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Links to Official Spurs USA Supporters Clubs:

New York City: New York Spurs Supporters Club meet regularly to watch games. Ian Harris at the helm.

Los Angeles: LA Spurs

These official Spurs supporters clubs took over from CAATS, part of The Spur. The CAATS page still exists and will stay on the web for posterity but The Spur -- this page -- is where future updates will occur from this US based Spurs webzine.


Spurs' smashing Stateside tour

The Spurs tour in the USA got good TV ratings says cartilage free captain Spurs site.
Mauricio and Cap'n America
chuffed by US tour's TV numbers

Chicago Dire 0:2 Tottenham Hotspur
[July 26, 2014 at 5pm Pacific, live online & TV]
A somewhat routine outing for Spurs who capitalized with venom on some Chicago errors to cruise to a fairly comfortable win and another chance for the new manager, and us, to see some of the talent working its way through the ranks and more familiar squad members shaping up for the impending campaign.

Feel sorry for the Chicago fans. Very welcoming, yet seemingly in a state of depression about their club. And when you compare the turnout at Seattle, which admittedly is stupendous support, and Toronto, where there is a vibrancy and optimism about FC that is infectious, professional futbol in the Windy City looks wan and pale.

This bloke, Spuracuse, made great observations on cartilage-free captain about the way Spurs are shaping up:

"To me with this years squad is that instead of pressing high, Winning the ball back, and then passing between full backs and central defenders aimlessly until giving the ball away, we seem to be attacking at great pace as soon as the ball is won. This will lead to more dangerous, risky passes which will obviously result in lost possession. It will also lead to devastating counter attacks, which we seem to already be converting much better than last year. Lamelas graceful enthusiasm and willingness to attack with purpose and attempt those passes that unlock a defense is just what the team needs, as opposed to a player like Townsend, who has potential but every time he had the ball in space yesterday he just dribbled aimlessly before losing possession. So excited to see the player Lamela blossoms into this season. Will there be bad giveaways? Of course. To dare is to do."

Pre-match: The final fixture of this absorbing three match Stateside series as we get to see, once again, a big bunch of the Spurs squad, from star players to up 'n coming potential future first team prospects, in action.

And it's another good 'un pitting us against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois.

"It's a chance to play another game, to work more on our style and to improve again," said Spurs' Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino on the official THFC web-site.

Today's match features two teams with similar records.

The midwestern outfit takes a break from their MLS season this one. They have recently drawn with Kansas and Philadelphia, both ending 1:1. They beat Atlanta and New England. But their last match was a heavy loss at the Earthquakes in northern California. After today, Chicago take on the Whitecaps followed by Columbus and then New York.
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Spurs in turn have recently performed well in three club friendly games. They beat Toronto and drew with the Sounders. Before that, we ended our Premier League season reasonably well, beating Stoke City and Aston Villa but falling to West Ham.

Tottenham's opening game in the Premier League season kicks off mid August with a match against West Ham. Then we face QPR.

Toronto vs Tottenham Hotspur 2:3
Hardly squeaky bum time for either side as the super Spurs Norteamericano tour continues, but it's a lot more interesting than the usual run of the mill domestic or Euro based pre-season friendly warm ups.

And so to the Toronto match, which so far is turning out be an "Erik Lamela earns his spurs" story as he tucks a couple away, ably supported by Lennon and Eriksen, while Soldado, as usual, looking too peripheral as the nominal frontman.

Need to keep in mind that for Toronto this is a chore they'd rather have avoided at this moment in their busy July fixture list, and their manager, ex-Spur Ryan Nelsen, barely suppressed his frustration and concern that injuries could be sustained in a match that doesn't count competitively, albeit a sweet deal for MLS and the club's coffers from a marketing and financial perspective.

But no doubt his players played like their overriding concern is not getting injured, and not burning themselves out.

