Rovers v Spurs

Looking on their forums some of there fans sound an horrible lot . They are saying there youth could smash us for 6/7 . It’s only day one of the build up and the the talk atwork is mmaking it exiting thing to look forward to. The club are having electric advertising bods by the paddock and behind the goals apparently. One of the old captains at the club I work for . Also works with mark and nicola . And says there on the way witch will bring in thousands of pounds of extra money to the club. As he said they need to milk every penny they can get .
Looking on their forums some of there fans sound an horrible lot . They are saying there youth could smash us for 6/7 . It’s only day one of the build up and the the talk atwork is mmaking it exiting thing to look forward to. The club are having electric advertising bods by the paddock and behind the goals apparently. One of the old captains at the club I work for . Also works with mark and nicola . And says there on the way witch will bring in thousands of pounds of extra money to the club. As he said they need to milk every penny they can get .

103 Comments

  • RicCarey says:

    Hi all, new to the forum. Looking forward to this game, great to see PP bouncing yesterday hopefully will be a fortress with double the amount on Friday.

    I’ve got a ticket in the Kop but looking to swap for one in the Johnny King, so I can sit with some other friends, if anyone knows of anyone looking for vice-versa?

  • aldoes mustache says:

    on the day of the game looks like the fan park is gonna be open from 4 . they are gonna make it bigger and sell more drinks in the car park . lets make as much money as we can its gonna be a massive day massive game and a massive payday for the club . now we have two games b4 the game lets get the points

  • Ian says:

    Yeah, think I’m going to go early and soak up the atmosphere!

  • Ian says:

    Also my mate a Spurs fan is after a few tickets. He’s willing to pay up to £40 a ticket so if you know anyone that’s looking to sell send me a PM.

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    It seems the club are planning to show the match on a big screen outside the beer tent, for those who could not get tickets.

    I did not think I would see the day when that would be necessary !

  • drwhoman says:

    I wish your friend luck Ian but he may be lucky to find tickets for that price unless it is someone feeling generous. When I was last in UK (London) I went to a West Ham game and I cannot how much I paid but it was closer to 100 I think.

  • aldoes mustache says:

    yes its brilliant such a shame those other 2000 odd seats went fixed but great thinking bye the club . im off that week think im gonna have to get my super lovley wife to drop me off and pick me up can see a few beers being taken in . defo gonna be there abt 6 ish take it all in and enjoy

  • Ian says:

    [URL]https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-6538599/amp/Dont-just-look-size-insists-McNulty-Tranmere-sumo-hopes-cup-tussle-Harry-Kane.html[/URL]

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    Mike Dickson, who wrote that article, is actually a Rovers fan. I have seen him at a few away games down south in the last few seasons.

    I never knew that Owen Brown was a confidante of Rafa Benitez, which is interesting.

  • aldoes mustache says:

    we now know the fan park is gonna be bigger more food stalls and more bars . all the money going to the raise the roof fund . they are also looking at a big screen for the fans who couldnt get tickets . its great lets hope it makes loads for the roof fund and we have a good night regardless of the score.

  • aldoes mustache says:

    hog roasts 2 bars DJ . big screen. electronic advertis around the ground . they say some micky mouse match on thursday is big no peeps friday is the big one . realy looking forward to it . regardless of the score . imagine if we got some thing out of it would be amazing

  • Ian says:

    Hog roast! I’m there.

  • aldoes mustache says:

    its realy good that there doing some different stuff . also should be like one big party

  • bring back the cowshed! says:

    While I am delighted to see PP full and the fans excited about the game, I am wondering seriously what our chances are. Given our last two big home cup results against Swansea and Peterborough – not to mention Spurs 6-2 demolition of Everton on their last visit to Merseyside, it’s difficult to be confident of getting close to a result. However, I would expect Spurs to rest a number of key players, as they have an intense schedule at the moment. For example, I would be surprised to see Kane, Alli or Eriksen start. But our main hope, I think, is the fact that our lads will not be carrying any weight of expectation. All the pressure will be on the visitors. For most of the past three and a half years, Rovers have been favourites to win most matches, particularly at home. Maybe not having that burden will help them rise to the occasion. We can only hope. Miracles do happen, remember Wembley. 😉

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    We have minimal chance of getting a result, but that is not really the point to be honest. This is a hugely important game in terms of the profile of the club, the kind of fixture we had on a regular basis 15-20 years ago, and an important waymarker in the revival of the club.

    I don’t think the Swansea and Peterborough games are particularly relevant in assessing our chances: it was our relegation-threatened rabble that were thrashed by Swansea, and we were down to ten men after five minutes against Peterborough, having drawn the initial tie.

  • bigmart says:

    I would think they will change virtually their entire team from yesterdays game

  • Boz says:

    The last thing Spurs will want is for this to go to a replay, given they’re still in four tournaments, so while I don’t expect all their stars, would anticipate they’d field a strong enough side to try and finish the job at the first attempt.

    Given it’s highly unlikely that Rovers can progress, I think there’s an argument for picking a similar line-up to the League Cup game v Walsall and resting some key players for the more important league games to follow. However, I doubt that will happen as our best players would want to get the chance of pitting themselves against whoever Spurs put out. It is crucial that we don’t get hammered to the extent of total demoralisation of the side, but otherwise the outcome isn’t that important. Though if miracles do happen, I wouldn’t say no.

