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Thoughts from the West Ham game

8:57 am

West Ham 2 SPURS 3


The weekend of football action is almost over and with one game remaining tonight that isn't going to affect our position, Spurs have moved up to 4th place in the Premier League.

Newcastle United lost 1-0 away to Brighton and Hove Albion, managed by former Spurs right-back and then coach, Chris Houghton, to drop below us in the table. Chelsea sit two points above us in third and we are five points behind the two Manchester clubs.


Harry Kane did what Harry Kane does best, notched another couple of goals to help secure our 3-2 victory away to West Ham United, the same scoreline Liverpool defeated Leicester City by at the King Power Stadium. They now sit below us on goal difference.

Davinson Sanchez is settling in at the centre of a back three and had a better game perhaps than he did in the previous encounter against Swansea City, where, although he put in a good performance, he did get beaten a bit too easily for my liking on a few occasions. He would have had an education playing against Andy Carroll for a while, particularly in the air, fortunately not all forwards are of his physical nature.

Serge Aurier looks a very good player and made some timely challenges, although he does look prone to committing a few fouls. His first booking was really for an accumulation of fouls, although that isn't in the rule book and the second was a clever piece of play by Andy Carroll.

Knowing Aurier was coming in with one of his challenges he planted his right leg between the ball and Aurier rather than plant it beside the ball. Thus Aurier has to scissor round his leg to try and play the ball. Carroll simply had to wait for contact and go down, roll a bit holding his leg and he'd have his man sent off.

It was a foul, it was a booking, but let's not pretend Andy Carroll didn't know exactly what he was doing and Aurier will have to learn from that. Kieran Trippier will now have to play against Huddersfield, after which there is a two week gap until the Bournemouth game while international fixtures take place.


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Journalists should take a sports coaching course

12:30 pm
A poor effort by the Telegraph trotting out a line about nerves, there didn't look to be any nerves at all, West Ham are a strong side at home and they showed it. You give credit to the opposition. The Guardian also trotted out the same predictable line.

In trotting out standard lines they do themselves no justice and belittle West Ham's achievement. Mauricio Pochettino gave a far more considered response, the response of a winner, he didn't look for, nor gave any excuses.

It is quite pathetic that reporters still think managers must rant and raving on the touchline, I'm afraid such people really don't know what they are talking about. Ranting and raving achieves nothing, calculated decision-making and calmness under pressure are far more important qualities for a winning side, they stem from the way the manager behaves. Ranting works for some, for others calmness is important. Trying to lump everyone into one method shows a lack of understanding on how to coach a side. 

If you rant and rave, you are transmitting nerves for some, you are piling pressure on which is the opposite of what you need to do. Being clinical takes calmness under pressure, so for some it can have a detrimental effect. Tottenham use the calmness approach, reporters ought to be able to understand the difference. A coach showing the signs of panic on the sidelines and yet he is the example for the players. Don't do as I do, do as I say. That is no way to teach anyone anything.

Sven Goran Eriksen used to get criticised but he was behaving as a winner should, he was transmitting calm to his players. If a journalist is going to write about a sport then they ought to go on a coaching course first so they know what they are talking about, it would save the being so wide of the mark so often. If you put some of them in a coaching environment they wouldn't have a clue, virtually all of them have never coachd anything intheir lives yet they are apparently experts.

We have to remember these journalists are not sportsmen, they are not coaches, they are professional writers, nothing more. The former player or coach is a different matter, if they are actually writing the article themselves and a ghost writer isn't writing it under their name.

Spurs found the patchy pitch difficult to play on and West Ham adapted better. What utter claptrap, do West Ham not play all their home games on the pitch? They haven't had to adapt at all, again standard lines trotted out without any thought behind them. Have West Ham not prepared an uneven surface before to suit the hump it in the air approach? They did it for a reason.

Predictably the line is trotted out about supposedly having no backup to Harry Kane as a reason for defeat. A different striking option makes little difference if you are not creating chances for a striker. There was nothing in Harry Kane's performance to be concerned about, he didn't have an off game.

I can't remember which journalist it was but I remember one writing a piece admitting Pochettino was right and he was wrong which basically showed he was just a chequebook fan. Spurs have done their best to prove the theory wrong that the chequebook and designer names are the only option. It ignores the mental side of the sport, which determines success, a coaching course would give folk an informative insight. 