Spurs replaced the entire outfield side for the 2nd half with: Walker, Dawson, Fryers, Rose, Holtby, Carroll, Ceballos, Townsend, Falque, Kane, only to concede.

I had to bail in the 66th minute with Toronto having pulled one back. After I left for a meeting it seems the Canadians went on to equalize but Andros Townsend nabbed a winner.

I was not surprised to see it continued to be a game of two halves. The first Spurs line-up was in total control. The second version struggled but just about survived thanks to the first half's two goal lead.

It was another entertaining match and this has been a stand-out tour of North America so far, let's hope the remaining Chicago game lives up to the other two.

Seattle Sounders vs Tottenham Hotspur 3:3
Fun match to watch. Keep 'em coming, Spurs.

Entertaining start to THFC's American tour with a string of Tottenham Hotspur players combining to eventually feed the ball to underrated 24 year old German midfielder Lewis Holtby who puts the visitors ahead with a superb early goal rivaling the best of the recent World Cup.

Great support from both the approximately 53,000 home fans and around 2,000 traveling or local Lilywhites, as Seattle, spearheaded by ex-Spur Clint Dempsey, responded quickly to going behind with constant pressure on the Londoners' goal, with Brad Friedel called into action numerous times.

The artificial turf tends to scare off prima-donna stars, which may partially explain why ThFC's galaxy of World Cup representatives were notably absent.

Spurs would have a hard time in the upcoming Prem by relinquishing possession way too often.

Michael Dawson, who gives away a lot of penalties, was punished for an infringement that would not, in a 'real' match, have merited such a harsh refereeing response, resulting in a successful Sounders spot-kick to equalize.

If Tottenham's opening goal was quality teamwork, the first Sounders goal from open play was a long range stunner from Osvaldo Alonso, the goal of the match.

Roberto Soldado makes it 2:2 from the penalty spot.

The third host goal came from a wide cross out of the reach of Spurs defenders but guided in by Seattle.

Spanish winger Iago Falque Silva, on as a sub, scored the game's third penalty to level at three apiece.

Spur of the Moment: Cristian Cebellos, attacking midfielder who came through the Barcelona youth system, looked like a potential gem.

Fun match, way better than the usual pre-season friendlies, and if the ones in Toronto and Chicago are as good, this North American tour will be a terrific springboard from which to leap into the main course: the upcoming 2014/5 Premier league campaign, now close enough to touch.

TOTTENHAM TURFIE RECKONS: Green light for the new big stadium - well chuffed. Now buy some top players like wot goons and blue meanies 'ave done.


Tottenham Hotspur: line-up


Lloris

Walker Dawson Vertonghen Rose

Paulinho Capoue Dembele

Townsend Chadli

Soldado


Pride of London
as vs. Swansea [H] season 13/14


Glory days: Jurgen Klinsmann enjoyed two spells at Spurs in the 1990s

'Tottenham is a way of life and I didn't know that until I got there,' he said. 'I signed my first contract and thought, "It's cool to be in London". And then after two weeks I said to myself "Oh my gosh, what is this here?"

'The supporters are very special. They live and breathe for that club. You go to White Hart Lane and there are 36,000 people singing. It's not just one section. It's the whole stadium singing. You go there and think "Wow".'


The Beautiful Game: Remember when

"Yer havin' a laff......."

"if you get the chance to go to Arsenal, you go. But the deal fell through and Tottenham came in." -- Michael Carrick

Ah the good old days. From a 60's edition of the Daily Mail: "A police officer kicked a man so hard in the face that the sole of his boot came off, it was claimed in Leeds County Court. The man, Mr John Marshall, was accussed of criminal damage to a police boot."

"I don't think Manchester city is a big enough job for Sam Allardyce. There is no club in this area - other than United - who are on the same footing as Bolton." -- Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside

"When you're watching tv and your replacement scores three, that's Zamora!" -- CP, GMB, Fulham vs Wolves prem 2011/12 season.



