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Vital Spurs Q&A

Spurs supporter, 'Oxfordspur' from vital spurs took time out of his busy schedule for this weeks 'Question & Answer' session.

Spurs have made some huge strides forward this season, but would you only consider it a success if the club qualifies for the Champions League?

If we didn`t get another point, I would still regard this season as a huge success. For us it isn`t, or certainly shouldn`t be all about Champions league football and getting a top six place would be a good indication of progress from last season. Obviously the disappointment of missing out on a CL place will be a devastating blow initially, but that shouldn`t take anything away from a season when we have competed well in two cup competitions and have broken our Premiership points record, with two games to go.

There has been some fierce debate over the future of your manager. Is Harry Redknapp the right man to lead Spurs to glory?

My personal opinion of anyone who doubts his ability as a manager have to be either stupid or incredibly impatient. He has done brilliantly on and off the pitch and aside from the obvious worry over his impending court case, I honestly cannot see any reason why he wouldn`t be our manager for some time to come and that would be great for the club as we desperately need stability to build on what we have.

As for Glory, I guess that depends on what we mean by that. If we look towards winning titles and Champions leagues, then I think that may be beyond our control to a certain extent, at least in the short term as we don`t yet have the resources or pull of the established elite and of course yourselves. I would happily take a team regularly competing for silverware and a CL place as glory, but of course once you get something you are always greedy for more...

Which players have most impressed the White Hart Lane faithful this season, and which areas need to be strengthened for next season?

The great thing about this season is that there have been so many great performances throughout the team. In particular, we have a great keeper in Heurelho Gomes, who I honestly wouldn`t swap for any other No1 in the Prem, Gareth Bale has been superb in 2010, Michael Dawson, Ledley King (when fit) and Sebastien Bassong have been excellent in the centre of defence, Tom Huddlestone has had a great season, but to an extent gone a little under the radar, while Aaron Lennon Jermain Defoe and Luka Modric have all had very good seasons.

As for strengthening, Although I rate Vedran Corluka highly, I wonder if Harry wants a more attack minded right back, along the lines of Glen Johnson, who he had at Portsmouth? I`m at the stage of speculating over our team and playing style for next season and feel that the option of a quick aggressive right back would fit well with the options we have on the left in Bale and Assou-Ekotto.

The other area I still feel we will look at is in the attack. Although Roman Pavlyuchenko has looked to have eased any doubts over his ability, I still worry that both he and Peter Crouch are far too similar and also without the pace of Jermain Defoe we look rather one dimensional in attack. Other than that I am pretty happy in a realistic sort of way..

The upcoming clash at Eastlands will have a huge say in which team claims 4th. Who do you feel is best equipped to take on Europe, City or Spurs?

At the start of the season I felt that City would take a top four place and certainly feel they have the team to do it, but Spurs have surprised me a little with their resolve and consistency. They have had the playing squad before, but this season, though not the finished article, they look mentally stronger. At the moment, it really is a toss of a coin over who will get the final place and I think it will all be down to mental strength and probably a bit of luck on the night.

City probably have the players with more big game experience, but also have the bigger weight of expectation which I feel has stifled them on occasions this season. The fact that we can go away with a draw and still remain 4th has to be a plus for us, but already I have no finger nails and am using the toilet a little more often. I will be a wreck by Wednesday evening.

What score do you predict and why?

I have a private feeling that it will be a draw, but I will go with a 2-0 win for City for no other reason than I predicted defeats against Arsenal and Chelsea recently by two goals and it has become a small superstition.

How annoyed will you be if Spurs, City and Villa all slip up and let Liverpool sneak their way back into the 'big four'!?

A the time of writing this, it is of course now highly unlikely as both of us have won our 36th game, leaving Liverpool almost out of the running, but to be honest, and at the risk of annoying City fans, I would rather Liverpool get the final place that City or previously Villa, for no other reason that being selfish for my team. I have always worried that if City gain the final place it will enable them to push beyond our capabilities of catching you with the money available to your club. At least if Liverpool retain the status quo, we have hope of matching them next season. Sorry about that...

Many thanks to 'Oxfordspur' for his time and interesting answers.




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Writer: Lincolnsmariner Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 2 2010

