Weekly Report: Sleepy Spurs, stupid strips and a goal machine

by Luke Bradshaw

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Why don’t they do that all the time? Tottenham were 2-0 up at half-time last night against Bremen; with the hard work done in an important game, they ended up coasting through to the knock-out stage. It could have been far more, despite being up at the interval, there was still a sense things were being held back and everything was all just a bit too tentative.

It makes me wonder whether they are on the lash every night, conceded goals waking them up from their hangovers and into some sort of footballing life. Then they perk up, run riot, get excited, and probably go out and celebrate with a night on the town again. I mean they’re not old are they?

They have more points from losing positions than any other Prem team this season, including wins against Wolves, Villa, Fulham and Arsenal. It took two late goals in Switzerland to keep their Champions League hopes alive before the competition had even kicked off. At the San Siro and the Emirates they were nowhere to be seen, totally outclassed for 45 minutes each, and then realised they were in fact in the middle of a match and notched up three goals in both games.

Like a great machine that has started to tire and rust over the years, Spurs need all the effort to actually get them into gear, until the cogs start to whir and everything starts to click together and come good. Still work to be done.

Elsewhere, Newcastle confirmed their status as William Hill’s nightmare as their games continue to be the hardest to predict in the league, and Owen Coyle let anyone know that didn’t already, how good a manager he actually is. Although Andy Carroll still kept up his run of goals and place in my affections (I am bordering on the obsessive).

Chelsea spluttered and managed to lose to Ben Foster, Luke Varney scored a screamer, Danny Welbeck is suddenly amazing and Aston Villa still aren’t.

West Ham managed to get even worse; really, really bad, and Man City rattled in four goals at Craven Cottage to answer their critics. Was it a coincidence that it was the first start Jo has had for City in two years and the goals flew in? Yes. That is exactly what it was. He is awful.

Leo Messi scored his 71st goal in his last 70 games. A freak of nature.

Although it didn’t grace the turf this week, does anyone think Fulham’s away kit is the stupidest ever? It’s the colour of, well, turf. Who at either Kappa or Fulham signed off the camouflage kit as a good idea?

Also, anyone that thinks being a footballer is all glamour, should check this out. Noble indeed.

Favourite thing this week: Two things. Firstly, Paul Wilson’s book, Inverting the Pyramid, is finished and is very much recommended.

Secondly, a quote from the excellent Football Ramble podcast: “I bet Sir Alex Ferguson loves Paul Scholes more than he loves Darren Ferguson.” I will not be taking that bet, he definitely does.

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  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Mystical Mike

    Quality read as ever Luke. No messing with your words!

    That Fulham kit reminded me of Arsenals horrific away kit in the 80’s.
    Speaking of Fulham, are they to good to go down?

  • Luke Bradshaw

    Thank you – i’m glad you liked it.

    I think Fulham have got enough to stay up, especially when Zamora is back.

    West Ham are dead certs as they’re the only team who haven’t shown at least a flash of good stuff.

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