The Devil’s Notebook

A seven-goal North London derby it was, then. Regrettably five of those goals went to our fiendish neighbours and just two…well, I’m sure you can do the numbers. There’s much to be learned in defeat, of course, if you’re an open-minded sort: first, this kind of nonsense would’ve never happened under Harold James Redknapp’s stewardship and second, writing in a notebook is the hallmarks of a man with the last thread of sanity sprouting from his ear.

Making notes, according to The Mail, is an act of bibbling lunacy. Terry Connor makes notes. Certainly not a credible manager wishing to be taken seriously. You wouldn’t catch Mourinho making notes. Or even a good British manager like David Moyes.

Away from all the tabloid stink-palming of Villas-Boas, the game was a grim but perhaps avoidable catastrophe. That’s not to say Spurs wouldn’t have buckled under the weight of an Arsenal comeback had Adebayor not gone all Chopper O’ Braindead on Cazorla- we were pegged back by City the week before- but at least we’d have had a firmer base on which to defend our lead or even send out more invites to the goal party. They looked fairly whiffy at the back, it has to be said.

Villas-Boas’ second-half tactics were brave in that he didn’t just put blind faith in trying to contain Arsenal and keep the score from spiralling out of control and into I’m-not-going –outside-for-a-month territory. Switching to three-at-the-back was a courageous move in light of the home side already having put our defence under considerable pressure in the half’s final throes. The temptation to limit the damage must’ve been great so we must doff our caps for that. Clint Dempsey probably had his best game for us, too, so the only way is up.

And up we must go. The reality now is that we’ve lost four out of the last five in the League and we need to show some of this much fangled character to turn the tide. Mitigating circumstances aside- injuries, red cards, Presidential elections- Spurs and Villas-Boas have some work to do. Starting in Rome. Which, I hear, wasn’t built in a day.

We’ve got your back, Andre.

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17 Responses to The Devil’s Notebook

  1. avatar JimmyG2 says:

    Well it’s obvious that The Mail’s journalists don’t make notes.
    I bet Lloris has told Marcel to STFU and let AVB do it his way.in future.
    Dembele’s back apparently.
    When’s the DVD of the first 16 minutes out?

  2. avatar Anonymous says:

    Why do you lot persist with this pathetic idea that all criticism of AVB stems from some sort of newspaper conspiracy, orchestrated by Redknapp and his press pals? We’ve played lousy (and largely unsuccessful) football so far this season, and to blame that on the Daily Mail/Sun/Mirror instead of pinning it firmly on AVB (and the genius who appointed him) is delusional – you really ought to start taking the tablets without delay!

    • avatar seattlespursguy says:

      So the fact he made notes during the match is a valid criticism? What about past gripping news stories about how he wears a trenchcoat and squats down on the touchline? How about having the gall to use powerpoint in an interview? And I don’t think Mr. Fox is blaming the press for our indifferent start, but he is pointing out those particular criticims are meaningless and do tend to show a press bias against AVB.

      But, hey ho; it sounds like you made up your mind long ago.

  3. avatar Longwell says:

    Andre should practice that David Moyes look, the one where he’s actually trying to make someone’s internal organs explode using the power of his mind, for when he’s making notes. Nobody would give him stick then, by golly.

    I wasn’t as upset about the weekend’s derby result as last season’s 5-2 hiding. Silver linings for me were twofold. One, the starting lineup and halftime switch to 3-4-1-1 hinted that maybe the keen yet stubborn tactician in the manager’s chair might be somewhat more willing to experiment than advertised. That would be cool. And two, Tom Carroll once again looked awfully nifty out there. If AVB’s not afraid to use him with 20 minutes to go in a difficult game that was still at least theoretically within reach (Carroll came on at 4-2), hopefully he won’t be afraid to give the kid a place in the first eleven against West Ham.

    Dembele is reportedly back in training too. Fingers, toes, and whatever else crossed that he can be ready to go for the weekend.

    Lloris
    Walker–Dawson–Caulker–Vertonghen
    Dembele–Sandro–Carroll
    Lennon–Defoe–Bale

    Bangtidy.

  4. avatar Longwell says:

    Not explicitly football-related, but is anyone else following the apparent implosion of the club’s shirt sponsor? Good times…

  5. Your post, Mr. Longwell. In all its glory.

    The double link had the spambot thinking you were peddling some dodgy merchandise.

    He runs a tight ship.

  6. avatar Anonymous says:

    For the record Murinho does take notes. So do the majority of coaches. Take a look at the football pundits during half time, they all take notes. Quite frankly anyone who doesn’t is someone who doesn’t either has a photographic memory, or doesn’t have a clue.

  7. avatar seattlespursguy says:

    Roman Abramovich: “We are in the process of finding a new manager who shares the club’s beliefs”. Nick Griffin is now the bookmaker’s favourite.

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