Can we avoid a League Cup hangover?
Back to the Prem withe Burnley (h) and QPR (a)

Just approaching the Prem league kick off against Burnley on this Wed, March 4: it's been a lot of matches jammed together for the exhausted Lilywhites. And they keep on coming, because on Sunday it's another league match, this time at QPR.

Prior to this was our loss to Chelsea in the League Cup Final [see below], and before that, hopelessly wedged between a crucial Premier league London derby and an actual bona fide Cup bloody Final, Spurs sank without trace in the 2nd leg of the "Round of 32" Euro tie at Fiorentina.

The downside of course is that a credible chance at Euro Champs entry, although a long shot even via this route, is up in smoke.

The upside is that we do have a better chance of vying for a a Euro Champs spot via the Prem. It's still highly unlikely because our competitors for those places are mostly on fire in the league currently and have greater consistency in league performance.

One of Spurs' problems that shone through in this loss, but we've seen it before in many other matches, is that the regular first team players we have cannot cover all the domestic cups, our Euro involvement, and the Prem. It's too much for what we're committed to in a busy season like this, especially where hugely pivotal games have popped up, in triplicate, just a few days away from each other.

Add to that our second tier talent, including the likes of Soldado and Lamela who were just two of the also-rans purchased with the Bale money, are really just that, second tier talent, much as we kidded ourselves that they would come good and be world class. They're not.

We need more strength in depth to cover all the important matches we have on the menu. Not just a bunch more players, quantity has never been the issue [except that we have too many whom we now know won't cut it], but two dynamite starting elevens, or at least enough players to be rotated in a way that doesn't compromise our chances of winning. That's what constitutes a "big" club these days. We're not even close to meeting that minimum requirement.

Poch cannot be blamed for that. He's working with what he's got. We don't own oil fields in the Arabian desert or Russia. Having the chance to flog a few townhouses in the new stadium development, or even Joe Lewis' $$$, isn't even close to par.

One weekend prior to the League Cup Final but it's the ever crucial Prem that holds sway as Spurs left it really late to claw back a two goal deficit at home to West Ham.

Based on the MOTD2 highlights, we looked proper awful throughout this game except for the valiant comeback which showed a resilience in short supply in recent decades of the club's history.

But with a defence as shaky as ours on this performance, you have to wonder how we keep it from becoming a cricket score against Chelsea at Wembley, 8am Pacific time Sunday morning [4pm UK time].

In the first leg at home, THFC went ahead thru Soldado, but Spurs conceded an equalizer to the Italians, and that makes them favourites to wrap it up in the 2nd leg, but this is football and it's far from done and dusted as yet.

Well I was trying to watch us up at Liverpool but with a business day in full swing I was, to put it mildly, well distracted. But to see us lose it by getting mugged in the final moments by Mario bloody Balio-bloody-telli is hard to take.

Pre-match: Unbelievable that it's another six pointer before the fans, never mind the players, have time to catch their collective breaths. Tues, Feb 10 at 12n pacific sees Spurs take to the Anfield turf in another huge premier fixture.

The Reds stuttered in their draw across the park at Everton on Saturday while of course we were making all the headlines at the Lane in the far more compelling major derby game of the day.


League Cup final
in the pouring rain
The Spur's League Cup
Spurs 0:2 Chelsea
Quality bought by riches wins out
Sun, March 1, 2015 (Ssn 20014/15)
Tottenham Hotspur 0
Chelsea 2
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It was all too routine for the Blue Racists as the wealthiest club with a world class squad was simply too much for a somewhat better than average Premiership side [that's us by the way].

They allowed Spurs precious few opportunities, and we couldn't seem to find a way around their system. It was just a matter of time for them to nab a goal or two and call it a day.

At least we fought to the bitter end, Lamela eventually actually passed to one of his own players towards the end, but if even Lloris is having a bad day, and all we did up front for most of the game is take ultra low-percentage long distant shots, you knew it was going to be a tough day at the office.

