OPPONENTS Huddersfield Town 
COMPETITION Premier League 
DATE Saturday 30th September 2017
VENUE John Smith's Stadium
Huddersfield Town  SQUAD 1.  Jonas LOSSI
2.  Tommy SMITH
3.  Scott MALONE
6.  Jonathan HOGG
8.  Philip BILLING
9.  Elias KACHUNGA
10.  Aaron MOOY
11.  Abdelhamid SABIRI
13.  Joel COLEMAN
14.  Martin CRANIE
15.  Chris LOWE
17.  Rajiv van La PARRA
18.  Joe LOLLEY
19.  Danny WILLIAMS
20.  Laurent DEPOITRE
22.  Tom INCE
23.  Colin QUANER
24.  Steve MOUNIE
25.  Mathias JORGENSEN
26.  Christopher SCHINDLER
27.  Jon Gorenc STANKOVIC
28.  Robert GREEN
33.  Florent HADERGJONAJ
44.  Michael HEFELE 
45.  Kasey PALMER
PREVIEW Stunning the Premier League, newly promoted Huddersfield Town topped the first couple of league tables, following wins over Crystal Palace and Newcastle United, but have levelled off a bit since those heady days.  Three draws and a defeat have been a little of reality hitting home, but the Terriers have acquitted themselves well and David Wagner has got them playing with organisation and energy.

It was that management style that took them to the top of the Championship table for long periods last season and only one week out of the top five.  Unfortunately, they were out of the top two for automatic promotion and had to win the play-off final to go up to the Premier League for the first time.  They played a bright attacking form of football, with players brought in on loan and the signing of players known to Wagner in Germany.  He is a passionate and sometime volatile manager, but the risk taken by the club's chairman in brining him in has paid off.

There are a few familiar names in the Huddersfield squad, but apart from Tom Ince, who has appeared in every match, others such as Dean Whitehead and Rob Green have been peripheral players.  Permanent signing Aaron Mooy from Manchester City is key to their play, as the Australian is a dynamo in midfield and works tirelessly, closing down the opposition when he is without the ball.  Rajiv van La Para is a wide midfielder, who likes to take people on and cross in for one of the tall strikers the club have - either Colin Quaner, Steve Mounie, Laurent Depoitre or Elias Kachunga, all of whom are good headers of the ball.

The defence is marshalled by Christopher Schindler, along with Chris Lowe and Michael Hefele, all brought in from Germany, with Scott Malone (a summer signing from Fulham) and  Mathias Jorgensen making up the other defenders who have been used this season.  Malone played against us in the FA Cup last season at Craven Cottage and was poor.

In midfield, Danny Williams, the former Reading man, provides some power and attacking intent, while Ince and Mooy are creative and Philip Billing has been with the club a few years and made a name for himself before Wagner came along.

Travelling to Yorkshire and in front of a packed John Smith's Stadium ,Spurs will find a tough Terriers team waiting and they will need to fight for the right to play, but not too hard, as we are getting a few red cards now.  Dele should be ready to give his all, being suspended from the next England game, while the space behind the Huddersfield attacking full backs might prove useful to us on the break.  Spurs should have enough to keep going and I am not sure that Huddersfield have played a team like Spurs yet, so could find themselves run off their feet.

PREDICTION Huddersfield Town    1        Tottenham Hotspur    3
RESULTS HISTORY Click here for results, match reports and facts on meetings with Huddersfield Town
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Huddersfield Town  0 (0)  

Premier League
Saturday 30th September 2017
John Smith's Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur  4 (3)

Kick off 12:30
None Kane  8m 45s
Davies  15m 51s
Kane  23m 00s
Sissoko  90+0m 33s
Kachunga (foul on Vertonghen) 65 


Dele (simulation) 58


Crowd :   24,169 Weather :  Sunny, warm
Referee :  Neil Swarbrick (Preston) Assistant Referees :  Mr. R. West; Mr. A. Holmes
Fourth Official :  Lee Mason  
Spurs  kicked off and played towards the North Stand end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 6 minutes.
Huddersfield Town : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
  1  Jonas LOSSL

