Nuts and Bolton: A Pre-Match Shakedown


And so it continues.

If we’re fighting a war on two fronts, this is the Pacific leg; not quite as important as what’s going on in the mainland but vital nonetheless.

It’s that time of the week again, folks. An F.A Cup replay. And a quarter-final with Fulham awaits.

I think it’s fair to say we’ve lost our way in the Cup in recent years; two seasons in the wilderness and the almost guaranteed likelihood of drawing Man Utd in the early rounds has somewhat blunted our mojo. A shame, really, as it’s a competition in which we have a glittery, trophy studded history. Eight times winners, lagging only, behind our annual nemesis, United, and those tarts from up the road. But it’s been nearly two decades since our last taste of triumphant in a May final. 1991. Hummel were just wrapping up the end of their manufacturing deal with us and Paul Gascoigne was at the height of his powers. A life time ago.

The F.A Cup, then, has taken on new significance this year. No relegation battle to arrest our priorities, or any testing Euro-pot scuffles in some dark pocket of Southern Moldova. No Carling Cup final to prepare for, either. (Again, we have United to thank for that). So it seems we’ve got just enough hands free to navigate ourselves along the treacherous road to Wembley. And, with three of the big-hitters falling early, it really ought to be something we could manage.

As we’ve so often found to our cost, Bolton shouldn’t be confused with easy pickings. In laymen terms, they’re a bastard of a team to turn over. Home advantage is a blessing as we do decidedly better work on our own turf than we do at the Reebok; a ground where we can’t buy, steal or barter for a win.

Team selection is one to ponder. Pavlyuchenko, by rights, should be a no-brainer. His resourceful efforts on Sunday were just terrific; more than enough to deserve a chance to repeat the trick. After all, the last time we played Bolton at home- Harry’s first game in charge- Roman scored what turned out to be the winning goal. And before that we only had two points from…

Well, you know the rest.

2-1, I reckon.

A Super Pav double.

What say y’all?


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98 Responses to Nuts and Bolton: A Pre-Match Shakedown

  1. avatar KayBee says:

    Fab write-up, as ever, Foxy. 🙂

    I’d just like to add a vital piece of information: this game can be viewed free online at

    It’s not on TV so make sure you get yourselves in front of the most convenient PC screen and have a ganda.

  2. avatar who framed ruel fox? says:

    You beat me to it! 😉

    Sir Bruxie over at HH just gave me a very kindly heads up.

    Since you’ve already done so, I’ll no longer need to post up the vitals.

  3. avatar who framed ruel fox? says:

    Never doubted it for a second.

  4. avatar davspurs says:

    We should win this one because of the two games and playing away we should find a slower Bolton unles Coyles plays a load of reserves then they will be energized otherwise 4-1 to SUPER SPURS .. COYS

  5. SuperRomanCrazyPavingchenko has to be the starter. It simply cannot be 3MP. ‘Arry will look like a total mug if he persists with a non-firing Crouchy when Pav has scored 3 in about 30 minutes of football. ‘Arry seems the type to read the news stories, so he knows what the fans think. He’ll want to throw us a bone.

    He will possibly be partnered by Gud, but I think it should be Defoe. The clever clinician and the poacher should be enough to see Bolton off by the half. Gud can come in later for some game time.

    Bangtidy? Hells to the yeah!

  6. avatar who framed ruel fox? says:
  7. avatar who framed ruel fox? says:

    *sign not sing

  8. avatar who framed ruel fox? says:

    I’m going home.

  9. avatar SheffSpurs says:

    “Arry seems the type to read the news stories” – the majority are most definitely not written by spurs fans. But hes definitely in touch with what we want, he only needs to listen to the chants. “super….”

  10. avatar KayBee says:

    Mo’ News:

    A couple of media outlets are reporting that Benny “BAE” Assou-Ekotto is back and available for selection.

  11. avatar KayBee says:

    @ SSG and all our other lovely non UK dwelling peeps – I have a horrible feeling that that FA Cup TV link will be restricted to UK viewers only.

  12. avatar sambo says:

    If we can’t turn over a team that is 3rd from bottom and putting out a weakened team in order to stay in said premiership, then there really is no hope…
    I think we’ll do a number on this shower and put down a marker for the Toffees on Sunday. Big Kev will inevitable get one but we’ll dazzle them with our fluid passing game (trust me Trembly!), 4-1 to the Lilywhites!

  13. avatar JimmyG2 says:

    I was looking foreward to davspurs analysis of Defoe’s enhanced performance . He was so energized he had to be taken off for his own safety.
    He hasn’t been on my site so I came looking on yours Foxy. He seems to be letting this one go.
    Unusually restrained of him.
    Perhaps he has been.

  14. avatar Day of the Triffics pt.2 says:

    Come on Spurs!!! Need a rousing win. Taking my 9 year old boy and his gooner mate hoping to completely indoctrinate him according to the teachings of the messiah Bill Nic.

