Date: 16th December 2012 at 4:15pm
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Good afternoon ladies.

This was the team that beat Arsenal by two goals to nil at The Emptycrates. But this is also the team that ran head long into a team that was in the main well organised, focused and bid up for a victory.

As usual we’ll do the in depth analysis in the morning. But for now it’s all about we won and we won by keeping the so called Welsh Barcelona penned in their own half for most of the game. The passing stats for this game I’ll dig out tomorrow, but they will be largely irrelevant because it was glaringly obvious we ran the show.

This isn’t crowing, by the way. We made endless opportunities but we failed to do ’em …endlessly. Crucially here Swansea felt continuously threatened and in the second half there was little evidence that Laudrup’s half time talk had been about turning the table.

So how did this game stack up in the scheme of things? Well this was a considered performance, that’s for sure. Were we lucky? I think not. Both sides had 100 minutes or whatever it was to ‘make a difference and win’ and we did.

On a genuinely upbeat note, we played some really lovely footy today. Adebayor looked great, now and again wonderfully inspired. I think Sandro is really beginning to grow under AVB, his forward runs are occasionally inspired. The better the resources the better the performances.

Winning 1-0 at home is never a cue for cartwheels I guess, but we’re getting there. We’re showing some class, showing some steel.

All GIFS courtesy of the ever excellent @brocadfael



  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • Astro Spur December 16, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I thought Townsend did really well coming on today, we could’ve scored one or two more if he had a bit more support when he made some good mazy runs forward. All in all a good result topped off with a pretty good performance for the most part, with Parker coming back to fitness hopefully sooner rather than later along with Bale and BAE. 3rd for Christmas?

    • Spur of L.O.S. December 17, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Agree with Astro re Townsend, he had pace which we sorely miss with Bale out. His runs kept Swansea pinned back several times at a crucial point of the game.

      On the whole it was a good team performance and although once the goal went in I was concerned (a la Eveton) they didn’t drop back too deep.

      Sorry HH, have to disagree with you re Ade, I thought he was pony. When your team is breaking with pace, you don’t need Ade holding the ball up. It kills the move stone dead. It’s fine if you are the lone striker and you are waiting for some support but time after time he held up play from a quick break, whereas a quick pass and then a run into a good position was needed.

      Did anyone see Dermot Gallagher’s (the ex-referee) comments on ESPN afterwards? After the Fellaini incident, the referees (according to him)this coming saturday Saturday will be giving penalties for any holding/shirt tugging etc. in the box. As Stoke are probably the main cuplrits in the EPL for this, the game could probably not come at a better time for us.


  • jfdit December 16, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Good win today despite the poor finishing of defoe, god we need a top drawer striker

    I thought our full backs looked mediocre better teams will punish us with those two playing

    like the new house HH, emotions are mental, they look like they’ve been nicked off a mad lsd users computer

  • cookiebun December 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Ade played okay, but he’s not fast enough for the AVB system or the Tottenham way. Thought Townsend did his chances of a place on the bench no harm at all. He looked dangerous and deserves to be involved.

  • Phil McAvity December 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I actually saw Defoe pass the ball once today when in a shooting position, is it Christmas soon or something??

    • Frontwheel 2 December 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      Yom Kippur

      • Phil McAvity December 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm

        He was on their bench wasn’t he?

  • Bukkake-breath December 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    The best I’ve seen us play this season we totally dominated and even if we hadn’t scored I’d be happy with the performance Defoe should have a hatrick today

  • Urbane Sturgeon December 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    My problem with Defoe isn’t just that he misses, it’s that he doesn’t often appear to be attempting to steer the ball around or over the keeper. If someone relentlessly fires the ball at the keeper’s body it suggests a lack of creative thinking under pressure, a one dimensionality of thought at the crucial moment. This must result, over a full season, in a low goals per chance rate, but maybe someone with the relevant statistics can prove me wrong. Ade is an overrated goal scorer to my eye and has been since he left arse***.

