Surprise Winner Of Man Of The Match Poll

It was probably indicative of the shock we all had on Saturday afternoon that our goalkeeper Karl Darlow won the Man of the Match poll for Saturday’s game, in which we lost 1-0 to Blackburn Rovers in what was a shocking result and a poor performance.

In a game against the 3rd bottom of the league side – technically maybe our easiest league game this season – we were beaten because too many of our players didn’t turn up for the game.

We cannot have that happen many times at all this season with other teams like Brighton and Reading continuing to win their games.


Karl Darlow – improving all the time

Karl has been very good for us and could even end up as the number one goalkeeper at the end of the season.

His strengths are his consistency and all around ability, plus the fact he turns up for every game.

The 26 year-old  has improved considerably since joining the first team squad from Nottingham Forest 17 months ago.

Next in the voting are Jonjo Shelvey, Ciaran Clark and DeAndre Yedlin who all had solid games.

But players who disappointed on Saturday included Chancel Mbemba, Christian Atsu, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez, who simply must improve his consistency this season.

He was missing in action on Saturday and at the bottom of our poll.

Those four players did their first team chances little good with their below-par performances on Saturday.

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24 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Nov 28, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Well here’s a surprise. A temperamental French player who wanted a move to his beloved Arsenal ( can’t see that happening now ) not putting in a shift at Spurs. It must rain in London as well as in the north.
    Well done Charnley – I thought that £35 for Andy C was good business, but this was a master stroke of a deal.

    Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko has failed to live up to expectations following his £30m move from Newcastle, says manager Mauricio Pochettino.
    France international Sissoko, 27. did not even make the bench for Spurs’ 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday.
    “Football is not about money,” said Pochettino.( better check that with Moussa then )
    “You need to show on the training ground you are better than another team-mate and you deserve to be involved.”


    Nov 28, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    No shock to us lot was surprised it was Spurs he ended up at tbh they are a working team he’d of had an easier time at Arsenal

  • Belfast

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Becoming obvious he was a Daniel Levy buy rather than the managers choice.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    On The Mag website a Tottenham fan has posted:-

    “When we were looking at Sissoko Poch is said to have pushed Levy to sign Sissoko, Levy didn’t want to match the fee or his wages so was wanting to walk away… Poch got involved and pushed Levy to complete the signing so I’d say that Poch is far more responsible than Levy at this point.”

    Not that I care. I’m glad he’s gone!


    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    I wouldn’t put too much belief in what the mag says mate haha

  • Jib

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    As Jane pointed out .
    If we get to the semis of the EFL cup and the other 3 qualify for Europe through their PL position , we could be in the Europa League next season even if we lost.
    The irony of that , would be the fact that the last time we won a Euro trophy -The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup under Joe Harvey – we qualified for that by the back door (we were 10th in the League ).

  • Budge123

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Jib – is that correct or hearsay?
    I thought it would go to position in premier league if winners qualified for Europe elsewhere?

    A European adventure to distract us next season may not be a good thing. But would be great to get the chance to go away to places new.

  • hibbit

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Ron / WWSBRD
    the same format of this story appeared in the Telegraph last week
    just might be something in it !!

    not that i care just pleased he’s gone


  • Ron Knee

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #9


    It’s on the BBC website:-

    Bad judgement on Pochettino’s part if he pushed for Sissoko!

  • reilly

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #10

    jib what happens if a club outside euro spots loses the fa cup final.will it not go to them.

  • hibbit

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #11

    sorry Ron but i think Pochettino made a great decision taking Sissoko off our hands !!

  • Jib

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #12


    I think –

    Mr Tuff may be spanking my bottom again here

    but I think there are 2 seperate spots available from the 2 cup competitions

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #13


    Yes. Great for us!


    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #14

    hibbit/Ron Knee
    Ah right fair play if its from elsewhere I just dont like the mag tbh haha

  • Sav

    Nov 28, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #15

    Darlow makes a much better fist of commanding his box than Matts Sels

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 28, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #16


    Hoodwinked, not what we thought we’d got lmfco.
    It reminds me of that video from the euros that was doing the rounds where he gets a spurt on warming up when he realises the camera’s on him.

    This bit made me laugh.

    “If you sign a player and you expect something and you do not find what you expect and if another deserves to be involved, like (Georges-Kevin) Nkoudou or (Vincent) Janssen – why? Because we paid money we need to put the player to play?” added Argentine Pochettino.

    “Of course he needs to work hard and show in the future he deserves to be involved in the team.

    “I need to take a decision and I believe the players that start on the bench deserve to be involved.”

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 28, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #17


    Moussa at his diplomatic best:-

    “Sissoko has only started for Spurs four times and it’s reported that Pochettino was unhappy with the midfielder for comments made after the defeat to Monaco in midweek.

    “Sissoko had contradicted the manager on the size of his squad and also said Spurs should not have been playing home Champions League games at Wembley.”

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 28, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #18


    Not suprised tbh, the guys a w@nker.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #19

    The league cup runner up has never had a spot in Europe. Until very recently the FA cup runner up would take it if the winner had already qualified, not anymore. Hardly surprising that the footballing ignoramus jeff/jane never new that.

  • manxpie

    Nov 28, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #20

    I thought the winner of the fa cup gets champions league now or was that scrapped?

  • Jib

    Nov 28, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #21

    It would appear you are right
    In the event of the cup winners already qualifying through their lague position the place moves down the PL table.


    Nov 28, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #22

    with perez struggling for form recently,and diame only patchy at best maybe playing atsu behind the striker may be worth a look at,….mitro needs to up his game or now murphy is fit he may find himself pushed out,…i like mitro but im still not convinced he’s got whats needed,he had a fantastic game a few games back,where he chased everything,closed down,battled and looked sharp….thats not happening enough though,perez is trying to hard,holding on to the ball to long,getting caught…he needs to be quicker of thought,easy passes and move he’s lost something this season,and needs to work on strength….but we are not half way thru the season yet hopefully they’ll come good….but other then that good season so far by the club,management and players so cant complain to much really,if any tbh.

  • Jib

    Nov 28, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Press conference from Rafa in one hour.

  • Owldman

    Nov 28, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #24

    Dont think making too many changes helped , our main priority this season has got be promotion even at the expense of a cup run .3 points on Saturday were more important than our up coming game with Hull.


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