  2  Tommy SMITH (c)
25  Mathias JORGENSEN
  Christopher SCHINDLER
15  Chris LOWE  (  3  Scott MALONE  60)

10  Aaron MOOY  (  8  Philip BILLING  61)
  6  Jonathan HOGG  (  4  Dean WHITEHEAD  82)

17  Rajiv van LA PARRA
9  Elias KACHUNGA     
22  Tom INCE

20  Laurent DEPOITRE

Unused subs: 
28  Robert GREEN
14  Martin CRANIE
  Abdelhamid SABIRI


    1  Hugo LLORIS  (c)

  6  Davinson SANCHEZ

16  Kieran TRIPPIER  (
37  Kyle WALKER-PETERS  82)
Eric DIER 
9  Harry WINKS
33  Ben DAVIES 

20  DELE Alli     
Christian ERIKSEN  (17  Moussa SISSOKO  75  )

10  Harry KANE      (  7  Heung-Min SON  87)

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM

  Georges-Kevin N'KOUDOU
18  Fernando LLORENTE
21  Juan FOYTH

Manager :  David Wagner Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Sponsor :   OPE Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  Puma Kit Supplier :   Nike
Match report

Defensively tight Huddersfield may have proved another Swansea as Spurs went away from the sublime of Cyprus to a sunny Yorkshire September afternoon that greeted Tottenham fans as they packed the away section.  And it didn't take too long for Spurs to get inside the Huddersfield box, with Kane twisting and turning and having a shot blocked for a corner inside the first minute Another followed in the second minute and although Davinson got on the end of it, he couldn't get a decent hooked volley on it. Jorgensen (or Zanka as he was more appropriately named on his shirt) clattered Kane from behind and got away with only a free kick.

Huddersfield had their first effort in the fifth minute, when Smith moved forward and fired in an effort that Lloris had to beat out.
Ince fouled Dele from behind and again, Swarbrick let the play go on, although he did pull play back for a blatant foul on Winks by Hogg, but nothing more than that. He must have been thinking the pitch markings were still allowing rugby rules to be in force ! Davinson did well to rob Depoitre of a shot on the edge of the box and then Alderweireld got a good foot in before Dier blocked the follow-up shot.

For all Huddersfield's attacking intent, a clearance by Lossl was headed back by Trippier from 15 yards inside his own half. Lowe missed his kick and that allowed Harry Kane a free run on goal. There was a lot of time to think about what he was going to do, but he coolly slotted the ball with his right foot to the keeper's left, beating him at his near post to make it 1-0 inside nine minutes. Kane proved again that he is a striker at the top of his game with a clinical finish.

Almost as clinical in front of goal at the moment is Ben Davies and a wonderful one touch move from deep inside our own half saw Eriksen through. As he tried to take the ball right, Lowe got a good tackle in to dispossess him, but the ball ran into the path of Davies coming in from the left and he delicately lifted the ball past Lossl for Tottenham's second goal with a quarter of an hour gone. It was a well taken goal by a left back.

Spurs had Huddersfield in their sights now and Kane should have made it 3-0 after he hit a dipping shot onto the roof of the net from 20 yards, as Lossl kicked the ball with his standing foot as he lined it up to clear and it ran to Kane six yards out and to the left of the goal. Harry tried to dribble it back round to have a better shooting angle, but his shot went straight at the keeper, who was now right on top of him. Davies and Eriksen were furious, as a pass to either of them would have left them with a simple task of scoring.

Kane made up for it, on 23 minutes, with turn away from a couple of defenders when Trippier threw in to him, running across the 18 yard line leaving Zanka in his wake, he curled a left foot shot out of Lossl's reach to score a fine goal and make the Terriers' task even harder.

