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Two-season table back ups Bilić claim

8:30 am


Tottenham identify top transfer target (says who?), will make bid despite Arsenal and Chelsea interest.

What difference does it make if Arsenal and Chelsea are interested? Arsenal are a step-down, a club a 17 point mile away and a club below us last season until the players game up when the title was gone. Chelsea have a host of targets and Barkley is reported as wanting to join Spurs. Their interest is immaterial, we are not going to not make a bid just because another club is interested.

Isn't it amazing that every time we pay a club their manager, except Arsene Wenger of course, comes out and says Tottenham are the best team in the Premier League. Slaven Bilić has done just that now in an effort to deflect attention from the problems he is having. It is a common tactic that has been used so many times it loses meaning, you couldn't even call it a mind game anymore. Anyway, if you look at the table over the past two seasons we are the best team in the league.

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Two-season table back ups Bilić claim Two-season table back ups Bilić claim Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:30 am Rating: 5

Mike Dean - is that good or bad?

12:30 pm


5.30pm Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United (BT Sport)
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: S Long, I Hussin
Fourth official: K Friend

Mike Dean is officiating our game against West Ham United on Saturday so what sort of official is he?

He has officiated in 9 Premier League games this season, only 2 referees have officiated in 10 games (A. Taylor, M. Oliver) and 1 other referee (M. Atkinson) in 9 games so clearly he is a trusted figure among officials.

Dean has handed out 38 yellow cards (average 4.22 per game) and 2 red cards (0.22 per game). Taylor and Oliver have given 35 (average 3.5 per game), Atkinson 32 (average 4.22 per game) and only Atkinson has sent a player off (average 0.11 per game).

Dean has awarded 219 fould (average 24.33 per game). Taylor has awarded 263 (average 26.3 per game), Oliver has awarded 235 (average 23.5 per game) and Atkinson has awarded 204 (average 22.67 per game).

There are the statistics. We have been appointed an experienced official, is that good or bad?

Mike Dean - is that good or bad? Mike Dean - is that good or bad? Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:30 pm Rating: 5

Spurs average doule the shots on target West Ham do

10:30 am


Spurs have a 65% chance of a home victory, 21% chance of a draw and 14% chance of losing. As you can see from the results of our 5 home games in the Premier League this season we have always managed to score a goal, with West Ham usually scoring, we might need two.

Tottenham Home Form 2016/17
20 Aug Crystal Palace WON 1-0
27 Aug - Liverpool DRAW 1-1
18 Sept - Sunderland WON 1-0
02 Oct - Man City WON 2-0
29 Oct - Leicester City DRAW 1-1

P5 W3 D2 L0 F6 A2 Pts 11 out of 15

Spurs average 1.4 goals per game, WHU average1 goal per game. Spurs concede 0.5 goals per game, WHU concede 1.8 goals per game.

Spurs average 7.2 corners per game, WHU average 4.7 corners per game. Spurs concede 4.5 corners per game WHU concede 4.7 corners per game.

Spurs average 17.7 shots per game, WHU average 14.5 shots per game. Spurs concede 10.1 shots per game, WHU concede 13.2 shots per game.

Spurs average 5.6 shots on target per game, WHU average 2.8 shots on target per game. Spurs concede 2.8 shots on target per game, WHU concede 5.2 shots on target per game.

Spurs score a goal every 13 shots, WHU score a goal every 14.5 shots. Spurs score every 4.1 shots on target, WHU score every 2.8 shots on target. Spurs concede every 18.5 shots, WHU concede every 7.3 shots. Spurs concede every 5.2 shots on target, WHU concede every 2.9 shots on target.

Spurs pick up 1.4 yellow cards per game, WHU pick up 2.7 yellow cards per game. Spurs have had no red cards, WHU have had 1 red card.

Spurs have committed 13.7 fouls per game, WHU have committed 11.4 fouls per game. Spurs have been awarded 13.1 free-kicks per game, WHU have been awarded 12.8 free-kicks per game.

