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Spurs 2023-2024 Season
Dec 23: Everton (h) 2:1 won
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Dec 28: Brighton (a) 4:2 lost
Dec 31: Bournemouth (h) 3:1 won
Jan 05: Burnley (h) 1:0 won (FA Cup)
Jan 14: Manchester U. (a) 2:2 draw
Jan 26: Manchester C. (h) 0:1 lost (FA Cup R4)
Jan 31: Brentford (h) 3:2 won
Feb 03: Everton (a) 2:2 draw
Feb 10: Brighton (h) 2:1 won
Feb 17: Wolves (h) 1:2 lost
Mar 02: C.Palace (h) Prem
Mar 10: Aston Villa (a) Prem

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League match
Gomes brace for Wolves
FINAL SCORE
Feb 17, 2024 (Ssn 2023/24)
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Wolves 2 [Final Result]
Tottenham Hotspur stadium, London.
US live: Peacock

Match over. Reactions soon.

We now know the Ange approach quite well and part of the deal is that opponents will always have more than enough "silver platter" opportunities to score and it's a question of whether the opposition talent can successfully convert when they arise. Wolves fluffed a bunch, but two was enough to ensure a nice day out for the visitors backed by the most vociferous fans to be heard emanating from a match feed in quite a while.

Second Half. Joao Gomes nabs a brace. Wolves ahead again. Great assist from Portugal winger Pedro Neto, an Arsenal (and less likely, Spurs) summer target, apparently.

Second Half. Within seconds of th 2nd half start Kulu scores.

Half time. Wolves ahead. Needs an Ange half time pep talk.

1st Half: Diminutive Brazilian Joao Gomes heads in from a corner.

In action. Spurs vs Wolves.

Please check back for live match-day updates and commenting, and reactions over the weekend. COYS. Please check back for live match-day updates and commenting, and reactions over the weekend. COYS.

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League match
THFC 2:1 'Gulls
Late winner does it
Feb 10, 2024 (Ssn 2023/24)
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Brighton 1 (Full time)
Tottenham Hotspur stadium, London. US live: Peacock

Second half. That Ange halftime talk has done it again! Sarr equalizes. Triple substitution includes the returning Son, whose assist helps the Lilywhites turn the score on its head with a very late 2nd and winning Spurs goal.

1st Half: Penalty, concede by van de Ven, scored by Brighton around 16th mins in. Brighton on top. Spurs meandering. Half time.


Premier action
Full Time - two all
Late EFC equalizer
Richarlison 1st half brace
Everton 2, Spurs 2
Feb 03, 2024 (Ssn 2023/24)
Goodison park, Liverpool
Hilites, Spurs official

Other Reactions: Chris Cowlin panel reactions.

Immediate post-match reactions: Right now the talk is of Richarlison's great form in front of goal and, at the other end, Vicario's struggles dealing with opposition set piece opportunities.

Second half: Match over. Everton equalize again for the second time, this one in stoppage time.

First half: Richarlison early volleyed goal from an Udogie cut back.

Everton equalize, but the third goal puts THFC ahead again. Maddison sets up Richarlison who is in lethal form at the moment and another classic striker's goal into the top corner. It's a brace for the former Everton hero and a two-one lead for the visitors at half time.


League match
Just like that...
Ange masterminds 2nd half stun-back!
January 31, 2024 (Ssn 2023/24)
Tottenham Hotspur 3
Brentford 2 [FINAL]
Tottenham Hotspur stadium, London
US live TV: USA. Stream: Fubo, DirecTV, SlingB.

Reactions: More reactions to come as the next few days unfold. Meanwhile congrats to our Australian manager who somehow, and not for the first time in his short tenure, contrived a turnaround so dramatic that those supporters and viewers, who may have still been taking a half time break to resuscitate themselves, returned to find the match turned on its head - in good way.

What an action packed goal-stuffed game, even more so than the one at Brentford in August. This was mesmerizing stuff and you just never know what will happen next with Ange and the players.

Let's hope Ange doesn't take the Liverpool job as supposedly he grew up a fan of.... them.

LWOS post match.

James Maddison: "It's lovely to be back - reminded me why I love the game. In the second half, we had too much for them, we were clean with the ball. It's never plain sailing here, but we got the win." [The Guardian].

BBC Football: "Tottenham blitzed the Bees with three goals in eight minutes after the interval, through Destiny Udogie, Brennan Johnson and Richarlison."

Final Result: For those who lingered in the bar (or where otherwise occupied) as, back in the stadium, a downbeat "drown your sorrows" half time morphed into the very early second half and Spurs were suddenly, from a goal down, three-one up. This, folks, is Angeball and it ain't for the faint hearted. Step right up!

Second half: Mind bending early 2nd half comeback, but then Spurs concede a second, so now 3:2 up. And that's how it stayed.

First half over: BFC with the one goal. It's never going to be easy on the heart and blood pressure watching Angeball. Bees take early lead.

Preview:
Gold & Guest YT channel pre-Brentford match.

Cartilage Free Captain (see left for link): "Postecoglou has opted to not give Radu Dragusin his club debut since signing him early in the window."

Spursodyssey: "Following our FA Cup exit on Friday, this will not quite be our shortest ever season (that was 2005-06 under Martin Jol), and we now have just 17 league games to negotiate, hoping for a Champions League place at the end of the road." ... "Spurs have also now scored in each of their last 33 games in the Premier League (since a 0-1 defeat at Wolves in March last season), now the outright longest scoring run in the club's league history."

TheSpur: Despite not being in a European contest it seems our club still has a crazy schedule and on Saturday, so soon after the home match against Brentford, Tottenham have to be up north to face Everton who have over a day longer to recuperate after their Tuesday match (drawing at Fulham).

Brentford fan view on the Chris Cowlin YT channel.


League match
Spurs nab point
Final score 2:2
A point at OT
Manchester United 2
Tottenham Hotspur 2
US: Peacock online
Jan 14, 2024 [Season 2023/4]
Hilites via NBC US.