  • Mungy's Hairdresser says:

    Think we can safely say we’ll go full strength! Full(ish) ground & cameras etc. Any word on McCullough availability? Gutted it’s a week or 2 too soon for Ollies’ return!

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    [QUOTE=”Boz, post: 51400, member: 19″]

    Given it’s highly unlikely that Rovers can progress, I think there’s an argument for picking a similar line-up to the League Cup game v Walsall and resting some key players for the more important league games to follow.[/QUOTE]
    You can’t seriously believe this.

    Yeah, let’s play a weakened team against a Champions League side……… 😳

  • Boz says:

    [QUOTE=”Rockfords Love Child, post: 51403, member: 292″]You can’t seriously believe this.

    Yeah, let’s play a weakened team against a Champions League side……… :oops:[/QUOTE]
    It would be brave and won’t happen, but you’ve conceded yourself there is minimal chance of us getting a result in this game. If you rest key players in this one, they don’t pick up injuries and are guaranteed available for the league games where they can make a difference.

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    [QUOTE=”Boz, post: 51404, member: 19″]It would be brave and won’t happen, but you’ve conceded yourself there is minimal chance of us getting a result in this game. If you rest key players in this one, they don’t pick up injuries and are guaranteed available for the league games where they can make a difference.[/QUOTE]
    With respect, I think your original suggestion was an early contender for daftest comment of the year. It could not happen for a whole host of reasons.

  • Ian says:

    Yes, we probably have little hope of progressing but I just hope we play well, are competitive and give them a game. I think they’ll have a 50/50 mix of experience and youth out there.

  • Mungy's Hairdresser says:

    With respect, no one on here should be up for daftest comment! Everyone is entitled to their opinion, otherwise what’s the point of a forum!! Bit my lip on many occasions here with the so called experts 😉

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    [QUOTE=”Mungy’s Hairdresser, post: 51407, member: 6143″]With respect, no one on here should be up for daftest comment! Everyone is entitled to their opinion, otherwise what’s the point of a forum!! Bit my lip on many occasions here with the so called experts ;)[/QUOTE]
    Apologies for any offence caused. But it was a bizarre suggestion……..

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    [QUOTE=”Ian, post: 51406, member: 1″]Yes, we probably have little hope of progressing but I just hope we play well, are competitive and give them a game. I think they’ll have a 50/50 mix of experience and youth out there.[/QUOTE]
    I just hope we pass the ball reasonably well. I worry that if we set up defensively, with five at the back and two defensive midfielders – which we will probably have to – we won’t have an ‘out’ ball to get us up the pitch. We have not been great in possession recently when we have played that system.

    If we have too many creative players on the pitch, we will be exposed defensively. However, if we don’t have enough players who are comfortable on the ball, we might end up launching it and giving it straight back to the opposition.

    I don’t envy Micky trying to set up a team for this game.

  • aldoes mustache says:

    for me its just about the money the club will get . the score dont matter . as mp has said the money will be spread across several different projects . including a 3g pitch at the campus . witch is great cus they can train in all weathers . i know they want another futsal hub . so for me thats what its all about . and having some fun . im leaving the car at home getting my wife to drop me off then taxi home

  • bring back the cowshed! says:

    [QUOTE=”Boz, post: 51400, member: 19″]Given it’s highly unlikely that Rovers can progress, I think there’s an argument for picking a similar line-up to the League Cup game v Walsall and resting some key players for the more important league games to follow. However, I doubt that will happen as our best players would want to get the chance of pitting themselves against whoever Spurs put out. It is crucial that we don’t get hammered to the extent of total demoralisation of the side, but otherwise the outcome isn’t that important. Though if miracles do happen, I wouldn’t say no.[/QUOTE]
    I can see your logic, Boz, and I have some sympathy. We played under-strength teams in the FA Trophy while chasing promotion out of the NL. You could argue our best players need rest and protection for important league games. However, I think you argue against yourself when saying a hammering would affect morale. I also agree with you that “resting” McNulty, Norwood and co. would deny them a career highlight. Most important of all, what about the fans? Having paid for their tickets, the club has an obligation to put out their best team.

    For the past three seasons, promotion has been the number one objective – not just for the fans but for the future of the club. This year, while promotion would be nice, the main aim is to balance the books and invest for the future. If we finish mid-table and make a profit, I’ll be happy, knowing that the club is safe and we will have the funds to mount a promotion challenge next season.

  • Ian says:

    [QUOTE=”Rockfords Love Child, post: 51409, member: 292″]I don’t envy Micky trying to set up a team for this game.[/QUOTE]
    No, me neither. I think we need to try and play the ball on the floor. This is where we are strongest. If we play the long ball, that will result in frustration and no end product. I think with five at the back, we are asking for trouble. We will surrender the ball for long periods and will be pretty much camped in our own half. We really have nothing to lose here, so I wouldn’t be overly cautious. Yes, we don’t want a hammering but we want the supporters entertained and at least we can turn around and say we gave it a jolly good go!