Spurs average doule the shots on target West Ham do Spurs average doule the shots on target West Ham do Reviewed by THBlogNews on 10:30 am Rating: 5

Spurs 1/2, Kane 3/1 - WHU usually score

8:30 am


One day to go and West Ham's biggest game of the season is upon them. It is amusing how they try to turn this game into somethng special, it never has been from a Spurs point of view so there is no reason to change that now.

Tottenham are generally 8/15 or 1/2 (bet £2 to win back your £2 + £1) with the draw priced at 3/1 or 16/5 and a West Ham win rated at 5/1 or 11/2. Harry Kane is the favourite to score the first goal at 3/1 with Son Heung-min at 9/2.

The game takes place on Saturday and is the late fixture at 5.30pm being shown on BT Sport 1. West ham have struggled with injuries and playing in their new home with spectators miles from the pitch. They sit one place above the relegation zone having won 3 of their 11 games this season, we have only wion 5 even though we are unbeaten. It is about time we started turning draws into wins and getting a winning run going against West ham would be a good start.

If we are going to challenge the top four again we need to be winning games like this against teams at the foot of the table.

Recent Premier League Meetings
02 Mar 16 WHU vs SPURS 1-0
22 Nov 15 SPURS vs WHU 4-1
22 Feb 15 SPURS vs WHU 2-2
16 Aug 14 WHU vs SPURS 0-1
03 May 14 WHU vs SPURS 2-0
06 Oct 13 SPURS vs WHU 0-3
25 Feb 13 WHU vs SPURS 2-3
25 Nov 12 SPURS vs WHU 3-1

P8 W4 D1 L3 F13 A12
Home Form
P4 W2 D1 L1 F9 A7

West Ham have not failed to score at White Hart Lane during the period from 2012 although our defence wasn't quite as tight as it is now. Still they have a record of scoring and it is something we will have to be wary of.

Spurs 1/2, Kane 3/1 - WHU usually score Spurs 1/2, Kane 3/1 - WHU usually score Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:30 am Rating: 5

Some good news on the injury front at last

7:00 pm

With the West Ham game looming on the horizon Tottenham have received some welcome news it seems.

Victor Wanyama was taken off against Liberia with what looked like an injury but reports in Kenya suggest it was a planned substitution and that he is not injured. Given that Spurs received no injuries during the last international break but had several players report back with problems, that is not all that reassuring until he has been assessed by the Tottenham medical staff. We will have to wait for Mauricio Pochettino to inform us.

Harry Kane managed 70 minutes against Arsenal and with just training since should now be fit to last the 90 minutes, although Pochettino did change the system which helped protect Kane from some of the workload normally done by the lone striker.

Mousa Dembele returned with a minor injury and the hip injury Christian Eriksen picked up is though not to keep him out of the match day squad. Danny Rose has been carrying a foot injury for a month, but with Ben Davies injured can't rest.

Dele Alli is touch and go after the injury he picked up in training and may well not be available for selection and Toby Alderweireld will not be returning to the heart of the defence either, where Eric Dier has been very ably deputising.

Erik Lamela has been missed, we have been lacking creativity around the box and he is a player able to see a pass. He tries to play passes through where others don't and add something to our attack. He has been missed more than people realise. Unfortunately, he is still on the injured list, not yet fit enough to play.

Some good news on the injury front at last Some good news on the injury front at last Reviewed by THBlogNews on 7:00 pm Rating: 5

Big game for West Ham, just another game for Spurs

12:30 pm


West Ham United striker Ashley Fletcher has spoken to their official website and revealed the difference West Ham place on the Tottenham game and that Tottenham place on it

“This is a game where we want to come away with the three points. As soon as I joined West Ham I was made aware that Tottenham is one game that the fans look forward to. We will be doing everything we can to win and hopefully, it will propel us up the league.”

To West Ham it seems this is their biggest game of the season, to Spurs fans it is just another game against a London team, Arsenal of course, are our big rivals. Whenever you hear from West Ham fans though they can't seem to accept that fact.

Big game for West Ham, just another game for Spurs Big game for West Ham, just another game for Spurs Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:30 pm Rating: 5

Back to back quality

1:33 pm
The performance against West Ham was special not just because it put Karren Brady and the Caravaners back in their place, but because it came after a superb performance against Arsenal. 

We have often followed one good performance against a top team with a poor display against another side lower down the league. To put two displays together with an international break between them gives hope that we are starting to get a genuine team at Tottenham. Certainly there can't be many fans still complaining about Mauricio Pochettinoi now.

Enjoy the two audios below.

Back to back quality Back to back quality Reviewed by THBlogNews on 1:33 pm Rating: 5

Tottenham U21 beat West Ham U21 2-1

9:21 pm
A Premier League Under 21 fixture tonight saw Spurs pick up three points thanks to goals from Daniel Akindayini and Cristian Ceballos.

Tottenham U21 beat West Ham U21 2-1

38 mins: 1-0 A Joshua Onomah's through ball cuts out the Hammers defence and lets Daniel Akindayini race clear to deftly flick over the West Ham keeper.

HT 1-0 and according to a Hammers site the most impressive player has been Ryan Fredericks who has been overlapping all first half, getting round the back and putting in dangerous crosses.

Nathan Oduwa replaces Emnanuel Sonupe for the second half.

53 mins: A West Ham free kick near the conner is crossed over and dips viciously to go in at the far post with keeper Voss helpless to do anything about it.

56 mins: Akindayini beats the offside trap and is clear through but slices his shot horribly wide. Poor effort.

68 mins: Onomah shows lightning pace and crosses but Ceballos can only turn it wide.

69 mins: Filip Lesniak replaces Joshua Onomah.

74 mins: 2-1 A Spurs corner is cleared to the half-way line where Veljkovic plays a diagonal ball to put in Ceballos who instantly controls it and slots it home.

Result: Spurs 2 West Ham 1

Tottenham U21 beat West Ham U21 2-1 Tottenham U21 beat West Ham U21 2-1 Reviewed by THBlogNews on 9:21 pm Rating: 5

Dawson vs Kaboul, Rose vs Davies, decisions, decisions

6:30 pm
Thursday, Friday, Game Day, not long to go now before we start, it's been a wait, the World Cup gave us something to do, then the USA & Canada pre-season tour, then a couple of friendlies.

The Dawson vs Kaboul debate

We have been ticking over but now the real stuff starts, pre-season counts for nothing. Saturday 3pm (there's a rarity for us) UK time it all starts. Mauricio Pochettino is going to have to make a few decisions, none more so than in defence.

When Younes Kaboul went off against Schalke the captains arm band was given to Hugo Lloris, an indication it's still Dawson, Kaboul as captain and vice-captain but then Hugo Lloris instead of Aaron Lennon this season? Depend who is going to be left in 3 weeks, both Kaboul and Dawson may not be at the club, although I suspect Dawson will be and Kaboul won't.

Naturally Hugo Lloris will start in goal.

At right-back with Kyle Walker out injured Kyle Naughton has to start. He has been reasonable in pre-season, no glaring errors and some very good blocks and covering tackles. Solid and unspectacular thus far.

The rest of the defence is open to debate, if we assume Jan Vertonghen is going to start then it's a straight choice between Dawson and Kaboul. If we are going to give Vertonghen a rest and ease him in to the season then it will be Dawson and Kaboul.

Both weren't great last season, both are good in the air, Kaboul is quicker but is also still making silly concentration errors, there were two more against Shalke after 70 minutes that could have resulted in two goals, we can't afford that away to West Ham.