More Reactions: "As well as leaving the Theatre of Dreams with a hard-earned point, Tottenham's two-goal showing means that they have now scored in 33 league games on the bounce, a new club record for the North London giants." -- Sportsmole

Plus, after this game, Richarlison has outscored any Arsenal player in the prem so far this season.

LWOS post match panel reaction.

Early Reactions: The only second half goal is Tottenham Hotspur's ticket to a valuable point at Old Trafford and, given the injuries and players away, is a very decent result. More reactions on the way.

Van de Ven apparently okay, not re-injured.

Two new (Werner; Dragusin as a sub) and some backup players combining with first team regulars made it look good that Tottenham, especially after the break, outmatched Man Utd, who are under huge pressure to perform at home, where Red Devils still have actual credibility yet they showed only occasional convincing moments.

But the hosts missed a glorious late chance that got Spurs off the hook when leaving United's Scott McTominay completely unmarked as a cross came in from Garnacho in stoppage time.

Second Half begins: Spurs level up, almost right out of the gate for the 2nd half. Bentancur - made player of the match (out of both sides) by BBC Football.
Final score 2-2

Half time. 2:1 home side.

First Half: Rashford puts MUFC ahead again.

Richarlison heads the equalizer from a Pedro Porro corner.

Within mins United go ahead.

Now for Man Utd vs Spurs. Everton 0 Aston Villa 0 final.

Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Skipp, Johnson; Richarlison, Werner.

Preview and line up prediction at WATTV.


FA Cup 3rd round action (Ssn 2023/24)
Woh, Pedro!
Porro pollinates Spurs FA Cup win
January 5, 2024
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Burnley 0 (Fulltime)
US Net:ESPN Plus. Hilites ESPN

Match progress: FULL TIME.

Wonder goal by Spain's right sided Pedro Porro in approx the 78th minute. Can Spurs go marching on? Yes - onto the 4th round. Spurs get the job done.

It was Pollo's 1st goal for his new club. By contrast: still not yet a single goal scored by Burnley FC at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium and this was their fourth visit to try to do so.

Preview: It's brutal for Ange, dealing with the merry go round of injured or absent players and that continues. But some players are actually returning too.

The long awaited return of THFC's defender Micky van de Ven could happen. He's been a key addition to the side and great to have him easing back. He's been out since early November. Dejan Kulusevski has served his one-match ban.

Pape Matar Sarr, Yves Bissouma, and of course Heung-Min Son, are all playing for their national sides so availability becomes an issue for a while.


The Spur's Premiership
Spurs 3 Cherries 1
Spurs win,
Fulham 2, Ars*nal 1

FULL TIME
Tottenham Hotspur 3
Bournemouth 1
Sun, Dec 31, 2023 (Ssn 2023/24)

Second half in progress: Son scores. 2:0. Richarlison nabs the 3rd. Alejo Veliz enters, gets injured, goes off. AFCB get one back. Then it's all over.

First Half: Spurs one up. Sarr. Brilliant to see we have not been intimidated by their form and self confidence. And it's still the Postecoglou way, and it still could go either way.

Build up: This ain't the Bor'm'f wot you fink they are. Spurs vs Bournemouth on New Year's Eve 2023, it's what everything has culminated towards.

The Cherries had a nightmarish start to the Prem season and looked like prime relegation fodder, but since being flattened 6:1 at Man City they've turned it around so dramatically that it's truly hard to believe it's the same club. It's actually bizarre.

Since their collapse at the Etihad they've been absolutely breathtaking: W W W W W W D. Plus, they've scored at least twice in each their last seven league matches, and three times in each of their last three games!

So now it's kinda hard to believe that Bournemouth are only 12th in the league going into this match, and still 11 points behind Spurs (tho' with a game in hand).

Against Spurs they will be looking for a club record of five back to back wins in the top tier. Ouch. have won six of their past seven Premier League games (), scoring at least twice in each match. It's their longest ever run of scoring more than one goals in the competition and they could also win five consecutive top-flight matches for the very first time."

Turning to Spurs, we know that Ange is doggedly determined. The Guardian writes: "No excuses. It is a deeply ingrained part of Ange Postecoglou’s management style. Just keep fighting. And remember to be grateful. Anyone who plays football professionally is living the dream." But as the Guardian goes on to say, the Spurs players who are not too crocked to be available are exhausted. "They know that they have to run. And run." It's the way Angeball is played. We know it. We've seen it.

Meanwhile, stalwart French keeper Hugo Lloris says "au revoir" as he leaves Spurs for wave battered California to play for LAFC on a free transfer. Thanks Hugo. Stellar job for Spurs and France. As long as LAFC don't have to face Bournemouth, you'll do fine!


League match
Spurs fightback falls short
Arsenal lose 0:2 home to Spam
Kane loved scoring
goals at Brighton
Thur, Dec 28, 2023 (23/24)
Brighton & H.A. 4
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Highlights (NBC USA)
Kane's cola bottle goal March '22

Instant reactions: At four down it seemed Spurs, relying on quite a few squad players and not even close to the ideal line-up, and not used to that particular array of talent configuration, finally found their collective mojo. Had they played like that from the start this could have been a very different story.

So it's not all doom and gloom. The absentee list of available players clearly is a significant reason. Our style of play under the new manager could well be a factor contributing to the injuries. But whether that's the price to pay, or if anything can be done to ameliorate that, is bound to be talked about a lot.

It also shows that anything can happen with Ange's approach, and while he's here, that's going to be the name of the game. Think of getting effective sedatives -- not recommended for frail viewers.

Meanwhile Arsenal lost to the Spammers - final score 0:2. West Ham fluffed a penalty at the very end that would have made it three nil.

Second Half: Towards the end of the 2nd half the Spurs B team, kinda, started to gel, got two back, Alejo Veliz and Ben Davies, and it was almost a miracle come back from the dead. But not quite, Spurs ferociously sought two more but, literally, couldn't get other late chances over the line.

Hard to watch when opponents take advantage of the reckless aspect of Angeball.

For a while the home side have been taking the piss and now we've collapsed. Goal #4 sails in from the penalty spot.
Belated congrats to the Spurs women for their 1:0 win over Arsenal women. Good game to watch.

