Date: 7th November 2017 at 9:16am
Written by:

Thank goodness Arry Redschnapps is no longer here. Can you imagine it? I can…

We’ve never seen naffink like it to be fair. Bare bones. I’ve told the chairman at this rate I might have to get on the trumpet and sort out a few specials in the January sales. Nah, I ain’t spoke to him. He’s looking at lifts. I told him to just laugh it off and think of what he’ll do to ‘is arches. Some birds like short men. Jamie? Jamie’s alright, but you’d need to ask him.

Harry Winks – ankle. Harry Kane – hamstring/knee. Michelle Form – knee. Dele Alli – hamstring. Toby Alderweireld – hamstring. Hugo Lloris – hip flexor strain. Victor Wanyama – hip cartilage.

‘Hip Flexor’ sound like a character from the Mad Max franchise. Or a Mad magazine take-off.

I did make an analogy about running in the Grand National every fortnight would result in a yard full of dead horses, but as I recall I was shouted down by self aggrandising two bobs who were so dead set on telling everyone they were ‘on their way to Wembley’ every other week they didn’t want to listen.

Playing one’s third goalkeeper against a plucky side but one ultimately destined to visit an awful lot of new grounds next season may seem like a jolly idea when you’re on your way home after a slender 1-0, but will it look quite so groovy against the tougher teams the division has to offer?

Poch isn’t the problem, he was only ever guilty of overtraining them. He never caused the old internal elastic bands to snap, or the joints to jolt out of place. I’ve also heard the good name of the boys and girls on our medical staff taken in vain. It isn’t their fault either.

Is it a coincidence that we’ve picked up so many injuries less than a third of the way in to the season? The sentient answer has to be ‘no’, because not one of these players was sidelined because of a collision using play.

It was the pitch what done for ’em!

 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?
  • Urbane Sturgeon November 7, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Oh yeah, good point Aitch, that’s why Newcastle’s squad is well known to be injured all year round, every season. Because their pitch is Wembley sized.

    Taxi for Aitch!

  • MiT November 7, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    The pitch caused the injuries to the first two keepers?

    • MiT November 7, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      The player that I think you make a definite case for is alderweireld

      • SpursGoliath November 7, 2017 at 5:55 pm

        The central defenders have been (I’m presuming) been asked to make more forward forays tactically this season, Toby never looks totally happy with that, like he might over exert/stretch at any second

  • Rich G🙄 November 7, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Yeah no doubt if we played at mk dons in front of 40 people for a season no one would get injured

  • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Random thought, but I think we should sign Boufal off Southampton. Hasn’t worked out for him there but he’s only 24, he’d jump at the chance, he’d be cheap and low risk, and under the right manager has the potential to be magic.

  • Still Nil Nil November 7, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Not sure if anybody is interested, but with H’s blessing (below) I’m just putting out there should anybody be free this Sunday (12 Nov) that I’m partaking in a form of white collar Boxing.

    I did it last year for the very first time with little training and basically did ok but was shite.
    This year ive trained a bit more with what little time I do get away from work and so am in for my second bout.

    It’s the Metropolitan Police v the London Fire Brigade.

    There’s not much love lost between the 2 services but it’s a love/dislike relationship!!!

    There are 2 charities benefitting, one is the LFB’s (not sure what it is) and the other is a police charity called The Blue Lamp charity set up by Pc David Rathbands family and friends and colleagues (David was the officer blinded by Raul Moat a few years ago and who subsequently killed him self through depression etc).

    There are about 12 bouts, with mine being the third one with three rounds of 2 minutes.
    I’m fighting some monster so not expecting a win if I’m honest but will give it a go.

    It’s at the Clapham Grand Theatre virtually opposite Clapham Junction Rail Stn south London (it’s where Task Master is filmed).
    The first fight is approx 6pm so I could be on around 6.30pm depending how the other fights go.
    The doors open around 4pm with around 5pm a presentation by my good friend firefighter John Tighe who is organising the event who was one of the first on scene at Grenfell Tower.

    He will go into the charities involved roles and there’s a short film re David Rathband.
    There is a bar and last year approx 700 attended.

    Tickets are I think £25 each From Eventbrite.co.uk but if you put in the discount code METPS in you get a fiver off.

