Date: 1st February 2018 at 9:54am
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An extraordinary win last night marked not just by some great individual contributions but an unshakeable team resolve. What we watched of was the lesser spotted unforgiving Spurs in full plumage. Spurs bullied Manchester United for the first time in my entire life.

It was however a crazy game. We go from Poch being at his wits end calm and Tottenham looking equally vague, to everyone acting as if the show put on last night was somehow normal, somehow business as usual. Which it very definitely wasn’t.

At one point the BT Sport commentary wallah said something along the lines of it being difficult to believe that this Spurs side was some many points behind the teams above them. Well, it wouldn’t be difficult at all mate, had you watched Spurs this season. The closest we’ve seen Spurs come to playing at this level of intensity and focus was against Real Madrid. If anything, last night was more frenetic than that showing.

So what happened?

One glaringly obvious observation would have to be the constant cross Poch has to bear, namely when he doesn’t have his best XI fit and available then we’re handicapped.

Making hysterical pronouncements on the back of one atypical win isn’t usually helpful but we learned one thing for absolute certain last night and that is Poch has been lying to everyone – probably even himself – about Sissioko. The positive impact of not fielding the ponderous lump rippled through the entire team.

What was almost as peculiar as how good we were was how jinxed Manchester United were. Please pause here and note I said jinxed and not poor.

Our opening goal Jose described as something they’d watched us trying on tape, positionally it was something they ought to have reacted to, but didn’t. Then there was the own goal. There there was the two Spurs players for every Man United players in virtually action.

When they had the ball they weren’t bad at all, they just didn’t get much of the ball. For the watching in black and white. That’s called meaningful possession. The only type worth discussing.

What was the cherry on the cake – bizarrely – is that when Lamela came on he was strutting and popping about like a World Cup winner. The confidence levels were sublime throughout the entire team.

The only lingering question/doubt/conundrum is can Spurs revisit this magic next time out, or will there be the same deflating sighs as we revert to type?

 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?
  • MysteriousStranger February 1, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    New blog by the way.

  • San Diego Spurs February 1, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Absolutely spot on in every respect. Please god let the shitsoko show end it’s run

  • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Mr Durham plumbing new depths, I didn’t think it was possible…

    • gloster1861 February 1, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      Wassup?

    • gloster1861 February 1, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      Ah! Adrian says the first goal was a lucky hoof upfield.

      If it had been anyone else playing that, it would have been a Beckhamesque magic pass. He is a m*therf*cker.

      • gloster1861 February 1, 2018 at 4:24 pm

        I have now soiled my ears and need to syringe them with dettol.

        • gloster1861 February 1, 2018 at 4:26 pm

          Listening to Talkshite I hasten to add…

          • MysteriousStranger February 1, 2018 at 4:34 pm

            Yeah, I’ve never understood its appeal. Just Troll Radio.

            • DAVID February 1, 2018 at 4:39 pm

              He’s a WUM, stopped listening to that channel a while ago.

              • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 4:42 pm

                Yup, I think he must be a failed Sun reporter.

            • SpurAndy 🍒π February 1, 2018 at 4:48 pm

              Must confess I did use to like The Daily Arse.

    • SpurAndy 🍒π February 1, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      Mr Durham is the Infowars geezer equivalent in the footy world.

      • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 4:41 pm

        Our very own Alex Jones…..😱

        • MysteriousStranger February 1, 2018 at 4:43 pm

          One’s bad enough.

          • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 4:45 pm

            #talentlessknickerflasher

            • MysteriousStranger February 1, 2018 at 4:50 pm

              That’s enough about me, what do you think about this Welsh lass?

              • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 4:52 pm

                Looks like a fire damaged wax work.

                • gloster1861 February 1, 2018 at 4:59 pm

                  Here’s someone who clearly didn’t fuck her way to the top.

                  • gloster1861 February 1, 2018 at 5:02 pm

                    Or did she?

        • DAVID February 1, 2018 at 4:43 pm

          He’s done nothing since the Snowman.

          • MysteriousStranger February 1, 2018 at 4:44 pm

            Ahem. Peter Auty did that.

            • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 4:46 pm

              Big D Auty have known that…

          • SpurAndy 🍒π February 1, 2018 at 4:45 pm

            Not true, he’s done a bit of Escape to the Cuntry.

          • gloster1861 February 1, 2018 at 5:01 pm

            Alex Jones, not Aled Jones. 😝

        • SpurAndy 🍒π February 1, 2018 at 4:43 pm

          That’s the badger.

    • 61SpursNut🌰 February 1, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      Adrian Durham is an anagram of complete and utter cockwallet.

      • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 4:44 pm

        Ron bought 10 cockwallets from the Spurs shop when he visited last…

  • nick February 1, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Very good performance,to a man. First 20mins they couldn’t deal with our pressing. Dele was the catalyst with dembele & Eriksen immense.vertonghen pulling out two tackles as good as a Moore or Baresi.a very happy young spur who has now seen us beat Madrid & Utd in the same season doesn’t understand why I don’t get that exicited🤔

  • gloster1861 February 1, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Camus
    I didn’t see MOTD but I’ve heard this from someone else too.
    Apparently, they edited the game to make it look like an even contest.
    Shady business.

    Yeah, it was disgraceful. It really didn’t reflect the game.

    Please note also that they showed the Dele Alli yellow card incident but not the other three. Agendas clearly at work, let’s blacken Dele’s character, try and influence future refereeing decisions against him. Cnuts.

    • nick February 1, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      Didn’t see motd,was there comment on the supposed Vertonghen grab round the throat?

      • gloster1861 February 1, 2018 at 4:13 pm

        No. Nothing about other incidents although they did say Dele should have got the penalty but it was because of his reputation for diving. So HIS fault. Judge and jury eh?

    • SpurAndy 🍒π February 1, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      It often doesn’t. I’ve seen games where we’ve been poor yet motd reflects an even game. Not a conspiracy, just poor editing.