Time: 1:37PM

Your Comments

Great Q&A. I agree about the match on Wednesday coming down to mental strength, with the home crowd behind City I see that as potentially tipping it in our favour, it's been a thrilling race regardless, my sphincter muscles have never been so overworked.
Bluedub
good article and fair play to city ahead of wednesday. I have always thought city would nick 4th and i still do, in a way the spurs over achievment in my eyes will make it all the more disapointing because we got so close, but even if we had got it we wouldnt have kept it next season. City on the other hand will get there this year or next and for that reason i prefer city to stay there than liverpool, again for selfish reasons. being out the champ league doesnt hurt city with all your cash but it really hurts liverpool, which is most excellent :) If weds night was at the lane, id fancy it but it isnt so for me its City and good luck to you if it is.
jimmy-yid
MMm - we have a fantastic record against City - home and away for many seasons. I am backing us to continue that and get a result, I think we have what it takes to win up there
arpant
Shall I ring the Samaritans for you Jimmy Yid ! Jeez lets hope the team aint got that attitude.
Born&BredSpur
I think both teams will be understandably nervous and it may well come down to a mistake settling it. I hope not, but if its a mistake by a City player I'll happily take it! I do think that City would kick on and be more likely to sustain a top 4 position with the resources they've got, but football is as much about hope as it is about belief, so here's to a great game and a Spurs win!
Royston
After all the build up, the hype, the traded insults and banter, what's the betting that this game is a boring 1-0er, settled by a totally scruffy goal off someone's arsecheek? |I guess if it goes in City's favour I'll accept that. Just be warned Spurs - I'm taking my 3 year old daughter to the game on Wednesday, and she's always seen 6 goals (City 6, Pompey0, City 4, Arse 2 and City 5, Brum 1). She's also seen City 3, Burnley 3 but I won't talk about that one! ;-)
fifthcolumnblue
Born&BredSpur, thats what a life time of supporting spurs does for you, i hope you're right but sorry its just my opinion
jimmy-yid
It's quite alright jimmy-yid, most of us City fans have a similar outlook on life due to the syndrome known as "Typical City". As Rob Gretton once said, "Manchester United didn't ruin my life - Manchester City did"
fifthcolumnblue
May the best team win ey :) Thats all that can be said. Both teams should be proud of what they have both accomplished. And it just shows how evenly matched it has been. I think and hope we can get some sort of result. I think it could either be a really boring 0-0 or a big win for either team. Both Spurs and City have a tendency to panic and therefore play a bit flat and cautious. So basically, i think the team that goes out fighting will end up winning it.
sidtheyid_1990
Good interview guys and some good answers Oxford - as for Wednesday, your predictions are as good as mine.
Thaibluefan
I hope for a great game City are worthy opponents for Spurs should be a great atmosphere.
Uskok
come on admit it everyone.......... we all have brown underwear, don't we?
paddypower
I have to say that I'm quite confident, but that is never any guarantee of success. I think we have the beating of this Man City side.
darkenvai
Sorry, thought I was posting that on the Vital Spurs site. Didn't mean to be inflammatory. Good luck to us both.
darkenvai
Should be a great night with both teams having a history of snatching defeat from jaws of victory. Which team will finally break this jinks, bugg*red if I know. I am off to sit on the toilet until 10pm Wednesday.
Chelmspur
Should be a very tight game, cant see past a draw here, with one or two Peno's, hope it's not a dirty game(don't think it will) may the best team win (us) sorry couldnt resist ;-)
ledgespur
I want to see little Luka tear $hit up next season in the CL.
cajic
haha fifthcolumnblue that is incredible. everytime i dont watch a game live we (spurs) usually win quite well. a recent example of this was when i had to take my girlfriend to the cinema one sunday afternoon(was her birthday or some Sh*t) checked the scores on my phone before going in too watch the film. spurs 1 0 wigan. film finished checked scores again and i almost wet my pants
black-messi
What an end to the season huh. This game would have been even sweeter if this was the last one, i dont know about you blues fans but my stomach is all over the place. Ive even taken to doing things a certain way every match day as i think it might affect the teams performance. This is fantastic for the Prem, the scousers being slapped down a few places and hopefully next season we can add the arse to that beating too. If you (Citeh) win wednesday then good luck to you in the CL and i hope you turn your near neighbours over from here on in and i would hope you'd wish us the same as it could really be the changing of the guard at the top of the best league in the world. Wednesday night then chaps......any fingernails left for it?
Himwhatwhats
Top man oxfordspur with as ever a top drawer Q&A.
Johnny Baguette
ahh, I'm just jealous we aren't in the match for 4th...sigh..
los_angeles_villan
I feel kind of calm about the game I've always said that I honestly think well hey whoever does it will deserve it. Also what does the qual CL place really mean the CL dosh is not the attraction I think now its more about attracting players. But then I don't want the bigger issue of mercenaries. There is nowt like European footy from our last trips so we've got that to look forward to no matter what... Parped nervously!
taggarts nose
I can't decide if its going to be a huge scoring game or a 1 nil game but I know its going to be exciting.
keefdayid
Neither of these teams will finish fourth-spurs will be third and arse will finish fourth, just ahead of city who will challenge for the league next season irrespective of whether or not they play in CL. Mancini has a high profile in Europe and will bring in a few big guns next season. Can't wait for wednesday *CITY 1 - 3 SPURS*
seaforth_spur
black-messi the yids are on and your taking your girlfriend to the pictures birthday or not you need help order of importance 1 tottenham hotspur 2 tottenham hotspur 3 tottenham hotspur do you get my drift dont let it happen again we know where you live
mabbuttalegend
CACKING IT BIG TIME. I dont want city to get the cl football as they will spend big and the top 4 will move away however i do like the city fans as i see alot of similarities such as typical city syndrome is exactly the same feeling we have as spurs fans. may the best team win
jljyid
lol sorry mabbs. i've put her in line now. she even leaves the house now when spurs are playing. i watch games at home alone as i hate ppl talking through a game. 100% concentration
black-messi
Guys, like all I'm wishing it was Thursday morning and I knew where I stood, especially as my Thursday and Friday are going to be spent on a conference with loads of Blues Fans. The big game however is Sunday, and Roy's boys puttinf A**e into 4th spot and either of us taking third, and then the Gooners falling next seasonat the first hurdle. For that to happen, we need a quick clean death to one of us Wednesday, everything crossed it us, but if it's City, then don't fail us Sunday....
SPLuvsSpurs
SPLuvsSpurs - City can match Arsenal for points but Arsenal's goal difference is far superior, so there's very little chance City will get third.
Bluedub
A really level headed spuds fan. There almost impossible to find.
Once a Blue
a lot of money riding on this game in termns of rewardes that it will bring to either club.
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