Many of our previous opponents have fluffed their lines with all the chances we give away, even Brighton have, but they've taken enough to put them two ahead in the 1st half and now they're swaggering in the 2nd half, so far increasing the margin by one, so 3:0 it is. Stressing, dude!

Halftime: Well at least Wet Spam are leading at Arsenal. Won't last though.

First Half ends B&HA 2, Spurs 0.

In the corresponding fixture last season Oct 2022 [2022-2023]: Spurs won on their visit to Brighton with the only goal scored in the first half. Kane scored, Heung-min Son assisted. Hojbjerg was arguably man of the match.

Corresponding fixture two seasons ago March 2022 [2021-2022]: Romero and Kane were the two scorers to win this 0:2 at the Amex stadium. The first goal of the game was a total fluke as Romero deflected Kulusevsk's shot/assist beyond the home keeper but it was fun to watch and very welcomed to get us ahead. For the second goal, Harry Kane and Rodrigo Bentancur combined beautifully for a classic Spurs breakthrough, the "cola goal", with the team on a real high at that time.

Injury woes continue: Back to the present and Cristian Romero's injury, sustained against Everton, continues the steady stream of Tottenham players who are out of action.


Premier action
Final score
Spurs hang on
Richarlison, Son score
Spurs 2 Everton 1
Dec 23, 2023 (Ssn 2023/24)
Tottenham Hotspur stadium, London
Full time Hilites, NBC USA

Reactions: Three consecutive league wins following a serious winless slump for Spurs. But this was typically tense, edge of the seat stuff, as we've come to expect this season. Check back for more reactions coming up soon.

"Exactly what we all would have taken before the game so well done to the lads," dannybones22, WATTV viewer comment.

Second Half: Right down to the wire - in the final seconds with Everton incredibly close to getting a draw out of this: a VAR check showing the ball did not completely cross the Spurs goal line as it bounced off the crossbar - a fraction of an inch saved Spurs from dropping two of the 3 points finally earned. Never a dull moment with uncompromising Angeball!

It was brewing for a long time - Everton score, and unsually for Spurs, the goal was conceded from a corner. Nail biting finish coming up. Vicario saving Tottenham blushes so far.

Injury to Saar? No. Back up on his feet. Pickford pulls off a super save from in form Kulu.

Seemingly inevitable with Everton attacking in waves from late 1st half and since the break - goal? No. Still 2:0 to THFC. Can we get it together to not give up a lead? We did it against Forest but who knows...

Half time: Two nil to the Tottenham. Concerns about Romero's very early injury.

First half: Spurs go two up as Son pounces and buries the ball from a goalkeeper parry of a Johnson shot.

Ninth minute goal, Sarr to Johnson to former Toffee hero Richarlison who is top form in front of goal, something that is brilliant to be able to say. So by going ahead Spurs leapfrog City (not playing this weekend) into the top four.

Wet Spam 2-0 win over ManUre who are living up admirably to their name, an interesting early result.

Preview: Everton are on a big time roll along, up the football league, or the Premier league as it's now called, even after having ten points deducted. Spurs themselves have of course turned around a losing spell into being taken seriously again for a top four finishing table position with all the financial and "big club" categorization that goes with such an impressive feat.

Check back here at TheSpur as the weekend unfolds. Check back here at TheSpur as the weekend unfolds.


League match (Ssn 2022/23)
Super Kul, 2:0
Bissouma red carded
Nottingham Forest 0
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Dec 15, 2023 - FULL TIME
City ground Nottingham, UK
Hilites from NBC USA

LWOS instant reactions.

5 things spotted at Nottingham Forest vs Tottenham Hotspur (football.london).

Issues: Not forgetting what a lift it gave us to win this, let's hope Brennan Johnson bounces back from the injury sustained here. Plus, Udogie gets suspended for one match (ie Everton).

Full Time & instant TheSpur reaction: Spurs held their 2 goal load despite being a man down and after the match the traveling fans lauded the victory as the players applauded them back for the support -- it's a great feeling to know the vibe at the club is magnificent after two consecutive wins end a very dodgy patch, always playing the Ange way. The post match City Ground atmosphere was boosted because both sets of fans were in fine voice - yes, the home side lost, but what terrific backing by the Forest faithful for their beleaguered manager.

2nd Half: What's wrong with Yves Bissouma? Brutal foul and off he goes. Spurs to defend a two goal lead with ten players. It's been a game with some crunching physical contact but the former Brighton player has committed the worst.

Poor Forest keeper clearance straight to Kulu who had time and space to move forward and have a pop. It was a savable shot but hey, it went in! Perhaps the keeper's unusual double error was a career low point for him but gratefully accepted.

Forest had a "goal" ruled offside.

1st Half: Richarlison header from a pinpoint Kulu cross for the first goal, making it one nil to THFC at the City Ground.

THE SPUR of the Moment: Evening Standard says it well: "Dejan Kulusevski teed up Richarlison for the opener late in the first half before adding the second himself."

Preview: Well here we go. Have we bounced back for real after the solid win against Newcastle? Match on!

From Spursodyssey: "Brennan Johnson will, fitness permitting, return to his boyhood club for the first time. Spurs lost the last time they visited the City Ground (a 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat 13 months ago) but have won the last four league meetings between these clubs"

From yesteryear: Thogden visits the City Ground for Forest vs Spurs.


League match
Ange justified
Full time
Dec 10, 2023 (Ssn 2023/24)
8.30am Pac/USA US: USA Channel; Fubo, SlingB, DirecTV stream

Tottenham Hotspur 4
Newcastle United 1

Reactions (More reactions soon): Ange told us in no uncertain terms he's gonna stick with his vision and gameplan no matter what, and that seems to have clarified, invigorated, and inspired the players to play the way we witnessed today - everything a Lilywhite loyal could hope for.

Second half: Out of the blue Newcastle get one back, scored by Joelinton.
Fantastic performance today.  
Ange Postecoglou
Son fouled, Son scores penalty. 4 nil.

Classic build up play earns Richarlison his brace and it's good times back at the Lane.

Spurs started the 2nd half with a wobble but this time, unlike previous games when the side has surrendered leads, the players weathered the storm and now three up.