The there is the transfer situation to consider, both are available for sale, yet reportedly neither wants to step down a grade of club. Dawson has two years left on his contract, Kaboul has one, which puts the club in an awkward situation.

Kaboul can't be allowed simply to run down his contract and leave on a free so do you play him? What if he gets injured? You are stuck with a player with consistent injuries who you are not going to offer a contract to. He has done nothing to warrant a new contract at the moment.

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If Dawson is injured then he has to play, Dier can't be thrown into a league game straight away, not one of this importance. In pre-season Dawson looks as though he has been favoured when Lamela, Eriksen and Lennon have been playing, does that put him in pole position, possibly it does. If Dawson is fit, then despite his lack of speed he probably has to play but it's not an easy call.

If we move to left-back then still there is a choice to make, do you pick Davies and immediately signal to Rose he is second choice or do you pick Rose and say to Davies, you have to fight your way to get into the team?

Danny Rose performance against Shalke was the best we have seen from him and the best we have seen from a left-back in pre-season. Should that be rewarded and the man in form get the nod?

What has happened in the past is irrelevant, bias is irrelevant, all that matters is the here and now and who is the best man for the particular role right now.

Dawson vs Kaboul, Rose vs Davies, decisions, decisions Dawson vs Kaboul, Rose vs Davies, decisions, decisions Reviewed by THBlogNews on 6:30 pm Rating: 5

Opening PL team vs West Ham at the moment

6:30 pm
It is beginning to become clear that Mauricio Pochettino has decided on his first choice starting XI with the West Ham season opener only 2 weeks away.

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There will be disappointments for some fans as assuming fitness their favourite enemy will be playing. The front four are set with a question mark over only 1 place, the central striker role, but that may well have already been decided on the performances we have seen to date.

The World Cup stars have a bit of a problem, being behind the rest and not having played the system yet.

Hugo Lloris picks himself in goal with his fellow World Cup keeper Vorm as the number two, all very obvious.

Kyle Walker is a bit of a worry and I have my doubts he will be ready for the season opener. He didn't feature at all against Celtic in what would have been an ideal game to get into his legs. He has only had a couple of halves and looked behind the rest in terms of fitness in those, having only just come back from injury. I can see Naughton starting the season until Walker is fit.

Vlad Chiriches isn't playing at all, which suggests he is on his way and we don't want him getting any injuries to prevent it. The reason given for missing the North America trip was a slight feeling in his back. It has all the hallmarks of a transfer window injury although why clubs bother I don't know, it fools few.

Younes Kaboul is looking like the third choice centre-back at the moment with Dawson getting all the more important game time with what looks to be the first choice from what we have, rather than getting his playing time with the subs. Against Celtic he came off injured having twisted his ankle by the looks of it, assuming nothing is wrong I think he'll start the season, if the injury takes a couple of weeks though Kaboul will start with young Eric Dier fourth choice.

That may all change after the first game or first couple of games if we make late window purchases as most clubs do now.

Left-back is being confirmed by performances, Davies is better than Rose, it's as simple as that. When Rose came on against Celtic he passed to the opposition and looked for someone else to blame, An understudy season with plenty of games though for Rose but Davies will start.

Defensive midfield is the main dilemma difficult to solve at the moment. Capoue looks as though he is going to start, he is getting plenty of game time and performing well in it. The question is who starts alongside him, Bentaleb, Mason, Holtby, Paulinho, Dembele, Sandro.

At this stage given his performances and length of time he has had to work within the system Lewis Holtby may be in pole position although he looks as if he is going to be the right sided midfield understudy to Lamela in the long run to me.

Paulinho and Dembele have one game but I think they are going to be eased in after the World Cup so they will have to fight for a place. At the moment, while he is still at the club,Sandro is Capoue's understudy I'd say, so the first couple of games it'll be either Bentaleb, Holtby or Mason taking on the role. Bentaleb has a bit of time and if anyone he may be the man to wrestle the spot from Holtby.

