Date: 14th January 2019 at 1:00pm
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Following the disappointing narrow defeat to Manchester United last weekend, Tottenham Hotspur make the short trip across London to face Fulham in our next Premier League fixture.

Heading to Craven Cottage for the game as we look to get back to winning ways against Claudio Ranieri’s newish side, the main question on the lips of Spurs fans is ‘will Harry Kane be fit’ after he limped off in the last one.

Moussa Sissoko also picked up an injury in the game that led to his substitution prior to the halftime break and we are now without Son Heung-Min as he jets off for Asian Cup international action, so there is an element of squeaky bums given the growing injury list once again.

Whatever happens on the injury front, you’d like to think we have enough in the tank regardless to see ourselves past the Cottagers given their poor form and as we look to rack up another three points, we can send them to three defeats on the spin.

Perform like we did last weekend and the points should be in the bag.

 

97 Replies to “Match Thread – Pochettino Aims To Own A Cottage”

    • Nothing wrong with a bit of sarcasm! At least I won’t forget to do it and panic at the last minute this time around.

  • Surely we will easily overcome Fulham. Ranieri’s problem is that his team is still trying be a PL team albeit while still having a Championship mentality. They are, and will continue to be, the PL “whipping boys”.

  • Frank, it’s not the players fault, the owner wanted to spend on buying wembley….. They could be the new Bournemouth with their small ground and decent manager……if they survive this season. However they should go down in may this year, and perhaps be a yo yo club?? (up and down the two divisions)

  • Have to say, I like to see a club like Fulham doing well. They play the right way and live in a traditional “cottage”-style stadium. Ranieri’s a decent coach as well. I hope they stay up. Saying all That, I think we’ll win comfortably as they don’t have De Gea between the sticks!

  • Parklaneyido – the irony is that while De Gea is really good, he didn’t really have to pull off world class saves. We just shot at him all day, and most PL keepers would have saved what he did.

    If we play like last weekend, we’ll dominate them but we’ll again be wasteful in front of goal.We need to be clinical this weekend, even if we don’t dominate possession.

  • Will be interesting to see what kinda team we put out for that game. If Harry recovers do we play him, knowing we only 6 points above 6th, or rest him for Wednesdays game, or plays him in both games..

  • The game between Chelsea and Arsenal should make our weekend interesting. I hope they can demonstrate how to DRAW a game!

  • i wasn’t going to bother talking about De Gea and our goalscoring misses on Sunday, but…

    As a former goalkeeper Im a bit fed up at how De Gea’s performance is being underestimated and with there being so much more of an emphasis being put on (so many) Spurs players’ efforts being poor.

    A goal doesn’t need to be considered a world class finish for it to be considered a good goal and that of course is ignoring the fact that it was actually scored and may have then won a match. It’s the same for many saves that goalkeepers make. Just as most top strikers goals are about clever movement, finding space and being in the right place at the right time is crucial more often than not. These are the type of goals we see more often than stunning world class individual efforts. But, they all count.

    It’s the same for goalkeepers most of the time because good saves (most saves) are not all about stunning ‘world class’ saves. It’s mostly about the keepers positional awareness, anticipation, reflexes, timing, standing strong and coolness under pressure, etc. It’s not always about flying through the air left right and centre to stop the seemingly ‘unstoppable’

    I’ll suggest that it was the quality and talent of De Gea that made it all look much easier to the spectator than most of it actually was. It really wasn’t all down to poor finishing. I also don’t think it was down to luck or coincidence it was so many saves that he made. And I can honestly say right here and now that I don’t think that most very good but not great goalkeepers would’ve stopped as many as he did on the day. Just as not all of our efforts would have had to be ‘worldies’ to hit the back of the net on most days. Most keepers would not need shots to be ‘worldies’ to beat them most of the time… If that makes sense?

    Many keepers would have dived for most of the shots that DG saved with his feet. And they may well have been beaten by Kane, Toby, Dele and all. But what DG did is just stand there. This is not the norm and it takes balls (and great positioning) to do that and just stick out a foot… It’s really not as easy as it looks. And, after several replays from different angles, they looked easier than they most definitely were, in real time and with the likes of Kane bearing down on him.

    If saves were counted as goals, we would’ve been fairly and squarely thrashed. If in every match we played we had all of those many and exact same efforts on goal, in 9 out of 10 of them, we would’ve been seen to be the thrashers!

    Up the Goalkeepers!