    • Essexian76 December 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      The problem with Defoe is that many on here cannot see the blokes changed his style this season under AVB.His role is to score obviously, but he has dropped deep, he has looked to pass more frequently, and his general demeanor has looked brighter this season, the problem with his dissenters is they just can’t or won’t see it-ah,well I couldn’t care less as I’m enjoying watching the little sod this season, and we’ve still got one the best around and if chokes, tuff titties

      • Urbane Sturgeon December 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

        He certainly has improved his approach play but it’s his finishing I’m most concerned with given that he’s not just a striker but our No1 striker. The only way I’m ever going to enjoy watching Defoe play is when he’s consistently putting it in the net. Am I mad?

      • Razspur December 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm

        Agree he is a much improved striker but he must see the better placed team mates, Ade 3 times and Lennon once, play the percentages !
        He’s over confident now and blasts at every ball, did he get one on target today ? Don’t think he forced a save.
        Would he have converted the Vertonghen strike ?

        • Essexian76 December 16, 2012 at 6:47 pm

          Works both ways Raz, I can recall him getting the same stick with Bale, yet Defoe was equally isolated and in positions for a couple of tap-ins, but Bale chose the glory path-and failed. Defoe will always be selfish, it goes with the territory-but he’s expected by many to be all things to all men, and he’s not-but we’ve always got a chance with him in the team-and I for one am glad he’s in our’s right now.

        • Essexian76 December 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm

          He had three good chances including one excellent-One was a brilliant covering tackle by Michu coming around on his blind side-one a poor miss and another a good covering save by the keeper, but he also got booked AGAIN for a tackle because of tracking back and helping out the mids!

          • Razspur December 16, 2012 at 7:20 pm

            Watch Messi in the big game tonight, he will create chances from nothing but will also lay off to Inesta or Xavi if they are better positioned.

            • Essexian76 December 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm

              Raz FFS-You’re seriously making comparisons to Defoe and Messi?-It’s taken 40 years for the European goalscoring record to be broken by Messi-I can think of at least 40 strikers better than Defoe in that time, and probably ten of them at Spurs-Messi and Ronaldo are unique and probably in the 100m class JD’s a 10m at best-but he’s our’s-a bit of reality as to who and what were are wouldn’t go amiss sometimes Ii think

              • Razspur December 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm

                I am simply pointing out that even the best in the business plays the percentages, that’s not a comparison, we all learn from our peers.
                As a wise man once said, we should aim high……..
                In no way would I compare Defoe with Messi, only a deranged and deluded dreamer would do that !

                • Razspur December 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm

                  Cracker goal from Falcao.

                  • Razspur December 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm

                    Even better equaliser from Adriano.

                    • Razspur December 16, 2012 at 8:47 pm

                      Baskets makes it 2-1 to Barca.

              • calebray December 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm

                chris armstrong for one!!!!

                • Razspur December 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm


                  • Essexian76 December 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm

                    Gerry Armstrong-what a forward-for NI of course

                  • Razspur December 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm


  • Vic December 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Thought we had a very good game today against a very solid team. We are looking more and more like a team now and the AVB baiters have had their tails clipped. The media seem to have lost interest in inventing ‘unrest’ stories and we appear to be a tight unit ready to challenge for top three. Notice how I cleverly elevated the usual top four gig to top three.
    The defense didn’t fill me with fear today and we look better with Jan V in the middle. Naughton had his best game for us and Walker is more last the last season’s vintage. His rocket shot was possibly the hardest hit I’ve seen, the keeper didn’t even have time to raise his hands and it’s lucky it his his shoulder and not his mush. Gallas compensated for his lack of pace with a commendably read performance. All of the midfield performed well with Sandro and Dembele bossing the show. I agree with H’s version of Ade, his languid style disguises his endeavour. JD was a bit off the mark today but that will happen.
    So a very good day at the office with a massive 3 points added to the cause … and we didn’t cave in!

  • Essexian76 December 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Because of course all forwards score every week, and all goalkeepers keep clean sheets, which is because all the opposition players are expected to lay down and let us win. Swansea set up in exactly the same way they did against the Goons, difference being we ain”t the Goons and didn’t fall for it-hence the reshuffle and reinstatement of Verts to CB. Naughton and Walker did well, our central core did superbly, so much so little or no pressure was on our keeper (for a change), and a good three points were in the bag-no-one played exceptionally well-no-one played exceptionally badly, unless you’ve got an axe tp grind that is? Good team performance against a good team!

