Date: 24th October 2017 at 10:16pm
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Selecting a team that facilitates rest and still provides a convincing sense of resolve is relatively painful.

Then there’s Pochettino’s recent tactical successes. Will Mauricio pull another rabbit out of his hat?

What we do know from bitter experience is that once Spurs’ best XI is fiddled with (not like that, grow up) hope routinely clouds expectations.

For this reason I don’t believe Foyth will start, I don’t believe No’Cluedo will start. In fact, my hunch is that our bench will be littered with players that won’t solve many if any questions that West Ham might ask.

My guess is that Poch will look to achieve some sense of security and then aim to downscale the involvement of senior players.

What of West Ham in all this? The short answer of course is f—- them,聽preferably聽in the face. Talk of ‘their’ cup final doesn’t quite purvey the true sense of desperation that currently exists in the Irons’ camp right now.

Providing stark contrast to the gentle cooing that follows in Poch’s wake.

Whereas being Slavin Bilic right now is like being at your own wake. 聽I mean how does that work, do you do nothing, or just make sure nobody abandons their half slurped Port & Lemon atop your coffin?

“Does it make me lose my focus? No, it gives you even more. I never gave up in my career, no matter in which way of life, as a parent, as a friend, as a manager.聽That’s my biggest strength, to be strong in hard times. Now I’m having a hard time, yes I am. That doesn’t scare me.”

And so Slavin Bilic’s pitch as to why he’s qualified to lead West Ham out of the darkness he led them into is that he’s led them into the darkness and out of it previously.

To hell with it. Let’s play Edwards in goal. He can keep everyone’s drinks freshened up while we listen to a couple of eulogies.

 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?
  • LingLongMan 馃毌 October 25, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Last

  • LingLongMan 馃毌 October 25, 2017 at 10:47 am

    BIOYFPC!! lets FtitF

  • LingLongMan 馃毌 October 25, 2017 at 10:46 am

    COYFS!!

  • Freund or Foe October 25, 2017 at 9:28 am

    More Cluedo lovin. Why is Poch so blind to this kids talents?
    I’d play him up front, on his own, with Vorm sitting in just behind. Just the two of them. Give George Kev a pwopa chance to express himself.

  • Syd October 25, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I certainly can’t see Ericksen playing either. I am hoping Rose and Lamela get a run….even just for 15 to 20 minutes

    • MysteriousStranger October 25, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Thought Poch ruled Lamela out.

  • San Diego Spurs October 25, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Don’t see both Dele and Eriksen starting. Don’t know who drops–I’d guess Eriksen if pressed, since he’s played more in the last few weeks. Otherwise, I think you’ve got the lineup, except that we’ll play 3 at the back, with the same 3, and Dier and Sissoko in the middle. Going for a bench of the 3rd keeper (Lloris will not be in match day squad), along with N’koudou, Eriksen, Davies, Dembele and a couple of kids. I think if Dembele is fit he’ll come on for 15-20, in the hopes of getting him some minutes before saturday

  • David Dillenberg October 25, 2017 at 2:23 am

    After Eastenders it’s the USA soap opera, best farce in town:

    First Bob Corker , now a US Republican senator says he will not seek re-election, delivering a fierce attack on President Donald Trump.Arizona Senator Jeff Flake said “reckless, outrageous and undignified behaviour” at the top of the US government was dangerous to democracy.
    Mr Trump has previously called Mr Flake “toxic”.

    • David Dillenberg October 25, 2017 at 2:27 am
    • Aussie in Switzerland October 25, 2017 at 8:38 am

      On a brighter note, Milo Yianopolous is selling out his Australian events….the regressive liberals are not winning. Can鈥檛 wait for the Trump election anniversary, the university crazies in America are holding a scream at the sky protest in multiple cities…..the memes that never stop giving

  • David Dillenberg October 25, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Presumably to boost ratings, a chick from the past, Tamzin Outhwaite is returning to EastEnders after more than 15 years away from the show. She’s returning to Albert Square in her role as Melanie Owen, having made her first appearance in 1998.

    • Still Nil Nil October 25, 2017 at 3:59 am

      You do realise this is a Spurs football blog and not a ‘Hello!’ magazine critique blog don’t you?

    • Sexy Beast October 25, 2017 at 6:49 am

      I separated from my ex wife 20 years ago DD, Eastenders is but a distant memory…….
      You watch emmerdale on Wednesdays with the gooners 馃憤馃槀

      • Freund or Foe October 25, 2017 at 9:32 am

        My missus has evolved from soaps to reality TV trash. We make an effort to meet at least once a day, in a neutral zone like the hallway or kitchen.