The three behind the striker have been playing together in all the games, Lamela on the right, Eriksen central and Lennon on the left. Lennon has adapted to the role and seems to like the one touch passing, he looks a better player already and is making dummies and flicks around the box when he comes central. A few Spurs fans may have to start changing their opinion if he keeps this up.

Chadli may well suit this system if he can ping the ball about, but will he end up as Eriksen's understudy or Lennon's? Townsend covering both wide men, we'll have to wait and see how Pochettino uses him to get an idea of his future.

Up front it's a straight fight between Soldado and Adebayor for the lone striker, the spearhead of the four attackers. Harry Kane is another who may well also be covering the Eriksen role. Soldado has done nothing wrong but there doesn't seem like the feeling of goals with him at the moment so I think Adebayor is going to get the nod. He is a goalscorer who also offers the headed option, something Soldado doesn't.

My predicted starting line up at this stage for the seasons opener against West Ham is looking thus far:

Naughton Dawson Vertonghen Davies
Capoue Holtby
Lamela Eriksen Lennon

Subs: Vorm, Walker, Kaboul, Sandro, Townsend, Holtby (should say Bentaleb, I made a late change and swapped them), Soldado

Opening PL team vs West Ham at the moment Opening PL team vs West Ham at the moment Reviewed by THBlogNews on 6:30 pm Rating: 5

Rose causes Kaboul red card

3:24 pm
Tottenham were easily beaten by West Ham for the third time this season with their route one football a handful for us.

Andy Carroll won virtually everything in the air and every time West Ham got the ball they aimed a long ball or a cross at him. The result was Spurs were at sixes and sevens.

Rose causes Kaboul red card What didn't help matter was Danny Rose being half asleep again and Gylfi Sigurdsson playing in midfield. You only have to look at Sigurdsson's reaction when he is tackled, he sits on the floor moaning at the ref while the opposition play on, he then has to get up and try to get back behind the ball. Sitting there moaning at a ref simply shows you are not good enough and you want someone to blame for your own weakness.

The selection of him was wrong, he was not what we needed against a team like West Ham. Several times in the first half he did not anticipate and simply reacted to what was happening which immediately gave the advantage to the West Ham midfield who were anticipating. Central midfield is a crucial area so when you give up control of it you will always struggle.

Then we have Danny Rose another who simply doesn't anticipate. If you watch the build up to the red card it takes Rose an age to react to a ricochet passing the initiative to Stewart Downing. Downing ran at our defence and Kaboul bundled him over getting himself sent off in the process, that was all down to Rose being asleep. Thankfully Hugo Lloris was having another masterful day between the sticks and palmed away a Carroll belter direct from the free kick.

From the corner West Ham score, Carroll's header of course bonces off Kane's head and Sigurdsson on the line tries to put his foot up to somewhere near shoulder level instead of throwing his head at the ball. Pathetic defending on the line. 1-0 down with 10 men all because Danny Rose was asleep and slow to react.

With ten men and West Ham all over us that was game over. But just to make sure Paulinho and Adebayor gift wrapped a second goal for the Hammers. A free kick taken straight at the centre of the wall waist height and the pair simply turned their backs to let the ball through and give Lloris no chance. School boy football.

We got exactly hat we deserved from the game, absolutely nothing.

Rose causes Kaboul red card Rose causes Kaboul red card Reviewed by THBlogNews on 3:24 pm Rating: 5

Chadli - It's all about the win

8:32 am
Nacer Chadli is one of a number of summer signings who have not produced the goods, apart from a few flashes here and there. Tim Sherwood has moved him into the centre where he hasn't set the world alight either.

Chadli - It's all about the win

He has had a run of games there and has been no better than any number of other players in that position. he offers aerial ability but hasn't yet created much and has defensive lapses which put us in danger.

We have gone from Luka Modric to Nacer Chadli, there is simply no comparison.