    I apologise for the short notice but up until this week I wasn’t sure I’d be fighting as I hadn’t got an opponent until this week plus what with my lack of training I’m not sure it’s a great idea, but fuck it, I get to punch a fireman!

    I think he’s named the event ‘Clash Of The Titans’! So look for that on Eventbrite.co.uk

    If any can make it and share some love and support for us schtoopid enough to do this for some very worthwhile causes, it would be lovely to see you there.

    Sorry for the long winded post gang but never mind eh?!

    Thanks Harry for allowing me this post.

    • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Best of luck mate!

      • Still Nil Nil November 7, 2017 at 1:19 pm

        Cheers buddy, think I might need it!

        • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 1:22 pm

          Judging from some of the stories you’ve told of your average day’s work, maybe they’ll need it!

          • Still Nil Nil November 7, 2017 at 1:25 pm

            Street fighting is different to the ring stuff!
            There are rules!

    • 61SpursNut🌰 November 7, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Biff!
      Don’t forget a link to any giving page, boss.

      • Still Nil Nil November 7, 2017 at 1:27 pm

        Hi Nutty, will do but you know how crap I am at compootas!

        I’d have thought if you googled the charity something would be in there

        How’s the north?
        Got snow yet?

        • 61SpursNut🌰 November 7, 2017 at 1:34 pm

          Wotcha cock!

          Well, you just told me what to do, using your compooter. I smell a fish. However, I shall seek the Blue Lamp charity and give ’em wot for.

          No snow here yet but there was a hard frost yesterday morning on my 8 hour delayed train journey return from Lahndahn.

          Knock his facking lights aht!

    • Harry Hotspur November 7, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Give us the link!

    • SpurAndy 🍒π November 7, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Good on yer, Nilster. You really are a glutton for punishment but masseeeeve respeck for giving it a go. Can’t make the event but I’ll pop summat in the charidee box.

    • Stevo1987 November 7, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Will there be a stream?

    • Urbane Sturgeon November 7, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      Please tell me someone’s filming it so you can link us all in later.

    • Jan Vertiginous November 8, 2017 at 12:24 am

      Nilly! I wish I could be there but I’m working that night. I’d be happy to make a donation if there’s a page set up. Tell us after the fight which charity it goes to (as if it is in doubt).
      He may have a plan, but as Iron Mike said “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face”.
      Up and at ’em!

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 November 16, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      Good luck Stll wish I could watch
      Maybe put a video up
      But whats the white collar thing about…it wont be a tie..its a bit of a spats….and the opponents are all going to have their tails removed and if they complain you will put them in cuff links

  • SpurAndy 🍒π November 7, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Wembley has the Desso grass system.
    http://www.wembleystadium.com/Press/Press-Releases/2011/4/Desso-pitch-installed-at-Wembley.aspx
    WHL had the Desso system as do a lot of PL teams. http://www.dessosports.com/sports/football/football-projects/tottenham-hotspur-whl-stadium-uk

    So unless there are different Desso systems the pitch ain’t the problem.

    • MysteriousStranger November 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      There are different Desso pitches but as you say the Grassmaster is the same as used by many teams, was the same as at WHL.

      The pitch is as fine as any other using the same technology.

  • OrganicPaper November 7, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    We are not the first (and will not be the last) top 4 team to apply some pressure to England and withdraw players for meaningless friendly games. The difference now is that they actually see us as a big team with apparently enough influence.
    We never had this before!
    I think Dele, Winks and Harry’s injuries are niggles and not fully blown issues. Hugo is different, he is injured and same for Toby.
    IMO we do not have a crisis on our hands injury wise and its got bugger all to do with Wembers

  • BARD November 7, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    ronwol196061
    Wembley is the Lasagna of its time.
    Taking responsibility is healthy,blame is a sickness worse than Wembley.
    Injuries schminjuries…we’ve complained of our injuries for eons. At one point a few short years ago we confined our blame to a smaller area,our very own injury room (its bigger than the cheese room) now its pervaded the whole stadium.At one time it was the travelling to venues we’ve never heard of in search of a pot and now its the national stadium a few blocks away. The demonizing of Wembley is a convenient foil. It stops asking questions of why we play nearly the same players every week.If Wembley is such a disaster why dont we give it some respect and not play our best player there occasionally. Crystal fucking Palace is not Real Madrid. West Ham in the Milk cup is no Real Madrid.FFS even Real Madrid is not Real Madrid.
    Our biggest foe is not WEmbley,its ourselves

    Deluded. Again. Bizarre.

    • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Don’t be so hard on yourself Bard. Deluded you may be, but bizzare? Oh well, self deprecation is better than none I suppose.

    • UnkleTaff November 7, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      …whereas I think Ron’s absolutely bang on the money with that assessment.

      • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 1:34 pm

        He usually is. Wasn’t even up for debate this time. Just funny when someone calls a no brainer statement delusional.

        • UnkleTaff November 7, 2017 at 1:37 pm

          “He usually is.”

          I wouldn’t go that far…

    • 61SpursNut🌰 November 7, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Yer BARD!

  • BARD November 7, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    East Stand
    Talking to others within the Spurs faithful at ‘Wemberlywobbly’ this season, some have been discussing the fact that the pitch is not only bigger but also heavier.
    They use that turf for everything from tiddlywinks to monster truck racing (ok,. perhaps not) but the turf is designed to withstand the kind of abuse well over and above what top level footy subjects it to.
    Rugby and American football would have damaged the turf at the lane considerably, the Wembley stuff is a compromise and therefore less refined and slower which affects the speed of the ball and is also saps more energy.
    Add the size of the pitch and you have a few subtle issues there which become bigger and bigger as the season progresses for the players. Wembley as a home ground is pure nonsense…

    I’ve only been saying this for about 3 years…

    • mattspurs November 7, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      How does this affect the two keepers being injured?

    • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      Does this scare anyone else? Long term? Considering the fact that the new stadium will be so nfl and concert friendly.
      Stadiums are not allowed to be solely football stadiums amymore.
      Emirates, London Stadium, Wanda Metropolitano, Wembley. Seems no one likes a new stadium.

      • mattspurs November 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm

        Weirdly no – whilst playing at Wembley is far from ideal it does mean that our new home will feel like home immediately as we’ve had to put up with Wembley.

        In terms of it being NFL ready this has mostly been achieved through big changing rooms and a retractable pitch (Lord Coe refused to allow retractable seating over the running track – hence fans being 3 miles from pitch side)

        I’m not sure what being ‘concert ready’ means other than crowds being on the astro rather than trampling on the grass?

        In terms of the football and atmosphere I cannot stress enough how important Levy thinks atmosphere is to the on pitch performances – the architects are using every trick in the book to enhance it for the benefit of the football team.

        • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 1:08 pm

          Sounds good. We won’t know until it happens but logic should be on your side. I hope.

    • MysteriousStranger November 7, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      No you haven’t, but you did peddle some nonsense that the pitch itself was slow (not relating it to other sports being played on it).

      The pitch is fine. It was fine on Wednesday against Madrid, it was fine at the weekend against West Ham. Neither fixture was compromised by poor pitch conditions.

      You’re deluded.

      • MysteriousStranger November 7, 2017 at 12:56 pm

        *not West Ham, Crystal Palace at the weekend. FFS. Though while we’re at it the pitch vs West Ham wasn’t compromised in midweek the previous week.

  • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    “The focus at Tottenham is we want to go one stop further than last year and that’s finishing first,” he said.

    “The manager has set a brilliant mentality at the club, and I think everybody should be aware that if Man City do slip up we’ll be there to put some pressure on them.”

    Bending over backwards to get out of his arse.

    http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11675/11117058/danny-rose-says-tottenham-are-up-for-manchester-city-title-challenge

  • SpurAndy 🍒π November 7, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    mattspurs
    Not sure we did any real pressing against CP? Not sure we’ve done much pressing in any domestic games at Wembley as we’ve had so much possession (though done very little with it)

    Was thinking that we don’t seem to be doing the hard press any more, on Saturday against Palace.

    • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      We seem to have abandoned the press cold turkey. Poch has said in pretty much every post match interview how proud he is that we are proving that we can play “in different ways.”
      Maybe the Press will do us a solid and fuck off in return

    • Freund or Foe November 7, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Easy Ron, Kovacic will get jealous.