Onto the next one, Swansea at home.

Perhaps a bit unkind to concede that a club's season is over by March the first. Please let's have a crack at the highest possible finish, just to keep it interesting.

Reason to be cheerful: Bentaleb.

Pre-match: It's about to kick off. Here on the West Coast of the USA to be honest it's tea and coffee ruling the morning roost rather than any London brew, and the computer is ready to display the match and reveal whether we can repeat our magnificent 5:3 win over CFC that happened at the Lane not so long ago.

It's a long shot, lightning never strikes twice, but hey, Spurs are on the up, and it's Up The Spurs.

Previously in the League Cup...........

The League Cup
The Spur's League Cup
Spurs 2nd XI turn it around
Ryan Mason reporting for duty
Wed, Sept 24, 2014 (Ssn 20014/15)
Tottenham Hotspur 3
Nottingham Forest 1
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It looked for a while like Spurs would join Arsenal in a banana-skin home exit, to lesser opponents, from the league cup.

But the 2nd XI showed their mettle and didn't fizzle and fade as their seniors did against WBA, and the Lilywhites move on to host Brighton in the next round by consigning Forest to their first loss of the season.

Ryan Mason, who's been around for yonks, mostly on loan, made his name known to the fans with the equalizer. Then Soldado redirected a wayward Townsend effort into the goal, a signal seemingly for Spurs to gain a new level of confidence, and by the time of Lamela's terrific through pass to Harry Kane who buried it like a star, it seemed like this feisty mob was ready to graduate to a north London derby and have a pop at the Arse.

Just how many of them convinced Poch to give them the nod remains to be seen, and we all know that whatever happens, egos could be shaken on Saturday no matter how many of these Spurs make it onto the Emirates pitch.

A great relief to get this in the bag. We all want to believe that Mauricio can be the man. A loss in this one prior to some massive league matches was something nobody wanted to endure.

Pre-match: Just like so many others managers before him, Poch is, to use Glenn Hoddle's famous phrase, scratching his head over why Spurs are so conspicuously underperforming.
Join the
club mate!

Dude, if we knew how to fix that, we'd all look 20 years younger. Join the club, mate.

Meanwhile there is a chance for our second string to stake a claim and move themselves up the pecking order as the Cockerels host lower league outfit Nottingham Forest today.

Slight problem is that the Trentsiders are top of the second division and are actually quite good, setting up a second banana skin in as many days for the wobbly fortunes of north London's "elite" professional footballing clubs, who meet each other in just three days.

Stay tuned for more build-up and reactions to the intriguing Spurs v Forest encounter about to unfold before our very eyes.

It could be a riveting game, which would make a nice change from the previous two Tottenham brain rotters.


King Harry
supremely
confident
Goons kaned by Harry brace
"Spurs are the real thing"

2:1 to Spurs after falling a goal behind and being one down at the break. "Spurs are the real thing" crowed the match day commentator, and on this performance he is right. We've gelled. Now relax and have a great day, US based THFC addicts, and let's enjoy Atletico Madrid and Everton winning their own respective derbies!

The second Tottenham Hotspur goal was the peach. What a way to win a game like this. Bentaleb sent an epic cross in, though seemingly a bit on the high side for even Harry to reach, but up he went and somehow steered the ball high and looping into the far corner of the net. Magic. Spurs go above AFC and into the top four, at least for now.

Earlier in the second half, Kane had notched the equalizer. Talksport describes how "Mousa Dembele rose highest to meet Eriksen's corner and Ospina was only able to slap the ball into the path of the 21-year-old, who calmly stroked the ball home."

"The spirits are high," said Kane in the post-match interview, "we've got a great bunch of lads", and went on to praise the atmospheric support created by the Lilywhite faithful.

Nabil Bentaleb tweet: "Fantastic performance by the team ! Fans were unbelievable."