  • aldoes mustache says:

    it will be a full rovers team . with all the hype thats going around think there would be a riot if we rested the main players . so that can be put to bed . think about it we shouldnt have beat everton but we did . 3-0 down to southampton and we win 4-3 . we have done it b4 . and it will happen again . who knows the gods might shine on us . look at the villa game who would have thought we would win 3-1 . it can and does happen just gotta dream it dont cost out and they do come true some times . night night

  • Boz says:

    [QUOTE=”bring back the cowshed!, post: 51411, member: 20″]I can see your logic, Boz, and I have some sympathy. We played under-strength teams in the FA Trophy while chasing promotion out of the NL. You could argue our best players need rest and protection for important league games. However, I think you argue against yourself when saying a hammering would affect morale. I also agree with you that “resting” McNulty, Norwood and co. would deny them a career highlight. Most important of all, what about the fans? Having paid for their tickets, the club has an obligation to put out their best team.

    For the past three seasons, promotion has been the number one objective – not just for the fans but for the future of the club. This year, while promotion would be nice, the main aim is to balance the books and invest for the future. If we finish mid-table and make a profit, I’ll be happy, knowing that the club is safe and we will have the funds to mount a promotion challenge next season.[/QUOTE]
    Thanks for the measured response BBTC. I chose my original words carefully “there is an argument” rather than “we should….” for example, as my view is a case could be made for resting players. I don’t think it will happen for the reasons you suggest and neither Micky or the Palioi would wish to be associated with a heavy defeat and tv companies might swerve future similar fixtures if we didn’t make a fight of this game. However, there wasn’t a riot when we dropped out of the FL, so unlikely that resting a few players would start one, AM.

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    [QUOTE=”Boz, post: 51414, member: 19″]Thanks for the measured response BBTC. I chose my original words carefully “there is an argument” rather than “we should….” for example, as my view is a case could be made for resting players. I don’t think it will happen for the reasons you suggest and neither Micky or the Palioi would wish to be associated with a heavy defeat and tv companies might swerve future similar fixtures if we didn’t make a fight of this game. However, there wasn’t a riot when we dropped out of the FL, so unlikely that resting a few players would start one, AM.[/QUOTE]
    Why do we hope to win promotion ? It is presumably so that we can play higher quality teams, with better players, in front of bigger crowds, on a regular basis again. Such an opportunity has fallen into our lap tomorrow night, but you suggested messing around with the team and treating the game like a second rate fixture. I still find your comments bemusing, however you try to rationalise them. Football is there to be enjoyed, not to be some sort of penance.

    As Palios said in his interview on the BBC website, this fixture is not important chiefly because of the money. It is the highest profile game the club has had for more than a decade, which is even more important. If we played a weakened side in front of millions watching on TV, with Eriksen, Ali and co. in town, we would be the laughing stock of the country. I still can’t believe your original suggestion was remotely serious.

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    Banks has been in training all week and I would not be surprised if he was involved at some stage. Having our first choice midfield available, even if it was only for part of the game, would certainly be a boost.

  • aldoes mustache says:

    yes its great having him back . lets just hope we put a good performance in and every one gets through with no problems .

  • Mungy's Hairdresser says:

    Great that McCullough is available! If Ollie features at all it would be a bonus, probably a week or 2 too soon realistically. MM.always cleverly paints a positive picture pre-match on the injury front to maintain his poker hand & rightly so. I just want us to leave everything on the pitch tomorrow whether it be Smith, Cole whoever playing. I’d rather lose 5-3 gung ho rather than 0-3 in a defensive display which bores the neutral viewer.

  • bring back the cowshed! says:

    It’s a shame our most naturally gifted player, Ben Tollitt, is not on form and available. However, Norwood, Jennings, Cole, Smith and Gilmour are all capable of providing some magic.

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    I am not sure I agree that Tollitt is our most naturally talented player. I would put Norwood, Banks, Jennings and Smith ahead of him, to name four.

  • keep the faith says:

    didn,t Newport & Rochdale take spurs to replays last season? fingers crossed anything can happen

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    [QUOTE=”keep the faith, post: 51429, member: 911″]didn,t Newport & Rochdale take spurs to replays last season? fingers crossed anything can happen[/QUOTE]
    Yes, they did. Spurs played relatively strong sides in both matches as well.

  • Mungy's Hairdresser says:

    I must admit BBTC took the words out of my mouth about Ben. I keep saying that a month or two at Wrexham will make him hot property. Whilst the impact on his debut was impressive his half time introduction against Salford on New Year’s Day was less so judging by their twitter feed (not mentioned). I do believe that he’s a natural talent and would be reluctant to see him go.

  • aldoes mustache says:

    talk sport doing the drive time show at pp tomorrow . and full match com on there to if ya watching telly have radio on with telly on mute.

  • Ian says:

    Thought this was interesting regarding there seating arrangements and number of seats available -> [URL]https://www.tranmererovers.co.uk/news/2019/january/the-capacity-of-prenton-park/[/URL]

    Due to various factors, they lose over 2000 seats making the capacity for the Spurs game 13,300.

  • bring back the cowshed! says:

    An interesting article on the Palioses with a look at our finances and a link to the famous Highbury victory. [URL]https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46739485[/URL]

  • ONIGP says:

    It is great to see us receiving a decent amount of national press exposure!

  • ADD says:

    Let’s show Spurs the respect they deserve with a proper TRFC performance. As pointed out above we have already got some great coverage in the national press. We should be trying to play some decent football and not adopt a non – league physical let’s get up them attitude. We have some decent players and they will not be at full strength – would be great to get a goal so I am going for a 1-3 defeat which I think would be a good result all things considered…. plus apparently Spurs last year passed on their share of gate receipts so hopefully even if we lose we will benefit!

