Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham warmed-up for Wednesday's Champions League clash against Barcelona with a comfortable but feisty 2-0 win over Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium. The England captain headed home Kieran Trippier's cross on 25 minutes before scoring from the penalty spot after Danny Rose was fouled. The win moved Spurs into the top four, while the winless Terriers remain rooted to the foot of the table. Dan Kilpatrick analyses the key talking points in Milton Keynes... A little bit of history repeating If the first half felt familiar, it's because you've seen it before. Spurs won 4-0 here at the same stage of last season and the early stages followed an identical pattern. Huddersfield roared out of the blocks – pressing high, kicking long and winning all of the 50-50s. But they didn't score, and just like last season Spurs took the lead on the counterattack through Harry Kane and quickly doubled their lead when the 24-year-old scored from the penalty spot … [Read more...] about Tottenham analysis: Kane getting back to his best but injuries mount up
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Tottenham beat Watford 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw at Stadium MK to reach the EFL Cup fourth-round. Dan Kilpatrick analyses the key talking points in Milton Keynes... Spurs still in hunt for silverware You can take Spurs out of Tottenham but you can't take Tottenham out of Spurs. Fifty-miles outside London, in another "home" stadium, Spurs beat Watford on penalties in the EFL Cup third-round surrounded by the kind of chaos that so often characterises the club in knockouts competitions. On the eve of this game, Mauricio Pochettino had predicted that Spurs' new stadium would be the catalyst to end the club's decade-long trophy-drought. But for most of the second half, it looked like another piece of silverware would be slipping through the Argentinian's grasp after Isaac Success gave Watford a 46th-minute lead, before Etienne Capoue forced penalties with a late equaliser. In between, Spurs scored twice through a Dele Alli penalty, which led to the sending off of substitute … [Read more...] about Tottenham analysis: Spurs still in the hunt for much-needed silverware
Mauricio Pochettino warned this would be his toughest season at Tottenham Hotspur and the signs are that he will be proved right. Tottenham’s Champions League defeat at Inter Milan meant the club have now suffered three successive losses for the first time under Pochettino’s management. Here, Matt Law examines why this season is threatening to be so difficult and what has gone wrong over recent weeks. A summer of no signings In many ways Tottenham can be praised for holding their nerve and refusing to panic buy in what proved to be an extremely difficult summer transfer window for a number of clubs. But Pochettino himself revealed players had been asking him about why nobody had come in and the inescapable truth is that the Spurs squad has been left short. While Chelsea could afford to ease Eden Hazard back into action from the substitutes bench and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp can pick and choose when to select Jordan Henderson, Pochettino has had to ask all of his … [Read more...] about Tottenham Inquest: Why this is now Mauricio Pochettino’s toughest Spurs challenge
Tim Wallace was the subject of one of the enduring mysteries of last year's Sheffield Steelers' team. After 101 NHL games, including stints with Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders, followed by appearances in Sweden and Germany, he was expected to a shining light in the Steelers' team.But in a season where they ended in third having scored less than Cardiff Devils, Belfast Giants and Fife Flyers, Wallace could not find his scoring touch. He hit the net just six times in 57 league and play off games.Captain Jonathan Phillips regrets it didn't come off for the American, offensively. "Why didn't it work, I don't know," he said."He played well but just didn't get the luck of the bounce near goal. “As a team-mate and one of the leadership group, he was great, though."You could rely on him defensively, he'd be the one to close a game out. It is a shame he was snake-bitten and it became more and more as the season went on, and may have got in his … [Read more...] about Sod’s law – just watch Tim Wallace score against Sheffield Steelers this weekend!
Jake Reeves and Lyle Taylor scored second half goals to ensure AFC Wimbledon beat MK Dons in a game that was about far more than just three points. You’ve read the match reports and listening to the interviews, now here are six things I observed on Tuesday night in Kingston. TAKING NO CHANCES – I’ve been to some of English football’s most high profile derbies but I can’t remember experiencing such tight security checks and such an impressive police presence as on Tuesday night. Cars queued to be let into the Cherry Red Records Stadium car park as passengers had their matchday tickets checked and then there were further queues as people and bags were searched before entering the ground. Yes, it was a bit of a pain but ultimately it ensured what was potentially a hot pot of tension, 15 years in the making, went by largely without incident. There was a fantastic atmosphere and home supporters let the ‘franchise’ know what they thought of them … [Read more...] about All the big talking points from AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons