Date: 10th April 2018 at 6:11pm
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Thanks again to ‘Just Lennon’. 

I have been a Spurs supporter since the tag-team partnership of Steve Archibald and Garth Crooks.

They were great then, and I was only 8.

So why have I been feeling depressed from the moment the final whistle blew and Spurs bagged three precious points against Stoke City?

Before I am labelled a “nutter” let me explain myself.

So here I am on the couch, a beer on my left, the remote on the right. I gaze at the family cat for inspiration and explanations. Incidentally our cat answers to the name “Winston”.

My mind wonders back to the 4 vs 1 counter attack that Stoke failed to convert. That was a let-off of some proportion. The poor chaps didn’t even test Lloris and they desperately need the points.

My mind wonders back to other let-offs.

I recall Spurs 1-0 Crystal Palace – a few minutes to go and Wilf Zaha misses the goal.

I recall Spurs 1-0 Gooners – a few minutes to go and Lacazette misses the goal.

If we had drawn these three matches we would only be 4 points ahead of Chelsea and preparing to meet Man City. Uum.

A pub mate says he read somewhere that Spurs lost it to Leicester because Vardy and Co. protected more narrow leads than us.

Do you still think I am a bit of a “nutter”?

This team should be mature enough by now to make “nail-bite-time” a thing of the past for Spurs fans.

Are they refusing to grow up?

I imagine “Fergie-time” is better for a fan. At Fergie-time, the team will be looking solid at the back and pushing to score at the other end. With nail-bite-time, the team is leading (or drawing against a super team like Juventus) and trying to score more goals while looking anything but solid at the back.

At Fergie- time you are trying to move from a draw to three points.  But nail-bite-time is worse. You are resigned to going from a win to a draw or worse still, from a draw to a loss (Juve anyone?)

Is this gross dereliction of duty on the part of Pochettino? Or his young Turks are just of the very excitable variety. You know, the type who throw instructions out of the window at the slightest roar from the crowd?

Maybe this team is lacking something else?  A Roy Keane? A Sergio Ramos? Or a more refined version like Barca’s Puel?

Maybe fans need to compose a “shut shop” song then on cue, with 15minutes to go we let the team know in no uncertain terms.  Shut shop! shut shop! What are you looking at Winston?

After putting my very short rantings to paper, I am feeling a bit better now.

Much much better.

In fact…..“COME ON YOU SPURS!”

Ohh, shudup Winston!

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

  • Andrew April 11, 2018 at 12:18 am

    Whole family arsenal or West Ham 1st football memory 1980 fa cup final watched it with them all didn’t have a team then, all family members tugging this way and that to an 8 year old boy “must be arsenal son, no don’t be silly boy it must be West Ham” then I made my decision………..not having any of this both of these teams ain’t doing it then the following season I saw a team a team that oozed class spirit excitement they dazzled me and that team was Tottenham Hotspurs, Archibald, crooks, hoddle, ardiles, villa, perryman true legends and from that 80/81 season my journey began….and we are soooooo close boys one last push and the joy of the trophy the open top bus the shutting every god dam last non believers up oh the excitement…’s hoping COYS

  • BERNARD April 10, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Steve Archibald and Garth Crooks those were the days what a double act they were great great memories

    • Harry Hotspur April 10, 2018 at 7:34 pm

      The very cream, Bernard. The very cream.

  • Elevenstonedidiots April 10, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Kane scores 1st peno at Anfield we win 2-1. Ali scores sitter at OT we draw 1-1, sanchez stays on pitch against Watford we hockey them. Aunty has a bollox, she’s my uncle

    • Dan April 10, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      Agree. As mentioned in previous blogs the French man as captain is ridiculous and I’m sure a real leader on the field would help immensely in these situations but every team has these what ifs

  • JackDLad April 10, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    We have been a heart-attack team in that regard for years. We have not changed in that way under Poch, just gained more luck in the dying minutes or had a poor attacker fluff it! I have thought for a very long time that we needed a proper captain that was more verbal and to be honest the mute that we have in goal is no good at that job! After the Juventus game I did mention on here that had we had an Angelo Di Livio type captain, we could have shut down that game. Somebody barking orders from a central midfield position is needed (I am old style like that). A goalkeeper is too deep and a striker is too far forward. We need an experienced soldier to rally the troops playing in the middle! I like your blog, nice read mate!

  • richspurs April 10, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    My sentiments exactly, mostly. The floor at the back of my sofa has a very speciall character. These feckers are too casual at the back in the final mins. We’re not so spursy anymore, but still spursy enough. We do not drop back and keep a defined shape.

  • MATT April 10, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    We have one called Alderweireld. He’ll be doing that for a big club next season.