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Good morning.

A bad beginning makes a bad ending. Eurpides said that. He was right.

Two instances were brought to my attention yesterday of Chelsea fans singing about Auschwitz and hissing on the London Underground. Both accounts are without doubt completely credible and one shared with me by a disgusted Arsenal fan.

In the stadium the interruption of the minutes silence was indeed disrupted, but not by a small ‘minority’ as CFC would like to deliberately masquerade it. The chants and cat calls came from the upper tier of Wembley. They were protracted and clearly came from two or three different areas of that section. Video here.

The Chelsea fans were to the left and the noise mostly from the upper areas as  I said. This YouTube clip on a mobile phone seems to have been made from beyond the halfway line so you can understand this was not ‘a minority’.

In the last half hour of the game, the same CFC fans were audibly hissing and coins were thrown down at Spurs fans.

Behind the area I was in to the right, the presence of a steward only just diffused a seriously aggressive pair of Chelsea fans red in the face, screaming, swearing and clearly threatening a woman and a man from their balcony position where I believe they were guests in a box. 

So that was the beginning. 

The game itself got underway well enough, they scored, then they scored again of course and here’s proof it didn’t cross the line for those that might still require same… There’s gif of the fiasco, here.

The clip also serves first and foremost as evidence that Terry clearly fouled King and arguably Benny too. 

It may be of interest to say here that there were 6 ‘goals’ scored yesterday. This one was the only one not replayed in the stadium. Arry said the Daily Mail he spoke to ‘referee’ Martin Atkinson:

“He says he feels worse than I do. I said: “I don’t think so He knows he’s made a mistake and he says he’ll have a bad week as well.”

I won’t blather on about the need for technology. The argument it isn’t required is much easier to address. If you don’t think technology is needed then you either have already have been or ought to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

My decision to bin Redschnapps was made some weeks ago. Remaining happy clappers on the Arry bus need to stop licking the windows, put their misplaced jingoism down and join the rest of us in the real world. 

“It was key moment but we were still bang in the game at 2-1. We were chasing the game and we ended up four forwards on the pitch. I brought another forward on and we looked to open. We got punished and they picked us off.”

Arry yesterday.

“I played 442 today …I thought we were too open.”

“People say to me we’re better when we’re 442, I think we played that way today and I didn’t like the look of us, I thought we were miles too open.”

Arry after the Norwich humiliation. 

He simply doesn’t know what he’s doing and he’s proving this by repeating the same mistakes, time after time. I maintain that we have an exciting squad that if managed coherently could do some damage. Genuinely compete.

Persisting with King looked like a disaster and proved to be just that. The poor guy makes Heskey look like Hussain Bolt. Parker needed Sandro. That pairing works. But Arry was obviously concerned about the lack of height at the back and he was sacrificed. 

Removing Rafa was also stupid. Yet again, we couldn’t create much primarily because our passing was so shockingly poor but Arry saw bunging on more strike power as a solution. Arry would undoubtedly reply, ‘You fink you can do a better job you do it, then.’ 

I don’t believe we’ll make that Champions League place now. It would require a u-turn of David Cameron proportions. While this dolt is still running the show we won’t as they say in horse racing circles, beat the handicapper.

I could weep.

 5.001 Name me any goalie that back four in front of him would have done a better job. Horrible horrible day for him. 

 5.093 He looked terribly casual about things. It’s pretty clear that the cornrows make him more focused. If you want to dispute that, be my guest. Some shocking passing.

 5.0093 Oh dear. Some glimpses of the General, but teamed up with Lurch from the Addams Family and Forest Gump he too frequently was left chasing shadows. 

 3.002 Needs to be urgently retired. You do not, repeat do not keep selecting a player who isn’t up to the task, especially when he cannot train. Madness. 

 3.054 Out of his depth is the kindest thing I can say. Makes Forest Gump look like Albert Einstein is the unkindest. Some shocking passing.

 7.654 Our MOTM. Again. Never seen a player like him for us in my lifetime. I’d put him above Graham Roberts. Gave all, ran himself ragged, made some brilliant interceptions. Made some shocking passes.

 6.087 Without Sandro to shore him up he spent an awful lot of time mopping up when he’s at his best being sparking, creating. With Parker up to his knickers in blood & guts and Bale hanging around like he’s waiting for a bus Modders frequently got lost in the crowd.

 6.075 Some astonishing runs down the left wing. But when he hasn’t got the ball he has to be one of the laziest players I have ever seen in my life. 

 5.999 Skipped and fizzed but all too frequently didn’t actually achieve too much. Really wish he wasn’t having to trade one -twos with Walker, who isn’t good enough a foil in the last third for us. Should have shot on goal, not passed that time.

 7. 677 Some outstanding contributions early on but the shape of the team yet again didn’t promote him, it held him back. Arry’s too fick to know how to use him.