      • gloster1861 February 1, 2018 at 4:15 pm

        Possibly. Why did they bother to spend tine to show the Alli foul though? Just that one?

        • SpurAndy 🍒π February 1, 2018 at 4:37 pm

          Dunno Gloss, cos it was so funny? Dele clipped his heel resulting in Sanchez kicking himself. Was that the one?

          • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 4:50 pm

            He should have celebrated like it was a goal.

          • gloster1861 February 1, 2018 at 4:56 pm

            Yes. I know it was special because Sanchez was a Gooner.

  • 61SpursNut🌰 February 1, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    💋
    Nutty … you shoulda been there!

    I’m gonna be there to see the Arse wiped out next weekend. See you on Friday 9th?

  • gloster1861 February 1, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    MysteriousStranger
    Youth. Dilly read about him scoring a hat trick once.

    Couple of weeks ago Phoenix Patterson scored a hat trick and provided two assists in the 3-6 victory away to Brighton. Seventeen year old grammar school boy from High Wycombe area.

    • MysteriousStranger February 1, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      Correct.

      • gloster1861 February 1, 2018 at 3:16 pm

        As he has only a few games under his belt I don’t subscribe to the Dillenberg hypothesis that he is a world beater who must play just yet. Maybe one day he’ll make it.

        • UnkleTaff February 1, 2018 at 3:19 pm

          Jack Roles knows where the back of the net is. He HAS to start against Liverpool.

          • gloster1861 February 1, 2018 at 3:21 pm

            He gets my vote to replace the turgid Sissoko.

  • BARD February 1, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    There’s loads. Raspberry Beret.

  • BARD February 1, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    UnkleTaff
    During the pub quiz last night one of the questions was “Name the five Jam singles that reached either number one or number two in the charts*”. We got three. Without recourse to online (or other) reference tools, can anyone beat that?
    * In the case of a double A side only one side is acceptable as an answer.

    Strawberry Fields
    Lady Marmalade

  • UnkleTaff February 1, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    During the pub quiz last night one of the questions was “Name the five Jam singles that reached either number one or number two in the charts*”. We got three. Without recourse to online (or other) reference tools, can anyone beat that?

    * In the case of a double A side only one side is acceptable as an answer.

    • Camus February 1, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      A Town Called Malice
      Going Underground

      Now I’m struggling…

      • BARD February 1, 2018 at 2:55 pm

        Bitterest Pill, Start?

    • 61SpursNut🌰 February 1, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      The one that may stump many is Beat Surrender.

      • UnkleTaff February 1, 2018 at 3:11 pm

        Didn’t stump us. The one that did fool us was Eton Rifles, which only got to number three apparently.

        • 61SpursNut🌰 February 1, 2018 at 3:13 pm

          Schoolboy error 😂

  • 💋 February 1, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Harry Hotspur

    UnkleTaff
    Anybody who wants to download last night’s match to watch (again) on a big screen telly can do so here:
    https://highlightsfootball.com/video/tottenham-hotspur-vs-manchester-united-highlights/
    Download speeds are very good and quality is a perfectly respectable 720p.
    That’s my evening sorted, for sure.

    Quality, thanks Taff.

    Get a room, you two. Jeez.

    • 61SpursNut🌰 February 1, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      *Cheez

      • 💋 February 1, 2018 at 2:28 pm

        Nutty … you shoulda been there!

        • 61SpursNut🌰 February 1, 2018 at 3:11 pm

          Hmmmmmm ….

  • Camus February 1, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Just spotted on Twitter, H.
    You’ll love this…

    “Just curious.. @WindyCOYS maybe you know. How is Scott Parker doing with the U18 team? How does the club see him? Could he be a solution when / if Poch moves on?”

  • BARD February 1, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Willy Juice
    Lamela strutting around and show boating was gas! We haven’t seen him in years and he strolls on as if he owns Wembley 😂😂😂😂😂

    He acted the twat that he is.

  • BARD February 1, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Caspurs♿️
    His little cameo was class, endov.

    Word up.

    • 💋 February 1, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      It’s like Candy (from a baby).

      • MysteriousStranger February 1, 2018 at 3:34 pm

        Loving this Back & Forth.

  • David Dillenberg February 1, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    https://twitter.com/thfcacademy/status/838778507878596608
    Phoenix Patterson assists against the Arse!

    • MysteriousStranger February 1, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      Used his pace to great effect. 😀

    • UnkleTaff February 1, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      That Jack Roles looks a bit tasty. I reckon he might be a good shout for a start up at Anfield.

  • Superspoz🏆 February 1, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Time to put this anfield hoodoo to bed.

  • 💋 February 1, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Who the h*ll is Phoenix Patterson? A recent signing or a yoot product?

    • Freund or Foe February 1, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      Remember Kevin and Perry? It’s Kev’s little brother.

      • Horndog 🇺🇸 February 1, 2018 at 1:53 pm

        I golf with a guy named Kevin Patterson. Bit of a gambler.

      • 💋 February 1, 2018 at 2:29 pm

        You can never have too many Kevs.

        • UnkleTaff February 1, 2018 at 2:32 pm

          Word.

          • 61SpursNut🌰 February 1, 2018 at 3:10 pm

            I think we need to talk about that.

    • MysteriousStranger February 1, 2018 at 1:52 pm

      Youth. Dilly read about him scoring a hat trick once.

      • 💋 February 1, 2018 at 2:28 pm

        Ah. Dilly…

  • 💋 February 1, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    That model of Trump, carved out of a tin of chopped.park, is so clever. So, so clever; I mean, really clever.

    • Freund or Foe February 1, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      I miss tinned luncheon meat.

      • MysteriousStranger February 1, 2018 at 1:53 pm

        Can’t believe this comment got past the Spam filter.

        • Horndog 🇺🇸 February 1, 2018 at 1:54 pm

          It was stale dated.