    • LLL December 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Make you right. :Cheers:

      • Spurstacus December 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm


  • TMWNN December 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    ‘He came from Amsterdam, to play for Tottingham, Vertonghen…’

    Got those two fuckwits up top out of trouble today.

    We need striker, sharpish.

  • Razspur December 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Vertonghen MOTM, Lennon was like a buzzin hornet but needs to refine that final lay off. Naughton was assured, Dembele confident even though closed down rapidly, needs other players to run into space, Sandro was an Assasin, come on if you think you’re hard enough ! Billy was efficient, Hugo had little to do but showed he’ll take no prisoners. Walker is starting to show some of last seasons form, confidence is returning. Dempsey, Defoe and Ade need to up their game, Siggy gave us an option, nice to see the Cheaufeur back.
    I expected an end to end game and find it hard to believe Swansea were so inept.
    If Ericson, Jans mate is in the same mould let’s get him in at Right Back and when the Bull returns we’re invincible.
    If that ball had fallen to anyone else but Verts it would have ended up in the crowd, that’s a cert.

  • SASpursfan December 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Townsend was triffic when he came on. He can come on for either Bale or Azza, we should keep him. Very promising player. We need pace on both wings, Dempsey too slow.

    • theboyhotspur December 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Agreed. It was a nice and controlled impact. Lots of pace and mostly clean passing. Super promising.

      • LLL December 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

        We shouldn’t forget his showing earlier in the season when he was outrageously bad, seeing him firmly back on the bench out of harms way, until today.

        But yes, he did well today, and also made some sensible decisions whilst we were trying to run the clock down, which was very welcome.

      • Steveo1987 December 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm

        I think most of know Andy Townsend has the skills and stuff it’s his attitude that’s looks questionable. I didn’t see the game but I’m glad he did well. We need to turn these youngsters with potential in to top top players. (did I really say “top top”) :Happy:

        • LLL December 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm

          Problem I’ve seen of him in the past is over-confidence / haplessness. Over-elaborating and trying to beat people every time when keeping it simple and disciplined would be a better idea. Sort of like a leggier Taarabt with a bit less nous. But today his cameo was pretty mature.

  • Kojac December 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    the bench looked better today


    great pass from sigg inch perfect for defoe near the end,i think ade,defoe and azza need to create and score,they should have had the job done but winning is the important thing with bale,benny and kaboom back in the fold we should be mixing it alright,maybe AVb will even be able to buy someone in jan who knows

  • LLL December 16, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Dunno how ‘inspired’ the sub of Dempsey was exactly, if so I called it about 10 minutes before it happened so must have been feeling inspired myself. Not really, Dumper wasn’t doing much and who else was on the bench?

    • Urbane Sturgeon December 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      I don’t think moutinho was on the bench, or modric, or falcao, or Damiao, or Llorente, so I suspect replacing midtable quality with midtable quality was due to availability. Another way of looking at it is that we looked much better once Ade had gone off.

  • LLL December 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    We were not great, but we have better personnel than Swansea and we managed to show that much today, and barring the last 90 seconds didn’t fluster and flounder too much once we took a hard fought lead. It’s a positive, and the 3 points a tonic.

  • Billy Legit December 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm


    • Billy Legit December 16, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Sorry, pressed ‘Post Comment’ instead of ‘Emoticons’- the buttons are right next to each other! (the fact that i’m fissed as a part has nothing to do with it). Attempt No 2:

      Fuckin’ :Heart: Hugo!

      • Urbane Sturgeon December 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm

        Fcukin Emoticons, it looks like CBeebies online round here.

        • theboyhotspur December 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm

          This site is still a work in progress. So the options available to all concerned are painfully obvious.

          • Urbane Sturgeon December 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm

            Here’s to progress then


        • Billy Legit December 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm

          Mr Saville was a subscriber!