Half time [2-0]: Udogie and Richarlison ensure a two-nil lead to Spurs.

First half in play: What a great ball forward by Porro which ultimately sees Son feeding Richarlison for number two.

It was Spurs' Destiny to score. Around the 27th min nice link up play between Destiny Udogie and Son Heung-Min to notch the the game's opening goal and the Italian's first goal for Tottenham.

Opening phase: THFC with a lot of possession but no culmination up front. Newcastle hitting on the break and somehow managed, around the 9th minute, to miss their golden opportunity of the game so far.

Preview: Chris Cowlin's Spurs chat with Jonathon from Newcastle fans TV.

The two unluckiest sides in the Premier league when it comes to missing players.


League match 2023/24
Problems continue
Full time
Dec 07, 2023
Tottenham Hotspur 1
West Ham Utd 2

Injuries are the prime reason for both Tottenham and Newcastle's stuttering seasons so far after both got off to a sizzling start, but for Spurs at least (Geordies may be different) there's arguably more to the story, so stay tuned and more reactions soon. Then the two teams meet - on Sunday in north London. Can't wait. Should be interesting to say the least.

2nd half. Spurs lose it in the second half, errors and attempted possession play with no bite, after dominating the first.
Miles off it  
Jamie O'Hara

1st half: Returning Romero heads in the first goal of the game from a corner first half.

Evening Standard: "Tottenham will have Cristian Romero available again after suspension but Pape Matar Sarr is facing a race against time to feature, though is expected to be in line to play Newcastle on Sunday."

Wet Spam have been performing well in the Premier league (and in Europe) but that good form has been against relatively low performing clubs Burnley and Forest, whilst held most recently at home against Palace to a 1:1 draw.


League match
Super Kul, Dejan
Brennan & Kulu stun City - Spurs rejoice
Dec 03, 2023 [Ssn 2023/24]
Full time
Manchester City 3
Tottenham Hotspur 3
NBC highlights

Reactions
Reactions from ESPN

LWOS panel post City match reactions and nutritional advice!

Dion Dublin on BBC 5 Live radio: "Both of these teams have got to be proud of themselves, great football, great finishes, great game." BBC Match tracker: "Well done football."

Second half: Full time. It's over. More wild Angeball and you gotta hand it to him and the players, this was an amazing performance of persistence from a Spurs side that stunningly pulled off a draw against all the odds at the Etihad.

Huge controversy when Grealish was thru but the ref didn't play advantage.

Kulu equalizes for Tottenham, brilliant cross from Brennan Johnson.

Jack Grealish puts City ahead.
Spurs home to Burnley
FA Cup draw

Lo Celso equalizes as Spurs rob City of the ball and with two superb passes reach Gio, who sees the space, finds it, and in it goes off the upright. Assist: Son Heung-Min.

City have control of possession and their players make chances by being available for each other and effectively finding and exploiting available space, and there's lots of it when your opponent is obsessed with playing out of the back but then losing possession. City play a pressing game but with greater precision and understanding. They've got more available players, too.

First Half: Uh oh, spoke too soon. City running rings and now ahead from Foden.

Quarter way thru the match and Spurs not only hangin' in but taking it to City too. Gotta love Angeball because if we've got all the missing key players back, playing with this verve, the Lilywhites could be a major force to be reckoned with, whatever the outcome here.

Erling Haaland misses open goal. Spurs hang on at 1:1.

Within minutes, Son Heung-Min scores at both ends. Great goal for Spurs with Gill and Kulu creating it, but followed moments later by the South Korean's first ever own goal.

Never a dull moment with Ange, eh!
Terry Venables 1943-2023  
Spurs icon

Just about to start. It's balls to the wall for Ange with his line-up. Regardless of so many key players unavailable for THFC, the popular manager has opted to go for it big time.

Tottenham Hotspur: Vicario; Udogie, Porro, Royal, Davies, Bissouma, Lo Celso, Johnson, Kulusevski, Gil, Son [Subs: Forster, Austin, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Richarlison, Veliz, Santiago, Donley, Dorrington].

Pre-match: WATTV preview.

Pre-match: Big six preview including Tapintobs.

Spurs women were overpowered by the Man City women 7:0 yet there's every reason to believe that we can keep the score lower on the men's side.

Just moments away from the match with regular updates and of course, reactions as they come in. Just moments away from the match with regular updates and of course, reactions as they come in.

Match is underway soon. Match is underway soon. Match is underway soon. Match is underway soon. Match is underway soon.


Premier action
'Ollie good
Watkins wins it for Villa
Nov 26, 2023 (Ssn 2023/24)
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Aston Villa 2
London. *Match over*

LWOS panel post match reactions.

Full time: Spurs showed potential as always under the new manager, and were the better side in the first half, but ultimately THFC's ad hoc motley aggregation of whomever is fit enough to hobble onto the pitch started to tire and in the end, as hinted at previoulsy on this site as to what would happen, Villa "out Postecoglou'd" Ange.

Spurs showed a lot of spirit and considering the players out, Ange is doing the best he can, as are the players, but it's an incredibly competitive top half of the table and it's gonna be brutal with the look of the upcoming fixtures.

The fans are behind the manager, it's all action, can't take your eyes off the game for a moment, and we are "doing and daring" which is what the club is all about. Minor problem: we're on a serious losing streak, we can't hold on to leads, we're too porous at the back, and we are scoring fewer goals than needed to play this style of high risk football.

Chris Cowlin panel post match reactions.

Second Half: Dramatic improvement for Villa in the second half and a great goal from Arsenal fan and former Brentford cult hero Ollie Watkins.

Son boasts a hat trick of offside "goals". If an offside "goal" counted for half a real goal Spurs would be jammin'.

Villa make player changes. Ollie Watkins scores. Soon after, Ben Davies prevents him notching a brace after Watkins' point blank header is somehow bundled around the post.

First half: One all. Late first half equalizer by Torres for Villa. Around midway in the first half, an assist by Porro for Lo Celso to score with the help of a Villa player deflection. Nice goal.

Bentancur off injured. Yikes.

