The 667 Report 2007/08

BoringOldFan

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Welcome to the first 667 report of the season, and as you can imagine, it doesn’t make for pretty reading. Still, you shouldn’t have got on the rollercoaster if you can’t stand the ride.

How It Works

Ignoring the old cliche of taking it one game at a time, I look at the season in two lots of 6, 6 and 7 games. At the end of each batch I compare this season's results with the same games last season. The promoted teams are paired with last season's relegated teams. Now read on...

Part 1: The First Six Games

With four points from our first six games some are saying “That’s what we had last season, we’re in the same position”. The 667 approach shows this isn’t true; we’re worse off.

We matched the first five results from last season. We lost away at Sheffield United (Sunderland), then lost to Everton and beat Watford (Derby) at home last season, just like this one. We followed that up with an away loss to Man U and an away draw at Fulham. But last season’s draw at home to Arsenal was replaced with a loss this season.

So from a poor 5 points from the equivalent first six games last season we ended up with only four points this season. And the bad news is that it doesn’t get any easier.

The Next Six Games

Our next six games are Bolton (A), Aston Villa (H), Liverpool (A), Newcastle United (A), Blackburn (H) and Middlesboro (A). Last season we picked up only 7 points from that lot, wins at home to Villa and away at Boro and a home draw with Blackburn.

Again, we may struggle to match last season’s total. With Bolton struggling, it’s imperative we come away from The Reebook with something next weekend. Liverpool and Toon away don’t offer much hope, and Blackburn are still unbeaten this term. Villa have improved and will look to be party poopers at our 125th anniversary game on October 1. A win at Boro would be as massive as it is now essential this season.

The Rolling Form Guide

Take a piece of paper. Draw a line from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. That’s our form, that is. Having ended last season with 12 points from 6 games – which is Champions League form – we’ve started this season with 4 points from the first possible 18. We needed 2 more to struggle up to relegation form.

When the fixtures came out in June I could see immediately that it would be a really tough start. We got 12 points from the same 12 games last season, with three of the big four plus trips to Newcastle and Bolton. It was never going to be easy and always a question of holding our nerve. So fasten your safety harness, we’re not past the worst yet.
 

18Klinsmann

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Cheers, BOF - I feel so much better now.:cry:
- Let's hope that the desperation of our current situation dawns on the players as well, resulting in som steely performances in the next group of games. The game tomorrow night is a really good opportunity to get back to winning ways and bag a little confidence before the dreaded trip to the Reebok... A win up there would work wonders for the morale of the team and club, but it will take more determination and clinical finishing than we have shown so far this term.
 

mansfield

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If we can get sorted at the back then we can quickly turn our season around. While we havent got the results we always show a certain quality on the pitch that scares any team
 

camaj

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It's not at all bad, 1 point worse off than last year, that's it! If we only got 7 from the next 6, then we have an opportunity to improve on that. We're capable of 14-16 points from those games, if we did that, we'd be on course for 4th, let alone 5th.
 

Shepspurs

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Extending this formula to previous seasons shows the following:

2007/8 4 points
2006/7 5 points
2005/6 11 points
2004/5 6 points
2003/4 5 points

Therefore it is only in 2005/2006 when we were considerably better off than we are this season.
 

parj

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we can beat any team if just spurs learn to defend. im not saying keep clean sheets, im asking to stop conceding stupid set piece goals.

but most importantly i would be happy if the players played for 90mins instead of the usual 45mins
 

spursLA

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Extending this formula to previous seasons shows the following:

2007/8 4 points
2006/7 5 points
2005/6 11 points
2004/5 6 points
2003/4 5 points

Therefore it is only in 2005/2006 when we were considerably better off than we are this season.
Or alternatively, that we're worse than for the last 5 years :)
 

tiddola

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why waste time working on this formula, get a life. the only one that counts is the one after 38 league matches
 

BoringOldFan

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why waste time working on this formula, get a life. the only one that counts is the one after 38 league matches
Sky and other media were publishing league tables after one game this season. In terms of meaningless stats that takes the biscuit. Why don't you drop them a line and have a pop at them?
 

matjcole

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Cheers BOF, but it seems the second 6 is improving as we have picked up 2 points, Bolton/Liverpool where last year we got none, I just can't rememer if we beat Villa at home last season? If we did then it's even stevens?
 
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