Another win and an encouraging performance on the road once again. After being forced into a couple more defensive changes as a result of injuries picked up some Tottenham supporters might have been a little sceptical when the starting lineup was revealed, Sunderland started reasonably well but the team soon found their feet and began to control proceedings and once they took the lead it really could have been a rout. Some players did better than others but nobody let themselves down and this is how we saw it on the day. and at the end of a pretty good week.
David Moyes has come out fighting arguing that his team are not yet out of the title challenge and once they get through their transitional period there will be light! transitional period really, we all know that Moyes replaced Fergie in the summer but to suggest that the team is going through a transitional period is ridiculous.
Moyes took over a squad that won the title last season at a canter, though there was doubt that Rooney would stay or even wanted to Uniteed resisted the temptation to sell and have been rewarded by a rejuvenated player who has reclaimed some form. even though Moyes wanted to add two or three new players to his squad only Fellaini joined, a player he knew well.
Another poor set of predictions yesterday but sometimes you have to wonder what is going on, this season is so unpredictable that you are hard pressed to know what is round the corner. United losing at home twice in the same week and for the third time already this season while Chelsea ship goals for fun and to the amusement of those of us who support a team without a billionaire backer. Manchester City remain unrecognisable while on their travels and really were fortunate in the end not to suffer another away defeat.
There was concern in some quarters when the Tottenham team was announced, No Chiriches, no Vertonghen and no Kaboul, all unfit to play and so Etienne Capoue was drafted in to cover for the three alongside Michael Dawson. Along with the left back problem and Sandro rested for this one many thought AVB had made some decisions that might come back and haunt him again but perhaps we should begin to have more faith in our coach as the team controlled almost every aspect of the game.
Quite why Martin Keown felt the need to comment unfavourably on a Tottenham player when apparently asked to do so for the Daily Mail most would have no idea. Why ask about Paulinho to an ex-gunner would make little sense unless the intention was to cause unrest and stir up more controversy. Even asking a player like Keown to comment on a player he knows little about who plays in a position he has no previous experience of, Keown a player bereft of any technical ability whose mental attitiude while on a football field was to stop gifted players by any means possible, including outside the laws of the game. Why not ask someone like Hoddle who has experience of playing in midfield and who was a Tottenham legend?
Congratulations have to go to Tottenham’s head groundsman Darren Baldwin who eventually pipped Wembley Stadiums groundsman Tony Stones to the title of Professional Groundsman of 2013. What a wonderful achievement when you consider that the Wembley staff have just the one pitch to keep in top condition while Darren has the pitch at White Hart Lane and fifteen more grass pitches at the new training complex.
Commenting on Darren’s award, IOG CEO Geoff Webb said: “Darren has been a fantastic ambassador for groundsmanship – both on and off the pitch.
Another difficult away fixture against a team fighting against relegation but currently propping up the rest of the league. After a dog fight against Fulham in midweek, a team with a newly appointed coach, it is on to Sunderland who only appointed Gus Poyet a few short weeks ago.
In normal circumstances Tottenham would probably be expected to come away with all three points but this is no normal season, even though Tottenham lie sixth they and their coach are still a team under considerable pressure, unreasonably so in my opinion but nevertheless they are the club on the receiving end of most unwanted media attention.
No sooner have I finished taxing my brain trying to work out the midweek results than the weekend fixtures are upon us. After so many midweek breaks for European football and fortnightly breaks for internationals it is good to get back regular Premiership battles. Whilst there were some close calls the last set of fixtures probably went the way you would have expected and only Everton really upset the odds. Whenever I go with form or favour the obvious upsets seem occur but perhaps some continuity will now begin to benefit the form book.
Sat 7 Dec 2013 – Premier League
Tottenham travel to Sunderland on Saturday in search of another three points against the club propping up the league table but willing to scrap every inch of the way, since Gus Poyet has taken over results and performances have improved and they were only narrowly defeated by 4-3 to Chelsea on Wednesday. Tottenham on the other hand did well against Manchester United and followed that up with another away win at Fulham in what turned into a real scrap, as a result of you might have expected the pressure to have eased a little on AVB but you would be wrong, now it is being reported that he might have just seven more games to save his job, no pressure there then.
Pressure eases on AVB as Allardyce and Moyes enter the Sack Race.Vote for who you think will go next. 3
As Tottenham began to claw their way way back into the race for a top four spot so David Moyes Manchester United fell further down the pecking order as they lost their fourth league game of the season and the second at fortress Old Trafford. As the reigning champions of England, after romping away with the title in Fergies last season there, they are now in some serious trouble and are already twelve points behind the league leaders.