Preview: It's the battle of the high priests of the high press, Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur. This style of plays may be the cause of a relatively high number of missing players. Only Man Utd, Newcastle, and Brighton have more of their squad out of action.

All five of us clubs are in double figures (by contrast, West Ham have the least with only two). Obviously, the total number of missing players is not the only indicator of a team's effectiveness but it usually doesn't help when that number is remarkably high, to say the least.

Visitors' eye view of Spurs vs Villa. How they laughed at our defence last season.
All eyes are now on me ... what decisions do I make  
Ange Postecoglou, THFC manager
Chris Cowlin features Villa On tour.

Now is not the time flinch, says Spurs gaffer Ange Postecoglou on Australia's Optus sport.

Ben Davies interview with the Guardian. BBC Football reminds us that "Aston Villa beat Tottenham home and away last season."

Barely time to rustle up the briefest of notes to welcome you to Villa vs Spurs but will be watching nonetheless. Check back for reactions and updates.

In the United States viewers can check out the game live, 6am if in the Pacific time zone, 9am East coast, on TV via USA Network in English or Telemundo in Spanish. Online, eyes move to Fubo, DirecTV Stream, or Sling Blue to catch the action on laptop or TV screen hook-up.

With Spurs recently, it's been either "we could win the Prem" to "at least we've built up a cushion to help stave off relegation if possible."

Check back here at The Spur for lots of reactions as Sunday progresses. Check back here at The Spur for lots of reactions as Sunday progresses.


Premier league
Dire 'bolical Spurs
Missing players or deeper malaise?
Nov 11, 2023 (Ssn 2023/24)
Wolves 2
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Molineux, Wolverhampton, by Rob Francis

Reactions: Very early goal from Brennan Johnson, but after that moment of joy Wolverhampton were better everywhere in every department, while Spurs gradually faded away. With two late goals, both coming in added time, Wanderers could have scored a lot more. Tottenham, by contrast, created a shocking two proper chances all game.

You have to hand it to Wolves, they out-Postecoglou'd Ange! And with Villa also going totally Poste'l it's embarrassing to admit that other sides are already nicking his template but with better execution - a lot because Spurs had a "B team" out there and they were just not at the level needed to work together to operate Ange's system of play.

For Tottenham's part there's no question that without key players the north London side looked a sorry rendition of what we saw before the Chelsea, and now Wolves, debacles.

More reactions on the way.

Pre-match: Due to the extreme time difference where I'm at right now when it's the the "early" kick off selection (the other time slots are no problem) you've probably seen the match by now, so hoping it went well. Any reactions here will be kinda way after the event.

It's actually a weird feeling that anything would follow that Spurs v Chelsea happening -- it had the feel of the world's last football statement, nothing can seem the same after that. But it makes this visit to the West Midlands all the more interesting.

Something to keep in mind is the "absentee list". For various reasons, we're missing significantly more talent than most sides: around ten are out. The only club with more is Newcastle. At the other end of the spectrum, the fewest is boasted by West Ham, with one! Second fewest are, with 3, the very team we are playing (have plaid), namely Wolverhampton Wanderers.


Premier league 2023/24
9 man Spurs sink
Red cards, injuries - woe
Romero 1 of 2
THFC red cards
Mon, Nov 6, 2023
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Chelsea 4
FULL TIME. Live online USA: Peacock
Tottenham Hotspur stadium
Highlights NBC(USA)

LWOS post-match reactions.

2nd half: 4th for Chelsea.

Son Heung-Min, the epitome of never giving up, almost gets an equalizer deep into stoppage time. Spurs fans appreciate the players' efforts despite this bizarre and nightmarish derby.

Dier finds the back of the net but offside.

Just over 1/4hr left Chelsea finally find a way to get their go ahead goal.

Here wo go again, another card to Udogie, this time a red one. It was his destiny. This is beyond grueling to watch.

1st half: Gotta say it's frustrating to see that Cristian Romero foul that got him sent off. His tackle was fine and effective, a very pro tackle, until he added the last unnecessary bit and turned the game upside down.

Van de Ven injured. Rapidly becoming a nightmare for Spurs, who see Maddison injured too.

Chelsea equalize from the penalty spot and Romero sent off. Game is turned on its head 1-1 and Spurs a man down.

Early Kulu goal. Soon after, Spurs keeper immense to keep the Lilywhites ahead. Son "goal" disallowed for offside. High octane start to the game with the home side definitely getting the lion's share of the action.

Lots of edge of the seat top flight English football action over this weekend including Luton's dogged determination at home to Liverpool, the high scoring capital derby thriller with Brentford eventually downing West Ham, Everton's plucky point against Brighton, Forest shocking Villa in the East vs West Midlands derby, and the surprise of Saturday: Sheffield Utd win a game, beating Wolves, and what a match it was. Oh, and of course, the Geordies kicked Arse.

Man City popping six past the Cherries puts the Sky Blues top of the table, leaving Tottenham Hotspur one point behind, in 2nd place, as we head into this final match of the round.

So, what a way to crown this round of action than with Spurs home to Chelsea and the return of Poch to face the wonder manager of the season so far. And remember, Mauricio didn't decide to leave, he was sacked.

A lot to fight for with the usual bitter rivalry made all the more spicy with the fact that a win does of course put Spurs back on the top of the Prem and consigns Chelsea to mid table mediocrity, the Blues having lost in their previous league match at home to Brentford, and with all the money they've spent, pretty much in crisis mode.

ESPN UK: the Pochettino derby.

CFC Preview from Younes, Chelsea fan.

WATTV in-match fan reactions.

Preview from We Are Tottenham TV.


Premier league
Marvelous Maddison
One back for CPFC, but THFC win
Oct 27, 2023 (Ssn 2023/24).
Crystal Palace 1
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Selhurst Park. FULL TIME Highlights [NBC]
US live: USA chan; Fubo, DirTV, SlingB; +Span lang

More reactions:
"Why tottenham has so many sons? son, maddison, richarlison, johnson and emerson. that's why they're top of the league!" -- anomnymous2428, viewer, NBC YT highlights.

LWOS post-Palace panel.

"Top of the league and arguably got one of the 3 or 4 best players at the club in Bentancur back, heading in the right direction." -- footyfan94, bbc match report forum.