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    I just hope the players don’t freeze on the night and are able to express themselves. We are a good passing side when we get going, so let us hope we see a performance similar to the first half at Macclesfield. If we can somehow still be in the game with half an hour to go – even a goal down – I would be delighted. I have no idea what formation or personnel we will go with, but it would great if we could start with Jennings up front again after his performance on New Year’s Day.

    The players are really up against it tonight, so the atmosphere is going to be key. The hardcore 5-7,000 fans need to lift the team and hope that some of the daytrippers who are with us for the evening want to get involved.

    COYWB !!

  • Ian says:

    In Lanzarote, they are getting ready for the big game too !

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  • drwhoman says:

    The Guardian talks about a goalie called Passant being on the bench – do they mean Pilling?

  • Ian says:

    Teams in:

    Davies
    Ridehalgh
    McNulty
    Monthe
    Harris
    Jennings
    Norwood
    McCullough
    Caprice
    Ellis
    Gilmour

    Banks on the bench along with the other usuals.

  • Colin K says:

    Spurs line up with:

    Gazzaniga
    Sanchez
    Foyth
    Aurier
    Davies
    Skipp
    Alli (C)
    Walker-Peters
    Son
    Moura
    Llorente

    Kane, Errikson, Sissoko all on the bench if / when needed

    Stronger line-up than what I’d have liked but atmosphere is great! SWA!!!

  • Boz says:

    [QUOTE=”drwhoman, post: 51454, member: 74″]The Guardian talks about a goalie called Passant being on the bench – do they mean Pilling?[/QUOTE]
    No, the youth keeper, Pilling Cup-tied.

    Wonder if Smith injured. Otherwise a surprise no place for him on the bench at the expense of Sutton/Zoum.

  • bring back the cowshed! says:

    Ellis and Davies are excellent but Spurs aggression is causing everyone to make mistakes. We are doing our best but Spurs are in control on the ball and tigerish off the ball. The goal was unfortunate but if we can keep things tight for a while and then pull out something special, we will have a chance. If Spurs score again, it’s game over.

  • Ian says:

    Having trouble getting the ball and keeping it. Spurs make it look easy. Having said that, we are still in it at 1-0. Need a bit more composure in the second half.

    Caprice is being stretched defensively down the left by Son and Walker-Peters.

    Norwood an almost spectator. He needs more support up front.

  • bring back the cowshed! says:

    A soft second goal following an uncharacteristically poor tackle by Monthe, but we are fighting back.

  • bring back the cowshed! says:

    A good first half but not only are they better players, they seem a lot fresher. We were tight in the first half but are looking increasingly knackered in the second.

  • bring back the cowshed! says:

    Not our finest hour but you have to admire Spurs’ determination and class. How many other sides would bring on their star striker when 6-0 up? It would be unfair and cruel to criticise any of the Rovers players. They all put in a great shift, although some were more effective than others. Now let’s have a good rest and move on.

  • drwhoman says:

    Well that was painful. The gap in class and money told. I may be very disappointed but it really irritates me when you get all the hurray henrys on the BBC website whinging about the pitch and why is their beloved Spurs team (how many live in North London?) not scoring more. What was bringing on Harry Kane about? A ground goal to add to his collection or an opportunity for fans to see the great man?! When you think that in a couple of months Dele Alli probably earns as much as the whole Rovers team in a season. Let us hope they do give us all gate after their ‘fans’ were so entertained.
    Rant over. Back to the real stuff next weekend!

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    Despite the scoreline, I did not think we disgraced ourselves at all tonight. Spurs have been hammering Premier League sides in recent weeks and we were unlucky no to go in level at half time. The five to ten minute period at the start of the second half when we got really ragged at the back and Spurs scored three in quick succession killed us. Until that point, we had been right in the game. Conceding just before half time was key as well: if we could have gone in level at half time, the Spurs players might have become more anxious. As it was, they relaxed and pulled us apart.

    Individually, I thought Gilmour and Jennings had really good games and Banks was class in his cameo appearance. We have missed him massively and we will hopefully see an upturn in results now that he is back in the side. The three centre halves were actually really good in the first half, particularly Ellis.

  • Ian says:

    [QUOTE=”Rockfords Love Child, post: 51464, member: 292″]Until that point, we had been right in the game[/QUOTE]
    I don’t think we were ever really in the game to be honest but it was a spirited 30 mins. Son should have put Spurs up inside 7 mins when he was one-on-one with Davies as well as another chance early on but although I’m a little deflated, the lads tried their best.

    Absolutely quality side Spurs and I hope the lads enjoyed the experience.

    Back to the league we go..

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    At half time I certainly did not think a thrashing was on the cards, so I would say we were in the game at that point. The Son chance was the only time they carved us open in the first half, although they dominated possession.

  • Ian says:

    Me neither but I could never see us scoring either. We struggled to get the ball and when we had it didn’t have enough quality to keep it and cause any problems.

    Although I don’t want to be too negative tonight, we were just beaten by an excellent team. The lads couldnt have done any more. There was a huge gap in quality.

    They were strolling in the first half and as soon as they turned it on early in the second it was game over.

