Woolwich (A): Stoof's Shout

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    With 88 minutes on the clock, I slumped forward on my bar stool with a deep sigh. "How could a goal like that be buried beneath a result like this?" I thought. I swilled the apple & mango J20, that hadn't been shaken properly, and threw it down my throat as to avoid all the nasty bits making contact with my tongue. I looked left and right at my fellow Tottenham watching compadres, and gave another one of those sighs.

    Clichy had the ball as the clock ran down. I expected him to beat Jenas comfortably and start adding the vinegar to the already salty wound, but like a horse shot with a sonic gun, he fell in a heap. GO ON JJ, I yelled, as he raced through the gears, accelerating beyond the Arsenal chaser and with a deft drop of the shoulder he bent in an absolute beauty with his wrong foot. In any circumstances that would have been greeted with some sort of running around celebration, but it was a consolation. Nothing more.

    A neuron or two dared to flicker in the Stoof grey matter. What if we could nick one? Oh stop it Stoof, stop getting yourself all worked up. Look, they've got the ball again, it's not going to happen. Oooh free-kick given. Right Bentley, this has got to be good. Got to be good. Headed out for a corner by that blaggard Gallas. Come on, this corner has got to be good Bentley. Has to be good.

    Cleared.

    As Arsenal broke away, I dreaded a Gooner Fifth to compound our misery. But it never came. The ball was hoofed up to Huddlestone, and then to Modric who turned and shot and hit the post, and and and … LENNON!!! What followed was a bit of a blur for me. In the Temple Walkabout, myself, a recently returned Jimbo and talkshowhost86 danced a stupid jubilant dance. The Arsenal fans in front of us finished their pints, muttered something and then walked off. They hadn't lost, but oh how they'd been beaten.

    It's these sorts of games that make the cockerel emblazoned across my heart swell with pride (not in some sort of cardiac arrest!). It's these moments where it all makes sense to me. Everyone has their story, their reason for support our great club, I've said many a time in this column that the up and down but deeply glorious nature of our play is something to love and despise all at the same time – and that we as Spurs fans wouldn't want it any other way.

    Last night we wrote ourselves another page of history, 4-2 down with a minute + stoppage time left, away from home. We grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and said "No, Arsene, you're not having these points. Not today". And by gosh did Harry Houdini pull off one hell of a trick.

    Let me return to the very beginning: a divine raking ball from Huddlestone to Bale who almost exposed Almunia at his near post. That set the tone of what was to follow. Both sides absolutely going for it; we even had the better of the opening exchanges – seemingly Arsenal were caught cold and we planned to exploit this. With only 12 minutes on the clock, Jenas chested the ball down to Bentley who teed himself up and dreamt of running down the other end to yell with his fellow Spurs fans. As he let fly with a tumultuous swing of his heavily insured right foot, the ball whimpered as it was violated from beneath. It swung, it span, it rose, it dipped and it went in. IT WENT IN. My jaw dropped. The bloke behind me's jaw dropped. The pub erupted, and Bentley ran down the other end to yell with his fellow Spurs fans. One of the greatest goals in a North London derby, and in my sexy opinion it's allowed to rub shoulders with Gascoigne's in April of 1991.

    As tends to happen at the Emirates we sat back and Gomes looked increasingly shaky. Now, I know it's easy to say this and I know there are some forum people out there that will be feeling mighty small at the moment, but Gomes is not our answer as a Number 1. I'm all for giving chances to people, but I just have not seen enough in him to be this commanding number 1 we all want and need. I just still wonder why we didn't try and hijack a Premiership experienced goalkeeper. Brad Friedel's the one that sticks out for me. But I suppose that's pointless conjecture, however I'm not sure that Gomes instils anything close to confidence in our ever-changing back four.

    Hutton had a mare too. His attempted goal-line clearance, and his hand in the 4th Arsenal goal were shocking lapses for a £9 million full-back – but I have seen enough of him to think that this is simply down to lack of a pre-season and I hope that he returns to show exactly why we paid that money for him. I also think that Bentley and him are made for a right hand sided combination.