      • caveman November 7, 2017 at 12:18 pm

        He’s fallen in love with Leon Goretzka. Just hope Poch falls in love with him too.

        • Horndog 🇺🇸 November 7, 2017 at 12:19 pm

          I thought Leon was a dude in an Elton John tune.

          • caveman November 7, 2017 at 12:27 pm

            This guy looks mustard HD. He’s injury prone though!

    • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      He gets a commission from Goretzka’s agent if he helps generate enough buzz for Spurs to sign him. Duh.

  • Mad Carew November 7, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Watching Ipswich v Spurs from god knows when on BT Sports 1, Gerry Armstrong just beat 3 players, passed it wide to Neighbour and collected the return on the edge of the box only to fire a couple of yds over the bar, Spurs goof FH, led 1-0 but Ipswich much sharper SH, now 1-1. Looks like a capacity crowd at Portman Road, Daines keeping Spurs in this game.

    • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Have you got a bet on? 😆

    • Mad Carew November 7, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Ipswich winner 2 mins from FT.

      • Mad Carew November 7, 2017 at 11:59 am

        3-1

        • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 11:59 am

          Who doesn’t love the international break eh

          • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 12:01 pm

            Southgate. That’s when his limitations are exposed.

            The rest of the time he gets free entry to games and pretends he has a clue.

        • Mad Carew November 7, 2017 at 12:01 pm

          Not all doom and gloom, Malcolm McDonald had just signed for Arsenal, they expected to roll over Bristol City hahaha.

      • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 11:59 am

        Jimmy Neighbour? I liked him and he played for us late 60s early 70s.

  • James147 November 7, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Ello all. The next time you’re watching a match on the box, notice how many times a pundit starts a sentence with “Look…” — as though they’re about to come out with a stunning insight, previously lost to the footballing sands of time.

    Particularly guilty are Neville (P), Hargreaves (O) and Jenas (J) but they’re pretty much all at it. And Wenger starts nearly every sentence with a “Look…” in post match interview. Watch for it kids and maybe, just maybe, we can stop this thing its tracks.

    • Rich G🙄 November 7, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      Look,I just don’t care

  • Not a Real Fan. November 7, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Lord Croker
    And for those who are short sighted.

    Will short-tempered do?

  • Still Nil Nil November 7, 2017 at 11:31 am

    H, can I plug something on here please buddy?

    (Other than my butt).

    • Harry Hotspur November 7, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Of course!

  • Freund or Foe November 7, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Could we not get the flymo out? I’ve got a 10m extension lead.

    • Still Nil Nil November 7, 2017 at 11:20 am

      10 miles?

      • Freund or Foe November 7, 2017 at 11:26 am

        No, just five of us, but the missus is a bit broody.

        • Still Nil Nil November 7, 2017 at 11:30 am

          Heh!!!

        • 61SpursNut🌰 November 7, 2017 at 11:44 am

          😂😂😂😂😂

        • Not a Real Fan. November 7, 2017 at 11:54 am

          Are you chicken?

          • Freund or Foe November 7, 2017 at 12:14 pm

            Hell yeah, nothing scares me more.

    • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 11:21 am

      I’ve heard you are the answer to a maiden’s prayer, and now you’ve confirmed it!

  • coys1882 November 7, 2017 at 11:15 am

    To be fair H, whereas the pitch does look a little heavy, Kane and Winks’s injuries were caused by bad challenges from opposing players, Hugo was injured in catching a cross and Vorm picked up a knock in training. So only Dele and Toby’s injuries might be attributable to the Wembley pitch.

    • Spiderneil November 7, 2017 at 11:17 am

      If you look at Winks’ injury, it occurred during a challenge but you can see that his foot drags on the Wembley turf and he twists it because of that, not because of the actual challenge.

      • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 11:18 am

        Is it perceptive of me to call you perceptive? Good call.

      • MysteriousStranger November 7, 2017 at 12:59 pm

        Do you think that doesn’t happen on other pitches?

    • Harry Hotspur November 7, 2017 at 11:22 am

      No no no, my conspiracy theory narrative simply won’t allow any facts to get in the way here, we’re doomed.

      • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 11:23 am

        The Viet Cong have booby trapped the pitch I heard.

        • Aussie in Switzerland November 8, 2017 at 12:29 am

          I am meeting with them today in Saigon……taking a friend to the museum of “American war crimes”…..getting stoned and wearing a MAGA hat for fun…..will ask them if it is their booby trap.

      • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 11:27 am

        Grassroots conspiracy*

  • Still Nil Nil November 7, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Poor ole Rangers, as if all that’s happened to them in recent years isn’t bad enough, now Steve ‘where’s me brolly’ McClaren is interested in becoming their manager.

    • Freund or Foe November 7, 2017 at 11:16 am

      I bet he learns Scottish just as quickly as he learnt Dutch.

      • Still Nil Nil November 7, 2017 at 11:18 am

        Hahahahahahahahaha!!!

        I’d pay to see that!!!

        What a cunt!

        Not you FoFty obviously!!!

      • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 11:20 am

        Och aye, buff doon and shav on laddies.

  • ronwol196061 November 7, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Wembley is the Lasagna of its time.
    Taking responsibility is healthy,blame is a sickness worse than Wembley.
    Injuries schminjuries…we’ve complained of our injuries for eons. At one point a few short years ago we confined our blame to a smaller area,our very own injury room (its bigger than the cheese room) now its pervaded the whole stadium.At one time it was the travelling to venues we’ve never heard of in search of a pot and now its the national stadium a few blocks away. The demonizing of Wembley is a convenient foil. It stops asking questions of why we play nearly the same players every week.If Wembley is such a disaster why dont we give it some respect and not play our best player there occasionally. Crystal fucking Palace is not Real Madrid. West Ham in the Milk cup is no Real Madrid.FFS even Real Madrid is not Real Madrid.
    Our biggest foe is not WEmbley,its ourselves

    • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Quote of the week: Real Madrid is not Real Madrid.

      Excellent.

  • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Which teams are best at restricting opponents to low-quality chances?
    Team Expected goals against Shots faced Ave. opponents’ xG %
    Tottenham 6.91 99 7
    Leicester 12.85 177 7.3
    Burnley 16.37 195 8.4
    Chelsea 11.17 131 8.5
    West Brom 13.43 150 9

    Nice to receive Confirmation of the obvious…
    Just need to improve on chances created.

    http://m.bbc.com/sport/football/41822455

    • ronwol196061 November 7, 2017 at 11:08 am

      If we have a problem its not defence. Its not attack either. Its a link between the two

      • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 11:11 am

        Butwe have Winks? Surely his surging runs and forward passes should help create that link? Isn’t he called miniesta? He’s the best thing since sliced bread isn’t he? The cause for everything good at Spurs? The reason we beat Madrid? Our answer to De Bruyne?

        • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 11:15 am

          We’ve even got mini Messi, apparently. That analogy was made two years ago now about Marcus Edwards and we’ve hardly seen the guy.

          • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 11:21 am

            Not just a hat rack are you. Let’s laud the players that earn it for themselves.
            Winks, Edwards, Walker Peters. World beaters according to some.

        • ronwol196061 November 7, 2017 at 11:19 am

          Winks is a good player he may become a very good player and if he gets a Gerrard edge to him,even more. But the way he plays really in a CM role he creates a huge gap between the defence and attack. I mean there are 6 defenders behind him (if the wing backs are not running) and 3 attacks in front and he must be 30 yards away from the next man and he passes sideways.
          Dont worry Eriksen too spent ages passing sideways before now he is at least going forward more.
          This problem at CM isnt a problem when we get the ball from pressing or on the counter but when teams park the bus we fuck around too much getting upfield.
          Passing diagonally is not something our boys do well,with the runner finding space inside the defender

          • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 11:24 am

            Agreed, we are crying out for a Martial/Mahrez type of winger who make runs behind the defence, and the type of player capable of spotting the killer pass needed. Trippier is the closest thing to it, could he be played as a CM? It’s an interesting call, I reckon it would work.