 7. 679 Another one who was completely committed to the cause. His first touch isn’t great, but then most of our passes to each other were over hit or under hit. 

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171 comments

  • philmccrackin says:

    Ade a 2 for me.

  • The fa would be crazy to take on Redknapp and their reluctance to move on the issue speaks volumes. They don’t care about our season. You could argue that our form would have dipped anyway such is the ineptitude of our manager and his over reliance on tiring players. But the uncertainty of the manager’s future is bound to have some effect.

    We are in a lose-lose situation and will probably end up stuck with redknapp. He won’t walk unless for something better and Levy won’t bin him. As I doubt Levy has much confidence in Arry and his transfers dealings, we can expect another summer of being linked with bargain basement dross and the likes of fat frank and pauls schole’s mum

    • TMWNN says:

      It’s ironic that their tight lipped stance on not naming Redknapp was supposed to help stop the very thing that is happening. Would the ship have gone down any faster had they named him England boss, or would we be doing any better?

    • Big Chud says:

      I would hope that Levy kicks him out if he misses out on his “dream” job, and we miss out on CL.

      It would be a disgrace for any manager in the position we were in to come away with no silverware, and more importantly, no CL football. Grounds for gross misconduct, and boting him out without any compo.

      • Anthony In That Number says:

        It is so bad that it is almost as bad as Gross, Christian Gross. At least he paid for his own tube ticket.

  • Big Chud says:

    I still feel sick today. Luckily I’m too depressed to even manage to throw up.

    Several people have tried to have conversations with me about last night; yet I struggle to muster a sentence in response. The reason being that I don’t know where to start, and there are so many things wrong here that go beyond yesterday’s humiliation. I would be there for several hours chewing their ears off.

  • wilboid says:

    Dierdre Drogba was back to her best wasn’t she? Lovely goal, but did you notice that as soon as we pulled one back and had the wind in our sails and attacking with venom, old Dierdre pulled a Muamba, face down motionless on the pitch, got the game stopped for a couple of minutes, then a drop ball, the wind in our sails turned into a little fart. Playing dead for Chrissake! Then getting up and running about, shameless gamesmanship. Oh and buy the way football is a stupid game that doesn’t work properly, if I bought it from Argos I’d send it back.

    • LLL says:

      Yes, I did notice that. Infuriating. But they are called Cheatski for a reason and they didn’t disappoint in that respect.

      • stupot says:

        LLL One of the few joys of being a Spurs lifer. We can watch our team with pride. No play acting or infuriating unsportsmanlike! behaviour. Although we can always expect this from the likes off Cheatski.Scum.

        • LLL says:

          Except that Bale has tried to drag us down to that level with a couple of primo-dives this season too.

        • LLL says:

          To be fair, that’s probably his agents influence, telling him to vary his game, be more like Ronaldo, dive a bit.

  • stujam says:

    Modric thinks the club is not good enough for his ability, he is important to Spurs, he keeps the midfield moving but he is not a £40m player, only 2 goals this season, his contribution in matches recently have been sparce, we could get more honest players for half the money.

    I wonder whether all the talk about Bale and Barca has made him think about them rather than us, why does he wander all the time, if he thinks he is the new Ronaldo then take a look at what he does, he plays wide and stays wide.

    Too many of the players get lost when things go wrong, we have no leader on the pitch, a lack of ideas off it, this makes it look like the players’ have no guts or determination.

    Drastic action is needed by the men at the top, but I along with those around me in the East Stand have been saying this for a long time.

    • stupot says:

      stujam you are right. Drastic action has been required for ages.On the leadership front, I would personally Give Van d Vaart the mouthband. He was captain at Hamburg, has a good work effort, been at the top level for his entire career and would relish the task. Parker isn’t as vocal. He saves his breath for tackles and selling newspapers. COYS

      • spurious says:

        Then we’ll be in a Stu for 30 mins every game because, as classy as he is, his engine or hamstrings only lasts for a maximum of 60 mins.

        • stupot says:

          60-70 minutes. I know what you mean, its his achillies heel( or hamstring)Parker then spurious? Cos im furious and curious. searching for the answers out here all alone in my padded cell.

    • Ledge says:

      You are mad to suggest getting rid of Modric.

      • stupot says:

        His eyes are dead. Let the poor boy leave. It would suit both parties. How can you hold onto players who want to leave? THATS MAD. Great player BUT F**K OFF.

      • stujam says:

        Unless you have been looking at old discs of Spurs games you would have noticed that Modric is no longer giving performances as he did early on in his Spurs career.

        I don’t think he wants to stay here and this shows. He won’t sign a new contract and has said that the chairman said he could go if a ‘big club’ made an offer for him.

        Once again we can get just as good and a more honest player for less money.

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