  15. From the Bolton OS:

    Tottenham: Gomes, Bale, Bentley, Huddlestone, Pavlyuchenko, Palacios, Modric, Defoe, Bassong, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto (Subs: Alnwick, Gudjohnsen, Kranjcar, Rose, Dervite, Kane)

    Uh, Bale & BAE? I’d like an RB please

  16. Boy, Pav and this Owen Goal fellow are a lethal strike force.

  17. avatar KayBee says:

    We played some nice stuff, aided not inconsiderably by Bolton’s team selection, and the lack of Kevin Daviesisation of their strikeforce.

    I really like how Pav is working hard to get his goals these last two games, where he’s displayed more hunger than I’ve ever seen from him. It’s pleasing to see another player in a growing list seeming to buckle down and improve; Lennon, Gomes, Ekotto, Bale, et al.

    Hope it lasts! 🙂

  18. It seems that Harry’s motivational method of jeering at Pav and never picking him has really worked out. I’m sure Harry had it planned all along 😉

  19. avatar Day of the Triffics pt.2 says:

    That man Harry, motivational genius or what. Super Pav super Pav…..Thought BAE is gem good enough game and looked as if he really cared, saw him having a right go at Gudjohnsen
    late in the game for not chasing hard enough.
    The boys loved it, gentlemen and lady we have a convert the once gooner boy has turned up to school with his blue and white stripey scarf, Bale is definitely their favourite player the burgers are better and our support is alot funnier to listen to, from the mouth of babes.
    Up the Spurs

  20. avatar Day of the Triffics pt.2 says:

    Cheers KB, now on to the game, leaving aside the obvious, Bolton aren’t very good are they, must be a Reebok jinx, how on earth did that team force us to a replay. Saying that we did have a very shaky defensive period after uncle Wilson departed, don’t know what the instructions were but Hudd drop in that position he went wider and a little higher up the pitch leaving the defensive to the Mod. Peculiar.

    • avatar KayBee says:

      I’ve been saying it for ages, DotTp2, but if we want to have the luxury of resting Sarge, then we need to recall O’Hara. I’m not claiming he’s the greatest player in the world, but he’s committed, and is the only other player I can think of in our squad who can properly put his foot in, so to speak.

  21. avatar Day of the Triffics pt.2 says:

    ‘Hudd DID NOT DROP INTO’ that position…’s only english get it right ffs

  22. avatar sambo says:

    I found watching the game on the a frustrating affair as every time we attacked the stream buffered.. damn interweb connection.

    From what I saw Gomes pulled off some quality saves, its hard to believe there are many better Brazilians between the sticks. As for Baler, his progress is a joy to behold! whisper it, but we’re shaping up nicely for a decent run in, once we get Lennon back we could realise most of the early season optimism.

    How about a 3rd place finish, automatic CL qualification and a cup final?!

  23. If JD can’t go, what say you to a Pav/Gud combo? I thought they paired up pretty well in the 2nd half. Anything to keep the passing game going. Sorry Pete, but we won’t be starting with Plan B.

    • avatar Spiritual Advisor says:

      Pav/Gud combo seems to work nicely, with more games together that should improve drastically. I think Gud will fit in nicely, loving the fact he plays slightly deeper providing a different shape and complexity to our attack.

      Not the 3MP plan…. Never the 3MP plan till he can start playing concise fluild football like the rest of the team. I’m consistently disappointed by 3MP’s lack of control and situational awareness displayed time and time again, usually at the end of a well worked Tottenham attacking move.

  24. avatar kojac says:

    Super,Super pav,Super,Super pav,Super,Super pav,SUPER PAVLYUCHENKO

  25. avatar who framed ruel fox? says:

    Some shitbreak on BlogCatalogue called ‘Covert’s Buttock’ is claiming this blog as his own.

    Heads will fucking roll…

  26. avatar who framed ruel fox? says:

    It’s partly the site’s fault for letting him do so. Usually with set-ups like that you have to prove ownership by putting a unique link on your site which proves you have access to the admin section.

    They obviously don’t believe in such things.

  27. avatar who framed ruel fox? says:

    Yeah, I reckon so. I shall be writing them a stern letter.

    It’s not a huge deal- they’re not affecting things here. Just some noob trying to take credit for something he hasn’t done.


  28. New Blog Titles:

    Covert’s Buttock: Cheese Dick Supreme

    Covert’s Buttock: Look At The Blog Wot I Wrote And Didn’t Steal

    Covert’s Buttock: I Like Farm Animals

  29. avatar kojac says:

    Blog Wars Episode V

    The Fox Strikes Back

    good film

  30. avatar KayBee says:

    Bloddy Virii!!

    *shakes fist at microscopic germs*

  31. avatar KayBee says:

    Opps, I meant “bloody”.


  32. Next block of matches before the April death march:

    Everton (H); Fulham (A-FAC); Blackburn (H); Stoke (A); Pompey (H); Sund. (A). We also have to shoe horn in the postponed match with Shitty.

    According to ESPN, Wilson is on 8 yellows. Don’t know about anyone else, but I’d certainly like him to pick two more yellows right away and get suspended before we face the Scum, Chavs and MU.

  33. avatar Toffeeman says:

    Bad news about the virus, guys and gals.

    Still should be a cracker at the Lane.

    Best of luck.

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