            • ronwol196061 November 7, 2017 at 11:35 am

              Trippier is so good on the right though. It might work but he would lose his edge on speed more inside. Rose on the other hand might be good.He is a bit stockier now but can also go forward and tackle and can hit a 30 yarder too.

              • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 11:38 am

                He can’t pass. We haven’t had a player who can spray a perfect ball since Huddlestone, yes, Huddlestone, and Modric. Tripps isn’t particularly fast. Aurier on the right and Tripps in the middle.

                • ronwol196061 November 7, 2017 at 11:44 am

                  Not sure about that…either way its a stop gap solution. We need a real solution for the CM spot. Its the position that will secure us as a legitimate contender. Sure we could get lucky without that but thats not science.We really need a top CM.
                  Fabregas cost 46 million or something as did Arses Sanchez. Unbelievable. Even at 60 mil its a bargain

        • melcyid November 7, 2017 at 11:31 am

          winksy linksy

  • Still Nil Nil November 7, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Hahahahahahahahaha!!!

    Moyes:
    “I wanted a job that would give me a real good chance of success. I wanted a big fanbase, a big club, and West Ham fitted the bill”

    Hahahahahahahahaha!!!

    The last six words should be replaced by ‘but instead I got fucking West Ham’.

    • Hartley November 7, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Excellent.

    • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

      I think that should have said “West Ham are paying my bills.” Small unmarked denominations.

      • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 11:04 am

        “But then I turned off my PlayStation and, with a creeping horror, realised that I actually got the gig and I have no idea how or why or what the fuck I’m going to do.”

        • Still Nil Nil November 7, 2017 at 11:06 am

          Or have I ever had a clue what to do.
          I’m fucking clueless me.

          David ‘Terry Fuckwit’ Moyes.

          • Yiddo November 7, 2017 at 11:14 am

            At least he managed to keep Sunderland up.

  • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 10:54 am

    mattspurs
    Levy wanted to build a football stadium on the site and update the Crystal Palace athletic stadium – CP is currently shut down due to H&S issues so currently London has no permanent athletics stadium, quite a legacy Lord Coe managed to build there.

    Lord Coe and Lady Brady, both enobled Tories. I’m sure they must have met and discussed matters pertaining to the stadium, and both are twats.

    • mattspurs November 7, 2017 at 10:56 am

      I hate them both so much.

      • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 11:01 am

        I have to question her morality, working for a pair of sleazy low rent pornographers.

        • Still Nil Nil November 7, 2017 at 11:04 am

          Morals don’t make you rich

          • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 11:08 am

            Storing up treasure in heaven Nilly.

            • Still Nil Nil November 7, 2017 at 11:09 am

              Indeed Glos

          • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 11:09 am

            As per Brady, if you lie down with dogs, expect to get fleas.

        • David Dillenberg November 7, 2017 at 11:09 am

          Glos I think that it is a little OTT slagging off Karen Brady. She is no fool and admire her for what she has achieved.

          • Still Nil Nil November 7, 2017 at 11:10 am

            What has she achieved?

            • David Dillenberg November 7, 2017 at 11:12 am

              Nilly not seen her CV but I suspect it’s impressive!

              • Harry Hotspur November 7, 2017 at 11:23 am

                I have and I can tell you it isn’t.

                What is it about her that you think she excels at? This isn’t an attack on you, it’s awn attack on her, just to be clear.

                • mattspurs November 7, 2017 at 11:40 am

                  She’s a blagger – never really done anything in business to warrant being a peer

          • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 11:11 am

            Which is what, precisely? What has she achieved, other than f*ck up West Ham for the foreseeable future?

            • David Dillenberg November 7, 2017 at 11:15 am
              • Still Nil Nil November 7, 2017 at 11:17 am

                DD, honestly please don’t.
                Fair play to her for marrying a shit footballer and being one of the first women in a prominant role in a very male orientated world, but she’s done fuck all and been rewarded very well for it.

              • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 11:18 am

                So that crooked bastard Sir Philip Green is now employing her as well. That’s the icing on the cake as far as this over rouged strumpet is concerned. A big mouth and happy to work for shady characters.

                • melcyid November 7, 2017 at 11:34 am

                  yes Glos you called her right,strumpet it is.

            • Still Nil Nil November 7, 2017 at 11:15 am

              And Birmingham before that.

