From the Sofa 29th/30th March

Week 38

From the Sofa

As the season draws to a close its a cliché but the games get bigger and bigger with every week. And that was no different at Portman Road where Ipswich took on Forest. Both sides locked on the same points, just two off the play offs. After two wins on the bounce I went into the game thinking we would take another three points from  a Forest side in freefall. The line-up included one change with Wordsworth being completely dropped from the squad, a bizarre decision, I can understand him being on the bench if he was tired but to be out of the squad was very strange. We started with Anderson and Hunt again too which was a slight disappointment but I still felt we would win the game.

As we did on Tuesday night we conceded early, a simple corner was headed in by Collins, so soft and it dampened the atmosphere again. We’ve been poor defending set pieces of late, against Boro and Wigan, and we must cut that out, to concede when your cut open is fair enough but from a set piece is poor. Forest edged the first half and had a couple of chances to extend their lead and were certainly time wasting, so it looked a tough proposition in the second half. With Anderson and Hunt off we looked a much better side again, Nouble for the second time in a week was a real threat running at the full back and his end product was excellent. Continue reading


The Rise Of An Algerian: Nabil Bentaleb

It was a dream come true for Nabil Bentaleb at Tottenham, where he finally made his mark. Released by Lille at the tender age of 14, just at a time when a young boy starts dreaming of becoming a professional footballer, it was a massive blow to him.

“It has been a difficult path for me to get to where I am today,” the Spurs central midfielder said.

When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Having joined the Tottenham’s academy after a successful trial in January, 2012, the young Algerian starlet has gone on to rise through the ranks at White Hart Lane. He has progressed from strength to strength, making 14 appearances for the Spurs Under-21s last season. In August, most supporters would have known Bentaleb as simply one of the club’s promising youth prospects. A few months later, and after the arrival of over £100million of fresh talent in the summer, no one would have expected him to command a regular spot in Tottenham’s midfield. Continue reading


Chasing a dream can turn into a nightmare…

When do decision makers become responsible for their decisions?

It is all too easy to blame a manager for poor results but when does the employer of any particular manager become responsible for their decision to hire them in the first place. Obviously there is a hell of a lot more involved when making these decisions, including money and club expectations but I am always disappointed by knee jerk reactions. Take Daniel Levy of #THFC It was very disappointing when Martin Jol was asked to leave and if my sources are correct his departure was down to him being honest about Mr Levys Champions League ambitions. After finishing 5th two years in a row Spurs briefly turned the dominating top four into an elite five. But Mr Jols remarks about his current squad not being good enough for top four ultimately cost him his job. Now had he shown a little patience with his employee where would Spurs be now? Unknown but there would certainly be more consistency around the club. Even more frustrating is the AVB appointment, for me that is a manager who needs time and complete trust to get on with his job and he simply wasn’t given it. Look at David Dein and Arsene Wengers relationship it worked and they were very successful. Maybe their recent demise is due to Deins departure rather than Wengers lack of ability.