On the positive side he is part of a team who is trying, who are not just going through the motions, who have had to have a few feathers ruffled. Against Stoke it wasn't pretty but Spurs battled to a 1-0 victory. Chadli wants to see the same again.

"In our recent games we have showed stability, we've scored at good moments and we've defended well so we have to keep going and hopefully we will win on Saturday.

"In a London derby against West Ham it's all about getting the win and we have to give everything to do that. We have two games left now and we want to put on good performances in both of them."
To secure European football we need four points from the remaining two games, away against West Ham today and at home to Aston Villa. Three points today will ease the pressure on the final game.

Chadli - It's all about the win Chadli - It's all about the win Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:32 am Rating: 5

Sandro to return?

4:30 pm
Amid all the Frank de Boer talk there is the small matter of a televised foot ball game on Saturday lunchtime against West Ham United who have beaten us twice already this season.

With two games to go the fight for European football in within our own hands, win both games and we have Europa League football next season. Plenty of fans don't want it, citing Liverpool as the reason why but Liverpool's success is more down to their Sports Psychologist than not playing European football.

Everton for instance don't play European football and they don't usually climb the table. They have improved but are where they are mainly because Manchester United and ourselves have got worse.

European football is essential to attract players, for European exposure and for the income, not to mention the winners of the Europa League get a Champions League berth next season. It depends upon how we wish to use the competition but with 72 professionals on our books I believe it is, their is no reason we can't field a second team in the group stages and develop youngsters. It depends upon the group but you'd expect us to qualify from it and then we could reassess how to approach the latter stages.

So the West Ham game carries importance, it's a game we need to win, then a point in our final game would be enough to secure the final European berth.

Jan Vertonghen is unlikely to be fit enough despite starting training again and with Michael Dawson putting up an excellent display alongside Younes Kaboul in the clean sheet at Stoke City the pair are likely to be retained.

Kyle Naughton and Danny Rose will continue at full-backs in front of Hugo Lloris in a back five that picks itself.

Harry Kane and Emmanuel Adebayor are likely to continue with both scoring goals so that just leaves the midfield where we might see changes. Aaron Lennon can be pencilled in on the right and Christian Eriksen on the left with free rein to roam inside.

The two central position are between Mousa Dembele, Paulinho, Chadli, Sigurdsson and Sandro. Bentaleb being young is being being protected from burn out after a run of games and will sit on the bench while Etienne Capoue like Vertonghen won't be fit enough having only just returned to training.

West Ham have beaten us with midfield runners or with long ball pumped at Vlad Chiriches. With Andy Carroll in the side long ball tactics are common place at across London, hardly surprising then that the fans want Allardyce out.

The defensive midfielder may need to be competent in the air so I have a feeling we may see the return of Sandro alongside Paulinho with Dembele on the bench if he is fit enough to make the squad. The Brazilian stood in as centre-half alongside Zeki Fryers against Benfica in the away leg and would help defend against the route one West Ham way.

Chadli is more of an attacking midfield and has defensive lapses while Sigurdsson is again more of an attacker with defensive weaknesses, both may well have to take their place on the bench.

Knock downs are important from any Carroll header so his experience gives him an edge over Bentaleb and aerial ability over Dembele. You could argue we have just played the same at Stoke with peter Crouch but Stoke tried to play football more than Stoke teams in the past, even if it did have the play the man rough house approach.

If Sandro does return let's hope his performance is an upgrade on his last below par efforts.

Naughton Dawson Kaboul Rose
Lennon Paulinho Eriksen
Kane Adebayor

Subs: Friedel, Fryers, Chadli, Bentaleb, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Soldado

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14th WHU W10 D7 L19 37pts

Sandro to return? Sandro to return? Reviewed by THBlogNews on 4:30 pm Rating: 5


5:00 pm
It was interesting listening to Tim Sherwood today after training when he outlined to fans how we are going to play, positive up and at em' attacking football.