      • ronwol196061 December 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm

        I thought there was a emoticon called Fuckin’

        • Billy Legit December 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm

          There is- :In-pain:

  • Urbane Sturgeon December 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Thought Ade and Defoe did their best work at the front of the midfield and outside the Penalty box, ho hum. Defoe didn’t do much more than target the keeper time and again, then our centre-back gets one deflected chance and slots it away like a natural goalscorer; perhaps we shold play him upfront. Entire midfield was good or good enough and Defence was pretty solid. Naughton was better than he’s been and his forays forward inconspicuous due to the ever brilliant cover from Sandra; Walker looked sharp to me too.

  • Thepin December 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm


  • Thepin December 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Also why, oh why is one of the worst croccing full backs taking all our set plays????

  • Thepin December 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    The reason we F’d up against Everton was not that we brought on defensive players, but that we took off our pace. Last week we took off Lennon and Defoe, and kept on Ade, this week he got injured so was replaced, whilst Dempseyran out of puff and had to go – this meant we finished the game with Lennon and Defoe still on the pitch, with Townsend coming on, which all told kept them from pouring forward like Everton did.

    Lloris did exactly what Shilton should have done to Maradona 26 years ago. He is the one.

  • richspurs December 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    good win. same nervy ending though. not sure if we found some steel at last. now please find replacement for walker. can”t shoot. can’t defend.

    • theboyhotspur December 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      You can’t say that.

      That’s my job!

    • Urbane Sturgeon December 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      I don’t get the Walker slagging. We kept a rare clean sheet against a very capable side, what did he do wrong? He looked pacey in defence and up front and unless I wasn’t concentrating (quite possible) he took care of business in his patch which included him wriggling successfully away from two players on one occasion and three on another before clearing up field, so as not to give away a corner or throw in. I think he’s playing better as the season progresses, so far.

      • LLL December 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm

        He wasn’t terrible today, but generally he isn’t all that imo. On the other hand, I thought Naughton had a solid showing at LB, which is nice because Jan is so much better at CB than he is out there.

        • Frontwheel 2 December 16, 2012 at 7:22 pm

          Agree,Naughton was tidy but was not tested that much.

    • untidy December 16, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Yea that shot from 30 yards in the first half was awful, chase him out of town his old enough to know better by now. Bring back Alan Hutton now!!!!!!!!!

  • ronwol196061 December 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Time for Llorente

    • Astro Spur December 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm


  • ronwol196061 December 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Agree with the comments generally Harry but not about Ade.He ADDED little to this oen.Played at his usual Hawaiian pace…oh Ill think Ill have another Pina Colada…..

    Dembele was a monster and even more was Sandro.

    Swans have a fantastic shape but came up against those two and Vert and were manhandled

    Defoe was wasteful,had noi creativity to be the stable defence

    Lloris and Naughton did enough

    Walker was hodge podge at best

    Lennon was whiz kidding all over the place but was so so as far as effectiveness goes because of the lack of inventiveness from Defoe and Ade

    Defoe had about 5 chances to create one good shot and was stopped stoned cold by the defence and his ability to do the unobvious. Ade ran out to the wing and was looking for a big man up front (the big man is him)

    The Game: We were Gigantic in Defensive Midfield and every attemot by the swans was thwarted early
    but too few chances were taken by us

    • theboyhotspur December 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      I think Ade was less Pina and more Manhattan, but that’s show business I guess.

      I agree with the line about Defoe however, he was particularly guilty of that today. He was 200% maybe 900% too obvious.

      I thought that Azza was hugely improved, he really achieved. His best game this season. Subbing Deuce was inspired.

      • ronwol196061 December 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm

        When Azza is on the field<Bale usually keeps up with him on the other side but who was making space anywhere?????

        Nobody.So it all ended up with Azza running into two players and passing it off (back)

        Defoe was the culprit.He can get the ball on the run from the half way line and he can slide one in but he has no idea where to run to when one of his teammates is making a run.
        And when it goes to Ade,he slows it up and everyone is covered.

        We need another striker. Llorente.

        Then all will be good.

        • Garth Crooks ruffneck ting December 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm

          Add Willian too.

    • Ash Isaacs December 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Walker showed some good moments especially that beastshot he took.Hes not what we saw last season yet but to say he was hodge podge today sounds a bit harsh.

  • Kojac December 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Hugo Hugo

    • Billy Legit December 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Hugo: ‘AV IT!

      Michu: :Daze: