Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0
Heung-Min Son 83
One goal won two of my bets today.
In the first half Lucas Moura was so lightweight he was a bantamweight and the game became rather boring, so at half-time I went upstairs and started reading Bitch Nation, an article in the LRB.
When I went into my office I saw that Spurs had just scored, so I ran downstairs to see the replay.
Toby Alderweireld launched a measured diagonal pass into the box and big sub Llorente guided the ball down off his chest towards Son, who had two Newcastle players quite close to him.
The South Korean cutely waited for the ball to reach him, disguising his intentions before his delicate touch took the ball neatly to his right and the Son fired a low right-foot shot through Slovakian keeper Martin Dubravka and raced off into a knee-sliding celebration.
Replays showed that that the goalkeeper should have got something behind the ball, even if he was going to spill it.
I had backed Son Anytime and Spurs First Goal and BTS.
Yes, I thought Newcastle would nick one. But the best they could do was hit the post with a Rondon header on 61.
So Spurs go second for 24 hours.
1. Liverpool 24 61
2. Spurs 25 57
3. Man City 24 54
4. Arsenal 24 47
If Manchester City beat Arsenal in Sunday’s 4.30pm kick-off they’ll overtake Pochettino’s team and Arsenal will trail 10 points behind Tottenham
Yes, Spurs are missing Harry Kane but they keep grafting and scoring late goals. Obviously, having Kane on the pitch improves the other ten players and having Dele Alli there improves Kane and the other nine.
Football is about players, not tactics, Always.
But you also need luck.