    So after a couple of typical set-piece conceded goals and Hutton's failed clearance, we were on the back foot until Huddlestone let fly with an almighty rocket that not even the best goalies would have held, and it was there for Darren Bent to collect his first Derby goal, slotting home neatly and breathing hope into our team. Bent had come on for the tireless Pavlyuchenko, who really really impressed me. He seems to have developed a first touch and the ability to hold off players and he looked every inch like a possible Berbatov replacement. I don't credit the statement that Bent and Pav can't play together, I think we'll see them both in the starting line-up soon enough – especially if they can involve Modric sitting behind them. I thought he too showed glimpses last night of absolute marvel. His feet are fantastic; and I thought it would have been fitting had it been his shot that went in for the 4-4 so he could stick two fingers up in the direction of Wenger and say "lightweight, schmightweight". As it was, after Hutton's disastrous mistake for their fourth, JJ and more devastatingly, Lennon, sealed our dramatic comeback and reinforced my love of this great club and made my voice very very sore.

    As a closing stat: a point off Arsenal at the Emirates? A point off Chelsea at the Bridge? That's Title Challenging form isn't it?

    *tongue well and truly in cheek*
     
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Discussion in 'Columns' started by Stoof, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. wooderz
    Love it! Next time you guys are going to the pub, let me know. I'd love to be in a bit of an SC love in when we next show everyone else how loud the cockerel crows!
  2. Dougal
    Oh what a night! :dance:
  3. ShadyRay
    Why were you drinking J2O you fucking girl?

    And also, why were you on a bar stool. I got to the pub at 5.30 to make sure I reserved the biggest bestest couch in front of the TV. And to make sure I had plenty of time to get blind drunk, not on J2O.

    Good times.
  4. Coyboy
    I think and hope he was being ironic about the beverage of choice.
  5. rooster1
    What a couch potato you are. Out of your nut on half a shandy.

    Half a ShandyRay.
    LOL.
  6. alextheyid
    always a good read...cheers stoof
  7. PT
    Just Man U and the Scousers to take draws off and it'll be the beginning of a new era.
  8. Stoof
    Workin' like a dog at the moment chaps, and am all sorts of bunged up. Probably got some sort of fluey infection type thing, so I thought having a mid-week booze wasn't the greatest choice. Pretty weak, but it was refreshingly girly. :wink:
  9. spurdownunder
    I hear that...erm, I mean read that.

    Let's hope all our voices are recovered on Saturday. I'll be singing long and loud regardless.
  10. Irishspur
    Who was the dude in the suit buried beneath Lennon and the lads in the goal celebration?
  11. Dougal
    No-one seems to know yet :)
  12. fazza
    I knew it was only a matter of time before someone (wooderz) had that Bentley picture as there avatar/sig. :up:
  13. fazza
    Dougal are you in that picture of 4-4 or something?
  14. Maske2g
    I was enjoying that til you said you were in the Temple Walkabout.

    Isn't that the place where Aussie Travellers poor beer over there selves at the joy that we let them back in the country to nick our jobs, having booted them out the country once already.
  15. Dougal
    Yep, bottom left :dance:
  16. talkshowhost86
    Yup that's the one :grin:

    More screens than you can shake a stick at though plus Kangaroo burgers for cheap should you want to eat a large bouncy mouse.

    Was brilliant to jig around in the pub laughing at the gooners around us. They were gutted.....poor lambs.

    As for the game I thought we started excellently, Bentley looked brilliant in the first half, Modric is starting to look like the world beater we want him to be and both Bent and Pav looked sharp (although I think Modric + 1 is the best bet for now)

    Negatives? Gomes flapped alot, we conceded from two set pieces (again!), I thought Hudd looked out of his depth and Bale still doesn't quite look as good as his early Spurs form suggested.

    But I think Gomes can be sorted out. And I think that will sort out the set piece problem. I think Hudd is fine against lesser teams but against good midfields I'd rather see O'Hara or Zokora in there to give someone a good kicking. And Bale will improve if he gets given a regular position.

    So all in all....bring on Liverpool!
  17. spurdownunder
    Hahahaha, that's hilarious. :rofl::rofl:

    I think you're thinking of the Shepherds Bush Walkabout. Feral.

    The Temple is a kick-ass place to watch footy and is one of the very few pubs in central London that actually show Prem games.:beer:
  18. spurdownunder
    That's possibly the funniest description of our native animals I've ever heard.

    Rep on its way.....:clap:

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