As Mismatched as Kane’s Boots

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Dom Le Roy

Three in the back does, work. The monstrosity that was Spurs’ attack tonight did not. It matters little that the Gooners gave away three points at home or that Chelsea (as of this writing—still five minutes to play) failed to wrap up the league—this was the type of disappointment we have grown too familiar with through recent years and probably signifies an end to our title ambitions.

Because you see when a side like Sunderland basically says “we aren’t trying to score or for the win—see if you can beat us”—which they did for the entire second half—it is incumbent on a truly class team to go ahead and do just that. Kind of makes you wish they had all played vs Wycombe—couldn’t have been much worse, could it?

As for the specifics, Kyle simply had no ideas; Sissoko continued to be wasteful in his cameo; Davies lacked Rose’s pace upon his entry; Kane was taken out of the game by the Mackem defence; Eriksen and Dele showed a flash or two but nothing incisive; Wanyama simply can’t deliver the type of playmaking somebody in his position must. But the real culprit for much of the game was Son—I counted at least a half-dozen chances for him to beat his man around the left; find a teammate in space in the box; launch a hard shot at Mannone—something, anything. He wasn’t up to it. Credit to Sunderland—they executed the proper game plan. This was a failure of fairly high magnitude.

The point is worth just that—a point. The rest of the 90 minutes were pointless…

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Paul is a respected U.S. political pollster (Democrat) based in Madison, Wisconsin and Los Angeles. His love for Spurs began when the Premier League games started appearing regularly in the U.S. and an American lover of football had to choose a side. Bale, Rushdie, Adele, Shakespeare, the Spurs faithful, The Lane, etc. were all irresistible attractions and have made Maslin a Spur for life.


  1. No decent shots no goals. Back to the Drawing Board for Mr Pochetino.
    Eriksen needs to leaRn how to take decent corners and free kicks all over again. So practice or let someone else do it.
    It's no good Mr Pochetino saying we dominated the game when you produce this kind of performance. The fans who went should be reimbursed with their cost by the players.
    Sadly, we have been lucky recently but this won't last with this kind of performance with good players who don't perform.

    Mr Levy should have bought Dembele when he had the chance. We so need another Striker.

  2. Spurs were shite, players had no idea neither did poch another opportunity blown and poch said we've learnt from last season!!! My arse have we !!!

  3. Every word is true some of the players just can not kill off any of the bottom Teams I really would like to see a goal hungry player signed.Kane is not the play he was last season, he’s a marked man and he really needs help from his team mates, to many balls going astray, corners wasted,

  4. We are 2nd rate—its as simple as that, Chelsea way above us in quality, and tactics.

    We don't have a b plan and a bunch of reserves not good enough for the championship.

    Every year the same with yes man as a manager and a chairman who lives by a balance sheet.

    Not even the Ars losing gets me out of a foul mood!!!!

  5. I hate to say it but the lack of focus from some of our players makes me wonder if their hearts are really in it (and if their heads have been turned OR maybe they are aware that the managers head has been turned and are feeling betrayed?) we were poor and a better side would destroy us in games like this. Thankfully the game was against Sunderland and not against a team that can score!

  6. The fact that you guys are willing to jump on Poch and the team is unbelievable. This is the youngest team in the PL and they look comfortable enough to qualify for CL. Young players will struggle to break open tough games like these and this experience will only make them more efficient for the future. This is not the same old spurs and if you think that than you haven't been watching all season. COYS

  7. Son was the only one creating chances. He deserves credit for that. What did sissoko do? Nothing. I'm still shocked Tottenham bought him. He doesn't fit with our system. It had to of been a levy purchase. He needs to go asap.

  8. We desperately need a playmaker a la Modric or Willian. Until then more backward or sideways passes and no penetration. I saw the game and we were devoid of ideas,boring and predictable. As for Sissokou whoever agreed & arranged his purchase ?? We need someone who can unlock a defence, until then we will be top 4 at best but not good enough to win the league.

  9. We were terrible!! No game plan “B”, cause “A” certainly was failing. All our key players were nowhere to be seen. If we play like this on 2 weeks vs Pool, we will be ‘klapped’ 6 love!

    Extremely dissapointing, especially to bottom of the log & easy 3pts wasted!! Could have made up valuable ground on all the top sides!


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