              • David Dillenberg November 7, 2017 at 11:21 am

                Yes her appointment with Birmingham City began in March 1993, when she was 23.

                • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 11:26 am

                  So what? She was a biddable sap for Sullivan and Gold and they liked them young and female.

                • mattspurs November 7, 2017 at 12:46 pm

                  “Sullivan later commented that he agreed to the deal because such a young, female director would attract publicity to the club”

                • mattspurs November 7, 2017 at 12:52 pm

                  She got them relegated to league 2 in her first season in charge, oversaw another 2 relegations from the PL – hopefully she’ll oversee another one this season.

        • mattspurs November 7, 2017 at 11:40 am

          She worked for Desmond before that so she’s pretty much only ever worked for pornographers

  • caveman November 7, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Good point well made H, it does look as though the Wembley pitch is doing damage to the players limbs. The grass does look long. But both Harry’s got injured by thuggish tackles, gone unpunished by Kevin Friend. H Kane may have a hamstring problem caused by the pitch but there’s no doubt that the surface is punishing to play on regularly. We’ll have a treatment room full of bodies come the business end of the season no doubt.

    • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Kane will have to be played for just an hour in each match at Wemberlee to compensate for the pitch effect. I just hope a fortnight is long enough for Kane and Winks and one of our goalies to recover for the gooners.

      • David Dillenberg November 7, 2017 at 10:51 am

        On paper the Gooners are strong in midfield and attack but were simply outclassed by a rampant Citeh side, just sayin.

        • Hartley November 7, 2017 at 10:57 am

          On grass, they are shite.

        • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 10:58 am

          The match is at their ex-council dump, so the lads should be able to survive 90 minutes.

        • Kev November 7, 2017 at 10:59 am

          Xhaka, Ramsey, Elneny and Cocklin are not a set of strong midfielders. Ramsey has his days but other than that it is fairly average.

        • Still Nil Nil November 7, 2017 at 11:02 am

          DD I know you’re not a gooner and I do like you but your incessant mentioning of the Arse for no apparent reason does give me a headache.

          • David Dillenberg November 7, 2017 at 11:05 am

            Noted but IMO blunting Ramsey, Ozil, Alex Sanchez and Lacasette will not be easy!

            • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 11:07 am

              We should have done them at their place last season, but they were saved by that controversial Wimmer own goal when three of their players were yards offside.

            • Still Nil Nil November 7, 2017 at 11:07 am

              Have you seen spurs defence?
              It’ll be a piece of piss.

  • McG⚽⚽ November 7, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Sorry, but it’s just bad luck. How many other teams are leaving with hamstring injuries after playing us?? The pitch just looks slower because it’s further away.Near, far away, near, far away…

    • mattspurs November 7, 2017 at 10:36 am

      I agree. I’m pretty sure Poch is doing a ‘Fergie’ with the England players and not letting them go on international duty.
      I’d love to see any stats that show players are having to run more but I’ve got to say we are dominating so much at Wembley in terms of possession we aren’t doing much pressing at all.
      I’m pretty sure Toby did his hamstring about this time last season?

      The bigger issues really have been in overplaying Kane and Winks – Kane doesn’t have cover still and Lloriente and Son simply can’t be trusted to do what he does. Winks has come in off the back of an injury and is suddenly required to play 90 mins in every game due to Wanyama’s injury and Dembele’s ongoing issues. I’m sure a little two week break will do them wonders.

      • gloster1861 November 7, 2017 at 10:49 am

        It may be the texture of the pitch, not the size. Ask any runner about the effect of different surfaces they meet. Some are killers.

        • mattspurs November 7, 2017 at 10:57 am

          I know – I tried astroturf once and got a real headache

          Stuck to smoking normal grass after that

  • Camus November 7, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Did Hugo over-flex his hip doing one of those silly rushed kick-outs to the opposition that he often favours?

    • Gus November 7, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Didn’t he pull up after that heavy collision in our previous game?