I have written many times, in my inimitable style, that winners do not make excuses, losers do, so it is no surprise that Mauricio Pochettino made no excuses after the defeat, saying nerves were not an issue when asked.

“No, no, no, no. We made some mistakes that, normally, we don't make. It was difficult. It was the same in the first 20 minutes against Swansea on Sunday, and today we started not so good. We conceded the goal and it was very difficult. 
“West Ham played better than us. We played better in the second half and might have deserved an equaliser, but if you don't score it's difficult to come away with a point. 
“There were different reasons why we didn't play the way we normally do. We were poor. This is true. We know that and the players know that, and are disappointed. The pitch doesn't help in us trying to play the way we want to play. 
“We are near the top and have come through a very busy period, playing Europa League, FA Cup and now Premier League in one week. Three games and always it's tough. But it's not about complaining. No excuses. Only that we were poor in the first half. 
“The Premier League is the most competitive league in the world, and you can see that every week. For different reasons, it's open and competitive and not easy to play every week. You need to be 100 per cent mentally and physically every week. No easy games. 
“We need to be positive. Why not? There, in the changing room, you could see the players very disappointed. The way they fought in the second half was fantastic. It only lacked a goal.”

We lost, that result is gone, the only thing that matters now is the next game. Analise a game, see what can be improved by all means, but make excuses, that's simply putting your mind in the wrong mode for success. Sport can teach a lot and how Mauricio Pochttino reacts to a win or a defeat gives fans a chance to learn skills they can apply to their own lives.

Decide what you want to achieve, totally belive you can achieve it, plan it out and go for it You won't achieve it if you don't and you'll certainly fail to achieve it if you don't even try. It is safe, it is comfort zone stuff to make excuses, look inward and change what you need to change to turn failure into success.

P.S. for those of you who have kindly enquired about my eye, vision has dropped from around 50% to around 10% in the last few days, temporary I hope, at least the right eye is fine. Such is life.


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We move on and prepare for the NLD

8:30 am

I had a feeling we were going to come unstuck at West Ham with my pre-game posts reminding supporters they were going to be much tougher opponents than perhaps some expected. We had been on a run of victories which had to finish at some point.

West Ham hadn't lost at home since the initial first two home games of the season. They had space out wide, which troubles us and their central pairing, where we concentrate attacks, do a lot of harrying of opponents. Slaven Bilic changes formations so it may have surprised the commentator a change of system, but it was easily predictable.

Dele Alli was rested and we made the expected changes on 60 and 70 minutes as predicted with Arsenal in mind at the weekend. Our weekend opponents lost and Manchester City lost so we are still just one win from overhauling Leicester City at the top. The defeat hasn't really made much difference

Unfortunately, we once again had to listen to the 'expert' being a former West Ham player who simply spent the time gushing about West Ham. He seemed to forget the deliveries Christian Eriksen can put into the box telling us we won't see crosses as good as Dimitri Payet. Utter nonsense, we already have. I find biased commentary infuriating, We get Alan Smith against Arsenal usually, Nial Quinn against Manchester City who see things through their former clubs eyes. Every injustice is an injustice against them, it never seems to be the other way around.

We move on and prepare for the North London Derby.

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Focus an essential ingredient to success

5:30 pm
Focus an essential ingredient to success

There is a lot of talk about focus, but what exactly is it?

Focus is an essential ingredient to achieving sporting success. What is does is it allows players to attend to the cues in hand and concentrate on the tasks needed to achieve success. Without focus, a player can not achieve their goals.

It is certainly something that can be developed in training and taken into a competitive arena. Focus must, therefore, be practiced on a consistent basis. Every day a player should be focused on his training for the day. The very top players will see each training session as a chance to learn something or develop an aspect that will help them improve in matches. They will have targets they want to achieve and will be focussed on achieving them. 


That kind of dedication doesn't go unnoticed, it is the lesser players you hear without that kind of dedication who complain when they are not picked. before you attend training. Before each game, a player must focus on the vital cues that relate to his own performance. Take a batsman in a game of cricket for instance. If you watch them you will see they go through a set routine. 

They stand in the same way and they pick the bat up at the same time during a bowlers run-up or they pat the bat down on the ground a set number of times before they pick it up. A trigger for them to finally get ready is often a tiny initial foot movement. Their concentration is then at its highest ready to make a split second decision. 

