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Burnley and Leicester on paper should be two very winnable games. As we know with Spurs there’s rarely a so called routine victory but you’d like to think if we play to our capabilities we’ll be in the draw for the 5th round.
Unfortunately there’s no real ‘big’ teams facing each other in Round 4 leaving for some potential colossal ties in the last 16.
That being said we can’t overlook tonight’s opponents in Burnley who come to White Hart Lane fresh from a vital victory over QPR last weekend stretching their unbeaten run in all competitions to 4.
Understandably their goal is to secure a top flight status this season but Sean Dyche (who has spoken a lot of sense in the build up to the game across an array of subjects) knows a win here will continue to build the belief amongst his group.
The visitors set a Premier League record Saturday by naming the same starting line-up for the 7th consecutive game.
Both sides have players absent and with Dyche’s side hosting Crystal Palace in a big relegation scrap this Saturday expect some rotation. It’ll be interesting to see if Adebayor is involved following his recent appearances in the training pictures/videos.
It’s hard not to think about Wembl… the National Stadium – we’re not there yet. A two legged semi-final in the League Cup against a lower league team is another potential banana skin that’s just around the corner. Our double header with tonight’s opponents back in 2009 rings alarm bells.
Meaningful games are coming thick and fast which is exciting from a fan perspective and it’s a gentle reminder how things quickly can change, it wasn’t too long ago people were starting to question Mauricio Pochettino.
Pochettino was criticised last year after Southampton crashed out of the FA Cup away to Sunderland in Round 5 after his heavily changed side fell to a sole Craig Gardener long range effort. I think the Argentine has learnt from that experience going into this campaign which hopefully stands us in good stead for the remainder of the season.
1991 becomes more of a distant memory with each passing year, the failures of all the semi-final defeats in between remain painful to recall.
It’s the best domestic cup competition in the World for me, yes it’s lost some of its razzmatazz in recent years but football as a whole has changed alongside it.
With the late great Ron Henry’s funeral taking place this afternoon there’s no bigger inspiration to go out and do the business against the side Henry also faced in the winning 1962 Cup final.
Come on you Spurs.
One of the worst kept secrets is finally out there following last night’s announcement after Ronald Koeman let the cat out the bag over the weekend.
It’s an extra sign of support from the board, Paul Mitchell who had previously worked at MK Dons before moving South joins as the clubs “Head of recruitment and analysis”.
'Mitch' was involved in other projects at Milton Keynes such as taking coaching alongside the reserves with John Gorman, being involved with their World Cup bid and also various community driven campaigns which shows his enthusiasm to get involved in all corners.
With failure to land apparent two top targets Morgan Schneiderlin and Mateo Musacchio it’s hardly surprising Pochettino has opted to bring in a close allies.
Though for every Tadic and Pelle there’s also an Osvaldo. Were the former Mitchell masterstrokes or Ronald revelations? Like at Saints, we won’t really know the finer details about potential incomings though it surely casts fresh doubt over the future of Franco Baldini who was last see embracing the coaching staff at Villa Park and before that being a ball boy during the final training session in Belgrade.
Ultimately the buck stops with Daniel Levy who will sign the cheques and with January right around the corner it’s time for him to re-fill the ink in his no doubt feathered fountain pen.
You wouldn’t be surprised if Daniel doesn’t sanction the potential rumoured signing of Jay Rodriquez, who ‘Poch and Mitch’ clearly fancy after a long and serious injury lay off, which is fair enough.
No doubt there will be some activity in the window so Mitchell, 33, better tell his missus he’ll be working late.