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Saturday, 20 September 2008

Squarefootball Diary - Monday September 15 2008

Tottenham Hotspur hit rock bottom of the Premier League after being more convincingly than the 2-1 scoreline suggests at home to Aston Villa.

Martin O'Neill's side are in front after just four minutes when Nigel Reo-Coker guides home Gaby Agbonlahor's cross, and the lead is doubled on 54 when Spurs stopper Heurelho Gomes inexplicably allows Ashley Young's modest effort to squirm under his body.  Darren Bent briefly revives the home fans' hopes with three minutes left, but Spurs remain without a win from their four opening fixtures;

"The blame I give to the goalkeeper is the blame that is due to him, like the other players. On other occasions he also stopped them scoring goals." explains Spurs boss Juande Ramos, defending his goalkeeper to a point before adding;

"I think he was absolutely magnificent apart from that goal.

The Northern Irish O'Neill offers us the benefit of his wisdom on the international game, and in particular the England prospects of Young and Agbonlahor;

"With Ashley Young and Gabby Agbonlahor, their time will come. I'm really selfish about this and want them to be on the fringe of the internationals but not actually play." says the man whom half the population wanted to see in charge of the national team when Steve McClaren was sacked.

By Stephen Orford

20 September 2008

"I'd hope that would continue for another eight years!

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