Date: 1st November 2018 at 9:12am
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The breaking news is that Spurs have now reached the League Cup quarter-final for the first time since 2014-15, when we eventually lost in the final to Chelsea – but won the Colouring The Arch Competition and a certificate proving that we had the Most Possession For A Losing Side Ever.

Last night however was a memorable win.

Tottenham’s xG (expected goal) ratio was 1.32, so expectations were exceeded when we put 3 past the other lot.

Equally, West Ham’s xG ratio was 1.68 so they really stumbled at the London Stadium.

One explanation is that we had our shooting boots on. I made reference to Son’s clinical finishing in the earlier blog, and this was where the magic happened.

Tottenham had just 6 shots and 5 were on target.

3 went in.

West Ham were Pot Shot Punters – they took 14 shots and just 4 hit the target; only one went in.

The accuracy rates were polar opposites. West Ham – 29%, Tottenham – 83%.

Speaking of accuracy, our passing was also sharper.

Not by much, but the devil is always in the detail.

Although we’re well past the point of giving any value to possession stats, here’s more proof they’re worthless.

West Ham 52.26% had Tottenham had 49.74%.


Spurs pulled off a coup here, Arsenal better be on top of their game.

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  • Legoverlass November 1, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Foyth looks as if he is getting stronger physically which he needed to do. Levy is now wriggling in his Cheese Emporium rubbing his sweaty palms and murmuring “my precious” as he know thinks he can flog Toby in January. Son has finally come back from Korea. Winks looked busy and sharp and as a result appears to be moving more in a forward direction. Sanchez was strong and looks to be shaking off his early season jitters. Ali does nothing for most of the game but has that ability to suddenly create something special that leads to a goal. KWP showed some promise but at times looked like a boy against men. Gazz in goal looks a reasonable fall back keeper . The rest were just bat guano. Good to see Skipp get a run out. Will need a strong side out against the Gooners with Verts back. This Micky mouse competition becomes very important if it enables Pooch and the squad to win something and lift the doom and gloom hanging over the club at the moment.

    • Harry Hotspur November 1, 2018 at 11:07 am

      hear hear

    • Ronan November 1, 2018 at 11:06 am

      Consolation for enic’s football-related inertia of last summer (and probably January) .. TH Property (Bahamas) Ltd continues its buying riot through N17.

  • Accy November 1, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Foyth was outstanding

  • Elevenstonedidiots November 1, 2018 at 9:45 am

    It was good to see us being clinical for a change. Pity it wasnt Son didnt instead of Lamela on the end of that chance on Monday

  • MrChickenHead November 1, 2018 at 9:43 am

    It was fun to watch for the first time this season.

  • Only Me. November 1, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Shooting accuracy is possibly my least favourite stat. Its easy to shoot down the middle of the goal, down the keepers throat. You register a shot on target, however, aiming for the corners either goes in, or goes wide – see our shot “1” and their shots “4,1,14,3” if any one of their 4 were inches closer they were goals, our shot down the middle was never going in.

    • Harry Hotspur November 1, 2018 at 9:50 am

      I hear ya, but getting ‘on the target’ gives you far greater chance, generally speaking.

      Row K shots rarely get better!

      • Only Me. November 1, 2018 at 10:27 am

        I do agree with that – however, look at Harry, his shots are generally off target or goals because of where he tries to put them. Shots on target mean the keeper must work, so mistakes can happen. I just find when people look at on/off target stats they miss the fact that a shot into the top corner is inches off being wide, but an on target pea roller that is easily scooped up “statistically” would look better.

        One thing – why is “s h o t” changed to guano?

        • Harry Hotspur November 1, 2018 at 11:01 am

          hahahaha I will speak to the Tech Turnkey!