The home side settled down a bit and won a couple of corners, but Spurs defended them well. However, Dele had a couple of chances to add to the total on the half hour. A marvellous move from Lloris picking a corner out of the air worked the ball all the way up the pitch, where Dele turned Zanka inside out and poked a shot at goal, which bounced out off the foot of the keeper's right hand post and when Davies played a cross back in to the far post, it was just a bit too high for Dele to head back on goal.

Depoitre held the ball up well to play in La Parra on the right, but his cross did not find a team-mate and when Kachunga went down ever so easily just outside the left hand corner of the penalty area, Mooy couldn't beat the first man. It lead to a break that Eriksen and Dele nearly linked up, but Dele's shot went sideways, but behind Kane and Harry was then adjudged to be behind the last defender, as he ghosted into volley home Davies' cross on the stretch inside the six yard box on 35 minutes.

Three minutes before half-time a tackle on halfway took the ball forward for Depoitre to run forward and his rising shot beat Lloris, but flew over off the crossbar. Spurs were almost playing at half pace and still causing Huddersfield problems, with Kane finding lots of space in the forward channels. The home team looked to capitalise on Toby and Winks both leaving the ball for each other, but Sanchez got the ball back as they looked to move forward in the centre circle just before half time came.

At the start of the second half, you would have thought there would have been a bit of a reaction from Huddersfield, but it was Spurs who opened up in the opponents box. Eriksen knew Davies would be outside him and after a couple of passes, the Welshman knocked a pass behind the defender to put Christian in and he tried to find Kane, but the ball got stuck under his feet and then surrounded by defenders, they gave away a corner. From it, Dier won a flicked header at the near post and Kane was unmarked in front of goal, but the ball went through him with the goal yawning in front of him.

Dele got a booking as he went into the box and went down as he went past Schindler and was closed by Lossl, who pulled his hand away at the last minute to allow the ball to run out of play. Eriksen had so much time on the right that for once, he chose the wrong option, not crossing in front of Kane, but pulling the ball back, but not finding a dark blue shirt. Then Jan picked off a square pass goal-side of the centre circle, moved forward and fancied getting on the score sheet, so had a pop at goal, but it was rising over the top all the way.

The knowledgeable Yorkshire folk took against Vertonghen for having Kachunga's studs planted in his foot, booing him whenever he went near the ball. Eriksen easily stepped inside Smith and Zanka before trying a shot from 12 yards out, but Lossl was right behind it. Huddersfield launched an attack on the left and Malone was played in behind the full back, but Kachunga missed it at the near post, but Alderweireld didn't miss it behind him. Davies played a long ball forward and Schindler's header went back towards his own goal but wide to the right of it, where Lossl dropped it at Eriksen's feet and when he tried to cross it, he only played it into the keeper's arms, with Dele open in the middle of the goal.

Spurs were pressing for a fourth and from a corner, Dier tried to curl one inside the post, but it was blocked for a corner. Tottenham's passing got a little slack around the home penalty box, with several chances going awry as they looked to move the ball a little too precisely. Huddersfield brought on Dean Whitehead to try and turn the game in their favour, but Kyle Walker-Peters replaced Kieran Trippier, who had a blow to the head earlier in the game, to make sure that the defence was sound.

For all the noise coming from the home sections of the ground, it was from an ever dwindling number of fans, as blue seats became more and more visible as the game went on. And that almost became fewer fans, with Dele putting Sissoko away on the right. He cut inside his man and tried to beat Lossl, but his shot was weak and Kane was better placed to score. It was Harry's last action, as he went off with Son coming on straight after that.

Dele won a tackle 20 yards inside the Spurs half and found Son inside him, moving the ball quickly to his left to Davies. He moved forward and then chipped into the middle for Moussa Sissoko, who took the ball down and seemingly took an age to get his shot away. It came off Schindler to make it a pitiful afternoon for the Huddersfield defence, but it will be Sissoko's goal and he had looked bright since he came on.  A nice moment to go with his career 150th Premier League appearance.