      • 💋 February 1, 2018 at 2:31 pm

        Miss Tinned Luncheon Meat has always been my favourite beauty/talent show.

    • Horndog 🇺🇸 February 1, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      I’ve never had a pulled park sandwich, are they tasty? 😬

      • 💋 February 1, 2018 at 2:26 pm

        I make a great sandwich, Horny. Never had my pork pulled as a result, though, a simple thank you is usually sufficient (although, there’s a first time for everyting).

    • Camus February 1, 2018 at 2:09 pm

      The key question is does it make the infamous ‘Wall of Gammon’ from Question Time in the election run-up?

  • ultrapunch February 1, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    I watched the game live on BT and then the highlights on BBC. I wondered if the BBC had watched a different game to me. The BBC editors are obviously Man Utd, or Arsenal, fans because they obviously don’t like Spurs.

    Spurs played as a team. The rapid closing down, by as many as 3 Spurs players, of a Man Utd player whenever they had the ball was truly superb. You need to be really fit to do that for 90 minutes and have great team spirit. They paid special attention to Pogba & Sanchez and these 2 prima donna’s didn’t like it one little bit!

    Man Utd on the other hand looked like a collection of individuals rather than a team.

    • Camus February 1, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      I didn’t see MOTD but I’ve heard this from someone else too.
      Apparently, they edited the game to make it look like an even contest.
      Shady business.

      • Lord Croker February 1, 2018 at 2:11 pm

        I gave up on that years ago. Mind you I don’t pay the licence. Man U were ripped a new one.

  • ultrapunch February 1, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Trippier was picked out for special praise by Frank Lampard who reckoned that with Eriksen he deserved to be man of the match. Yet just a few weeks ago some mouthy Spurs fans were posting they never wanted to see Trippier in a Spurs shirt again and should be sold asap. As Jimmy Greaves famously said “football’s a funny old game”

  • David Dillenberg February 1, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    IMO missing a trick if he don’t play Moura from the start on Sunday by stretching Liverpool.

    • David Dillenberg February 1, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      *We

    • Accy February 1, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      On last night’s performance doesn’t look as though we’ll be that desperate to start him. New additions normally make their debut as a sub.

      • David Dillenberg February 1, 2018 at 1:31 pm

        Yes but the risk is by the time he comes on the game could be over as a meaningful contest!

        • David Dillenberg February 1, 2018 at 1:33 pm

          Just throw him into the lions den and let him get on with it.

          • David Dillenberg February 1, 2018 at 1:35 pm

            Nice selection headache for Poch for sure!

          • Accy February 1, 2018 at 1:36 pm

            You’re right, DD.

            I’d start Phoenix up top with Moura in a 2-6-2 formation, with Tashan Oakley Booth coming off the bench to replace Lloris.

            • David Dillenberg February 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm

              Thats music to my ears Now you are talking. Lovely jubbly!!

            • Willy Juice February 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm

              Winks has got to grasp this captaincy so plonk him into the lions den as a lone cm

              • Accy February 1, 2018 at 1:39 pm

                Yes, but play him at right back

        • Melcyid February 1, 2018 at 2:04 pm

          Thats ok wr should be about 3_0 up when we bring him on

    • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      More likely he’ll play against Newport.

      • UnkleTaff February 1, 2018 at 1:35 pm

        This would be the more intelligent approach, I agree.

        • MysteriousStranger February 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm

          Yeah. Play Phoenix Patterson against Liverpool. Throw him into the lion’s den instead. 😂

          • David Dillenberg February 1, 2018 at 1:39 pm

            Why molly coddle? These kids play with passion and desire. Patterson’s got pace.
            He is nippy so stick him on the subs bench.

            • MysteriousStranger February 1, 2018 at 1:40 pm

              Cos he’s a fucking child, Dilly! Not all people mature at the same rate.

              • Willy Juice February 1, 2018 at 1:42 pm

                😂😂😂

            • David Dillenberg February 1, 2018 at 1:40 pm

              Have I seen him play.No but Scotty Parker rates him highly. Thats good enough for me.

              • David Dillenberg February 1, 2018 at 1:42 pm

                I woul rather see Patterson & Oakley-Boothe than Sissy on the field!

                • MysteriousStranger February 1, 2018 at 1:49 pm

                  You were calling for Marcus Edwards to play over two years ago. He just got loaned to Norwich where the Norwich manager almost instantaneously declared that he needed to grow up. I’ll tell you who knows if any of these players are ready – Mauricio Pochettino.

                  Until he selects any of these youths then you should probably take it as a given, that they aren’t ready to play with the adults.

              • Accy February 1, 2018 at 1:43 pm

                Oliver Skipp has had rave reviews, too. If Winks is still injured it’s only fair we give him a start against Arsenal.

                • Accy February 1, 2018 at 1:47 pm

                  That is to say, if he can rearrange his clarinet lesson for the following week.

              • Horndog 🇺🇸 February 1, 2018 at 1:49 pm

                That means he excels at crop circles.

          • UnkleTaff February 1, 2018 at 1:39 pm

            If Patterson hasn’t had a game by the end of the month I’ll be demanding we sell the useless fecker.

  • Willy Juice February 1, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Lamela strutting around and show boating was gas! We haven’t seen him in years and he strolls on as if he owns Wembley 😂😂😂😂😂

    • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      His little cameo was class, endov.

    • Accy February 1, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      He played a couple of killer passes. Fair play.

  • Accy February 1, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Jan’s balls over the top are amazing. Toby-esque. He hit a lot of them and with accuracy.

    The front 4 had Son and Dele making driving runs – however successful – but causing their defence problems. Eriksen a real handful.

    Tripps and Davies very very good.

    • David Dillenberg February 1, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      Lets see how both Dembele and Eriksen / midfield do on Sunday?

      • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 1:28 pm

        If we get a point from Anfield I’ll be happy, don’t forget the other top teams will still have to play each other, whilst we will have got them all (bar shiteh indoors) out the way.