  • Chris Johnston says:

    Bit of a weird game, though a cracking atmosphere in the first half.
    I thought we were far too respectful of them, and could have been a lot more physical from the start. It would have perhaps given the Spurs players a little something to rattle them.
    Having said that, it’s easy to watch and comment, and different trying to get near to players who are in a different class….and the space Son and Alli created was amazing.
    Thought Harris did well, and Davies, with Banks the standout Rovers player when he came on.
    Norwood worked hard but got no service unsurprisingly….probably good he couldn’t showcase himself on TV!

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    [QUOTE=”Ian, post: 51467, member: 1″]Me neither but I could never see us scoring either. We struggled to get the ball and when we had it didn’t have enough quality to keep it and cause any problems.

    Although I don’t want to be too negative tonight, we were just beaten by an excellent team. The lads couldnt have done any more. There was a huge gap in quality.

    They were strolling in the first half and as soon as they turned it on early in the second it was game over.[/QUOTE]
    All we could do was hope to stay in the game for as long as possible. We were not going to cut them open repeatedly because of the gulf in class, but we did have chances, notably Norwood at the end of the first half and Gilmour at the start of the second.

  • Boz says:

    Spurs were all over us in the opening twenty minutes but a mix of poor finishing and good defending kept us in the game at that point. Their goal came at a point where we’d got back into the game, an error by Norwood but an excellent finish. The second half saw the Rovers defence seemingly cut open at will. There seemed to be a hint off offside about one or two of their goals, though it might just have been the speed of their movement deceiving me. Very clinical. Think Norwood had a good chance at 0-2, which was hit at the keeper, could have given us a toehold back, if that had gone in. Defensively Spurs didn’t look that assured; some of Ellis’long throws rattled them for example, but we just didn’t test them enough. Wasn’t that impressed with the Spurs travelling support, who only got vocal when they went 4 up.

    Allowing for the significant gulf in class, I don’t think many of us expected that margin of defeat. I’m not sure what lasting impact it will have going forward, players have their pride which will have been dented by the scale of the defeat. Hopefully we bank the takings and move on.

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    Spurs did not sell their allocation, which is poor when you consider the size of their support.

  • Colin K says:

    I think we were buoyed by Tottenham’s lack of composure in the first 25mins which allowed us to relax slightly into the game more. I feel if Son had taken the easy 1 on 1 he missed early on then the writing really would have been on the wall! Moura also missed a decent change and Davies made another decent stop from an Alli volley – however you’d say all the three chances you’d expect him to save.

    Yes we stuck in there, however I was frustrated by the lack of football we played. We cleared the ball out of defence far too many times instead of playing football and passing it around players (yes we are league two but players still should be able to find feet at this level). This was an opportunity to show people that there remains quality in the lower echelons of the game, however in the first half we probably came across as a side who could defend solidly enough and had a decent goal keeper, however was bereft of any real quality players and were happy to play pump ball up the park.

    Second half was a field day. The Tottenham players were fitter, stronger, sharper and generally just more skilled which is to be expected. We had to open up more slightly in search of a goal and we were unfortunate not to make it 2-1 when Gilmour’s shot was deflected over the bar. After that though apart from maybe a brief 5-10 minute spell after their third goal we were well and truly outclassed.

    We can take away from this what it was, a pay day against a class opposition who turned up with a strong team and turned us over. Let’s pocket the $1m, move on and concentrate on the league!

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    I think we did pass it pretty well at times, but generally in areas that were not going to hurt Spurs. We certainly played some decent football when Banks was on the pitch.

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    All I can say is thank God we did not play a weakened team………..

  • bring back the cowshed! says:

    Colin, you are being a bit unfair on our lads. It is to their credit that they tried to pass the ball around as much as they did, but the opposition was tenacious and didn’t allow them more than a couple of passes. Ironically, we started to play a bit when 0-4 down but by then it was too late and with only one target man up the pitch we were never going to create many chances. Rovers sides of old would have been more physical and more direct, but I still think they would have lost against such a talented, well-drilled and ruthless side. It’s a shame that the scoreline masks what was a creditable first half. In the end we were just knackered and a bit demoralised, but I am still proud for the effort we put in and the discipline we showed. Micky must now turn that into a positive a week tomorrow at Cheltenham, when we should be a lot fresher.

  • aldoes mustache says:

    with the amount of running the boys did tonight its not a wonder they where knackered . norwood did try but looked off the boil tonight . think we realy need to get some one in who is gonna push him and give him some compo up front he knows he will play every game and looks complacent . the fans where magnificent tonight . but for one guy who slagged Norwood off every min of the game . he even had a kiddie must of been 4 years old he was f ing this an sh@&*ting that . shame on you . and to say get steeeeev to break Kans legs i was not happy sorry for this but he is a dickhead . i will put my money in the swear box at work . i loved seeing harry kane and son wow what players good luck for the rest of the season you spurs . now lets get the bread & butter back on track and get loads of points

  • aldoes mustache says:

    lol boz cccccccccccccccrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • Boz says:

    [QUOTE=”Rockfords Love Child, post: 51474, member: 292″]All I can say is thank God we did not play a weakened team………..[/QUOTE]
    We might have had a bigger record home defeat, but 0-7 is apparently a record home defeat in all competitions for Rovers.

    Norwood seemed to trying to put himself in the limelight tonight and some of the choices he made seemed more for self-promotion than the benefit of the team. I’m not sure that many of our key players enhanced their reputations in this game, but it’s difficult to be critical given the quality of the opposition. .

