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Good morning.

Immediate thoughts from me are that Aston Villa are not only not very good at playing football but actually looking a bit broken. I never thought Downing or Young were exceptional players but the stock of both has undeniably improved since leaving the depressing slow motion quicksand of Villa Park.

I remember writing of Villa a long time ago that they were a bit of a nothingy outfit. A ghost ship occasionally bumping into other sides lifting the odd point off of unsuspecting souls. What a fitting home for J****.

So you can only play the lot in front of you.  And boy did we play. Spurs flew out the traps and it was only the early stretch of the second half they braked a little to mop up Aston Villa’s half hearted attempt at joining in.

Tactically we probably benefited from Alex McLeish being in need of some really expensive psychiatric treatment. Arry’s insistence to pollute the game with Defoe sent me into a fit of rage that petered out the more times I kept looking at the score. The Dutchman wasn’t done and once he was replaced with a goal hanger we were a man down.

7 Had zip to do for the most part. Important to remember that his one save was not only very very good, but had it gone in, and you can suspend your disbelief, may have inspired more from them.

 7 His best showing yet. No mucking about and looked every bit like an integral part of the team. More please, young man.

 9 He’s a weapon. No nonsense and determined. If he was a private eye, he’d be Frank Cannon. Everytime he struck the ball by head or hoof there was a boooooooooooooooof! type noise wheeze out of it.

8 Those new multi-directional ballbearing housings are working a treat. Talismanic is an over used word in football. Not here. Christ knows how good he’d be if he fully fit.

7 Don’tcha wish your left back was A&E, Don’tcha? Don’tcha? Assured performance from a man who arrived on an invisible motorcycle and probably left under Manu’s armpit.

 6 Our weakest link. Given the opposition we were due a far superior performance. This isn’t harsh, we’re on our best run since 1837 according to the bloke on the telly last night. We need players right now who are going to add value.

 8 Worth approximately 17 times what we paid for him. He rarely lets anyone down. The fight, the spirit in him shames so many. One of the best buys in my lifetime.

 9 A Champions League performance which got better and better the longer the game went on. His passing really was quite exemplary.

 8 He was very busy boy. Really very close to scoring. Made endless lovely contributions and was just off getting his toe around the ball and taking what I’m sure would have been a memorable goal.

 8 In his element and looking far far fitter than he has in long time. His mix of determination and inventiveness is a pleasure. A real ‘can do’ attitude. Top man.

  9 I’m charmed by him. His work ethic and talent are a joy to behold. Absolutely loving him stroll off with his arms around the officials. Oh yes and that goal was a triffic piece of skill. Anyone who doubts him isn’t in their right mind.

minus 4 Neopolitan swordsman was irritating. Like television set on honeymoon. Unnecessary.

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  • Billy Legit says:

    Agree with your sentiments 100% (again).

    Kaboom was bleedin’ awesome, but with regards to the Peckham Pouncer, don’t you think he may be trying a tad too hard?…….hence the scurrying around like a demented care-in-the-community patient?

    Or am i typing a load of bollocks (again)?

  • paulhasissues says:

    Bit harsh on the boy Lennon. Did actually go outside his man an amazing 4 times last night. But then again so did my mum.

    @paulhasissues on twitter

  • Billy Legit says:

    Just to digress for a moment but is anyone else out there finding Jack Wilshere to be an annoying, boorish gob-sh*te who needs to be taken down a peg or two?

    The little pr*ck’s got more front than Dolly Parton!

    • kwakspur says:

      I think he believes much of what he says….
      Come on £3000, how much does he make a week?

      Let him say £20-30,000 to charity & we might believe he believes himself.
      He is a joker that dont want people for forget him
      while he’s injured.

      He’s a little BOY

      IF van persie gets injured all the Arse cards fall down, so lets just be patient.
      How many times in the past have we called them a 1 man team?

      Henry days
      Fabregas
      & now Van Persie

      • Billy Legit says:

        If van Pervert gets injured (and it’s only a matter of time) they’ll be fortunate to finish above Villa…….and we all know how sh*te they are!

        As for Mr Wilshere, the proofs in the pudding…….a lesson Aunty Whinger clearly hasn’t taught him yet.

        • essexian76 says:

          He’s clearly concerned that we’re not tripping up (yet), and it’s quite a clever way of getting our players to take their focus off the main target. If we get entangled in this sort of thing it’s a 3 grand gamble that could cost us millions-just ignore the twat and divvy up in May. As for the ratings, since Lennon came back, he’s contributed to both our goal tally and overall balance, but I still feel our season depends quite a lot on keeping King fit for his captaincy and influence regardless of his performance. As for Defoe, that’s exceptionally harsh as VDV asked to come off and JD was guilty of nothing other than trying to hard to impress-it’s a team effort, and they played well as a team.

        • UnkleKev says:

          Whilst a fit van Persie means Arsenal are undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with, they have too much about them to be dismissed as a one-man team. They’ve really started to hit form just now and I can’t see them finishing lower than fifth this year. In fact I fully expect them to accompany us in the top four at Chelsea’s expense.

    • mikey says:

      @ essexian76 I want to be Peter Griffin as a Yid, not this poxy “I have crabs” thingy.

  • Delovely says:

    Bit Hard on AL Harry thought he was very busy – and what is the ‘…..motorcycle’ reference?

  • NYSpurs says:

    BAE – “arrived on an invisiable motorcycle”. Classic H although you may have to explain that to some of your younger readers.

    A win is a win which is great, just would have liked to add to our goal difference a bit more.

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