Dorset’s Day Out

A biased match report, some waffle about the journey from Dorset to N17, a lot of old nonsense and the pictures taken on Mr Dorset’s trip to White Hart Lane.

16th March 2014, Tottenham Hotspur 0 – Arsenal 1

Click on a snap for the gallery!

Nice day shame about the result!

A great day except for one thing the flipping result! It was a really hot sunny spring day in London, amazingly it wasn’t snowing or raining of freezing cold like it usually is when I visit White Hart Lane. There were none of the usual Sunday delays on the train journey, no bus replacements or diversions via Southampton and the underground was all working splendidly! An easy journey from Waterloo to Seven Sisters and a nice walk up the High Road in the sunshine to the Gilpin’s Bell to meet up up with some pals from the forum and have a nice pint of London Pride –  a perfect start!

Spurs v Arsenal , Tottenham High Road

Sunshine on the High Road!

The only ticket I could get for this game was right in the corner of the West Stand in block 9, row 4.  Not a good vantage point for watching the game and sadly right underneath the Arsenal supporters.  I was expecting the usual West Stand quietness and retrained atmosphere but what I got was a bunch of very drunk blokes who spent most of the game shouting abuse at the opposition fans.  The game is in front of you chaps – not up there in the away fans section.

Oh well, it’s the amosphere that counts at a NLD (North London Derby) and there was plenty of that! The support and the singing was tremendous!

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear – a sucker punch goal scored by Rosicky for Arsenal in the second minute of the game.  Nobody could take any blame for it – it happens so let’s get over it eh? That took the edge off the day.  To be honest most of the action in the first half was down in the Spurs defensive end – Arsenal were attacking the Paxton Road end and we came under some heavy pressure which we dealt with.  A good performance from the Tottenham Hotspur boys but not a great one.

The second half told a very different story.  Spurs came out fighting and nearly all the activity in the second half again was down at the North Stand end, but this time it was Spurs piling on pressure and being unlucky on several occasions.

Spurs v Arsenal, Spurs fans say hello

Spurs fans ‘welcoming’ the opposition.

Sandro didn’t look fit to me, a very silly person on the Tube was saying he is rubbish – alcohol can make people say the funniest things!  Once he  gets back to full match fitness the Beast will be back – watch out .

The passion and commitment that is sometimes lacking in the Spurs squad was there, everyone played well, Danny Rose I though had a good game,  Adeabayor was getting involved sadly without the reward of a goal and Hugo made a great save

 

Tottenham (4-2-3-1) Lloris 5; Naughton 6, Kaboul 4, Vertonghen 5, Rose 5; Sandro 6 (Paulinho, 68, 5), Bentaleb 5; Townsend 7, Chadli 4 (Sigurdsson 69, 5), Eriksen 6 (Soldado 82); Adebayor 7

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