        • David Dillenberg February 1, 2018 at 1:30 pm

          +1

        • Freund or Foe February 1, 2018 at 1:33 pm

          You’ve not got the hang of this football fan thingy yet, have you.

          • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 3:52 pm

            I do struggle at times..

  • Willy Juice February 1, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    I think we are more balanced with 4-5-1 rather than the 3-6-1. Incant remember what we played against Madrid??

    As H said they where dangerous on the ball and in the first half was very nervy stuff at the back! Remember Davies making a last ditch brilliant interception at the edge of our box!

    Thankfully crisp bag hands realised where his front post was and hopefully soon I can go back to calling him Hugo!

    There was hunger last night, maybe because everyone expected us to lose! The liverpoo one should be an entertaining game!!

    • Accy February 1, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      5-3-2 against Madrid

      • Willy Juice February 1, 2018 at 1:20 pm

        Cheers accy! I think Davies and verts 😍 are up for the job and salah. Trips will need plenty of help from dier with mane! On paper our cm should crush them if they perform!!!

    • Accy February 1, 2018 at 1:19 pm

      Wonderful what a new signing can do to lift the mood of the team… (I’m assuming a lot). Hopefully we impressed him.

      Liverpool, is down to Poch, tactically. They will out-press us if not careful – that’s what they usually try at Anfield. Poch needs a plan.

      • Willy Juice February 1, 2018 at 1:23 pm

        Impressed him, the poor fella thinks he will be benched have watching that! But yes it makes a massive difference! Even one player means we have someone noteworthy of bring on!!

        • Accy February 1, 2018 at 1:24 pm

          Can’t wait for our summer transfers – think there’ll be a fair bit of movement. Sissy and The Scarecrow #Out.

          Hope we bring in De Jong as CM.

  • Harry Hotspur February 1, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    UnkleTaff

    Anybody who wants to download last night’s match to watch (again) on a big screen telly can do so here:

    https://highlightsfootball.com/video/tottenham-hotspur-vs-manchester-united-highlights/

    Download speeds are very good and quality is a perfectly respectable 720p.

    That’s my evening sorted, for sure.

    Quality, thanks Taff.

  • caveman February 1, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    What I liked was, when they tried the rough stuff we more than matched them. Love it, love it, love it.

    • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      Kane was a beast, refusing to be bullied off the ball, and hold up play was great. I don’t care whether he scored, he certainly played his part.

      • David Dillenberg February 1, 2018 at 1:07 pm

        Agreed but a wee concerned that he fluffed several presentable chances which he usually gobbles up.

        • SpurAndy 🍒π February 1, 2018 at 1:13 pm

          I think he’s hit that first 3 seasons wonder wall.

    • Harry Hotspur February 1, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      You like it rough

    • David Dillenberg February 1, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Consistency being the key the secret is to replicate this stunnning performance on Sunday.

  • Legoverlass February 1, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    I have given Trippier and Davies some stick in the past but yesterday they both stepped up and deserve a lot of credit. If they turn up like that for every match then I for one would be a happy bunny. Eriksen was clearly fired up by his quick opening goal but looked more like the player we know he can be and is for Denmark. He has benefited by missing some games. I would go with four at the back with Tobes and Verts. Then have one DM and have Deli, Erickson, Son and Moura behind Kane. Rotate Sanchez ,Roseand Wanyama and use Lam lam as a sub to rotate with Son/Ali and Moura. We need an offensive mental attitude for the remainder of the season and having Son and Moura raiding down both flanks with Kane, Ali and Eriksen using the space that opens up fills me with more confidence than of late.Maybe even Llorente will benefit from the spaces created by our wide attacking players. You will notice that I have no mention of Sissoko.

    • Accy February 1, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      +1 mate

  • DaveA February 1, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    After our indifferent starts at Wembley at the beginning of this season I said that we would progressively grow into it being our home ground each time we played there. But also it would be continually difficult for other teams because in most cases it would be their first time and they would play there the one time only all through the season. That is surely seen to perfectly true now; it was never a jinx. I have wondered if we will go through the same situation in the new stadium. The new pitch size will be the same as Wembley and we might hopefully start much better and grow into it quicker. The main difference this time though is it will be new for everyone and hopefully all the other teams will be too overawed by their surroundings to play well for their first season there.

    • SpurAndy 🍒π February 1, 2018 at 1:10 pm

      To be honest I’m not expecting us to hit the ground running at the new stadium. I think the first season will be a time for adapting. Be nice if we do make it a fortress from day one but if we don’t I won’t be running around like my hairs on fire shouting gloom and doom.

      • Freund or Foe February 1, 2018 at 1:12 pm

        You should try mongering doom. It’s an excellent distraction from this cold, heartless world.

        • SpurAndy 🍒π February 1, 2018 at 1:16 pm

          Gonna have some lessons at my local Doommonger. Funnily enough it’s right next door to the Iron one.

          • Freund or Foe February 1, 2018 at 1:19 pm

            With the fish guy on the other side?

            • SpurAndy 🍒π February 1, 2018 at 1:20 pm

              It’s a small mongers world.

      • UnkleTaff February 1, 2018 at 1:15 pm

        I think one of the reasons we went for Wembley this year was to make the transition to the new home all the smoother. I can see us hitting the ground running (hopefully) next year.

        • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 1:20 pm

          The new place will feel far more intimate especially after playing at Wembley, plus when the south gets rocking it’ll be fookinace!

        • David Dillenberg February 1, 2018 at 1:20 pm

          Sorry “transitions” and “adjusting to our new home” is fine to a point but as the trophy cupboard is bear the harsh reality of the situation is that we need start winning silverware pronto which is a tough ask but that’s what manager’s are ultimately judged on.

          • Freund or Foe February 1, 2018 at 1:23 pm

            We’ve got a bear trophy cabinet? How original. Do the vegans know?

            • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 1:24 pm

              It’s ok FoF, no vegans were hurt in the making of the bear cupboard.

              • Freund or Foe February 1, 2018 at 1:31 pm

                Shame.

                • UnkleTaff February 1, 2018 at 1:36 pm

                  Anybody know where the “unfriend” button is?

      • Willy Juice February 1, 2018 at 1:17 pm

        We have been playing in Wembley!! I think this will be a fortress from the get go! The atmosphere will be ten times what Wembley is down to its design and sound insulation made of cheese!

  • Horndog February 1, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Apart from the 15 or so minutes after our first goal, we trampled them in midfield. Pogba and Matic were bystanders. Brilliant.

  • StuSpurs February 1, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Eriksen and Sanchez were both immensely last night however a player that has somewhat flown under the radar this season is Jan. the boy has been brilliant all season, he has really matured and puts in a stellar performance every week

  • UnkleTaff February 1, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Anybody who wants to download last night’s match to watch (again) on a big screen telly can do so here:

    https://highlightsfootball.com/video/tottenham-hotspur-vs-manchester-united-highlights/

    Download speeds are very good and quality is a perfectly respectable 720p.

    That’s my evening sorted, for sure.

    • Camus February 1, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      Nice one, thanks 👍

    • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      I can’t see where on that page you download it.

      • UnkleTaff February 1, 2018 at 1:05 pm

        Scroll down to the Highlightsfootball comment; the links are there.

        I used the ok.ru options and downloaded both halves in under five minutes apiece.

        • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 1:15 pm

          👍

  • Long Time Listener First Time Caller February 1, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Poch is still learning. Last night was a plan B being implemented from the start. Usually there is no plan B. The possession obsession that is the usual plan A is great when it leads to goals but frustrating as hell when teams put up a blockade. Mourinho is defensive so it was good to see a Spurs side set up to be aggressive and direct at times. More of this needed.

  • Hartley February 1, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    It was nice to see that our ‘fucking about at the back’ didn’t materialise at all last night.

    • SpurAndy 🍒π February 1, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      Don’t think Manure tried to press us that much near our goal area. It’s when that happens that a hefty boot up the field should be used a bit more.

      • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 12:50 pm

        They never got the chance, which was nice..

  • legendary greavesy February 1, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Just an observational theory but found it ironic that Maureen puts out one of his most attacking line-ups all season and they all looked lost in transition from his normal defensive shite they play week in week out we somehow have the chains released by our supremo and play like we have seen many a time at the Lane last season. It doesn’t look as if many sides have the abilities to a plan B or C these days or do the managers of today out think themselves, on the evidence of last night Poch let the boys play cos they sure can.

    • Mattspurs February 1, 2018 at 12:49 pm

      I think that he thought their line up would take us by surprise and that they’d get the first goal and then just hit us on the counter

  • caveman February 1, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Who says Dele was making too many errors last night. He harried and bullied Man U and tried the little flicks no one else would try. I thought it was an eleven man performance and I enjoyed the game immensely, probably the greatest since our last day at WHL.

    • caveman February 1, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      There’s no media cunts saying Wembley is a hex now. We are treating like a proper home now. When we get to the new WHL it will be a fortress for sure.

      • Harry Hotspur February 1, 2018 at 12:42 pm

        It would pretty ambitious to ‘announce Spurs were doomed’ the morning after having convincingly beaten Man Utd?

    • legendary greavesy February 1, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      Agree Cavey he took Matic to the CLEANERS

    • Harry Hotspur February 1, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      The little flicks and a lot more besides didn’t work.

      A+ for effort

      E for achievement

      • Caspurs♿️ February 1, 2018 at 12:49 pm

        Didn’t his icle flick set up the first goal last night?

        • Wig February 1, 2018 at 12:53 pm

          It did, and he should have won a penalty too which although completely hypothetical would probably have got Dele a second assist

          • Harry Hotspur February 1, 2018 at 1:13 pm

            Hypothetically I could fly a 747

            • Wig February 1, 2018 at 1:42 pm

              Never too late to learn, don’t give up on your dreams!

  • paul February 1, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Thoroughly enjoyed last night, probably more than the RM match, coz it was against proper EPL oppo at the business end of the season. Only small note of caution would be that we were somewhat fortunate for the goals and our ball control/finishing in the final third for the rest of the match i felt let us down but could not fault the energy, attitude and endeavour from the whole team, and from start to finish, which was really heartening. Overall was really uplifting to watch. Well done ze lads!

    • Dj February 1, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      👍

  • DaveA February 1, 2018 at 11:57 am

    I would bet that Danny Rose was sitting on the bench hoping that Man U would slaughter Spurs, but was as sick as a dog because Spurs showed they were the superior side.

  • Camus February 1, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Bit of sour grapes from Yanited fan in the office today.
    “By the time the ball was kicked, Kane was 10 metres into the United half…”

    10 metres?
    It’s 1 at best, mate… 😂

    • UnkleTaff February 1, 2018 at 11:58 am

      I’m all for playing by the rules, but I can’t deny there’s times when a touch of controversy only adds to the sweetness of the goal. Last night’s opener was one such occasion.

      • Camus February 1, 2018 at 12:01 pm

        Agree with that, Taff.

        • Freund or Foe February 1, 2018 at 12:10 pm

          Manure aren’t exactly behind in benefiting from decisions over the years.

          • 61SpursNut🌰 February 1, 2018 at 12:13 pm

            It’ll be nice to get our second penalty this season.

            • Willy Juice February 1, 2018 at 1:14 pm

              Deles dive to pens ratio has plummeted! He needs to hit the swimming pool or train with the goalies

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 1, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      As many metres as Pedro Mendez shot was over the line.

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 1, 2018 at 1:13 pm

        *s

      • Willy Juice February 1, 2018 at 1:15 pm

        It broke the fucking net!!