Instant reaction: There's the strongest vibe across the football 'Net that Tottenham Hotspur are now to be taken seriously. Even timorous Tottenham aficianados are daring to dream! Wow, does this make Spurs vs Poch's Ch***** an even bigger game. Now we're the new Man City, everybody's gotta prove themselves against the new giants, eh?

Spurs ended up battling right up to the end rather than cruising over the line due to an unlikely comeback by Crystal Palace. But justice was done because the two Tottenham goals showed what this team is capable of, even if just a few of these magical moves (often involving James Maddison) come to fruition, they leave Spurs deservedly at the winning end of encounters like this, and this is a pattern that's emerging.

Several potentially world class talents combined with an unusually effective manager will often be the difference (and yes, Roy Hodgson is also an unusually effective manager but he's not got any James Maddison's on his side - no disrespect to them, they almost got a result, but their often dodgy physicality was over the top).

Second half: Palace brutal to the end - sub Bryan Gil aggressively taken out by a home tackle.

VAR decides a "goal" for Palace is.....
disallowed, surely?.... It rolled down his arm. But the goal stands for Jordan Ayew.
Check back for more reactions  
  The Spur

What a Goal, #2 for the Lilywhites on the day. If Spurs can score from the right, why not from the left? Again, Maddison the engine room, feeds ex-Forest phenom Brennan Johnson who lays it on for Son Heung-Min's superb score. It was Angeball at its finest. All over in moments, a sudden and swift build-up move leaving a dazed opposition scratching their collective heads. Great stuff, and a joy to see how well Johnson, Maddison and Son combine together.

Goal. Palace's dogged defence could ill-afford too many errors against Spurs who can score in a second, and the home side were starting to show glimpses of frailty and soon enough it was in the back of the Palace net, and Spurs, even after that 1st goal, had technically not achieved a single shot on target, this being an own goal. But a split second is all James Maddison needs, he gives opponents very little time to react when in possession, and the next thing Joel Ward knows is that his attempted intervention guides the ball past his own keeper.

But let's not forget the teamwork involved in some of these goals. For the first one it pinged around half a dozen times between Porro, Sarr and Romero, so by the time Maddison quickly released it rapidly across the goalface the opponents' disorientation made errors all the more likely.

First half: Palace fans right to question Romero's over-reaction to a non-event, but then a brutal "chopper" foul on van de Ven, still being targeted, and it's the Palace players who should be getting stick for their distinctively agricultural approach to facing the Premier league's top team going into this weekend.

Spurs starting to create chances, some nice build ups and counters, but nothing on target. Roy Hodgson must be pleased with his side's efforts so far.

Early doors. Italian keeper Vicario saving THFC's azz so far. Van der Ven playing well and targeted for treatment by Palace.

Pre-match: Not much time to build towards this game. In the 2022/3 season, back in January of this year, The Cockerels convincingly pecked The Eagles to end up with a resounding 0:4 away triumph.

Hueng-min Son celebrated with the away fans after his goal, which was the fourth and final for the Lilywhites who also didn't concede on this great night at Crystal Palace.

Two 2nd half goals from Harry Kane, both with a top quality supporting cast in the form of other teammates such as the Gil-Kane interplay creating the 2nd, and then a third from Matt Doherty with Kane and Son involved in the build up. The 4th a beaut from Son involving Kane and Bryan Gil, the latter subbed out to wild applause from the enthusiastic and vocal traveling Tottenham support.

Preview links:
Pre-match LWOS Palace vs Spurs chat.
BBC Football preview.
Pre-match We are Tottenham TV pump-up.


Prem action 2023/24
Confident Spurs
Palace already on Friday
Son hits
the target

Oct 23, 2023
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Fulham 0
T.Hotspur stadium, London. Full time.
Utd States live TV: USA etc, Web: Fubo, Hulu etc.

Reactions: Another victory. Spurs don't have much time before the next game against Palace on Friday. For now, THFC are #1 in the Premier league and playing as a team, not just an aggregation of players, which they were and are to some extent, but that speaks to the brilliance of the new manager to have got them playing "his way" almost immediately.

If we're looking for an area of improvement it's how to defend a two goal lead. Yes the players achieved it but an opponent with better finishing could have punctured, multiple times, the second half version of Tottenham's defending efforts. Fulham were given too much after the break and Spurs are capable of controlling a lot better when that becomes the necessity.

Second half: Fulham started this half quite well, but having to come out and have a pop at the home side leaves more room for the Lilywhites who are determined to retake top spot in the table. And that's exactly what happened - Spurs wait for the errant Fulham pass picked up by Hojbjerg and played to Son who finds Maddison and it's the insurance goal for Tottenham. Son in the running for "Spur of the Moment" with a goal and an assist so far.

First half, 37th minute, the opening goal. Spurs savior Son is the one, bending it in like a true genius.

Spurs started strong, Fulham found their footing, but ultimately it's the blend of Angeball and the world class talent of one of the players, in this case a South Korean international forward of some repute, that is the difference between the two capital sides.

Spur of the Moment: Son Heung-min scores, assists, captains, playes intelligently and with boundless energy and enthusiasm. Among other talents.


League match
Spurs loot Town
10 man THFC triumph
Oct 7, 2023 (Ssn 2023/24)
Luton Town 0
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Kenilworth Rd, Luton
NBC Highlights

First reactions: Spurs enjoy being top of the table, at least temporarily. Nice goal, professional performance, but we do could without the embarrassing dive, leading to a red carded Yves Bissouma.

Newly promoted Luton were under seige from the start, but when Spurs went a man down it seemed the Hatters might have done enough to thwart Tottenham.

It didn't turn out that way when the ball was, thanks to a few seconds of brilliance almost too fast for the opposition to react, firmly in the back of the aspiring hosts' goal not long after the break. Kulu's quick corner, Maddison's magical pull-back from the touchline, and Van de Ven's lightning quick stab to the net (53), and the deed was done, the deadlock broken.