A cue could be anything, it could be when a player receives a ball in a certain position, that cue is then a trigger for a pre-determined training ground move. Look at Tottenham play and you'll see we play triangles all over the pitch. Our players run into areas to play triangles so the man with the ball has a pass to play. Our whole game is about off the ball movement and the players being mentally switched on.

At times like this, the focus is on what to do next after the successful pass, where do I go, where can I be available again that gives me options to pass the ball again. Focus is about yourself, your task and your position, it isn't about the opposition.

You have to be in control of your own focus. Dele Alli niggles players, it is solely to take their focus away. If they are thinking about the injustice or thinking about revenge they are not thinking about their game and that gives us an advantage. Think about your position focus on what you will need to immediately perform, then move on to the next task. 

Our focus is now on West Ham and the skills we need to perform to gain a positive result. Each individual has to focus on their game which will allow the whole team to perform.


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West Ham pace dictating Spurs selection

11:30 am


In my travels around the web, I came across an Everton website with an analysis of ourselves which made a few points worth mentioning here. Here is a link to the article: Scouting Report: Tottenham

Against Watford Trippier produced Spurs’ first assist away from home from an open play cross into the box.

Spurs concede most of their chances from wide crosses into the box but have yet to concede one away from home in open play.

Now I haven't checked that these facts are still accurate, the article these were taken from was written in January, but it does highlight defending and how important it is for the wide players to track back. They have to work hard for the team defensively, which does, of course, affect attacking ability.

If you remember the last game against Swansea they created superb opportunities from crosses from our left, but Lloris was equal to the task. While the full-backs job is to overlap and attack, away from home they have to be perhaps more mindful of defence.

West Ham had added speed to their attack out wide this season so team selection will take account of this and the two wide players perceived to be able to handle this better will be selected. Christian Eriksen has upped his game defensively this season, you see him rushing across to cover when teams switch play from one side to the other, Son is very energetic as is Erik Lamela. Nacer Chadli is the one some Spurs fans have reservations about defensively.

If Dele Alli is fit then it is a choice of two from three, if Alli is rested then Eriksen, Son and Lamela play. having said that Arsenal is at the weekend and we will want to keep some players as fresh as possible, that will mean 60-minute substitutions so you would expect Chadli to play the last 20 or 30 minutes.

Presumably, Trippier and Davies will play leaving Walker and Rose fresh for Arsenal. The rotation of the full-backs shows how much of a squad game it is now and how it is no longer a first eleven and a second eleven. Trippier and Davies are essential members of the group and mentally they don't feel they are on the outside waiting for a chance. They know they will play regularly and in important games. When you are going for the title every game is an important game, but a valued player plays better and both undoubtedly feel valued.

Perhaps this is why we have seen an improvement in Tom Carroll this season, perhaps mentally he is feeling more accepted, his performances have certainly grown, there are fewer mistakes now, although at times still too many.

Tonight can't come soon enough to get our next Tottenham fix.


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TV listings West Ham vs Spurs preview and where to watch

8:34 am

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West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur

02 March 2016 19:45 hrs GMT
English Premier League
Boleyn Ground
Green Street, London E13 9AZ
Capacity 35,016


A midweek Premier League fixture that is just another game for us, no different than playing Fulham, QPR or Crystal Palace. For West Ham, it seems to be their Cup Final though so we will have to play a side who will look to raise their game.

At this time of year, every game is a banana skin as Leicester City have seen in their last two games. An 89th-minute winner against Norwich City was followed up by a 2-2 draw with WBA. That leaves then 3 points ahead of us having played 1 game more.

It is more and more important that we ignore everything that has happened, that we ignore all the possibilities and concentrate totally on the three points available game by game. If you start to focus on how many we have won on the trot or where we might be if we win then we are heaping pressure on ourselves. 

The players have to decrease any pressure, although as mentioned before, pressure is an option. Individuals choose how perceived pressure affects them, they have to develop and use emotional management skills. Again this is about training the mind to operate so that it relays the emotions you want it to relay.

The mental development of the players has been clear to see, emotional management is not so easy to assess although it directly affects performance. Thus far all the signs are positive, I say all, there have been one or two signs of concern, which as yet haven't developed into a problem. Everything is still positive within the camp, as are all the noises coming out of the camp.

The game will bear no relation to the 4-1 thrashing earlier in the season when Est Ham couldn't handle our physical strength and quickness said Slaven Bilic, their new manager this season. After two initial defeats, they are unbeaten at home so can not be taken lightly. This is no easy game.

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