Date: 12th March 2018 at 8:15am
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Bizarrely, the seminal moment was Harry Kane’s buckled ankle.

Where Spurs had been inept – the loss of Kane only focused the remaining ten men.

Son’s goal and Dele Alli’s goals were both solid examples of determination over finesse and after watching and endless array of flicks and flips fail from both of these two, getting the ball over the line was a very,  very welcome sight.

A good deal of the first half of this game was much like watching a perculiar reanactmemt of the second half of the Juve game – where Spurs tried a bit, then the other lot exposed our high line. Tottenham spent a good 25 minutes looking rattled by it all.

There’s zero merit in dwelling upon ‘had Bournemouth been more clinical…’ because they weren’t. Instead the departure of Kane was a catalyst and the team as one realised the gravity of the situation.

Poch got away with it today, though. 1-4 was flattering given it could have easily been 2-2. But it wasn’t. The spectre of the Champions League is lifted. Hurrah.

Player analysis to follow but you must admit Aurier was superb value. Another foul throw in, an assist and a goal!

Flat Earthers really ought to rally round and get him some sort of award. You love inexpensive players, you adore assists and anyone who’s producing assists and goals is undroppable no matter how bad they are generally. Oh, and you love being ‘entertained.

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  • VincentianMagic March 12, 2018 at 10:05 am

    I thought we deserved to win, but we could have been 2-0 down early on when we seemed to have an almighty Juventus hangover.

    Credit Bournemouth, there front two are pacy and direct and caused Verts and Sanchez a lot of problems.

    I thought Wanyama was bang average again, which is a shame as he still isn’t the same player as last season. Lamela was excellent and upped our tempo. I thought Rose showed why he will not be a big loss if we can get someone like Sessegnon, etc in as a replacement.

    As for Aurier… he is clearly crazy, and I like that. However, he constantly gets caught upfield, seems too rash in the tackle, and is still figuring out the concept of a throw-in. He’s no Walker that’s for sure, but he is a decent player and could be very good if he can harness some of his inherent weaknesses.

    IMHO, he would be better suited as a wing-back, as would Trippier and Rose.

    Son remains my favourite player as he plays the game the right way.

    • Accy March 12, 2018 at 10:16 am

      You forgot Aurier can’t cross. When he does put in a good cross it’s an accident – as evidenced by the 20 naff crosses. And that one that he scored from – by accident.

      He’s got a lot of work to do.

    • Sexy Beast March 12, 2018 at 10:43 am

      Trouble is on current form there will be few if any takers for Rose, especially at Levy prices, we could be stuck with him for years !

  • Gus March 12, 2018 at 10:03 am

    What’s the word on HK’s injury?

    • Camus March 12, 2018 at 10:07 am

      Some words from Poch tomorrow/Weds maybe, then probably don’t see him again until the West Brom game in 8 weeks time?

    • Harry Hotspur March 12, 2018 at 10:19 am

      Died in the night. No flowers and the family wish to be given some space.

  • Ronnie Rossenthal March 12, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Strangely enough, when Harry limped off, Spurs suddenly found a different attack formation that really caused trouble. Every Team we play are spending all week working out how to snuff out Kane. Lamela was all over the pitch allowing Erikson, Alli and Son to roam free. Sadly there’s still lots of moments every game that make you miss Walker. And As for Rose, we miss him even when he plays

    • Wig March 12, 2018 at 10:15 am

      For me when Kane has an off-day when he’s closely marked by defenders, usually that still creates lots of space for our other attacking midfielders around him to benefit. I was surprised Llorente wasn’t given a chance when Kane came off though

      • Sexy Beast March 12, 2018 at 10:48 am

        I wasn’t

  • OrganicPaper March 12, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Aurier is mad as a box of frogs. He is at the same time, nerve rackingly reckless in his tackles, woefully inept in his positioning and yet capable of getting into some great forward positions and producing some fantastic displays of athleticism.
    Just dont let him take throw ins FFS

    • Flynnbob March 12, 2018 at 10:05 am

      Timothy Atouba MKll

  • Flynnbob March 12, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Any thoughts on the scouse gobshite, who has now took to spitting at kids? I say fire the fucka!!

    • Gus March 12, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Next he’ll be shaking them down for their iPhones

      • Flynnbob March 12, 2018 at 9:24 am

        I actually liked him , I thought he always gave an honest assessment of a game.but if what he did is true and it sounds it by his apology, then he has to go,it’s no worse than what Keys and Gray had to walk for!!

    • OrganicPaper March 12, 2018 at 9:40 am

      Apparently Sky Sports News hasn’t even showed or mentioned the incident? Surprise surprise! How can he not et sacked…? I suppose he will just end up in Abu Dhabi with Keys and Grey

  • Sexy Beast March 12, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Any news on the ticketing scam at the new destination?

  • Wig March 12, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Overall I think we got lucky there, it wasn’t really much of a push on Sanchez to disallow their equalising goal. But hey ho, I’m all for us getting the luck on this occasion, just as we didn’t get the rub of the green on Wednesday against Juve

  • Wig March 12, 2018 at 8:59 am

    I normally think Aurier is atrocious, but an assist and a goal are very decent contributions. Good to see him in the right place at the right time when Trippier’s cross was palmed away by Begovic.

    • Gus March 12, 2018 at 9:03 am

      Trips supplied one good cross more than Danny Rose

      • Harry Hotspur March 12, 2018 at 9:04 am

        The corner flags supplied more than Rose…

        • Gus March 12, 2018 at 9:07 am


      • Wig March 12, 2018 at 9:06 am

        If only Rose’s technique matched his workrate and and aggression levels, it’s commendable how often he gets himself into promising attacking positions only then to be let down by his final delivery

        • Gus March 12, 2018 at 9:09 am

          No vision, sense of timing or technique. Say what you want about Dele he may not always be engaged in the game but he has an eye for a pass and knows how to make a run toward goal. A commentator made very similar comments about Higuain last week

  • TyredMan 🚯 March 12, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Jamie’s the spitting image of his old man.

  • Lilywhite without the ll March 12, 2018 at 8:45 am

    What impresess me is the amount of spit one can generate, unless of course he was storing it up in anticipation a young girl would come along…..

  • Freund or Foe March 12, 2018 at 8:35 am

    9/10 for the Oreo/Son handshake, I didn’t pay attention to much else.

  • hillBilly March 12, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Harry Hotspur I thought you were in favour of the Aurier purchase as he is a ‘winner’ (lots of medals). Or have I misunderstood?

    The reason I ask is not to ‘Police’ you or any one else, it is to highlight how difficult it is to asses a player BEFORE you have to part with the cash and agree his wages. Perhaps that is why our beloved Chairman is often reticent when it comes to transfers.

    • Harry Hotspur March 12, 2018 at 8:42 am

      What is wrong with you? I love Aurier.

      Try reading the fucking blog before commenting-and if you don’t understand what you’ve read – don’t comment ffs

      • Gus March 12, 2018 at 8:57 am

        He still supplied two nice crosses more than Danny Rose

  • Lilywhite without the ll March 12, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Oreo – hard on the outside, soft in the middle….