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 1, 2018 at 1:20 pm

          Yep. Theyl just av to swallow it. The script was flipped last night.

  • Wig February 1, 2018 at 11:42 am

    I left the game thinking the scoreline could have been so much better. We had quite a few decent chances that had we been more clinical would have seen us score 5. Whilst that finishing could have been better, the overall performances were sensational. Even Lloris – with little to do all game – kept his concentration to save from Lukaku. I’m buzzing today. The big question is can we match the same performance against Liverpool this weekend, which would put us in top 4?

    • caveman February 1, 2018 at 11:49 am

      That win will lift the whole teams confidence. Hope we carry it into the next four games.

      • Accy February 1, 2018 at 12:20 pm

        The person who draws-up the fixture list was having a laugh. Man U, Liverpool, Arsenal all in a row.

        It’s drawn up by a person and not by a computer.

        • Wig February 1, 2018 at 12:31 pm

          Who says we can’t use that to our advantage? Sometimes having higher quality opposition can make us raise our own game, so let’s take last night’s performance and momentum into the weekend against Liverpool. Look what happened to Liverpool recently – euphoria of beating Man City one weekend, then maybe some complacency crept in when getting beaten by Swansea the next week. If we get some good points out of this tough run of fixtures we’ll be flying till the end of the season

        • SpurAndy 🍒π February 1, 2018 at 12:32 pm

          Mixture of humans and computer.
          https://www.premierleague.com/news/261976

  • StuSpur February 1, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Yep, it didn’t take long to dawn on me that why we looked so composed was that this was our best 11 and and when they’re on song they are one of the best in the league. It only takes minor tinkering to this team for things to go Pete tong. Like a house of cards

  • JohnSpursMan February 1, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Hopefully the beginning of a winning run, that carries us firmly into the top 4. Looking likely to be at the expense of chelsea and or liverpoool, should we beat them sunday. Very much fancy us against the pool, not a change of them sitting and waiting for us to make mistakes.

    Only negative last night for me, despite all the effort in the world, Dele was woeful with the ball. Made poor decisions and lost the ball. Had a multitude of opportunities to lay on the final pass or finish and fluffed all of them………shame, he’s still got something about him but can he harness?? Don’t see anyone coming in for him anytime soon.

    • Syd February 1, 2018 at 11:24 am

      In regards to Dele – I think you were watching a different game

      • Ronan February 1, 2018 at 11:29 am

        +1, thought he oozed supreme confidence and class, looked a cut above man u’s mega money men.

        • Syd February 1, 2018 at 11:34 am

          He did

    • Harry Hotspur February 1, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you. He was shocking. Lots of effort, but a dreadfully wasteful.

  • UnkleTaff February 1, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Not sure I can take much more of this euphoria. I’m consoling myself with the thought that we’ll doubtless be shit again after the Anfield game.

  • Nurse Ratchet February 1, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Anyone notice that whenever Sissoshit is on the pitch our boys don’t like passing to him, they look up and see him and will invariably turn away. Makes you wonder if they aren’t overly keen on him being there.

    • Syd February 1, 2018 at 11:25 am

      No.

  • Horndog 🇺🇸 February 1, 2018 at 11:02 am

    As good as Eriksen was, on the ball, it was his defensive work with Trippier, along the right side that was eye catching. More please.

    • Ronwol1960-61 February 1, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Our Sanchez I though was brilliant,Trippier was more impressive for me going forward. Eriksen I though played about as positive a game as he has done. Really making things happen and that long hard shot from him that missed brought a smile too.It showed some power that as with him yesterday.

      • Gus February 1, 2018 at 11:10 am

        Sanchez was a boss after passing away the ball a bit much early

        • Ronwol1960-61 February 1, 2018 at 11:14 am

          see below

  • QQ February 1, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Not the best Spurs performance at home this season,
    nor the strongest starting XI, but good enough to deal
    with a Man Utd that are far from the resolve and skill
    of the Fergie era.

    Now let’s concentrate on getting Moura Spurs “match fit”
    ASAP while the squad navigate the rest of this month.

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 1, 2018 at 10:56 am

    I was with you Harry untill you mentioned that not having our best X1 out there previous games etc.

    I think its all about Dele and Eriksen and their orevious lacking of intensity.
    Our attacking midfield game didnt break down and infact got stronger. Could be a bit Moura. Could be a bit that we fibd the big teams more palatable. Could be we do better with teams that play positive and run at us…and in this case United tales were up at the off and they got burned and their defence crumbled and they lost the plot.
    I cant take anything away from our players we were superb.

    No its less about Sissoko and more about Dele and Eriksen and Sanchez and Verts and Trippier and Dier and more.

    • Gus February 1, 2018 at 10:57 am

      Yanited definitely exposed themselves to our counterattack

      • DAVID February 1, 2018 at 10:59 am

        Let’s take last night’s attitude style and performance into the games at Liverpool and Juve.

        • Ronwol1960-61 February 1, 2018 at 11:03 am

          David based on the way we have played this season especially,the other teams style affects us greatly.Thats why we needed lets say Moura and a plan B. The big teams like to come at us but even them can sus our vulnerability and the point Gus made about the Counter working or not

          • Gus February 1, 2018 at 11:06 am

            We struggle with a lack of team and individual creativity when playing teams stacking up behind the ball. Not enough creativity from players in MF and not enough players working hard making runs off the ball to create space

            • Ronwol1960-61 February 1, 2018 at 11:13 am

              So the question is why? Why was it Poch pulling them back to play a more rigid system? Or is it because of their own inability to turn it on? Eriksen looked a changed man last night. His eyes looked different,he looked determined. Dele fought as hard as he could to dispel the demons,Sanchez did not take less chances.He took more and won. Trippier,Dier,Verts et al had their energy pushing forward

              • Gus February 1, 2018 at 11:15 am

                Difficult question. Team strategy suggests poch pulls on the handbrake when we play defensive teams because he doesn’t want to concede on the counter

                • Ronwol1960-61 February 1, 2018 at 11:18 am

                  I thought this was a game where the team fought themselves to get positive and they made it.Im sure the first goal helped but we did it…now we have to take that mentality into the next game…but wait Its Spurs.