Stats are sometimes misleading, but it's telling that shots on target were 8:3 in home favour, while Arse picked up 5 yellows over our 3, and we had 10 corners to their three. Just one indication of what was there to see: we were the superior side. Canna be denied.

"Everywhere we goooh
Everywhere we goooooh
Everywhere we gooooooooh!
It's the Tottenham boys
Making all the noise
Everywhere we goooooooh.....!
"

Pre-match: It's the big one coming up at [KO time now correct] 4:45am Pacific with Arsenal coming to the Lane. What could have been a big advantage for us in Sanchez being out injured, appears to have been a Wenger ruse.

One advantage of an old fashioned ground like ours is that the fans can really be the difference -- just a few feet away -- and whatever you may say about Lilywhites in general, they are the most gesticulating and passionate bunch at big home games when I've watched online, I especially noticed the front rows of the East Stand [changed from West Stand, sorry for howling error, writing hi speed with limited time available originally] -- some of their arms are all over the place at the bottom of the screen, and it adds to the fun, to be honest. Gooner players aren't used to having fans, and Spurs at that, that much in their face!

Arsenal tore Villa to shreds last Sunday rather dampening our impressive, but less one sided, win at The Hawthorns. They also recently forced Man City to a draw at the City of Man stadium. They are, in short, on a roll.

Our hope lies in that we are the home side, and we've got guys who are also, like theirs, in their stride. They do play better as a unit. We are working on that, but will it come together well enough to win?

We beat Chel53a convincingly, it's possible we could get what would still be a surprise result this weekend.


Had to wait for MOTD to watch the visit to West Bromwich as if live, and we looked quite impressive, I was taken aback. Have we gelled for good? Probably not quite the finished article yet, but as the preview alluded to, we've got some star players in very good form, and the players seem to have finally combined to form an actual unit. And with a goalkeeper who is surely one of the top handful in the world currently, it added up to something altogether too much for WBA as we romped to a three-nil win, the hosts coming unstuck for the first time since their new manager took over.

Pre-game: Back to the Prem after a fortnight effing around in the Cups with a League Cup final in the bag. With the likes of Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane in good form you expect to beat, no disrespect, even away from home, but a new manager for them, that puts a hex on Spurs even at the best of times. Not to mention Tony Pulis, Messsiah of turnarounds, is of course their new manager.

He's made an immediate impact since his arrival at The Hawthorns, including their FA Cup victory at Birmingham City, and I believe they are unbeaten in January, reversing a calamitous last month of 2014.

We've got to stop being everybody's "return from the dead" victims. These are sides we must beat. Poch has done well overall so far. Not pretty very often, to be sure, but we'll take another grinder if that's what keeps us up the league table.

So the third successive Cup match in the fortnight away from the Prem, sees the League Cup semi away to Sheffield Utd end with an aggregate 3:2 Spurs win after a 2:2 draw.

A typically brilliant free-kick by "Cristiano" Eriksen seemed to have sealed it for Spurs as the clock ticked away, but the Blades responded with two replies in short order leaving us THFC fans shocked, yet at the same time not surprised, if that's possible. You know the feeling.

But Eriksen ensured a Cup Final appearance with a second. Massive relief. Chelsea in the final. Woh.

Lots of Prem sides took a tumble in the FA Cup 4th round and their representatives tried their best to look crestfallen, including Poch and the Tottenham players as their wimpy 1:2 loss to Leicester at the Lane sent them packing.

League Cup semi-final first leg is another Spurs grinder and the Lilywhites' fourth consecutive home win with an Andros Townsend penalty following a rare moment of skill from Roberto Soldado against Sheffield Utd.

Yes it had to happen: they didn't replace their ex-Spur manager but Sunderland did hire Jermain Defoe who made his debut for the Wearsiders against us at the Lane. So many times our former players have come back to bite us, but this time THFC ground out another of our increasingly familiar, uh, "less than poetic" wins. [He means ugly. -- Ed.]