Not charge of the Light Brigade stuff but positive attacking football as opposed to the patient approach we had under AVB. The need for a positive result means we will be fielding a strong team. With that in mind I would expect to see Townsend on the left running at them and Lennon on the right doing the same.

“They’ve [the players] been good. Obviously, when you lose your manager it’s a change and they’ve got to listen to a different voice now.

“But I’m hoping to get a few messages across in a short space of time so we can get a positive result against West Ham.

"It's a huge game especially on the back of what they did to us at the Lane a month or so ago, it was disappointing, we have to get out there on the front foot and we have to impose ourself on them as soon as we can during the game.

"It's [West Ham] been massively up and down, it's still early days and they've got plenty of points to go for. Let's hope they've got their concentration on Premier League safety rather than in the cup tomorrow night.

"We will have to be patient, they got bodies bedhind the ball and tried to catch us on the counter attack. We're aware of that, we just hope we can impose ourselves on them nice and early, get the crowd behind us and really be up and at them.

"In defensive areas we are quite light but it#s up to them boys to step up to the mark and perform well for the club and for themselves.

"Michael Dawson and Paulinho will be suspended so we'll just crack on with what else we've got and it ain't a bad team."

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AVB gets it wrong

7:00 pm
The game on Sunday was one which was coming. When you don't bury teams, as I've mentioned before, you run the risk of not getting the result.

If you listed the teams who are likely to win 5-0 we would not be among them and that is the next hurdle to overcome. Basically we are a machine, but a machine that creates few clear cut chances. When we do create a chance it therefore has to be put away, which is why we bought Soldado knowing Defoe doesn't do it regularly enough in the Premier League.

Yes I know he has been scoring goals and taking them well against league two standard keepers and defences but up against a Premier League keeper and he makes it simple for him. At the start of the second half he should have lifted the ball as 90% of the time keepers are expecting it along the floor and set themselves for that. They even anticipate it it and go down for it. Defoe didn't change his body shape to give himself options but simply ran alongside the ball thereby only allowing himself the flick with the outside of the boot. The keeper can therefore easily read the situation knowing from where he was he could only go one way with the ball, had he tried to drag it round him the other way the chance would have gone.

That one instance was a prime example of why Soldado should have started and another came in the first half when Townsend intercepted the ball from Noble and ran at the Hammer defence on the outside again. If you watch the highlights and watch Defoe's movement you'll see he waits until the ball is crossed before reacting and doesn't get the the tap in in the 6 yard box. It was the only ball Townsend could have player, a striker has to anticipate not react. It might look unlucky for the cameras but it's not it's bad movement from the striker.

But let's not put this defeat just at the feet of Defoe, although his miss mustn't be underestimated with the score at 0-0, a lead would make the world of difference and in our system you have to take them.

If you remember back to Wigan at home last year and other games early season we could not break down a parked bus defence. West Ham did exactly that, 11 men behind the ball 30 yards from goal.

In the first half Townsend went outside his man and created opportunities as it stretched the defence. In the second half he generally cut inside and shot into the stands again, that's when he didn't overrun the ball and give it away which he did on at least 3 occasions. Why? West Ham were more than happy for him to simply run into a crowded area of the pitch.

For me that was a mental problem. I applaud the we need a goal I'll get it attitude but it meant he was no longer playing for the team, he was an individual with it just doing his own thing. That was not what we required especially when your shooting is as poor as his is under pressure.

The result of that with Sigurdsson who we know is going to cut in the whole game meant we had no width again, everything was through the middle, where with so many bodies there was never going to be many ways through. Attacking in this manner is essentially trying to win games 1-0.

Our performance showed the problem with inverted wingers the way a big part of our supporters look at them. An inverted winger is fine, but going outside the man is equally important, if not on both sides then especially on one. Without a full-back to overlap the system falls flat on its face as only allows for pop shots from outside the area. Without Bale's shooting ability from ling range that tactic is not going to work consistently.