That said, Luton had their golden moment shortly before the THFC goal and how Elijah Adebayo missed his point blank opportunity in the 47th min, it does makes you wonder, his outstep tap towards a beckoning net failing to get a proper connection and getting the ball stuck between his legs as he slid towards the goal-line! It looked an impossible human feat, or should we say, feet. Lucky Spurs.

You have to go back to 1960 for this kind of explosive start to a season from super Spurs, still unbeaten in the league this season with some enjoyable and deserved wins thrown in. Yes it's true this Lilywhite side have been blessed with bucket loads of luck in these opening season encounters (like Luton's goal scoring efforts which were atrocious even by their own standards), but what we've seen so far is a tectonically transformed Tottenham tsunami.

Luton will obviously not be the standard to which Spurs will have to rise most of the time this season, but what a sensational start to Ange the Aussie's tenure at the helm of this legendary London club. Bring 'em on!

Talking of London, the next three league games are capital derbies against Fulham, Palace, and then of course the big one: home against a seemingly reviving Chelsea, who clobbered Burnley at Turf Moor on this same day, and the return of Mauricio Pochettino.

More reactions on the way. Reactions on the way. Reactions on the way. Reactions on the way. Reactions on the way. Reactions on the way.

MEN OF THE MATCH: The three players who combined in the play that broke the nil-nil deadlock: Kulu, Maddison, van de Ven.


Nine? Danke, Jurgen!
Last gasp winner
Sept 30, 2023 (Ssn 2023/24)
US TV & Online: USA, Fubo, DirecTV stream, Sling B.
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Liverpool 1

Reactions: Check back for the reactions to yet another milestone in this truly magical early era of Ange Postecoglou's tenure at the helm of our favorite club.

Meanwhile it's time say "Danke Shon" to Jurgen for allowing us to play against only nine opponents as Liverpool's German manager held his head in his hands uttering "Nein Danke, Gott in Himmel". Liverpool looked a damn good team until that happened, and still were only seconds from salvaging something, but it speaks volumes about how radically improved this Spurs side is since the arrival of our cult inducing Australian manager.

Second Half: Incredible finale as Liverpool get a second player sent off and a chance to improve THFC's awful recent record against the red half of Merseyside. But not until the final seconds did Spurs get that two man advantage to pay dividends - Matip couldn't control a Porro center causing the ball to bounce into the visitors' net. But with the relentless waves of Spurs pressure there was always a higher chance of that kind of defensive glitch. Yeah, not a pretty goal but definitely a glorious conclusion, wildly celebrated by Tottenham fans worldwide.

Half time: A goal apiece. Second half in play. Reds down a player.

First Half: Shock. Liverpool equalize. Mind the Gakpo.

Maddison to Richarlison to Son - bingo! Spurs one man and one goal up. "Nice one Sonny, let's 'ave another one". Spurs go marching into the half time interval ahead (or so we thought, until.... -- Ed.)

Liverpool down to ten men. Diabolical studs up foul (midfielder Curtiss Jones) could have broken Bissouma's leg.

Pre-match: In the corresponding fixture last season Spurs lost 1:2. Kane & Spurs got a goal back after going two down to two Mohamed Salah goals but it was not enough.

Apart from the result, the THFC event of the day was seeing Kulu back from injury, on as a sub, and showing the difference that can happen with him on. However the now typical Tottenham rally, after the usual first half indifference, wasn't quite good enough this time, albeit close.

Both sides showed potential last season, but failed to show it on consistent basis and so neither side was ultimately among the elite best.

In the most recent league encounter, back in April '23, a seven goal thriller saw Liverpool go three goals ahead. Spurs pulled three back, but the Anfield side nabbed a very late winner. The last two goals came in stoppage time. 100% entertainment but not the right result for us.

Neither club ended up anywhere near as impressive as last season's top two performers, champs Man City and runners-up Arsenal, but both were among the best of the rest. Liverpool finished strong with three consecutive wins to land 5th place, Spurs had a somewhat below par run-in leaving them in 8th place with seven points separating the two.

The Darkside:

Red & White Kop

The Redmen: Klopp pre-match interview


League Match (Ssn 2023/24)
Ange meets
toughest test
of career

Moral victory
Ange & Spurs go on
Arsenal 2
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Final score. by Rob Francis

Chris Cowlin Spurs chat reactions.

WATTV in ground reaction.

Match report Guardian.

Match report BBC Football.

A worldwide audience witnessed the unfolding miracle of Team Tottenham reborn under the guidance of Ange Postecoglou the Australian wonder coach.

"Even at the embryonic stage in our rebuild, we were not embarrassed away by the team the finished 2nd last year. We are in a good place. The future is very bright if we get further right players in." -- NA, poster, Tottenham Away.

2nd half. Nice one Son. Heung-min equalizes, notching a brace, seconds after Arsenal retook the lead with a penalty for a Romero handball. Amazing. THFC level again. Come on you Spurs.

Pre-match Ange Postecoglou BBC interview with Spur legend Gary Lineker.

Following Arsenal away is Liverpool at home. Following Arsenal away is Liverpool at home. Following Arsenal away is Liverpool at home. Following Arsenal away is Liverpool at home.

Following Arsenal away is Liverpool at home. Following Arsenal away is Liverpool at home. Following Arsenal away is Liverpool at home. Following Arsenal away is Liverpool at home.


League match
Richarlison
He's baaack!
September 16, 2023
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Sheffield Utd 1
Result

Climax: Oh wow, the dynamic finish did materialize, big time, in the surprising form of Richarlison and then Kulu to top it off, both deep into injury time - Kulu's winner ten minutes into stoppage. The Lane goes utterly beserk.

"We also shouldn't forget about Perisic! After 14 corners or so it was his corner that allowed our breakthrough!" -- AlejandroRisin, WATTV viewer.

LWOS post match.

Earlier: Is the honeymoon over? Hope not. Spurs were all over the visitors but couldn't produce the dynamic finish that the Blades were able to conjure up.


League match
Spurs rampant
Blockbuster 2nd half
September 2, 2023
Burnley 2
Tottenham Hotspur 5
Final result. NBC highlights

Reactions. Cristian Romero's superbly struck strike near the end of the first half ensures a halftime lead for Tottenham Hotspur having gone a goal down earlier. Son Hueng-Min the scorer of a superb Spurs equalizer.