  • aldoes mustache says:

    when they said it was 13300 sell outbut then they say under 13k turned up spurs we where told sold out 2000 and only 1600 turned up mmmmmmmm

  • aldoes mustache says:

    the fan park was packed hope they mad the money for the roof im sure the club could add the rest to it . was annoyed with radio crap mside again no coverage of the game . if it was the red crap or that other lot they would have the full load shame on then crap radio rant over

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    [QUOTE=”Boz, post: 51478, member: 19″]We might have had a bigger record home defeat, but 0-7 is apparently a record home defeat in all competitions for Rovers.

    Norwood seemed to trying to put himself in the limelight tonight and some of the choices he made seemed more for self-promotion than the benefit of the team. I’m not sure that many of our key players enhanced their reputations in this game, but it’s difficult to be critical given the quality of the opposition. .[/QUOTE]
    I thought several of them did ok to be honest. I have watched the whole game back and I still think we played some decent stuff and had a few genuine chances. We were just cut apart by brilliant attacking play in the second half. We could have done better defensively for some of the goals – for the fourth, Son should have been brought down rather than being allowed to run half the length of the pitch – but in general their speed of thought and movement was too much for us.

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    [QUOTE=”aldoes mustache, post: 51480, member: 6141″]the fan park was packed hope they mad the money for the roof im sure the club could add the rest to it . was annoyed with radio crap mside again no coverage of the game . if it was the red crap or that other lot they would have the full load shame on then crap radio rant over[/QUOTE]
    I can’t believe Radio Merseyside did not cover the game. That is absolutely ridiculous. Perhaps Wirral licence payers should get a rebate ?

  • bigmart says:

    The gap between the two team showed in the end, what disappointed me was that we didn’t really get stuck in enough during the second half, when you look back at their goals there is hardly a challenge made.

    Anyway onwards and upwards to the league next week

  • keep the faith says:

    whatever the result no one can take away the excitement on my grandsons faces seeing harry kane, deli ali, son etc etc at prenton park priceless

  • ADD says:

    Disappointing in terms of the scoreline and an embarrassing scoreline/ comments plastered all over the press this morning. That said the effort in the first half was laudable – and even in the second when our play dropped the boys did at least keep going. A couple of good saves early on by Davies kept the confidence up – shame we couldn’t make it to half time level. Also felt we would have been better having Stockton up front as we had zero outlet when we did get to clear our lines. Not sure this formation is the way to go even against L2 opposition never mind against Champions League opposition. Overall a chastening experience but a great night for the fans who kept positive despite the goals flying in and great to see a “fullish” PP.

  • Boz says:

    [QUOTE=”Rockfords Love Child, post: 51481, member: 292″]I have watched the whole game back [/QUOTE]
    Glutton for punishment!
    Looked at their goals again. We were a bit unlucky for the third; goal almost cleared off the line and the one which followed the ball getting stuck under Monthe’s feet. Of the 7, only one that Scott might think he could have saved. Looking back, think we could have made things more difficult for them, tried to break play up a bit more, but think the outcome would be similar; a heavy defeat.

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    I still think the 532 formation was the right one for the game. With a 442 or any more open system the outcome could have been worse. 532 can still be effective away from home in the league as well.

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    [QUOTE=”Boz, post: 51478, member: 19″] 0-7 is apparently a record home defeat in all competitions for Rovers.
    .[/QUOTE]
    We must have a poorer record against Spurs than any other club in the ninety two. Our record defeats, home and away, are both against Tottenham and most of our matches with them have resulted in thrashings.

    The scoreline does not get any easier to take several hours on, but I still enjoyed the overall occasion. There was a buzz around the place, both in the tent and in the ground, and the atmosphere was a lot better than I expected.

    There were some nice touches of class as well. I thought it was good of our fans to give Son an ovation when he went off, and also nice of Pochettino to give our fans a chance to see Kane at Prenton Park, although I did not completely appreciate the gesture at six nil down. The majority of the Spurs fans in the ground and on social media also seemed ok, and were quite respectful.

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    Son was named ‘Best footballer in Asia’ for the fourth time today. Just puts it in perspective…..

  • Cowshed Kid says:

    We’re a club that’s pulling it’s own teeth out to get kids part of SWA.
    MP has said, rightly, get them on board now and they’ll stick with us.
    Accepting that, unless miracles do happen, there’s little chance of those kids seeing Kane on the pitch, in the flesh.
    And now they’ll say they saw Kane score at PP!
    I’m far from being a Spurs admirer, but kudos to them for putting him on. It was nothing to do with “rubbing it in”.
    Let’s be honest, how many of us would have taken that result before the Southport replay if that was the reward for beating them?
    It’s nice to look at the old giant killing days and think we can do it again but the gulf nowadays between the big players in the Premier and us is a chasm.
    Lick our wounds over the weekend while counting the dosh!

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    [QUOTE=”Cowshed Kid, post: 51508, member: 6077″]
    It’s nice to look at the old giant killing days and think we can do it again but the gulf nowadays between the big players in the Premier and us is a chasm.
    [/QUOTE]
    If we were still a Championship side, I think we would have a reasonable chance against a lot of Premier League teams. A lot of League Two sides have got reasonable results against top flight opposition today. However, the gulf between the Champions League teams and the rest of that division, let alone clubs at our level, is enormous.

