Pre-match build up
Back to work this week after an all too brief holiday and a rare excuse to stroll into the office with a swagger. The emphatic second half demolition of the Red Devil’s drew many plaudits; especially credited to Lucas who showed some of the potential we had collectively dreamed about.
As expected the post match story was about Jose (it generally is) presenting a dour, snarling assessment of his greatness and everyone else’s failings. Whilst Poch continued to exult his usual quiet business manner and calmness in the face of fan hysteria – his philosophy to focus on the next game and not to get to excited. It’s hard not to with 9 points from 3 games.
My weekday evening routine continued to include the stadium build (Gold/Cowlin) and all things Spurs related via social media. The lack of any obvious construction progress meant attention would be switched to the Champions League and The Haribo League Cup 3rd round draw. One competition of unquestionable prestige and excitement offering possible reunions with Ronaldo or Messi and the other – where the hell are we going to play the match? 3rd stadium?
If prestige is what we were after then Barcelona, PSV, Inter Milan pretty much ticked every box. Always a flip side, with the League Cup fixture against Watford to be played at MK Dons (*subject to agreement). Subsequent out rage and ‘right on unity’ with the original crazy gang of Wimbledon ensued. A slightly bizarre tac of boycott the match taken by THST that most are still trying to figure out. My thoughts being – let’s just get this done and move on.
So as a busy week finally drew to a close, attentions turned to the Premier League again and unbeaten Watford. Early season scurmishes can be unpredictable and after 3 results this had turned into a top of the table clash. Watford deserving of their position after some noteable, if not fortuatus performances.
Key man for the Hornets: Pereyra
500k+ transferring the goal scoring midfielder into their Fantasy Dream Teams this week alone.
Spurs Line up
First half kicks off and early exchanges indicated it was going to be a tough away day. Neither side created any significant chances. Into the second half and a bizarre own goal from a Lucas shot put Spurs ahead. Most in the pub hadn’t even realised the ball was in the back of the net and there was momentary silence until we realised the players were grouped and congratulating each other. 0-1 Spurs
We continued to lack spark and creativity and were quickly punished by of all players Troy Deeney. 1-1
Watford had the momentum and every time we moved forward their defence stood firm. Chance after chance went begging. Then the hammer blow. More defensive deficiencies and we find ourselves a goal behind. Frustrations boiling over and needless fouls given away.
As the clock ticked down, Watford continued to frustrate and as the final whistle blew we were in collective agreement that this was a below par performance. One deserving of a loss.
We remain in the top half but Liverpool and City are looking far stronger and are already edging away from the chasing pack.
Five to watch for England 🏴
Rose, Trippier, Dier, Dele & Kane
Liverpool (not at the new Stadium) 🙁
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