Spurs score a brilliant third (the amazing Maddison), and then came a fourth and fifth goal both by Son to bag an impressive hat trick. Burnley don't give up and get a consolation second goal before the final whistle. More reactions as the weekend unfolds.


League match
Impressive
Reactions
Spurs seem
restored

Bournemouth 0
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Sat, Aug 26, 2023 (Ssn 2023/24)
Ultra edited highlights, longer NBC USA clip.

Reactions: The first reaction I had, watching, even from the get go against Brentford, but even more so since United and Cherries, is how rapidly the Tottenham Hotspur players have absorbed the way our new manager wants his team to play football, and how rapidly they've individually and collectively put it into practice.

In that process most of the players seem rejuvenated. Like someone gave them a discernable plan, a blueprint, for how to be better players playing for a more successful team which is way more enjoyable to play for and, for us, to watch and wonder.

Nobody is saying it's a done deal, but the dramatic rapidity of the change and the fact that mostly it has worked wonders, when with such a seemingly risky style you could expect big time teething trouble for quite some time before it would even begin to look right, and yet, it started taking shape right out of the box!

It's the most remarkable phenomenon I've actually ever experienced in football as a supporter, and I'm definitely in for the ride, as we all are. Still almost spinning from this season so far. -- Rob Francis

LWOS reacts.

Chris Cowlin reacts.

Madison ran the show says WATTV.

BBC Football's Matthew Howarth.

Back of the Net says Spurs won with ease.

Vital football Up the Cherries forum.

Bournemouth YT Cherries Red Army view of where they are at.

More reactions on the way.


Between now and Cherries
Classic response to the BBC Five Live radio host and guests by David Statman: "I don't have a personal life to get anything wrong in it."


Premier league action
Spurs March On
Dramatic start to Postecoglou era
Aug 19, 2023
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Manchester United 0
@ TH Stadium, London. Final result.

2nd half: In early 2nd half, Pape Matar Sarr gets the goal in the 50th minute, assist by Kulu (technically a rebound). Then an own goal nearer the end (technically) but credit to Ben Davies.

Woh - starting early in 2nd half we get, for the first time in this brand new season, a truly breathtaking taste of what Ange Postecoglou's vision can conjure up when it materializes as planned. At the same time, we can also see the inevitable risk of this style with United missing several golden chances. Never a dull moment, for better or worse!

Once the lads got the hang of it, and that took about a game and a half -- it was not a gradual but a sudden transformation -- almost incredible. As the commentator remarked, now they're enjoying themselves.

As usual, the premier league money men are furious and have given United an extra 9+ minutes or so to try to bounce back. They failed.

The Mirror: "A comprehensive United defeat by a vibrant Spurs", "Spurs adapting without Kane."

Prescient pre-2nd half comment: "I genuinely think we have the makings of a great team over the next season or two. The only barrier to that are unrealistic, impatient, impulsive, fans that can't provide ever-increasing encouragement and enthusiasm. Yes Levy can sign us a gem or two. But great coaching, great man management, great spirit and great leadership far exceed all that. Ange is what this club has been looking for. What the true fans have been looking for. This season is about building solid foundations and injecting some fun and flair back into our game. Give the players time to bed in. They're still suffering some PTSD from Conte etc. Get behind them and give them confidence." -- the hipster, Spurs Community.

Soccerway: Tottenham Hotspur failed to win in their previous 5 home matches in a row against Manchester United.


League match
Grippin' stuff
Ange makes a point
Aug 13, 2023 (Ssn 2023/4)
Brentford 2
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Brentford stadium, London
Full time

Rob Francis' Instant Reaction: Well I haven't been glued like this to a Spurs game for a while but this was a fascinating, unnerving, exciting rollercoaster ride - just as I'd imagined it might be. Not for the faint hearted, but never boring like some managers served up in the recent past.

The concept is beguiling, it obviously needs work, and do we have the right players for this? Ange hasn't managed in the Prem before and it could get a lot more stressful than this. As I hinted: strong constitution required even just as a spectator. We're not used to this lifestyle!

But like a book you can't put down, I'm not missing a second of this, having absolutely no idea where, on the spectrum of success, this will ultimately land. But there'll be plenty of opinionated people more than willing to chime in.... so we'll see what they say.

TMGSPurs, commenter on the Guardian match report. "I feel I woke up from a 3-4 yr nightmare. Finally, Spurs are playing football. Properly.

"We have lots to improve on but, after a long time, I don't feel like smashing my TV to bits.

"Ironic that Kane has left just as we have a team set up to serve him. No coincidence that he scored 4 in his last game for us. Richarlison is a hard worker but not fit to lace his boots - first touch is poor (startling for a Brazilian no. 9) and his passing isn't great. We do need a top class centre forward, maybe someone like Vlahovic since Juve need the cash.

"Not sure our system is suited to Son and Deki - they usually cut inside and do most damage. With our full backs moving inside, they seem to have been instructed to keep wide as much as possible. Wonder if Son won't be better suited to playing up front, esp against teams which sit back.

"Would have liked to see Lo Celso instead of Sarr but can't complain overall.

"Ange is a good appointment. After all your fuck-ups, Mr Levy, you got one thing right."

Pre match: Harry Kane's move to Bayern is imminent as the Ange Postecoglou era begins.

Adoring fans from the world over who had travelled to a pre-season Spurs visit in Thailand were treating him like a savior, or indeed the Buddha himself reincarnated!

It would be nice to erase memories of what was, towards the end of the season, a diabolical falling away despite the big win over Leeds in our Premier league's farewell fixture of 2022/3.

The Spur wrote at the end of the last campaign: "The off season should prove more entertaining than most of what's gone on before. This club needs work. It's become famous recently for the very reason that it's not working."

Let's just hope we rise to the occasion on this opener against a fellow capital club we struggled against last term. That said, of course the new Australian manager will have much still to do to make Spurs hot again, it's not an overnight project, to state it mildly.

It is incredible how time has flown and to realize the new season has already begun! Here we go. London derby.

Reactions incoming... Check back for links to the reactions on the internet and beyond.