Date: 5th January 2019 at 11:33am
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My thanks to the superb Forensic Onions

The Kid’s are Alright

The Selections

Great to see Skipp and KWP on the pitch. Also liked that Marsh and Eyoma were on the bench.

Good that Kane, Eriksen, Winks, Alderweireld were rested. This was a really young line up and I liked it. 

The Structure 

Poch went with what seemed like a 343. I personally would have preferred to see KWP played at RB, but that’s a minor quibble.

He paired Skipp and Alli initially as the CM2 with Son, Llorente and Moura the front three. Although we got to 4-0 up like that, I didn’t think Alli was great in that CM2 set up, you can’t take the liberties he does in a CM2 and I thought we looked even better when Marsh came on and freed up Alli to operate with a bit more freedom (I think it became a CM3 without the ball then but a 3412 with it). 

The Game

Got to say, although this was another poor standard of opposition, like the Cardiff game, there were still some real positives to take out of this game. Of course, you can’t get too carried away when you beat a team clearly very inferior, but what was pleasing tonight was the level of performance, not just the quality of many of the things we did, but the energy, commitment and cohesion with and without the ball. 

So often these games in pokey little grounds, played on bad pitches, with ad hoc teams of made up of a mish mash of squad players who rarely play as a unit together throw up inevitably nervy, incoherent performances, but tonight things were far more cohesive.

Maybe the youthful element meant there was the right amount of hunger out there to keep us at it, the smattering Alli and Son’s enough to gild that enthusiasm. 

The biggest plus tonight has to Oliver Skipp. Those of us that keep an eye on youth football have had hopes for this kid. The fact that he’s been fast tracked and is possibly the youngest of our academy graduates to see real game oxygen under Pochettino speaks volumes.

Not an elegant playmaking midfield swan, or audacious attacking flair player, Skipp is that really rare combination of tenacious, dynamic busy fakir who is technically superb, very comfortable and composed on the ball, who also has that 360 awareness and, as we saw tonight, plays with his head up. 

As he grew into this game, the more we saw that he’s not just a grafter, playing several incisive vertical passes, one set Son racing away for his goal, another, even better vertical pass, dissected their CB’s and put Llorente clean through for his second goal.

It was one of the best passes I’ve seen from our midfield all season; incisive, perfectly paced and weighted. At a time when our midfield is desperate for an overhaul, and Eriksen aside lacks real creative spark, this kid could save us some serious money. 

There were plenty of other positives, Foyth and Sanchez kept things clean at the other end, Aurier got a confidence boosting brace of goals, KWP was neat, tidy and defensively sound, both Marsh and Eyoma came in and equipped themselves well and Llorente score a very classy hatrick. 

All in all, a very good night’s football.

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  • Tappaspur January 5, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Right where’s my green and yellow scarf. Actually I might make a half and half one. Cmon you spuringey 🙂

    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 5, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      Bring the merger!

  • Tappaspur January 5, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Tom. Get the car booters out of the car park our fans are coming 🙂 Up the borough fc.

    • Tappaspur January 5, 2019 at 1:36 pm

      1400 season ticket holders and rising 🙂

      • Tappaspur January 5, 2019 at 1:37 pm

        Especially after the Wimbledon game. The magic of the FA cup yes!

      • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 5, 2019 at 1:38 pm

        I guess a lot of old Spurs who are banned or priced out/fed up are going along to Haringay now.

        • Tappaspur January 5, 2019 at 1:40 pm

          That probably too. It really is fun there. Family ting. Most are locals. Bet spurs was like that once.

          • Tappaspur January 5, 2019 at 1:41 pm

            After the game grab a broom!

          • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 5, 2019 at 1:41 pm

            Proper football

            • Tappaspur January 5, 2019 at 1:42 pm


        • Tappaspur January 5, 2019 at 1:51 pm

          HaringEy by the way. HarringAy are them lot up the road (green lanes, little turkey) if you’re into boring kebabs you wont get a better one.

          • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 5, 2019 at 1:57 pm

            Yeah I thought I’d missed the E

            • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 5, 2019 at 1:58 pm

              Sloppy as I’ve lived there on and off

  • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 5, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Are we really looking at this as a potential banana skin? Tranmere Rovers who were in the conference last year?? We are a Champions League force apparently. It should 7. Last season was abysmal at Newport.

  • Eddie January 5, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    I agree with your comments regarding Skipp,he grew into the game after appearing to want too much time on the ball at first.
    Foyth and Sanchez could become our central defensive partnership for years to come,but need time and on field guidance.Sadly with Toby’s contract situation it is unlikely to be with him.Jan is also in a similar situation.
    Toby is not yet 30 and could conceivably offer 4-5 years top service to any club in the top six willing to pay his true worth.Naturally that doesn’t include us.At 25M we are giving him away in today’s market,it’s criminal.
    I would love to see Gazzaniga given a good run in the first team,unfortunately Lloris appears to be undroppable.

  • East Stand January 5, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    All spot on.

    It was the kind of tie that could easily have gone to pens at one time. Work rate and effort from a more lowly opposition would have at one time been disconcerting to our 2nd string.

    This was ruthless affirmation of how far we have come under El Poch. Even if it was ‘only Tranmere’…