Team Sheet & Tactics For Sunderland

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Hello fight fans. 

A quick confession, I called it wrong on Martin O’Neil. But with that admission I must qualify matters so you don’t mistake me for me suddenly becoming  one of those solemn and devoutly devout converts who always believed him to be a one man footballing maestro since way back when.

During his tenure at Villa, I’d go as far to say that he didn’t stink the place out as I wasn’t one for conveniently overlooking the pots and pots of money he spent achieving very very little.

At Sunderland he has taken a squad of players who had understandably failed to do anything memorable under either  – the ‘at large mental patient’, Royston Keane or the cuddly burn out, Mr Steven Bruce – and turn them into a side that have looked if not reborn, then certainly far less predictable than they ever have.

I never thought he was a con man as such, rather he was held in far to higher esteem based upon what he had actually achieved.

fig.1=An array of precise, near surgeon like passes from the Crafty Croatian© fig.2=A ring of steel through which the Black Cats stand little or no chance of penetrating. fig.3=A series of intelligent balls from the back men to feed the wingers. fig.4=A series of potential fiendish one twos between our fleet of foot front runners. 

So what of this game then? Well Sunderland away is precisely the sort of game you could bet the rent on us either dropping a testicle or worse. The old, ‘Err, it’s a bit cold, bit windy…’

Thank the merciful Lord for his bounteous mercies that those days are finally behind us. Remember  Tommy ‘Ketchup’ Cuddlestones and Jermaine ‘Pushing on for top 4’ J**** giving us abysmally half hearted performances at grounds like The Stadium of Light and The Reebok? No, I don’t want to either.

Sunderland have traded this season on a very similar platform to Swansea. If you don’t agree then tell me how, how in the name of Christopher Biggins has Mr Bendtner begun scoring goals?

What MON has installed, as has the sainted Brendan Rodgers,  is a simple tactical philosophy that doesn’t  dwell heavily upon individual talent. 

The way we beat Swansea needs to be replicated here. Sunderland need to be terrorised on the wings and find themselves running into a ring of steel whenever they want to attack the final third. And put simply, if we adopt a similar approach, we’ll do’em.

Predictions? Modders Anytime Goal Scorer isn’t too shabby at 7/2 nor is Adebayor at 8/1 to get 2+ goals. Spurs to win by a 2 goal margin is a bet I am positively eBaying furniture to lump on with the 11/2 price courtesy of Boylesports.

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  • Frontwheel 2 says:

    Agree with SSG about the Azza, VDV team selection.I can’t really see a problem tomorrow,Spurs 3 nil stroll.

  • A_Felching says:

    I can see the art classes in the local comp were not wasted on you, inspired stuff. Keep it up :winke:

  • pedrowozwobbed says:

    Agree with personnel and illustration H but Luka’s not gone be happy with that chick badge – a shiny egg would have sufficed

  • koko-61 says:

    This is my selection to face Sunderland.

    Kyle Gallas Kaboom BAE
    Lennon scotty Modric Bale


    • Hartley says:

      Do you know, I think I may have seen that selection somewhere else tonight……

      • koko-61 says:

        This selection was discussed by 3 of us spurs fans, and we think that with Sunderlands physical and attacking style of play.. the likes of Sandro playing just in front of defence as a sweeper, will allow us to absorb their physical and offensive game.. This allowing us to counter attack them with speed. They are just our thoughts, but I am sure with Bale and Lennon on the flanks we should win this game.

        • POWERGEM says:

          One big problem Sandro and Parker sometimes do rash tackles. And the lad Larson can do great free kicks we need to let them chase us Lennon and Bale must play we have waited long enough.

        • Hartley says:

          Yeah, but it’s the same formation HH picked….just sayin :-)

      • Harry Hotspur says:

        That line up sucks! Were you watchin’ a different game or what?! Can’t believe you didn’t include Keane! This blog sucks etc etc etc…

  • cc says:

    The Way We Were…

    Spurs line up 1st November 2008:

    Hutton Corluka Woodgate Assou-Ekotto
    Bentley Modric Jenas Huddlestone Bale

    Half of them wouldn’t even get on our bench now.

    As for Sunderland – I would use the same team as vs Swansea and fancy a hard fought 2-1 win.

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