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What an afternoon. Glorious sunshine bettered by an even more glorious result. Remy once again showed his class, but it was Tim Krul who stole the headlines. At times in the 12 months the Dutchman has looked shaky at times. Yesterday the shot stopper was back to his stunning best, denying Tottenham on no fewer than 14 occasions to keep a clean sheet and help us to three points. (Aided, I must add, by a spectacular clearance off the line from MYM) In that sort of form he’s easily one of the best in the league. Another cracking team performance saw us play some intricate football in the first period, before showing our newfound resilience after the break. Captain Colo was forced to look on from the bench as the back four once again displayed its aptitude. This must have been a tough call for AP, but ultimately it proved to be the right one. With Debuchy picking up a 5th booking of the season it may be that our skipper returns sooner than he might have otherwise. Despite the result starting Shola is still criminal in my book. On 3 occasions in the first 10 minutes the big man failed to trap easy balls. I get the fact that he’s a battering ram, but his lack of movement is incredibly frustrating to watch. What little Vernon has to do for a start I will never know. The next two games could make or break our season. Pick up a couple of wins and momentum will really be on our side – people will have to take us seriously. Lose though and our bubble will be deflated once again. While I agree with the decisions to leave him out of the last two games, Hatem should now be chomping at the bit. Let’s just hope he gets the chance to shine.
Another absolutely wonderful day following NUFC, yet still just as baffling as all the rest, as we went to the home of a Spurs side who could have gone second with a win, and came away with three points ourselves. All the plaudits will be on Tim Krul, and deservedly so, as our Dutch stopper was fantastic, repelling everything that came at him, and when one threatened to sneak past him, Mbiwa was on hand to somehow shift the ball away when it was destined to hit the net. We started really brightly, and had peppered them for ten minutes before Rémy ran past Friedel and knocked home. Gouffran isn’t the best player in the world, but he is turning opinions every single week. He’s like a Gutierrez but with a bit of end product. Grafts his nads off for the side, but his through ball for the goal was a bit of class. Defensively, like I say, Krul was the main man, but once again Mbiwa and Willo were solid enough. Can one be dropped for Colo against Norwich? Debuchy lunged in a few times, got a yellow and will miss that game, Santon RB and Mbiwa LB, perhaps? Once again, Shola being upfront worked, and as I’ve said, he isn’t the answer, but his type of player that can soak up some of the game is fantastic. It proves you can have a big player in the side and not just continually smash it long. I sincerely hope we stick with Shola/Rémy for Norwich. It’s working! I’m not his biggest fan, but for me Pardew got it right again. He invited too much pressure for my liking in the 2nd half, but he can justifiably point to the result as the main point. I like Anita, but we can’t change a winning midfield. Keep the lad out until we hit a sticky patch, then get him in. For now, we can hit the international break on a high.. Just hope the fat one isn’t up to anything.. 3 – Krul (Save. After Save. After Save. After Save. Aft….) 2 – Gouffran (Got far more graft in him that I gave him credit for. Has carved his spot into the team by himself) 1 – Rémy (Goal. After Goal. After Goal. Aft..)
To pick up seven points from Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs is an absolutely magnificent achievement. It goes without saying that we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the man in nets who was superb all game. Just about every save was worthy of any highlight reel. Additionally he had some great protection in front of him from Mbiwa and Williamson. Debuchy was brilliant once again too. Tiote and Cabaye put in another excellent shift; which reminded us of a couple of years ago. On top of that we had a great showing again from Gouffran who ran himself into the ground – coupled with a brilliant first half from Remy. I’m out of breath just typing this.
It’s always good going into an international break with a win under your belts. We then have two home games in a row where there is no reason why we can’t pick up another two wins. That said, when you look at the form book this season, we never make it easy for ourselves against the little teams like Sunderland and Hull. It is important that we don’t make hard work of last month or so go undone if we want to have a decent season and stay away from that drop zone.
For the second week running, well done to everyone involved.
Pundits and commentators looked to each other, panicked, wide eyed and bereft of inspiration. This occured both before and after today’s odious ‘hattrick’ of games which saw Mags travelling to London at god-knows-what-o-clock on a sunday morning at the mercy of Sky TV. Before the game, there was no Gareth Bale to talk about and afterwards because Newcastle United (usually referred to in pundit-speak with sentences that begin ‘with no disrespect to Newcastle…) went and made the media’s darlings, Spurs, look utterly shit for 90 minutes.