Tiger Uppercut: A Pre-Match Shakedown



Right, back to business.

If games were played on paper, environmentalists would argue that this one wasn’t worth the bother. Just scrawl it on the back of a bus ticket and perhaps do some good in the world. Save a tree. Heck, why not give one a hug? Form and league standings suggest this ought to be a home banker for Tottenham. Hull have failed to procure a single League win on their travels this season, and, despite Phil Brown’s nauseating stoicism in the face of this statistic , it remains somewhat of a worry for the residents of Kingston.

Before I forget myself entirely, it’s probably worth remembering that this is Tottenham we speak of and there is rarely such a thing as a home banker. Or an away banker for that matter. In fact, Hull are exactly the sort of team we’ve often mistook for cannon fodder, only to get up close and find they’re not too keen on rolling over while we play keep-ball in their half. They may look fairly two-dimensional without Bullard and, perhaps, lack the kind of leadership he offers, but there’s plenty of character among those that remain. It’s waning slightly under the spotlight of a grim relegation battle, but it’s in there somewhere. Honest. Fingers crossed we don’t see any signs of it tomorrow afternoon.

Complacency, then, is potentially our biggest obstacle. If you’ll excuse the cliché.

Lennon’s out. No doubt welcome news for whoever’s responsibility he was. Rumours suggest that the fortunate left-back has withdrawn the potato-sack from his luggage; the tool in which he had most confidence could impede our fleet footed wingstress. He’ll have to make do with Kranjcar instead. Not completely out of the woods, then.

I’ll echo Sky Sports’ prediction and go for a cautiously optimistic 3-0.



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29 Responses to Tiger Uppercut: A Pre-Match Shakedown

  1. There was a lot of blather from the lads about how the “lessons” of the Stoke and Wolves debacles were taken on board. I hope that’s true and go out and batter Hull. We still display a worrying casualness at times. The match against Spam we scored early and a “job done” type of attitude seemed to descend, which a scrappier team might have smacked back at us. We need to keep piling on the pressure.

    However, It should be no contest and winning by 3 or 4 would surprise no one. I’m going 3-0 also. Defoe-Crouch-Niko.


  2. btw, I got here from Newsnow, so you’re in business my friend.

  3. avatar Trembly says:

    WFRF, congratulations on the new site. I see you’re still moving in, but as I don’t have a pot plant for you, this first post has to be my house warming pressie 🙂

    Hull said that we were the best they faced even after playing cheatski. I reckon we’ll do them as the hunger has got to be on after the enforced break. 3-0 is about right. They’ll be parking the bus this time round and won’t play as open -so nervy 1-0 at the end of the 1st and then 2 late goals to make it seem more comfortable,

  4. avatar Packson Jollack says:

    Stoke are made of sterner stuff than Hull. They actually have some kind of system that frustrates our players and style of play. If Hull win tomorrow, it’ll be our stupidity or them getting lucky.

    2-0 coys!!

    Good blog by the way..

  5. SSG- In business, yes. But what business I’m actually dealing in is still unclear. I may well use this as a base to export fake Prada bags.

    Trembly- You’re too kind. Not to worry about the pot plant; I’m not sure I have room for it at the moment anyway and there’s certainly no free window space (geddit?) for such a thing.

    Your message is more than enough. 🙂

    This has got me thinking; I need to sort out a ‘reply’ function. Sharpish.

  6. Kill them off early Spurs! Otherwise, we’re in for a very long Saturday afternoon.

    1-0 Spurs. Bentley to play, score one exactly like his “Arsenal” goal. be dubbed the “next Beckham”, go out on the town, have a few, wreck his Porsche, and repeat the vicious cycle again.

  7. @ Fox, yes a reply function would be good, and avatar ability (since the suggestion box is open)

  8. avatar Longwell says:

    Keeping the clean sheet streak alive would be nifty. And that there is half the battle. We did good things during that run of resolute defending last spring. Let’s hope it’s a ’tis the season sort of thing.

    3-0 to the Tottingham. Modric, Defoe, and Bale.

  9. avatar GotThemNotStir says:

    Hello WFRF, nice site, very shiny! Good article to, I think you’re spot on with your prediction. This ought to be a formallity but then, it is us! Do you think other fans equally feel the drepidation that we do with games like this? I can’t imagine Citeh or Villa fans getting all taught in their bellies when they see Hull at home on the fixture list!

    Anyway, like I said, great to see you with your own site and good luck with it all. Keep up the good work.


  10. avatar DAVSPURS says:

    Brown has already stated he is going to play five in midfield so Harry will have to go to our dreaded long ball to Crouch is the only way to beat the crowded midfield like Birmingham used to frustrate us add loads of running blocking and we are in for a energized frustrating afternoon if HARRY ! wants to win this game I have sent him a box of cough mixture to help our team cope with Hulls fitness Levels Mick and Pulis recommended it Ha NO PREDICTION FINGERS CROSSED..COYS

  11. avatar glenwasgod says:

    Davspurs, my missus isnt happy with you – I drank a whole bottle of Sudafed last night and couldnt manage 9 minutes, let alone 90!! No Lennon today – cant wait to experience the Mod and Krank combo (with extra fries for Hudd)

  12. avatar who framed ruel fox? says:

    Ere, El Wehbi, how did you put that avatar picture on your profile. I want one too. 🙁

  13. avatar who framed ruel fox? says:

    GTNS- Ta very much. Do stop by again. And for the record I think it’s very much a Spurs thing. I watched the Citeh game with a Man U fan recently and he couldn’t understand why I was still nervous, two goals up and as many minutes to go. Never a sure thing round these parts.

    DAVSPURS. Pleasure as ever.

    Longwell- get your own prediction 😉

    GWG- Krodric. Modjcar. Whichever the combo- it’s got bangtidy written all over it.

    *Note to self. MUST install reply function…*

  14. avatar Trembly says:

    ah. don’t points win prizes? We really shoul’ve had three. One’s alright I suppose. It’s better than none. Erm…other plus points? We got to watch some Spurs footy again?

    wfrf – do I still get oleole points on this site? I’m trying to find out how to turn them into cinema tickets/ a teasmaid/ a cuddly toy etc.

  15. avatar who framed ruel fox says:

    Sadly not, Trembles.

    I’m a bit miffed too that my OleOle points have gone down the drain. I was a ‘First Team Player’ apparently. Whatever the hell that means. Maybe we should ask Robbie Keane… ?

    I would ask to cash them in but I don’t think I’m flavour of the month over there.

  16. avatar weejp says:

    Nice work young Fox, a very tasty looking site. Avatar’s would be nice, as Bukowski scowling beside my usual drivel would give a homely feel to proceedings. Just hope it works on my work computer, as it runs windows 95 or 98, and runs on diesel, and freezes on oleole because of that daft bastard betfair shite running in the top right corner.

    Only managed to see last 20 mins or so, and from the look of it, they well and truly parked the bus. Curiously also, it now seems completely legitimate to wrestle Crouch to the floor, as opposed to just getting a free kick for being in his vicinity. Well done referee’s.

  17. avatar Trembly says:

    wfrf – apparently flavour of the month is Lennon Sorbet. It also comes in white and blue which worried me a bit as they must be using some GM lemons to get it to make that colour. Unless the flavour is actually an artificial Vanilla in which case they should’ve named it after Bob Keane after his recent displays.

  18. Weejp- Cheers matey. Avatars will be available soon. I’m out of the ‘office’ at the moment but shall be back tomorrow to figure the thing out. El wehbi (Comment 6) has managed it so maybe he can unlock the secrets of profile monikers. Hmm…

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