a good friend, but that friendship has to go on hold as soon as the first whistle goes. He's done a really good job as a coach going right back to his time at Espanyol in Spain. 
“He was close to winning the title with Spurs last season and I think they can challenge again this time.”

Karanga and Pochettino took their coaching badges together and of course playing in LaLiga at the same time and he felt that while Middlesbrough have been outplayed yet they can't afford to drop their concentration levels or they could concede three goals in 10 minutes at this level.

"There's not been a game so far this season where we've been outclassed, it's just a case of ironing out the mistakes that have proved costly so far. 
"In the Championship you could drop your level for 10-15 minutes without much damage, but if you do that in the Premier League you'll concede three goals."

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1 goal in 3.3 games, what's the problem

9:30 am
1 goal in 3.3 games

Is Vincent Janssen the new Roberto Soldado, that is what American based website Fansided is asking/telling its readers.

He suggests multiple chances have been handed on a platter to him, but in fairness only a couple have been on a platter, the rest aren't real clear cut opportunities. They are where he creates space for a shot, they are a whole series of half chances, which yes you would expect some to go into the net and they will.

What everyone seems to forget is that before the Gillingham game he had played the equivalent of just two and a half games. Everyone knocking him hasn't bothered to look at the minutes he has played. It is harder for a substitute to come on and start scoring than it is for a starter so when you are a substitute and a new signing it is even worse.

The website does end it's piece on a positive note, noting it took a while for him to start scoring in Holland but when he did he went on a scoring spree and that the talent is clearly there.

Personally I don't think two and a half games without scoring is much of an issue. He is off the mark now, hopefully we will see him get off the mark from open play against Midlesbrough, but I'd be happy if we win and he scores from the spot again.

He has now scored one goal in 3.3 games, is that so bad?

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