Date:Tuesday January 20 2009
The two Vital editors of the Spurs and Burnley sites have been getting together again and asking each other a few questions about the Carling Cup Semi-Final 2nd leg at Turf Moor this Wednesday night (What else?)
Here are the questions we asked Oxfordspur with his responses
How has the Carling Cup run affected your chances of avoiding relegation? What will it mean to you if you don`t get to Wembley?
I honestly don`t think it has helped us. We have tended to stick to a strong team for the competition which I think has to have had an effect on the players freshness and focus for the league games, much in the same way it seems to have got to your players in recent weeks. We have also had the UEFA cup games as well which has doubled the distraction at a time when we could do without it, but obviously you don`t turn it down.
What sort of team will you put out this time? A full strength one with Defoe etc to try and make sure or one with some fringe players/youth included?
I don`t think Harry has much choice but to play a strong side, certainly from the start. I think he will be forced to have a few kids on the bench, because of injuries to regulars, but I don`t see them starting.
I expect Harry to rest Gomes who couldn`t kick at all against Portsmouth and probably Corluka, Jenas and Lennon who are all carrying injuries, but I think Defoe will start. I would think we would have a team along these lines of Alnwick, Gunter, Dawson, Woodgate, Ekotto, Bentley, Zokora, Huddlestone, O`Hara, Pavlyuchenko and Defoe. I only see changes if and when the tie is safe, not before. Harry can rest players for the FA cup tie against Man United, a game in truth I really am happy to lose with a team full of kids and reserves.
Do you think there is a danger you could be too complacent and rest on your laurels?
I don`t really, but this is Tottenham and we are capable of anything. I think there is far more chance that we will panic if you start well and get an early goal, which is very possible. The first goal is key as I think you suggested in your answers, if we score, I think it will be game over, but a good start and goal to you and we could start to get a few jitters..
Will there be many Spurs fans coming up North for the match or have you already viewed this as a fait acomplis preferring to watch it on Sky Sports in your comfy slippers rather than freeze your nads off?
I think we have sold our allocation, though don`t quote me on that. I will be watching in the comfort of my armchair, far too cold for me.. I don`t think we see this as a formality, to be honest, we were very impressed with your 1st half showing at WHL and respect the way you came at us. We also know that this is a tie Spurs are more than capable of throwing away..
It is a difficult tie to predict as you have to attack and therefore run the risk of getting caught on the counter and if we score it is almost an impossible task for you to come back and your heads could so easily drop. I will go for a 2-2 draw, which keeps the dignity of both sides intact, but I would be happy with anything which gets us to Wembley.
Many thanks to Oxfordspur for taking the time to answer our questions and if you want to see what he asked me with my responses then please visit the article on the Vital Spurs site by clicking this direct link:
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Date:Tuesday January 20 2009
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