Support Triffic On Facebook

Jan 232012
 

Chris Foy,! And not the cyclist I might add for those of you who tweeted the wrong guy lasts time.

Cast your mind back a couple of months to when we lost to Stoke in probably one of the worst displays by the match officials I have seen this season. Where do I start? Offside goal that was 2 yards on, didn’t award a penalty for a foul on Kaboul and the worst of the lot was shawcross with his great handball save on the line that any keeper would have been proud of.

So Friday night we go to Watford for our FA Cup  4th round clash and our old pal Chris Foy will be in charge of a Spurs game once again, let’s hope he can put in a half decent refereeing display this time.

 Posted by at 19:29
Jan 232012
 

3-2 the final result and I have never in twenty years felt so gutted following a game of football. It seems that no matter how far we have progressed under Redknapp, no matter how different this Spurs side is supposed to be to teams of recent years, our fate is pre-meditated. Now I am no pessimist, in fact I am similar to most of us THFC followers who always expect that little bit more of the side on match day, despite how highly the odds are stacked against us. For example, Instead of aiming for a point, I’d argue that three’s the target regardless of premier league opposition. However, prior to kick off yesterday, I spent all of my ‘genuine’ optimism saved up over the years on this one, season defining game. “To Dare is To Do” right?
The line-up looked faultless in my opinion and one I’d been crying out for at the lane for a while, despite our impressive form. Pace up top for once, an abundance of flair and the enlightening pairing of King and Kaboul, I couldn’t complain.
In all seriousness and despite the early promise the week had served up, my gut feeling worked its way into proceedings the longer the game went on as it tends to do during every huge Spurs fixture. It all seemed too good to be true. All week I had heard positivity from the Tottenham camp with a genuine belief, of which I shared, that we could go and nick all three points at the Etihad. It seemed an unusual amount of people fancied us to cause an upset and really shake up the title race.
2-2 after being 2-0 down and 25 minutes left on the clock, vivid memories of the Emirates last season came flooding in, and I can’t begin to explain the anxiety that rushed through me as time ticked on. DEFOE !!! It wasn’t to be our day and I honestly believe that given a paper and pen after wasting that monumental chance, I could have written the finale. Every Spur knew what would follow. The looks on the player’s faces at full time painted the picture, we’d given everything and yet again, despite the controversy, didn’t get what we deserved.
“This would only happen to us”. If I had a pound for every person that said this today I’d be a rather wealthy man. Nevertheless despite the 8 point gap now, I’d love to see us continue to show the ambition that see us branded “contenders” for the rest of the season. In my eyes, which haven’t seen much glory of the cups at WHL, this chapter is far from over with 16 games left to play.
“To Dare is To Do” right?

Jan 232012
 

Harry Redknapp today started the long-awaited trial where he stands accused of tax evasion during his spell at Portsmouth with Milan Mandaric.

Harry stands accused of taking bungs over player transfers, one in particular grabbed attention which involved Peter Crouch going to Villa. Redknapp was a director at Portsmouth and had a contract which saw him get 10% of player transfers which was later reduced to 5% when he became the manager.

The prosecution is trying to prove that Harry flew to Monaco to set up a bank account in his dogs name to receive “substantial” payments of money thought to be bungs over player transfers.

John Black QC opened the Crown’s case at Southwark Crown Court by telling jurors “both parties must have known” they were avoiding taxes.

“These payments were a bung or offshore bonus that the parties had absolutely no intention of paying taxes for,” he said.

Redknapp’s “widespread popularity” was singled out by the prosecution.

“He is currently enjoying what may be described as footballing success,” Mr Black said.

“They (Tottenham) are currently riding high and are placed today as third in the league despite yesterday’s result.”

Redknapp is “unusually talented”, the Crown added.

Redknapp, appearing behind bullet-proof glass alongside Mandaric, read notes as Mr Black outlined how the manager received player transfer bonuses under a clause in his contract.

Mr Black focused on the purchase of Peter Crouch for £1,250,000 before he was sold for £4.5 million.

Redknapp never mentioned the Monaco account as he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs officials over his transfer dealings at West Ham United, the court heard.

The probe, between January 2004 and October 2006, “was originally prompted by concerns over a £300,000 payment… regarding profit made in a player transfer, namely Rio Ferdinand,” Mr Black said.

There prosecution are convinced they have the evidence to convict Redknapp which could lead to a prison sentence and ultimately cost him his job at Spurs and kill off any hopes of becoming the England manager next summer.

The case continues and is expected to last around 2 weeks.

 

 Posted by at 16:52
Jan 222012
 

No two ways about it I feel sick to the stomach and it probably won’t go away for some time.

After coming back from 2 goals down in a match that showed me we can match City to lose like that is gutting. It was a silly tackle by King but we can never hold it against him. BAE put us under pressure by keeping the ball in play and booting it down the pitch.

Balotelli should have seen red for stamping on Parkers head but it’s one of them things, the ref saw it but bottled it.  I am proud of the lads today for the effort and character shown but for today I feel sick inside.

Discuss…..

 Posted by at 16:06
Jan 222012
 

If you want to watch the match live just log into the >>FORUM<<

Well today could decide whether we really are in the title race or not. City thumped us 5-1 at White Hart Lane back in August and now they are missing a couple of key players it could be time to seek revenge and open the top of the table up.