    When we played Spurs in the eighties they basically had Gascoigne, Lineker and a bunch of players who were pretty unexceptional. Even without considering Son and Ali, the ‘squad’ players they played last night included Lucas (ex-PSG), Aurier (ex-PSG) and Lorenthe (ex-Juventus and a World Cup winner). It is a different world.

  • aldoes mustache says:

    i enjoyed it . we new that it was gonna be hard the way they passed it making are lads run . more than they would in eney given match . its what you expect . kanes wages are more in 1 month than the whole tranmere team get on a year . it was good seeing some of there big guns out . lets get over it and move on . with what matt jones has said there are another 2 new players comming in the next few days assume one is miller .

  • Ian says:

    [QUOTE=”Rockfords Love Child, post: 51509, member: 292″]Even without considering Son and Ali, the ‘squad’ players they played last night included Lucas (ex-PSG), Aurier (ex-PSG) and Lorenthe (ex-Juventus and a World Cup winner). It is a different world.[/QUOTE]
    Exactly what I’ve been telling people. There are different leagues but that was a different world. They have exceptional players.

    There are Premiership teams and then there there are Premiership teams. They are part of the elite. It was great to see as we dont get to watch players of that quality too often.

    It was a nice distraction and financial beneficial but now we return to the real challenge and getting us into those play off positions.

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    Just to make us feel a bit better, Rotherham of the Championship were beaten seven nil by Man City today. Elsewhere, Oldham knocked out Fulham.

  • bring back the cowshed! says:

    Rovers 0, Spurs 7; City 7, Rotherham 0; Everton 2, Lincoln 1; Fulham 1, Oldham 2, Gillingham 1, Cardiff 0. What these results tell me is that the top sides in the Premier League are a class above the rest and probably two classes above the relegation zone. Oldham are no better than us, but there’s the world of difference between facing a rampant, in form Champions League side and a struggling Premiership team low on confidence.

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    There have been some bizarre and bitter posts on the Southport forum in the last couple of days regarding the Spurs game, particularly strange as I did not think there was any particular animosity from us towards them in the previous round. A lot of us thought we were going to lose the replay.

    Some of them are actually deluded enough to think they would have given Spurs more of a game than we did. We beat them fair and square and it was a great night for our club, irrespective of the scoreline.

    Contrary to what they are claiming, we sold the stadium out in two hours and the only empty seats in the ground were those of Spurs fans who did not turn up.

  • Sparky says:

    Newport holding their own against Leicester at the moment and winning 1-0

  • frenchrover says:

    Newport 2 Leicester 1….Well that shows it can be done if you have a go from the start rather than trying to park the bus and run yourself into the ground chasing shadows for 60 minutes. Better to have a go and lose 0- 7 than surrender the initiative, park the bus oh and lose 0-7. Tactical error on the manager’s part and so disappointing particularly after him saying ” a fantastic opportunity for the Football Club to go and announce to the footballing world that it’s still here”…and …”They (the Tranmere players) will go out there…..and give it a right go”. The financial position may well have improved as a result of this match but the club’s image in the eyes of the footballing public will not have been enhanced one iota.
    Well back to the league and let’s hope this result doesn’t adversely impact on the team morale.

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    [QUOTE=”frenchrover, post: 51524, member: 856″]Newport 2 Leicester 1….Well that shows it can be done if you have a go from the start rather than trying to park the bus and run yourself into the ground chasing shadows for 60 minutes. Better to have a go and lose 0- 7 than surrender the initiative, park the bus oh and lose 0-7. Tactical error on the manager’s part and so disappointing particularly after him saying ” a fantastic opportunity for the Football Club to go and announce to the footballing world that it’s still here”…and …”They (the Tranmere players) will go out there…..and give it a right go”. The financial position may well have improved as a result of this match but the club’s image in the eyes of the footballing public will not have been enhanced one iota.
    Well back to the league and let’s hope this result doesn’t adversely impact on the team morale.[/QUOTE]
    Leicester’s reserves are in a completely different class to the Spurs team we faced. We did ‘give it a go’ but Spurs were so good in possession we could not get near them for the most part. We could not get enough of the ball to mount serious attacks.

    What would you have done differently tactically ? Hoofed long balls ? Hacked down Son and Ali resulting in red cards ?

  • Ian says:

    We could play them another 10 times and would not win a single game with different tactics. They were on another planet. Let’s just enjoy the experience.

  • frenchrover says:

    What would you have done differently tactically ? Hoofed long balls ? Well that’s all we did do for the first 60 minutes when we actually had any possession, and lets face it we’ve certainly had plenty of practice over the last couple of months. Who said it was necessary to hack anyone down? I didn’t. Why did we wait until we were 4 goals down before changing our shape and endeavouring to play some attacking football? The sitting back tactic employed for the first hour invited them on to us continuously,( I think the stats show they had 77% possession in the 1st half) resulting in our static defence being dragged continually all over the place before being carved open with ease time and time again as the inevitable fatigue set in. Let’s be honest we were lucky it was only 7 in the end.
    We could play them another 10 times and would not win a single game with different tactics…….most probably right Ian, we were never going to win this game anyway but we could have at least come away with our heads up for at least having had a go from the start.