The width we used in the first half means their players have to cover a bigger area and there is a little more space between defenders, the second half cried out for it. Allowing them to just overcrowd centrally was not the answer. The game cried out for Aaron Lennon, but alas he is not fit yet so why did the coaching staff not get a message to Townsend to stay wide?

Walker said he was unwell before the game the commentators told us and was half the player we know, unable to continually overlap to give us width. Against Anzhi he looked as though he had injured himself in the second half so playing with what was apparently a slight groin strain backfired.

We had to either take him off, and you have to seriously question whether he should have started, putting Chiriches in his place. We could get away with playing him at right back and he likes to go forward but he is a way short of being a Premier League centre-half yet so moving Vertonghen to left-back and Naughton over the the right was not an option.

Alternatively we had to tell Townsend to keep his width as I've mentioned or replace him with Lamela, who offers more from the right creatively than he seems to from the left. If you think the way Sigurdsson cuts in he is always looking to run through the channel between the full-back and the centre-back into the area, his first against Norwich for instance or his goal against Chelsea. How many time do you see Townsend do that? It's another aspect of his game he needs to look at.

AVB made mistakes in this game with selection and tactics which he didn't get away with so I'm afraid he has to bear his share of the blame. He didn't get the messages onto the pitch he needed to and lost the tactical battle with Sam Allardyce.

Hugo Lloris made what is becoming his customary error right at the start of the game this time having his goal kick charged down and then early in the second half he saved from a West Ham corner that he himself should have prevented. Kyle Walker had chested the ball out for a corner with nobody near him but he wasn't to know who was behind him, it was Lloris's job to tell him. A lack of communication from him nearly cost us.

Our weakness from set pieces reared it's ugly head again for their first goal when Tompkins had a free header after he shoved Vertonghen in the back. That should have been a free kick but poor refereeing allowed it to stand and none of the Spurs players complained as Vetonghen stayed on his feet instead of falling over.

There isn't another Spurs player near the situation though as we don't have anyone on the line at the back post. The back post is where the previous corner went so it was a target area for West Ham and something we will have to look at on the training ground.

Goal number two came after Dembele was too casual in midfield, simply in the end having to poke the ball to a West Ham player. Our midfield is therefore taken out the game and our defence has to try and recover it's position. Lloris makes an excellent save and is unlucky to see the rebound cannon off Vaz Te as he falls to the ground, it could have gone anywhere.

Goal number three was down to Vertonghen,who in their half of the field  made a wrong decision thereby allowing the West Ham player the opportunity to run at our defence. As the ball come out of their defence he commits himself and Diaby simply turns the other way taking him totally out of the game. he then passes to Morrison taking Dembele out the game and Dawson is the only man left. Vertonghen never recovers and never catches up with play again. The path was free for Morrison to run at Dawson and the attacker always has the upper hand in those situations.

Kyle Naughton if you watch as Morrison runs is running back but not sprinting to come across and help out. He hasn't read the situation, it's only when the ball is going in the net does he belatedly change gears and sprint.

Dawson couldn't take him out and be sent off as we have no Premier League standard central defenders fit, Chiriches isn't strong enough yet to play there and is error prone at the moment. There would be no point being sent off 2-0 down anyway. What Dawson did was what any defender would do he tried to take him onto his weaker left foot, Dawson's stronger right foot which would have pushed him away from goal. Morrison was having none of it, he made the run you could see Lennon making, direct.

So all in all a bad day at the office. We now have 6 goals in 7 games and a very poor goal difference of +1 which shows the we need to learn to create more and create more chances for a centre-forward. Our game is to set up for shots from outside the area, we had the same problem last year, but Bale kept getting us out of jail.

I bet Soldado can't wait until Lamela starts playing on the right or Lennon is fit and he starts getting the service we bought him to thrive on.

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