We always said we should learn how to do that, so no complaints there. However when you look at the incredible team understanding and telepathic ease with which Arsenal dismantled City at the Etihad, the ground where Lilywhite dreams go to die, it seems like such a massive gap between us and all the sides above us, with the exception of the Saints whom we seem capable of taming most times.

So a prime banana skin scenario did not play out, and we shoulda won 3:1 except for the diabolical offside decision against our late breakaway winner. Did really none of the officials know the rule about offside and being in your own half? This is staggeringly bad officiating. It is so disrespectful to the fans who expect at least a certain minimum standard. Even that minimum standard seems far, far, out of reach of many of the current excuses for refs and officials. Horrible. Incredibly lame.

I wonder if the Prem realizes that the horrific officiating has reached a crisis level of ineptitude? It's really turned too many matches into lotteries, even though in this case it did not affect our win, but we could have used that joyfully swashbuckling third to boost our very slender positive goal differential. That could come back to haunt us.

Two goals down in the FA Cup 3rd round replay at home to Burnley and, mainly thanks to two Soldado assists, Spurs go through by bouncing back in style.

What was more remarkable for Lilywhite fans used to watching every Spurs match online for the last couple of seasons, is that this was not televised. Shock, horror.

But props to Talksport as they covered the match during the 2nd half. Apparently Radio London covered the whole match, but when I tuned in it was not on, so must have been on a separate online feed which I did not notice.

Whatever, it makes me, and many thousands of others, realize how much we take for granted that everything is online, all the time, whenever we want it. Only this time it wasn't. Toys out of the pram time, lads.

Jan 10 and a trip south of the river to Crystal Palace. They laid siege to the Spurs goal on their visit to N17 but couldn't actually score in the 0:0, but since then Tottenham have flourished, whilst the Eagles have flagged. But a new manager could add some added variable spice to the mix.

We've been grinding out wins often leaving everyone scratching their heads as to how we could be picking up so many points with so little cohesion or purpose.

By contrast the home win over Chelsea was a brilliant performance. Sure, riddled with howlers, and Lady Luck still very much smiling on the Lilywhites, but this was the sizzling display that these players, with this manager, always could, and should, have produced before.

CFC only conceded three goals in the previous 8 matches according to one TV host. So to give up 5 at the Lane is mind-bending.

More of these and Spurs are back in the big time.

Just wow. It went from one down and Chelsea taking the piss, to a scenario where I'm gonna love the second half. Un-effing-believable. Oh wot fun it is too see Chelscum lose on New Year's Day.

"To score five goals against one of the best defences in the world shows that we're coming together" said Harry Kane in the post-match interview: "We're delighted for the fans."

"I prefer to say just that we lost," said Mourinho curtly.

Ok I'm more anxious than I thought even with a two goal cushion. I keep thinking of certain home matches against Manchester clubs.

Thanks, Harry! 4:1. Chadli playing like a world beater.

Jose Mourinho facing a heavy defeat, but long way to final whistle.

Fazio gifts CFC a second, and now it's anxiety again......

Chadli and Kane combine again, this for Tottenham's fifth, and finally time to kick back, sip the champagne, and realize that a youthful previously erratic Spurs played a world class side off the park.

Spurs no longer lame at the Lane.

Uh oh, Spurs getting way lax and conceding to John Terry. Game back on but only a few minutes left. And now it's all over. Fantastic, riveting stuff.

0:0 in the home match with Manchester Utd played on Sunday, Dec 28th.

United had the best of it in the first half, and once again Hugo Lloris was the man standing between Spurs and serious goal damage.

But second half United visibly flagged whilst Tottenham sensed they could get not only one point, but three, high on confidence and closing down United's supply line, leaving what looked on paper like a daunting Red Devils front end frustrated.

All in all, a fair result. But had we been able to take our chances, and gain better advantage of a tired and mediocre Manchester back end, this could have been a glory day for the Lilywhites.