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    [QUOTE=”frenchrover, post: 51533, member: 856″]What would you have done differently tactically ? Hoofed long balls ? Well that’s all we did do for the first 60 minutes when we actually had any possession, and lets face it we’ve certainly had plenty of practice over the last couple of months. Who said it was necessary to hack anyone down? I didn’t. Why did we wait until we were 4 goals down before changing our shape and endeavouring to play some attacking football? The sitting back tactic employed for the first hour invited them on to us continuously,( I think the stats show they had 77% possession in the 1st half) resulting in our static defence being dragged continually all over the place before being carved open with ease time and time again as the inevitable fatigue set in. Let’s be honest we were lucky it was only 7 in the end.
    We could play them another 10 times and would not win a single game with different tactics…….most probably right Ian, we were never going to win this game anyway but we could have at least come away with our heads up for at least having had a go from the start.[/QUOTE]
    We did not just hack long balls. Have you actually watched the game back ? The chances for Jennings and Norwood in the first half resulted from decent build up play, but the chances to get good possession in the opposition half were very limited because we were playing world class opposition who dominated the ball. In League Two when the ball is lost, it is presented back to you thirty seconds later because of the lower quality of player. Against Spurs we did not see the ball for three or four minutes when we lost it, which makes it very difficult to get up the pitch and build momentum.

    We did not actually change our shape at any stage in the game: we played 532 throughout, so you have had another tactical nightmare there. Nor did we employ a ‘sitting back’ tactic in the first sixty minutes. We were forced back by their domination of the ball. When the game became more stretched in the second half they ripped us to shreds with their quality, so presumably you would have liked that to happen in the first half as well ? We were not cut open because we were too deep, so your comments are completely contradictory.

    A League Two side can’t compete with world class players. The gulf is too big. The players did give it a go and I was proud of their efforts. You still have not made any suggestion of what we could have done differently tactically, which suggests to me that you are just talking over-emotional nonsense here.

  • frenchrover says:

    It was my nonsensical view that these forums were a place where differing views could be expressed freely without fear or favour. I was obviously wrong. I have noticed over the years the manner in which you address those whose views differ from yours and it seems to me that as far as you are concerned it is your view or no view.
    I love my club with a passion and have done so for many years, from the Third Division North to the Championship (Div. 1) to the National League and now back to the Football League, across the length and breadth of this country and Europe as well and I will continue to do so. I will also, hopefully, continue to express my views here, however over-emotional and nonsensical they may appear to you. I will not allow your aggressive and condescending attitude deter me from expressing my genuinely held views on things Tranmere. These may differ from yours for whatever reason but so be it, that’s what these forums should be all about, sharing opinions of all shades without fear of castigation. But one thing is certain I will not stoop to your level of condescension.

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    I think your response is completely over the top, but really it is for the moderators to censure me, or ban me, if they agree with your sentiments.

    I thought your comments were completely unreasonable and gave no credit to a hard working, successful manager, and a group of hard working, but limited League Two players, who were faced with a virtually impossible task on Friday.

    I will continue to defend the people who have set this club in the right direction against comments that are provocative, disrespectful and unreasonable.

  • Ian says:

    Forums like these will always be full of different opinions and it’s great to read them all. Just try not to make them personal.

    If you have an issue with another member on here use the private messaging facility to try and sort out your differences. Alternatively PM me and I will look into it otherwise it takes away the quality of the thread and becomes way off-topic.

  • frenchrover says:

    Well I’m not the least surprised by your response. I’m not looking for you to be banned and I’m not looking for anyone to agree with my sentiments. My original comments were critical of the way the team was set up for that particular game. I did not criticise the manager, per se, nor the players for having to play to that game plan, they most definitely worked hard as evidenced by the sheer fatigue which showed as the second-half played out, but surely to God I’m allowed to have an opinion about the tactical approach to any game without being accused of over-emotional nonsense. Nowhere in any of my comments have I attacked “the people who have set this club in the right direction”, or been provocative, disrespectful or unreasonable. On the contrary, I believe the club is, at last, heading in the right direction but nothing is perfect and it cannot be wrong to express an opinion without having to accept the provocative and disrespectful response you made to me. End of subject.

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    [QUOTE=”frenchrover, post: 51577, member: 856″]Well I’m not the least surprised by your response. I’m not looking for you to be banned and I’m not looking for anyone to agree with my sentiments. My original comments were critical of the way the team was set up for that particular game. I did not criticise the manager, per se, nor the players for having to play to that game plan, they most definitely worked hard as evidenced by the sheer fatigue which showed as the second-half played out, but surely to God I’m allowed to have an opinion about the tactical approach to any game without being accused of over-emotional nonsense. Nowhere in any of my comments have I attacked “the people who have set this club in the right direction”, or been provocative, disrespectful or unreasonable. On the contrary, I believe the club is, at last, heading in the right direction but nothing is perfect and it cannot be wrong to express an opinion without having to accept the provocative and disrespectful response you made to me. End of subject.[/QUOTE]
    Your own posts are often vitriolic and negative, so I don’t think you can claim to be innocent in this debate. I think my response above was measured and honest.

    All the posters on this site have positive and negative attributes, and it is for the readers to judge their merits. They should not be subjected to a kangaroo court.

    I think you should refer to Ian’s post above and follow his advice.

  • bring back the cowshed! says:

    Please, guys. This is getting unpleasant and boring. And totally off topic.

  • Rockfords Love Child says:

    [QUOTE=”bring back the cowshed!, post: 51581, member: 20″]Please, guys. This is getting unpleasant and boring. And totally off topic.[/QUOTE]
    Agreed.

  • Ian says:

    This thread is now closed.

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