that Arsenal would concede 5 at the Lane fielding an almost full strength side. Their hero Cesc looked like he did not want to know and two of their players even had a headbutt match. What a glorious glorious night, when was the last time the Goons let in 5?
Wenger was great value after the match. He said: “We go for a policy at the start of the season and stick to it no matter who we play and when we play and where we play.” “I feel that the competitions that matter to us are the championship, the Champions League, and after that, the other competitions”. I think he needs to ask his fans that were walking out half way through the match if they agree. In any case, he ended the match with more or less his strongest side possible on the night.
There was a great line from Poyet, when asked whether victory was devalued by the Gunners’ inexperienced side, he said: “It’s a good excuse.”
Tottenham are reportedly in for Hertha Berlin midfielder/defender Gilberto. I don’t know much about this guy and at 31 I can’t see that he’s going to be much more than a short term option to give us more cover at the back.
Our quarterback, Tom Huddlestone, is back for this one after completing a three match ban. There are no real injury worries, Malbranque is suspended though, but Ramos could rest key players with the visit of Arsenal in the 2nd leg of the Cup Semi Final on Tuesday.
Sunderland are without Ross Wallace who is missing for the rest of the season with damaged knee ligaments as well as Higginbotham, Leadbitter and Etuhu. They are coming off the back of an important home win against Portsmouth but their form away from home reads badly with no wins, two draws and nine defeats. Spurs on the other hand are in great form at home having won their last four home games.
My main worry with this game is that there will be one eye on Tuesday night but this is an important match in it’s own right with our next two Premier League fixtures being Everton away then Man Utd at the Lane, points from either is doubtful.
Spurs should really have too much for Sunderland at home but I feel like an early goal is important, Sunderland have not lost a game when taking the lead this season.
Jermain Defoe has apparently held talks with Aston Villa in the last 24 hours with a fee of 10-12 million being reported. I like him as a player but there is no point in him warming our bench for another couple of years which looks likely under Ramos. I’m sure he’ll do well for Villa and the simple fact is with Keane and Berbatov both fit, he’s only ever going to be a squad player. I wonder if it has anything to do with Danielle Lloyd wanting to be closer to home though?!
It seems as though Stewart Downing’s agent is touting him about as much as possible with Spurs being the club constantly linked with him in the papers.
He isn’t a bad player imo but he isn’t particulary special either, certainly not worth the £10m that is being banded about.
Tottenham have been linked with him for the past couple of seasons so there must be some truth in it but I don’t really see what extra he is going to give us when we are already over loaded with average midfield players.
Lyon striker Fred is set for talks with Spurs in the next 48 hours over a proposed transfer to White Hart Lane. Reports indicate the move will cost Spurs around £9 million.
This would suggest to me that Ramos plans to offload at least one of Bent or Defoe in the transfer window. It looks like any Berbatov deal will likely wait until the Summer if he decides he wants to leave with Champions League football a non starter for next season.
Bent appears to be the obvious choice with Defoe having quite a few games recently, albeit a lot of them as a substitute.
The thing is, I can’t see us recouping anywhere near the £16m that was paid for Bent. An Aston Villa or Manchester City may take a chance on him but I’d imagine the figure would be no more than £10m.
As far as Fred is concerned, is he really what Spurs need? Is it another Comolli special or is it actually a player Ramos wants? Would a World class striker really have been that close to signing for Middlesbrough? Time will tell.
Well, another 1-0 away victory for the lads. I’m not one to get too excited where my football team is concerned, but recent results are very encouraging. Tottenham’s away form over the last few years has always been their Achilles heel. They have never been able to go away from home and nick scrappy 1-0 victories, now they can.
Reading had their fair share of possession last night but Spurs controlled the game and had some good chances to make to 2 or 3-0.
Arguably unlucky in the trip to Old Trafford in the league earlier this season, could another 1-0 win be possible in the FA Cup 4th Round?
Being a realist I’d say a big fat no and I’d be much happier to beat Arsenal next Tuesday but never say never, and we are still owed one for Mendes!
As much as I want Spurs to progress to the 4th round of the FA Cup tonight, I cannot for the life of me work out how they are such strong favourites with the bookmakers to do so.
If they play to their full capabilities then yes, Spurs should get through but the simple fact is Reading held their own in both recent games at the Lane and can be backed at 5/2 or so on home soil tonight.
Ramos doesn’t have many selection problems, Huddlestone serves the last game of his 3 match ban but Jenas is back from his (Is this a good or bad thing? Hopefully the new hair will stop him going missing as much).
Tottenham’s hopes of progression are probably high on the back of decent away performances against Arsenal, Man City and Portsmouth but play like they did against Chelsea at the weekend and it will be Reading going to Old Trafford in Round 4.
I’m not entirely happy that my debut topic is about Paul Robinson but he has given me very little choice.
I have fought his corner no end over the past year while he’s been receiving stick left right and centre and would have continued to do so but if recent reports of him asking for a transfer after being dropped for one game are true, I’m disgusted that I did so.
There is no doubt Robbo has been out of sorts in recent times but I believe a lot of it is down to the press and fans getting on his back after the Croatia game, his first major howler. Every little thing he did from then on was scrutinised to a ridiculous extent. The more he was picked on, the more mistakes he made.
No doubt, the four so called defenders in front of him don’t help but at the same time they likely have very little confidence in their goalkeeper.
Ramos came out and backed Robbo and made him lose a few lbs which should have given him a huge boost but he still managed to make a mess of things and was rightly demoted to the bench for the Carling Cup Semi Final at Arsenal.
Instead of getting his head down and fighting for his place, it looks like he threw his toys right of the pram acting as if he was too good to be dropped. Ramos doesn’t strike me as the kind of man that will stand for Prima Donnas and I’d assume Paul’s White Hart Lane career is all but over.
A good goalkeeper is a good goalkeeper but once their confidence goes it’s hard to get it back. Anyone remember Ian Walker’s career falling apart after a blunder for England? Looks like Paul Robinson’s could well go the same way.