Year Ends On A High As Tottenham Face A Tough Start To 2014

Alan’s 2013-14 Season Diary number 35

Sunday morning 29 January 

Saturday had the first part of the second full Premier League programme in 2 days. Man United are outplayed by Norwich but win 1-0. Man City were outplayed by Palace but win 1-0. West Ham in a cracking match with West Brom where the lead swaps hands. They blow a 3-2 lead and draw 3-3 dropping into the bottom 3. Hull score 6 against Fulham. Tom Huddlestone plays the game of his life on his birthday. Scores a cracker and can finally get his hair cut.

Spursquotes2 IMG_9312I got a present of a book of Spurs quotations from my niece which led my nephew and me to come up with suggestions for a couple of new ones for the next edition.

Mine was from Daniel Levy:

You’re sacked.

Richard’s was Daniel Levy’s too:

So you say you want to be manager? Have you got any management experience? No? Have you got the relevant qualifications? No? Congratulations, the job’s yours.

Paulinho will be available after suspension for the Stoke game. Walker suspended Townsend and Dembele doubtful. Lennon out Vertonghen out. For Stoke, Glenn Whelan and Mark Wilson out following sendings off in last game. Goalie Azmir Begovic out 6 weeks with a broken finger.

Sunday afternoon

A comfortable 3-0 home victory for Spurs over Stoke helps improve our dismal goal difference to minus 2. Sherwood persevered with a more positive approach, twin strikers Adebayor and Soldado. Soldado scored another penalty and missed a bucket-load of other chances. 7th but only 3 points off a Champions League place.

A good end to 2013. Soldado looked much more comfortable with a strike partner. Paulinho was back and Dembele at his best. He and Lennon scored a cracker each.

Other Teams:

IMG_9333Arsenal return to the top of the table with an away win at Newcastle. Wilshere is back and partly atones for his one finger death-flick suspension with a headed clearance off the line which secured all 3 points.

Everton return to form with a win over Southampton. Chelsea beat Liverpool in a game full of skill and commitment on both sides. They shackled Suarez who I thought showed signs of tiredness after his recent superhuman efforts.

Tough Start to 2014

Tim Sherwood admits that we may need our tin hats on for the next two games. Too right! Rooney is likely to be back for Manchester United away on New Year’s Day (Weds) followed by Arsenal at the Emirates in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Roll your sleeves up, deep breath…

And finally, here is a snap of Steffen Freund at the entrance to White Hart Lane at the Liverpool game. I think he was ringing for a taxi for AVB then waving goodbye to a difficult year.

Steffen Freund [Photo: Alan Hill]

Steffen Freund [Photo: Alan Hill]

Steffen Freund [Photo: Alan Hill]

Steffen Freund [Photo: Alan Hill]

Thanks for logging on in 2013 everybody. Look out for Logan’s Review of the Year. 

Happy New Year

Tags: 2013 Alans Diary Soccer Tim Sherwood Tottenham Hotspur

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