The game was done and dusted early on, but Tottenham's willingness to keep going brought them a fourth goal and a sixth consecutive away win in the PL. Some of the first touch football Spurs played was breathtaking, but Huddersfield's loose formation allowed us plenty of time and space to exploit their openness, giving Kane and a couple of less likely scorers the opportunity to make them pay.

While Kane took the spotlight, others all played well even though their contribution might not have been so headline catching. All the talk of Dele not performing, he put in an awful lot of work closing down and getting into positions, even when he didn't receive the ball. He was always looking for players in forward positions and with Eriksen doing the same, it made it hard for the home side to be able to resist the way Tottenham attacked. Breaking in numbers and turning defence into attack so quickly caught out the slow recovery of the Huddersfield players, who lumbered to get back with the play.

Harry Kane's rich vein of goals has aided Tottenham's good run, but with Davies getting forward to get in on the goals and Sissoko breaking his Spurs duck with a late fourth to round off a fine win that was similar to how we finished last season. All the talk is about translating the away form to Wembley, but the way other teams play at our temporary home ground has to be taken into consideration. It will be a while before we get back home, but if we keep playing like this, then maybe the performances on the road can be reproduced to win at home.

Sam Martindale




With the club not wanting to publicise the new sponsor of their stadium, they named it the "John Smith" stadium before revealing the actual sponsor's name, but unfortunately for the club the name stuck !


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What you thought
Benny The Ball Ironic that the dugout advertising behind Huddersfield manager was “iSteering – Intelligent steering” as his side looked rudderless for much of the match.

Weird that Tottenham's performance today still couldn't bring much of a positive comment from co-commentator Davie Provan on Sky.  He and Craig Burley, who thankfully seems to have been sidelined by the powers that be at BT Sport, barely have a good word to say about Spurs.  They really do see the game from a completely different angle from a lot of people I would imagine.

Very comprehensive win and maintaining a good away record will help us be up there if we can turn our performances into wins at Wembley.

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Other scores during this week :
Bournemouth 0 Leicester City 0 Saturday
Chelsea 0 Manchester City 1 Saturday
Manchester United 4 Crystal Palace 0 Saturday
Stoke City 2 Southampton 1 Saturday
West Bromwich Albion 2 Watford 2 Saturday
West Ham United London 1 Swansea City 0 Saturday
Arsenal 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Sunday
Everton 0 Burnley 1 Sunday
Newcastle United 1 Liverpool 1 Sunday



League Table  2017-18
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester City 7 6 1 0 22 2 19 +20
2 Manchester United 7 6 1 0 21 2 19 +19
3 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 7 4 2 1 14 5 14 +9
4 Chelsea 7 4 1 2 12 6 13 +6
5 Arsenal 7 4 1 2 11 8 13 +3
6 Burnley 7 3 3 1 7 5 12 +2
7 Liverpool 7 3 3 1 13 12 12 +1
8 Watford 7 3 3 1 11 13 12 -1
9 Newcastle United 7 3 1 3 7 6 10 +1
10 West Bromwich Albion 7 2 3 2 6 8 9 -2
11 Huddersfield Town 7 2 3 2 5 7 9 -2
12 Southampton 7 2 2 3 6 8 8 -2
13 Stoke City 7 2 2 3 7 11 8 -4
14 Brighton & Hove Albion 7 2 1 4 5 9 7 -4
15 West Ham United London 7 2 1 4 7 13 7 -6
16 Everton 7 2 1 5 4 12 7 -8
17 Leicester City 7 1 2 4 9 11 5 -3
18 Swansea City 7 1 2 4 3 8 5 -5
19 Bournemouth 7 1 1 5 4 11 4 -7
20 Crystal Palace 7 0 0 7 0 17 0 -17

Position before match :  4th
Position after match :  3rd
Position after the weekend :  3rd


* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone might think so.


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