  • baz October 25, 2017 at 1:24 am

    We wil spank em with our back street boys.
    Why do we always get this type of shelag team when we know it’s in our best interest to lexit this competition as soon as posible.

  • A waddle and a fork October 25, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Potch has never set up strongly for games such as this. No Kane, no eriksen no Lloris, no verts – llorente will start – as will Walker peters and other C listers. Maybe Alli will get a game as he’s been rested and Aurier too potentially . Bill I will be forced to play more 1st team players than he wants to

  • ronwol196061 October 25, 2017 at 12:28 am

    West Ham have dropped the Bubbles silly song
    instead the West Ham Firm have gone with this standard

    Nkoudoo something to me
    Something that simply mystifies me
    Tell me, why should it be
    You have the power to hypnotize me?

    Let me live ‘neath your spell
    Do do that voodoo that you do so well
    ‘Cause you do something to me
    That nobody else could do

    You do something to me
    Something that simply mystifies me
    Tell me, why should it be
    You got the power to hypnotize me?

    Let me live ‘neath your spell
    Do do that voodoo that you do so well
    ‘Cause you do something to me
    That nobody else can do
    That no one else in the world can do

  • ronwol196061 October 25, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Syd
    Spider, I don鈥檛 want you in the Ronglish League. If you started now, the way I am going you will pass me in 3 weeks. The king is dead.

    Sorry Syd we are not allowing any more players into the Ronglish Gets Milked Cup League

    • ronwol196061 October 25, 2017 at 12:24 am

      Well thats not true,we are allowing anyone to come in at $19.95 per gross

      • Syd October 25, 2017 at 12:27 am

        Sorry Ronnie, are you arguing with yourself here?

        • Harry Hotspur October 25, 2017 at 12:28 am

          He just adverbed his past participle.

          • ronwol196061 October 25, 2017 at 12:30 am

            Sorry this is not the abuse room you want Cynthia down the hall

            • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 25, 2017 at 12:34 am

              …..and Cynthia’s busy…….busy with a client. Never mind how I know! …….NOT THE HAIR STrAIGHtENERs!!! Aaaaaaaghhh!!

          • Syd October 25, 2017 at 12:31 am

            Go to bed

    • Harry Hotspur October 25, 2017 at 12:27 am

      Let him in you Trump Lite twisted tyrant.

  • ronwol196061 October 25, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Is Nkoudoo injure…he wasnt before he got his injury (apart from his feelings that is)

  • ronwol196061 October 25, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Surely its a fucking noun (its not a nun) fucking though I grant you,is a verb,surely,Im not sure what that is..I guess an affirmation

  • Harry Hotspur October 25, 2017 at 12:09 am

    An oven chip sandwich beckons.

    • McG鈿解毥 October 25, 2017 at 6:58 am

      Ark at Mr Posh here, it’s a fucking chip butty!!

  • McG鈿解毥 October 25, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Just read foyth will start and that Poch is looking forward to seeing how he gets on against Carroll

  • Syd October 25, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Thats a very strong team Harold but I don’t see that happening. I do believe atthe very least Foyth will start, Fernando will start, Aurier , KWP and Sissy. Dam it, what do I know?

    • Harry Hotspur October 25, 2017 at 12:06 am

      You cannot possibly know less than me!

      • Syd October 25, 2017 at 12:08 am

        Harold I don’t appreciate your comment. I work very hard at my incompetence

        • Harry Hotspur October 25, 2017 at 12:15 am

          Form a queue.

      • Syd October 25, 2017 at 12:16 am

        You have Glad…I’ve got Dilly. You win.

        • Horndog 馃嚭馃嚫 October 25, 2017 at 12:23 am

          Syd, if you ever get to meet Dilly, you will be glad you have him.

          • Syd October 25, 2017 at 12:26 am

            Horny, don’t worry I rate and like Dilly my point was I might get a bit with Glad… wink wink

        • Harry Hotspur October 25, 2017 at 12:24 am

          3-2 on aggregate.

  • McG鈿解毥 October 24, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Can’t see Eriksen or Toby starting this one, poss not Sanchez either. Poch has stated he’s prioritizing Pl and cl, think we’ll see foyth and kwp. Spammers will field a weakened side too…

    • gus October 24, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      KWP showed he can do a job. Time to move Foyth and play the yoof

      • McG鈿解毥 October 24, 2017 at 11:52 pm

        I wanna see Voodoo given a full 90 too!

        • gus October 25, 2017 at 12:02 am

          Yeah. Let him loose!!

          • Syd October 25, 2017 at 12:06 am

            Yes please

          • Harry Hotspur October 25, 2017 at 12:06 am

            He’ll be loosed in the summer 馃ぃ lads…

            • Syd October 25, 2017 at 12:09 am

              HH, I know you don’t rate the lad but some on here really want to see him be given a full game. don’t you at least want to see that so you can rub it in our faeces….. 馃檪

  • Spiderneil October 24, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    How do I get in on the Ronglish fantasy league? Is it invite only?