  • Nice stand for keepers there HT. I didn’t intend to diminish De Gea, because he has the merit of not committing any mistakes under pressure. But at PL level, a lot of the things you listed (talent, positioning, balls) are prerequisites. This is supposed to be the best league in the world, so it should come as no surprise that great players play in it.

    Sergio Rico, Fulham’s incumbent starter, had senior experience at Sevilla and been capped by Spain before joining Fulham, and has loads of talent too. He’s certainly not the reason why Fulham are 19th. He is more than capable of producing the saves which De Gea did, which was the beginning of the discussion.

    Rare mistakes aside, it usually takes a pretty good strike to beat a PL keeper. De Gea showed good skills to save some of those shots, but how much of that should one expect/can be reasonably expected from a PL keeper? That’s fair to ask.

    In my opinion, De Gea is wonderfully talented but we didn’t work him hard on Sunday. If we again shoot straight at Rico this weekend, we’d be relying on him making an unexpected mistake, which is no guarantee.

  • My point was not that our efforts couldn’t have been on the whole better but, that by the sheer number of them and therefore because of all of those saves, that it was more to do with De Gea’s talent on the day than it as due to such poor finishing… Sometimes, as a goalkeeper, you just have one of those inspirational days whereby nothing gets past you. And it does just seem to come easy. And. it can therefore look easy. But on another day, even he himself may well have got beaten 2 or 3 times.

    On another day he could’ve still been the motm for United and even after conceding 2 or 3, given the total amount of saves he would’ve still made.

    Even so, I will insist that even if it is what many will see as expected from most PL goalkeepers, it really isn’t the norm to see so many saves from the keepers feet. It is quite an unnatural (even if effective) way to react to an oncoming forward aiming a shot at you… Or, as straightforward as it looks. Just as with goalscoring at the top level, goalkeeping is actually often much more difficult, than it is at a lower level. For obvious reasons… And when it’s done well, it will often looks easy…

  • “it really isn’t the norm to see so many saves from the keepers feet”

    This is a De Gea speciality to be fair. I would have preferred the shots were high rather than low at his feet. Similar to the goals Son and Kane scored vs Dortmund last season.

  • I could also wonder if De Gea would’ve made the save that Lloris did that Pogba gave him a high five for… But who knows?

    I don’t see that Hugo did anything wrong. And what DG does with his feet doesn’t mean that Kane didn’t do the right thing from a similar angle to Rashford’s goal.. Which was hit across Hugo for the far side. Which is exactly what Harry did from a similar angle.

    What DG did worked but it was still unconventional because he just stood up and left the near side of his goal open. Harry could’ve smashed it into his near post side and DG may have been taken by surprise. But he anticipated the shot well. Which would’ve been risky for most keepers that will quite rightly normally aim to protect the near post, narrow the angle and use their hands to defend a shot aimed at the far post as Hugo tried to do. He didn’t get it right but it doesn’t make it a mistake… Like i said it takes balls to just stand there and use your feet. It’s DG at his own individual best but it doesn’t always work. Just as much as Harry won’t always score even with a great shot let alone a pretty good one…

  • Sorry all… This has nothing to do with the Fulham match… This is precisely why I said I didn’t want to talk about this in the first place… As it’s the only thing in the whole of the game of football that I know inside out… and I will no be beaten! Haha!

    Hey, I aint no expert!

  • Putting in my two penneth regards goalkeepers, do any of you remember, sorry BS to sound ageist lol, my most fave Spurs keeper of all time, that is Mr Pat Jennings, if any do remember him, he was fantastic at using his feet to stop conceding a goal, so it is not really a new thing, just bloody great/fantastic keeping. COYS

  • Oh yes! forgot to add I believe if Lloris had had a stronger hand he would have saved Rashford’s shot, also I add I thought he was to near his near post, never mind that’s in the past now, so on to the Cottage. COYS

  • You are right about Jennings,,, whom I watched and idolised at WHL year after year. I also used my feet a lot as many keepers often do. But it’s usually when diving one way to save with a hand and then often as a reflect-reaction by throwing a foot out whilst off balance or without time to dive on or to the ball with hands.

    Pat had big hands but very useful feet and sometimes your feet will get there when your hands can’t. But De Gea often just stands there and i can only think that it’s a deliberate thing and not just a reflex action or because he is unbalanced.

    I find it very difficult to explain, so no worries if no one gets me…

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