Date:Wednesday May 9 2007
It is always good to interact with out fellow site Editors on Vital Football, we here at Vital Blackburn are more than happy to do so.
This is what Vital JD and friends, the site editor and others from Vital Spurs, had to say in response to the questions put to them by Vital Blackburn ahead of the meeting with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Thursday:
This season had been a little stop start for Tottenham but you now seem to be flying. You made the UEFA and FA Cup Quarter-Finals along with the Carling Cup Semi-Final. Has this been a good season?
As long as we qualify for the UEFA Cup then it has been a good season. OK so we didn't challenge for a Champions League spot again this season, but with a new younger midfield in place, to manage to get as far as we did in the UEFA Cup and too only go out against a side challenging for the league title in Spain (due to dodgy refereeing) it has been a very exciting season. - Vital.JD
What caused Spurs to start the season slowly?
I think it was down to the major lack of a structure to our side.
Last season we had based our entire team around Carrick and Davids, only for Carrick to leave for Manchester United and for the pace of the premiership to finally catch up with Davids.
This meant much had to start from scratch. injuries to Tainio and King did not help matters and half of the players we were bringing in to replace other players had never played in the premiership before, meaning that when we started the season of against Bolton, it was a big shock for some of them. - theapeofdeath
Think it was the old spurs problem, bring in a whole squad of new players and expect them to perform straight away! We do it year in year out and wonder why we have slow starts. Doesn't take a genius to work it out! - huscarl
After beating, and relegating Charlton on Monday night has a UEFA Cup place been secured?
Until it is mathematically secure, I'm not going to get too excited! We can still drop down to ninth, so although it looks promising, I'm not about to tell everyone to renew their passport! - Vital.JD
Things ALWAYS take time to build, but Martin Jol seems to be doing a good job, is he the right man for Spurs?
Well that's a question that is debated every week on our site! There is no way I could answer that one without upsetting someone! But as I don`t really care who I annoy, then I'd say yes, Jol is doing a good job. As long as progress is being made year on year I`ll be happy - Vital.JD
Jol has spent some money but unlike some managers has generally picked up quality players, who is the best player he has signed both this season (no prizes for guessing this!) and in general?
Well you are right, you can't really look past Berbatov for this one! An unbelievable strike record for his first season in England. For him to be linked with Manchester United and Chelsea is hardly a big surprise. An inspirational discovery for Spurs - Vital.JD
What about the worst player he's signed, again both this season and in general?
Overall it has to be Rasiak and this season we haven't made a bad signing. Zokora, Taarabt, Berbatov, Ekotto, some would say Ekotto but I still feel he will prove himself at Spurs. - ScottDaYid
Which Rovers player(s) do you think Spurs need to be wary of on Thursday?
Ok the players that I personally think spurs need to be wary of on Thursday are the following. Pederson, Tugay and McCarthy.
Pederson is the player in my opinion that we are crying out for as we definitely need a good left winger and he is in my opinion as good as any in the prem. I have heard a lot of fans say some Rovers supporters think he can drift out of games but he can cross brilliantly and has fantastic dead ball skills (unlike Jenas). Have seen him hit a fair few rockets with his left foot and Robbos troubles with long-range shots could well be tested again. McCarthy is a world-class striker and was very surprised you got him to be honest, he seems to have everything for me, pace, power, skill and can head as well. Given the supply line still think he is one of the best strikers in the prem but then it's getting him the supply. Tugay I like as he seems like an old fashioned type of player who doesn't mind sticking his foot in where it hurts and can also crack a sweet volley i.e. the home fixture this year. Not being disrespectful to any of your other players but these are the three I personally fear the most and am hoping they are all injured (sorry but that how it is). Would like to say good luck but that would be so hollow because I badly want 5th. - woddywoo
What about us, which Spurs player(s) should we watch out for? (Again no prizes for guessing!)
Jermain Defoe, always a threat, as proven on Monday night against Charlton. For whatever reason, Jol doesn't seem to favour him alongside Keane and Berbatov, but his goals to minute ratio must be awesome, so no matter how long he gets against Rovers, I'd still bet on him scoring rather than not! - Vital.JD
I ask most this, as I like to find out how people really view Rovers now! Do you think the "brutal, rugby league, beat 'em up" tag Rovers have (or had?) is fair?
Rugby League? What's that then? I think Rovers are one of the physically more tough sides in the division, but we all play to the same rules so I'm not really fussed. The tactics appear to work more times than they fail so, it works for me. - Vital.JD
I'm not looking to disrespect your club or fans (or cause a "War of Words") as pretty much ALL fans think their club is the dogs bits, but some Spurs fans sometimes give the impression they feel you are a true giant of the game, you even have a divine right to succeed, and maybe the game owes them something? Your history (albeit a history with a lot of trophies) hasn't seen you win much silverware in the past what 20 to 30-years, with most of this time spent with you said to be "re-building". I hope this question is taken in the right way, as Spurs are a big club in terms of fan base, stadium size and wealth (I'm not disputing this) but how big are Spurs really, do the really rate among the elite?
Clubs like Spurs and Everton (we are not the only ones) Have a rich history, but it is history now!! And some of our firsts in history have led to our eventual downfall.. The fact that we became the first PLC ruined the club for many years. Most fans forget how close to the edge we were take before Alan Sugar stepped in. It is to the current and previous owners credit that we have been delivered to a stable and strong financial footing, that is the reason we are still able to compete with the so called elite!! Realistically most spurs fans know it will take several years of continued good management in order to fully compete for domestic honours! But spurs fans always are optimistic about the future its why we have we have such a large fan base, the club has history of playing attractive football. I believe it is actually our neighbours who actually believe that they are owed success not us!! It must be hard when other clubs even when they do well cannot fill their grounds, yet they see we can fill the seats in our ground every year. With that financial support we are big by European standards. And with another improved campaign this year.. We will have more to look forward to next year!! - cusop
Which Rovers player(s) would you MOST and LEAST like to see in a Spurs shirt?
Pederson is a player that I believe every Spurs fan would love to see appear at the Lane in the summer! Least like to see David Dunn, simply because of that back heel attempt for Birmingham! The guy should have retired there and then! - Vital.JD
What about the Spurs player(s) you would happily give to Rovers if you could, and the one(s) you would least like to see leave?
Well I'm a huge Defoe fan, I think he is vastly underrated and I fear he could leave the Lane soon and show exactly what we have left sat on the bench. He is a proven 25+ goals a season striker and with games and confidence, he will show that year after year.
So feel free to leave him alone and take Danny Murphy, never understood why we signed him in the first place! - Vital.JD
We drew 1-1 at Ewood Park earlier in the season after Tugay's SENSATIONAL goal gave us the lead, with him then harshly sent off before Hossam Ghaly joined him. So last, but by no means least what is your match prediction for the encounter this time?
I think we will pick up six points from our last two games, as long as that happens we will be in Europe next season and I'll be happy. - Vital.JD
Thanks to JD and his troops for their replies.
Keep a look out for my answers to JD's questions. They are on Vital Spurs now…
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Date:Wednesday May 9 2007
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