  • Mad Carew November 7, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Hamstrung

    Fatigue: Many hamstring injuries occur in the second half of the game. With fatigue comes a shorter stride. With a shorter stride comes a decrease in the length of the muscle. If the player is still trying to propel themselves forward at a rapid pace then they are asking their hamstrings to generate the same power from a shorter muscle. This could be a reason why hamstring injuries occur late in the game in many cases.
    Loss of flexibility: With age, or simply because of their genetic makeup, Premier League players with diminished hip motion and more muscle stiffness are more susceptible to hamstring injuries.
    Were we meant to run fast?: Humans were meant to jog … we did not evolve to support rapid acceleration on a sustained basis, long-term basis. Perhaps the schedule of the Premier League and the sheer number of minutes that a player is on the pitch puts the hamstring at risk for overuse injuries?
    Style of play: Techniques such as counter-pressing could be pushing the players too hard during the 90 minutes on the pitch.

    • East Stand November 7, 2017 at 9:43 am

      It’s our ‘home’ pitch mate, not fit for purpose…

      • East Stand November 7, 2017 at 9:44 am

        Notice how these injuries have occurred after two ‘home’ games. Coincidence? Not for me…

        • East Stand November 7, 2017 at 9:45 am

          Gotta get back to earning me crust, laters.

    • Harry Hotspur November 7, 2017 at 9:45 am

      DD, please stop hacking people’s accounts and copy and pasting.

      Or paste-ing or whatever.

      • David Dillenberg November 7, 2017 at 10:16 am

        Noted!

        • David Dillenberg November 7, 2017 at 10:26 am

          with apologies.

    • mattspurs November 7, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Not sure we did any real pressing against CP? Not sure we’ve done much pressing in any domestic games at Wembley as we’ve had so much possession (though done very little with it)

  • Mattspurs November 7, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Hugo and the two Harrys will be fine after the international break, Wanyama and Lamela both closer to bring fit.

    I thought the two Harrys and Hugo got bashed?

    • Harry Hotspur November 7, 2017 at 9:46 am

      By Rose in the canteen. They all went for the last roll. There was blood everywhere.

      • Mattspurs November 7, 2017 at 9:56 am

        Nah, I think it was just ketchup

  • East Stand November 7, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Talking to others within the Spurs faithful at ‘Wemberlywobbly’ this season, some have been discussing the fact that the pitch is not only bigger but also heavier.

    They use that turf for everything from tiddlywinks to monster truck racing (ok,. perhaps not) but the turf is designed to withstand the kind of abuse well over and above what top level footy subjects it to.

    Rugby and American football would have damaged the turf at the lane considerably, the Wembley stuff is a compromise and therefore less refined and slower which affects the speed of the ball and is also saps more energy.

    Add the size of the pitch and you have a few subtle issues there which become bigger and bigger as the season progresses for the players. Wembley as a home ground is pure nonsense…

  • Harry Hotspur November 7, 2017 at 9:20 am

    On an upbeat note, West Ham who bought Payet by accident then sold him on purpose are wanting rid of the Three Amigos on their board.

    What’s not to love about the Carpet Remnant World Stadium?!

    • East Stand November 7, 2017 at 9:27 am

      That fact its build for athletics?

      • Harry Hotspur November 7, 2017 at 9:31 am

        This is a key element they tried to ignore.

        Levy was going to demolish it and build what we have built/building now. They tried and failed to ‘tweak’ it into being a football stadium because it was so cheap. They refused to overlook the cheapness.

        Karren Brady, it with no regret, you’re fired.

        • East Stand November 7, 2017 at 9:39 am

          Right about everything there H.H, apart from the fact Levy was never going to touch the place with barge pole in reality. I see it as a very poorly played out ruse to get his hands on Mayoral funds…

          • Harry Hotspur November 7, 2017 at 9:44 am

            He wanted the land, not the structure.

            • East Stand November 7, 2017 at 9:48 am

              Ah I see, so flatten it, build a new city in Stratford and use the money for the new Lane and the flea bitten duffel bag?

              • mattspurs November 7, 2017 at 10:29 am

                Levy wanted to build a football stadium on the site and update the Crystal Palace athletic stadium – CP is currently shut down due to H&S issues so currently London has no permanent athletics stadium, quite a legacy Lord Coe managed to build there.

      • Lord Croker November 7, 2017 at 9:33 am

        And for those who are short sighted.