                  • Gus February 1, 2018 at 11:20 am

                    First goal definitely got us rolling

      • Ronwol1960-61 February 1, 2018 at 11:00 am

        I meant to put that in Gus!!!! God it was one of my main points too!

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

      Dele was energised and worked very hard off the ball but was fucking woeful with virtually every touch Ron. I agree about Eriksen though. He sleeps through too many games.

      • Ronwol1960-61 February 1, 2018 at 11:05 am

        I think Dele showed more than we have seen from him Harry in a while and his energy and confidence looked up.I was really happy with his performance and gave him a high mark for it

        • Gus February 1, 2018 at 11:06 am

          👏👏👏

        • Harry Hotspur February 1, 2018 at 11:08 am

          He worked very hard Ron.

          Sadly he had the touch of a child molester.

          • Gus February 1, 2018 at 11:09 am

            Sweaty?

            • Harry Hotspur February 1, 2018 at 11:11 am

              Deeply unwelcome

          • Ronwol1960-61 February 1, 2018 at 11:15 am

            I tink he was fighting his demons yesterday and turned things around even if it wasn’t perfect.He looked commited as did the others

            • Harry Hotspur February 1, 2018 at 12:57 pm

              Ron, he’s not some Jew from the Bronx in the ’30s. He’s a prick millionaire who does on average one thing right per game. He was committed, what he was not was productive.

          • Wig February 1, 2018 at 11:53 am

            He got an assist for Eriksen’s goal so that’s one good touch he made. Meaningul possession right? 🙂

            • Harry Hotspur February 1, 2018 at 12:54 pm

              Yes he got an assist. Did you watch the rest of the game?

              • Wig February 1, 2018 at 1:40 pm

                I was at Wembley and stayed till the final whistle. Short answer is yes

  • Gus February 1, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Wembley was rocking wasn’t it? Hoodoo? 😁 Great job by the Cherries at the bridge no? 🍻

  • MysteriousStranger February 1, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Trippier was getting a slagging off from people on here before the game. After, not so much, eh?

    • Harry Hotspur February 1, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Maybe we should close the comments on blogs before games to prevent people expressing opinions – and then make sure comments are closed on blogs after games to insure they aren’t polluted too?

      • 61SpursNut🌰 February 1, 2018 at 10:54 am

        Good to see you’re finally falling into line.

      • MysteriousStranger February 1, 2018 at 11:11 am

        Let’s not dwell on the past, eh?! He did OK, didn’t he?

    • Gus February 1, 2018 at 10:56 am

      Nice of Alexis Sanchez to play him in!

  • Gus February 1, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Might have been our best domestic league performance of the season. Team defence, led by Moose we bossed yanited in MF and won most of the individual battles. Wanyama might start on the weekend, let’s keep the momentum going and smash the bindippers

  • Dj February 1, 2018 at 10:43 am

    When manure pressed hard and flodded midfield in the second half we did not allow them to bully their way through,this was great to watch.Very satisfying to see,Hope we push on from here.COYS.

  • OwlWiser February 1, 2018 at 10:41 am

    There is another factor beyond fitness. Form. Add to that the disruption and realignment to the best defensive line up last season. During the first half of the season I believe Ali and Erikson weren’t at it. We also list the wall known as Dembele/Wanyama. We seem to have spent every week wondering why and what Sissokho is about. That will stop beyond the odd cup game and last minute substitution. This could be a turning point. Moura will hopefully be our Sarah/Mahrez breaking down the parked busses. We seem to get up for big games at Wembley but Anfield will show if anything has really changed this time. COYS

  • Still Nil Nil February 1, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Nigel Winterslag is on Shite sports news trying his best to analyse some football.

    It’s like somebody has shaved a chimp and put it in a suit and ask him to discuss Astro physics.

    He looks like somebody has taken the tip of his head off, taken the brain out, sewn the top back on again and asked him to try andbe coherent.

    Also reminds me of that shit prison guard off of The Green Mile after he turns wibble and placed into a strait jacket.

    • StuSpur February 1, 2018 at 11:37 am

      Hang on, scientists have shown chimps to be highly intelligent animals. Don’t have a go at nature mate

  • Still Nil Nil February 1, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Haven’t seen last nights game yet, got it on record, so will be checking it out whilst chomping on a bacon and egg sarnie with a builders cuppa tea before attempting to sleep before my night duty

    • MysteriousStranger February 1, 2018 at 10:46 am

      Why don’t you get your own cup of tea? 😀

      • Still Nil Nil February 1, 2018 at 10:53 am

        I like the danger

  • Still Nil Nil February 1, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Bournemouth’s second goal was lovely.
    Out of defence down the left, just 2 players between them made the racists look very very amateur en route to scoring that goal.

  • roger radford February 1, 2018 at 10:24 am

    I recommend fans to watch Lucas Moura’s interview on Spurs TV. Pleasantly surprised that his English was so good he could teach it to Poch. Augurs well. He’s obviously raring to go after being left out in the wilderness by PSG.

    • Freund or Foe February 1, 2018 at 10:32 am

      I’m more interested in his missus’s eyebrows, you could land an Airbus A380 on ’em.

      https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/678718/lucas-moura-transfer-wife-larissa-saad-instagram-photo-man-united-news?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daily-star-latest-news+%28Daily+Star+%3A%3A+News+Feed%29

      What with Dele’s birds lips, we top the table for WAGS facial features.

      • Accy February 1, 2018 at 10:34 am

        Who said 2018 is the year of the all-male feminist?

        • Harry Hotspur February 1, 2018 at 10:41 am

          Nice legs, what time do they open?

          • Melcyid February 1, 2018 at 11:15 am

            Locker room banter

            • Harry Hotspur February 1, 2018 at 12:58 pm

              It was banter.

        • Freund or Foe February 1, 2018 at 10:48 am

          Did you see F1 are going to stop having stunners before and after races? I think they’re going the wrong way, strip ’em and have a pair on every car bonnet fisting eachother. That’ll improve the Sunday afternoon viewing figures.

          • Still Nil Nil February 1, 2018 at 10:54 am

            I think every car should have that on their bonnet

          • Harry Hotspur February 1, 2018 at 10:54 am

            This was a bad time for me to have bought a gross of ‘Nobody Knows I’m A Lesbian’ t-shirts, eh?

            • Still Nil Nil February 1, 2018 at 10:55 am

              I’ll have an XL one please H

              • Still Nil Nil February 1, 2018 at 10:55 am

                That’s a lesbian not a t shirt

                • Freund or Foe February 1, 2018 at 11:02 am

                  Each to their own. I’ll take 3 XS’s please.

                  • Harry Hotspur February 1, 2018 at 1:01 pm

                    *Larry, I need 3 extra smalls and a lezza’

          • DAVID February 1, 2018 at 10:56 am

            The darts stunners have got the boot to. How will the players reach the stage without them ?

            • Still Nil Nil February 1, 2018 at 10:59 am

              If these lovelies are now all gonna be on the scrap heap, I’ll take a couple or 2 off their hands

              • DAVID February 1, 2018 at 11:01 am

                One of the darts girls was complaining the other day that she had lost her job and income, she might make that cuppa for you.

                • Still Nil Nil February 1, 2018 at 11:04 am

                  Good girl

                  • Harry Hotspur February 1, 2018 at 1:04 pm

                    Hahahahahhaha

      • Still Nil Nil February 1, 2018 at 10:35 am

        Her hair must be very heavy as it’s pulling her head over to one side

      • MysteriousStranger February 1, 2018 at 10:47 am

        Even Scouse girls don’t have them that big!

  • Camus February 1, 2018 at 10:23 am

    East Stand, to pick up your point on the last blog about the AVB and Baldini dream team…

    It could all have been so different if we’d bought Pjanic and a fast goal-scoring forward instead with the £85mill.

  • Matt February 1, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Alli being focused and back to something approaching his best helped. You’re right about Sissoko.

    • Harry Hotspur February 1, 2018 at 10:19 am

      Heh. You won’t like the next blog then…

  • East Stand February 1, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Just realised there is another logic to Moura’s signing.

    He prefers the right side which also Homoph… sorry, Aurier’s side. They will have played together quite a bit at PSG so thing might get more out of the ‘Batty Hater’?

    • East Stand February 1, 2018 at 10:13 am

      *they might get more out of Aurier.

    • Harry Hotspur February 1, 2018 at 10:15 am

      You mean Poch has eventually worked out that Walker has left?

      And that Aurier ISN’T a wing back?

      Maybe Pocho McFucko cab learn?!

  • East Stand February 1, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Pogba was complete pance and he was also Dembele’s bitch…

    • Aussie in Switzerland February 1, 2018 at 10:09 am

      The pretend ginger cunt cannot defend. 80+ squillion for a footballer who can only attack

    • TyredMan 🚯 February 1, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Those pance were around his ankles as the moose was chocers up his pipe.

      • Aussie in Switzerland February 1, 2018 at 10:11 am

        Please post cartoon drawing of Moose doing some Lemmywinks hunting (Southpark reference for the kiddies)….

  • Still Nil Nil February 1, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Hopefully they can keep it up with a fit squad.

    Or maybe the realisation that this is a World Cup year and most will be playing for their World Cup places.

    • East Stand February 1, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Tobes back involved soon and we’re rocking, he’ll need time to regain fitness though, a good month from his first appearance you would have thought.

  • Aussie in Switzerland February 1, 2018 at 10:02 am

    I saw Lamela have a shot with his right foot……cue Twighlight Zone music…..

    • King Leer February 1, 2018 at 10:03 am

      It was more of a clearance to be fair.

      • Aussie in Switzerland February 1, 2018 at 10:07 am

        Hehe….the other freak moment was when Dier took on two players and actually beat them. Seriously, besides the absolute truth from Harry on the impact of not starting Sissoko, I blame Dele for the change in team attitude. He changes, and we all seem to change. Hope he realises that he does that.

        • King Leer February 1, 2018 at 10:10 am

          Last night also showed that Eriksen makes the difference between us looking like someone’s poured sand, instead of oil, into our engine…when he’s on his game.

          Moura unveiled at half time looked genuinely thrilled to have joined us, pointing to the sky…hopefully we’ll see him do more of that

          • Aussie in Switzerland February 1, 2018 at 10:13 am

            I missed Moura (stoner half time break). Cool. Eriksen even had some mongrel in him last night…..beautiful

  • Al February 1, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Yep. We were great for the first time in ages. Southampton to Newport to that. The Grauniad match report also seemed to miss that we’ve shite for most of the rest of this season.

    That should be the bar till season end now. It won’t be, but it should be.

  • Sid Trotter February 1, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Well for me, last night was a joy to behold. The best game we have played all season. Repeating it, that’ll take some doing but a series of tough matches often brings out excellent displays, whereas playing mid table bottom teams mean we revert to their levels. Think we’ll get 4th if we beat Liverpool at the weekend

    • Aussie in Switzerland February 1, 2018 at 10:03 am

      Nailed on

    • East Stand February 1, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Agreed Trotts.

    • Al February 1, 2018 at 10:19 am

      if we beat liverpool at the weekend we should be aiming at second

      • Freund or Foe February 1, 2018 at 10:22 am

        We were aiming for 2nd before last night, and still will be even if we lose on Sunday.

        • Rich G🙄 February 1, 2018 at 10:25 am

          Word