Defoe comes in for Adebayor who is ineligable to play as he can’t play against his parent club, today is Defoe’s chance to back up his claim that he should be playing more, he doesn’t often do it against the big teams but hopefully today will be a different story.

Starting Lineup

Tottenham

Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Modric, Parker, Bale; Van der Vaart; Defoe.

subs today – Cudicini, Bassong, Dawson, Kranjcar, Livermore, Pienaar, Pavlyuchenko

Manchester City

Hart, Richards, Savic, Lescott, Clichy, Milner, Barry, Aguero, Silva, Nasri, Dzeko

 

 

 

 

 Posted by at 12:35
Jan 202012
 

We are now 2 days away from our massive game away at City. If we win we go 2 points behind them and really put ourselves up there as challengers for the title for the first time in 50 years.

Early team news is sort of obvious as Harry will blindly stick to what he has all season:
Friedel
Walker Dawson Kaboul Assou-Ekotto
Lennon ShittyParker Modric Bale
Van Der Vaart Pavlyuchenko

Despite this i really think that Harry should change things for this game. Adebayor is inelligible and I cannot see him having 2 midgets up front. Defensivelyi think we are very strong but I think City are much better when it comes to the front six:
LENNON-milner
shittyparker-DE JONG
modric-SILVA
BALE-barry
van der vaart-BALOTELLI
defoe-AGUERO

We will struggle in the centre of midfield as parker and modric will be unable to cope with the city 3. I would like to see Harry try 433 to combat them

Walker Dawson Kaboul BAE
Livermore Shittyparker Modric
Lennon Defoe Bale

That pace up front would worry City and the 3 in midfield couyld directly combat citys with parker free to kick silva and get booked after a few minutes proceed to give the ball away and later get sent off. The team can then form up for a 441 formation when this happens. Slightly pessimistic and i would like to hear what people think of the 433 formation. Also any predictions
City 3-0 Spurs (with vdv)

COYS!!!!

Jan 192012
 

No doubt about it, Sunday is a massive game and for all the right reasons. If you would have told us that we would be going into January in a title race every Spurs fan would have bitten your hand off to have a season like this but in harsh reality if we lose on Sunday the gap will then be 8pts and we could come crashing back down to Earth.

Are we just happy to be where we are or do we really expect to push all the way until the end, I don’t doubt for a minute that the team will go out there on Sunday and take the game to City, no Kompany and Toure means they are beatable. If we lose then the aim just have to be to make sure we don’t concede too much ground to those behind us over the coming weeks.

If we consider ourselves to be title contenders then we have to go out and win this match and there is no doubt this is our biggest game of the season/ It’s great being  a Spurs fan, you guys will remember we hardly ever had any big meaningful matches but now they come thick and fast. Any match against teams in the top 6 is now a real treat. Don’t forget last season when our biggest matches were the likes of the Milan’s and Madrid. Times have changed for us and all we can hope is that it’s now our turn to spend 10 years or so at the top fighting for honours and competing in Europe.

Sunday is our biggest game if you look at us as title contenders, City can be beaten without Toure and Kompany, they came to the Lane when we were weak and now it’s time for revenge.

 Posted by at 19:00
Jan 152012
 

Harry Redknapp made a special trip to France to watch Marseille take on Lille and keep a special eye on his long-term target Joe Cole…. Only joking it was Loic Remy the great one was there to see.

Loic Remy has been heavily linked with a £20m to Spurs since the window opened and Redknapp himself admitted serious interest in the player.

Tonight saw Harry go one step further and personally go to see Remy in action and he didn’t disappoint as he scored both goals as Marseille beat Lille 2-0. Harry will surely be knocking on Levy’s door Monday morning demanding he dust off the cobwebs and open his wallet.

 Posted by at 22:17
Jan 152012
 

Looking at the fixtures we have coming up it would suggest the next 6 or 7 weeks will define our season and show the rest of the league just how far we have come. We slipped up yesterday against Wolves which was a bad result but it happens and that’s just football, we haven’t had many of them this season which is why we are where we are but the bookies are starting to write us off as in the week you could have got Premier League odds of 3/1 which have now dropped to 12/1 since the Wolves result.

Our next 5 away matches are:

Sunday, 22 January 2012
Barclays Premier League
Man City v Tottenham, 13:30
Monday, 6 February 2012
Barclays Premier League
Liverpool v Tottenham, 20:00
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Barclays Premier League
Arsenal v Tottenham, 13:30
Saturday, 10 March 2012
Barclays Premier League
Everton v Tottenham, 15:00
Saturday, 24 March 2012
Barclays Premier League
Chelsea v Tottenham, 15:00

 

There are some tough away matches to come and in the middle of all that you can throw in a home match against Manchester United. If we really are title contenders then you have to go to some of the big teams and beat them. The players will need to believe, we are capable of picking up points against these teams now, we beat Arsenal and Liverpool away last season because we  played to our strengths and attacked.

 

January and February will shape our season into either a race for the title or a bid to stay in the top four, I used to fear these type of matches but now I relish them, it’s what being a top team is all about.

 Posted by at 10:36