    • Harry Hotspur October 24, 2017 at 11:27 pm

      I want to get out.

      Can someone please share the nuke codes with our friend, please…

    • Harry Hotspur October 24, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      I just emailed Ron and cc’d you, matey.

      • Spiderneil October 24, 2017 at 11:53 pm

        Danke!!

        • Harry Hotspur October 25, 2017 at 12:01 am

          馃嵒

    • Syd October 25, 2017 at 12:17 am

      Spider, I don’t want you in the Ronglish League. If you started now, the way I am going you will pass me in 3 weeks. The king is dead.

  • UnkleTaff October 24, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Unless he’s injured, I’d be very surprised indeed if Walker-Peters doesn’t start tomorrow night.

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 24, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    The death theme is apt. West Ham are dead. Upton Park was West Ham, it can’t be overstated how leaving behind your home can impact in tangible and intangible ways. Especially the way they did it. I listened to a livid fan this morning, and he was right. The 3 stooges , as he called them have strung em along with empty promises and they are well and truly fucked. We despise each other but its football that suffers in the end. Sadly, this trophy is dead too. Swanseas performance tonight pretty much banged the final nail in. Home to Man Utd in the cup and they couldn’t be bothered. Disgrace really. One by one things drop away.

    • Harry Hotspur October 24, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      You move home, you leave behind your comfort blankey. That’s how it works.

      But they don’t have a Cheese Room… so we’ll be just fine.

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 24, 2017 at 11:14 pm

        Its the fundamentals that makes it a success! Cheese. A room. I’m shocked Karen Brady never learned that in Croydon city College or where ever she did her B tech.

    • SpurAndy 馃崚蟺 October 24, 2017 at 11:22 pm

      I heard that spammer this morn, he nearly had a coronary. Made me chuckle.

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 24, 2017 at 11:32 pm

        That’s him.

    • UnkleTaff October 24, 2017 at 11:24 pm

      Completely agree. Man City, for example, haven’t been the same since they left Maine Road.

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 24, 2017 at 11:30 pm

        They got a billion trillion pound and now reside in a lifeless 3 quarter full plastic and neon hutch. But their winning so…..ask most city fans what ground was better for atmosphere and you all get Maine Road as the answer. But their winning so…..

      • Harry Hotspur October 24, 2017 at 11:38 pm

        Yeah but we’re going to have a retractable pitch and bar that can serve 18,000 pints of lukewarm craft beer in so fast NASA are telling people we stole the technology from Area 51 so we’ll be fine.

        • gus October 24, 2017 at 11:39 pm

          DON’T FORGET THE CHEESEROOM HARRY

          • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 24, 2017 at 11:50 pm

            Does area 51 have a cheese room?

            • Harry Hotspur October 25, 2017 at 12:04 am

              So am I right, Ian Brady was no relation to Karren Brady?

              • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 25, 2017 at 12:11 am

                No, I think she’s blood related to the other one……the one with the Jimmy Savile hairdooo…..

                • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 25, 2017 at 12:19 am

                  Thinking on…..Myra Hindleys relationship with Ian Brady kinda reminds me of Poch’s with Levy. 馃槰

  • Harry Hotspur October 24, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    danspurs

    If Edwards plays in goal spammers won鈥檛 even get nil. He鈥檚 very fast and has something of the young pat jennings about him. And I should know. I鈥檝e never seen either of them play live.

    HAhahahahahahhahaa bravo!

  • gavlav October 24, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    I’ve got more chance of starting than N’Cluedo. Foyth is a big maybe can see him and Arantxa Sanchez at the back.

  • gus October 24, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    I’d like us to play a few of the youngsters. If they come out all piss and vinegar as if it is their cup final I’d rather our best players are spared. Besides, if they beat us and have to play on in the cup it will only serve to stretch their already thin side and put more pressure on them as they battle relegation

    • danspurs October 24, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      I’d rather we didn’t risk losing momentum but can see your point of view.

  • Hartley鈩 October 24, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    3-0 Spurs
    On penalties.

    • Hartley鈩 October 24, 2017 at 10:25 pm

      Unless Lloris plays, then 0-3 Spammers on penalties.

      • danspurs October 24, 2017 at 10:29 pm

        If Edwards plays in goal spammers won’t even get nil. He’s very fast and has something of the young pat jennings about him. And I should know. I’ve never seen either of them play live.

        • Hartley鈩 October 24, 2017 at 10:32 pm

          I agree, neither have I