As is, happy with a point since we won at Leicester and the points tally is far from shameful at the halfway mark of the season.

BBC fixture list for Tottenham Hotspur.

World Soccer Talk fixture list for US times of UK football shedule and official outlets.


Spurs stem Premier stumble

AVFC's Holte End
watches Spurs
win last season
Sun, Nov 1, 2014
Aston Villa 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2 [Premier]
Live online via various. 8am Pacific. Rob Francis comments

Good to see the result. Away from home, coming from a goal down. Nacer Chadli and Lamela combining to score from a corner. Whatever next. I was away all day so missed it completely. Now that's what you call a match reaction, eh?

Pre-match: I won't be able to watch this match unfortunately as I will on the road about 10 minutes in, after watching the Manc derby if I'm early and prepared, and I won't be around for MOTD2, so I'm well effed.

I just hope the lads do as well as they did last season.

"0:2 -- Soldado gets his Spurs" crowed The Spur headlines along with "Andros and Soldado seal it for Spurs" in the corresponding fixture last season.

Soldado added a precision goal, his first for the Lilywhites in open play, from a perfect Paulinho pass, added to Townsend's somewhat jammy opener which was intended as a cross but floated into the far corner.

This was a case of job to do, job done for THFC, a case of getting back onto an even keel after being torpedoed by West Ham at home just before a long international break.

Rarely when watching our team, there was never the fear, after we went one up, that we were in any serious danger of losing this. AVFC have some young talent and clear potential, but the good news is that they simply weren't at the same level as the visitors.

This is what top teams do, and need to do, because the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Everton were also cruising to maximum points this weekend, with slip-ups of course at Old Trafford, and perhaps the best news for Spurs in the form of Liverpool's failure to win at Newcastle.

Spurs enjoyed more possession, though as usual a lot of it was not particularly dangerous looking, but most impressive was the accurate passing and the sense that the team is, to wheel out the usual cliche, gelling.

Man of the match was officially and rightfully awarded to Andros Townsend who is enjoying the week of his life with accolades for his England performance and tremendous speed and creativity that makes him, dare it be said, "the new Bale", with the same mental soundness and strong self-belief. He's making better decisions on when to pass and when to shoot that augurs a fantastic future. And all this without shelling out 30 mill and instead running around a bit at QPR on loan!

And how about a song for Erik Lamela. That's him in the middle with Verts on the left.

Villa's previous match saw them going to Hull and playing what some have described as the most boring Premiership match ever played. But 0:0 beats losing three nil at home.


The Spur's Premiership
Newcastle storm back 2nd half
Unbalanced Spurs need tune-up
October 26, 2014
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Newcastle United 2
Reactions coming in
Final score

The Euro league seems once again to be sucking the life out of the club's league ambitions.

After 18 minutes of wild long range shooting and disorganized football from both sides, a sublime Ryan Mason chipped cross, as if placed on a silver platter, for Emmanuel Adebayor to head into the Park Lane goal, and all is suddenly hunky dory.

Perfect way to get the game into gear and now the onus is on Newcastle to have a pop, which in turn should see us create more opportunities with the confidence of that first goal.

So the first half went well, but within seconds of the restart, Dier gives up a free equalizer right from the kick off as the Newcastle player darts in on a sloppy mispass and scores in just six seconds. Amazing, you never get a chance to get complacent as a Spurs supporter, not to mention, player.

This inspired the Geordies to actually believe in themselves, whatever their manager said during the half time break made them look like different players, storming back to get a great [for them] second goal to go 1:2 up.

But it's the same old defensive issues for Spurs, combined with a disconnect between the back, middle, and front lines. We know the talent is there, but -- same story for the club for many years -- it needs to be put together.

On come Harry Kane and Aaron Lennon: THFC's big roll of the dice as time starts to ebb away, which it did. If they'd come on sooner, perhaps it could have worked.