Saturday, October 30, 2004

Fulham v Spurs Preview and my Memories of what happened 3 years ago

I have been to Craven Cottage 3 years ago when I saw Fulham beating Bolton by 3-0 in one of the last games at Craven Cottage before moving to Loftus Road for the past 2 seasons. I can still remember Malbranque scored a 25 yard screamer that day and Legwinski was booed throughout the match by the home supporters. In fact, that was the first English Premiership match that I evere attended, of couse closely followed by the main dish Spurs v Liverpool (1-0, Poyet).
The match was on the night when I arrived at London alone. If I recall correctly, that was a Monday. After leaving my baggage at where I stayed, I took the subway to Fulham (what's the station?) and walked past a big park along the River Thames to get to the box office. After getting my ticket, I asked a Fulham supporter on the direction of their club shop. That Fulham supporter happened to be a cab driver and he kindly drove me to the club shop (free of charge), a 5 minutes distance from the box office. We chatted on our 5 minute "journey" and I told him I travelled to London to catch the Spurs v Liverpool match. He greeted me good luck and asked me to enjoy the game. This is something which will never happen in Hong Kong.

Right, back to the match. Spurs enjoyed a 4-3 away win at Bolton in the League Cup in the midweek, and will be seeking to turn their goal threats at the Cup (10 goals in 2 games) to the league (6 goals in 10 games).

Edman, Atouba and Gardner all out, Redknapp suspended, Ziegler might get a chance to start on the left hand side and Bunji might perhaps start at the left back where he scored 2 goals in his 2 starts in the cup. In the central midfield, I would hope to see Mendes partnered by Davis with Carrick as backup. Defoe and Kanoute should form the striking partnership.

Prediction: I am biased so I would say 0-1 to Spurs.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Bill Nicholsen O.B.E. RIP


The symbol of Spurs has passed away on Saturday. Although I am too young to witness his playing days or managerial days, his records speak for himself. If not for the achievements of Bill Nicholsen, Spurs would not be the "Glory Team" that it is now known to be. Spurs will always be indebted to this great man.

Spurs 1 Bolton 2 - My Thoughts

Another disjointed performance by Spurs makes one wonder whether we are capable of mounting a serious challenge on the top 6 this season.
- Where is Carrick? We now have 5 central midfielders. How do they rank? In my view, the order should be 1. Mendes 2. Davis 3. Carrick 4. Redknapp and 5. Brown.
- Why should Defoe be dropped? He scored 3 out of our paltry 5 goals this season prior to this game, so why should he be dropped in favour of Keano?
- Are we better now than the era when we had Sherwood, Leonhardsen and Poyet? I seem to think that we played better football and certainly more offensive football with them scoring from midfield for fun.
- Should Arnesen look for established international players rather than players with a bright future on the brink of internation honours? We have too much squad players but not enough star players.

Match Report - Spurs 1 Bolton 2

Tottenham failed to mark the passing of legendary boss Bill Nicholson in fitting style as they lost 2-1 at home to Bolton.
With the game level, both managers had played their attacking options as they went for broke, with Spurs boss bringing on dropped England striker Jermain Defoe and visiting manager Sam Allardyce putting on Henrik Pedersen.
And it was the Dane who scored the winner for the visitors with his first touch to lift them to fourth in the Premiership.
In a sombre atmosphere at White Hart Lane, both sides were desperate for the points to maintain their impressive starts to the season.
For Bolton, they now reaffirm their place as Barclays Premiership high-flyers, while Spurs missed the chance to join them towards the top of the league.
But the day will be remembered for the death of Nicholson, who guided Spurs to the first league and cup double of the modern era in 1961 with an uncompromising style and dedication to total football.
The current manager Jacques Santini had made his own brave decision before the game by dropping Defoe to the bench.
The 22-year-old striker had not scored in the league for his club side since the fourth game of the season, saving his best form for international duty with England.
The onus was on Robbie Keane and Frederic Kanoute to vindicate Santini's decision, and they combined just before half-time to drag Spurs back into the game.
The visitors had gone ahead in the 10th minute after a defensive blunder followed a Gary Speed free-kick. The ball was curled in from the right, was not dealt with by Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson and Radhi Jaidi got in front of Anthony Gardner to head powerfully in from close range.
Spurs looked like they missed the cutting edge of Defoe until a surge in the final 10 minutes of the first half.
Spurred by two long shots, Santini's front pairing - seemingly both behind Defoe in the pecking order - combined to devastating effect.
Defender Noureddine Naybet played the ball into Kanoute's feet and, with his back to goal, the Mali international's flick sent Keane through, and he finished emphatically through the legs of Jussi Jaaskelainen.
It was Keane's first league goal of the season, and reward for his tireless running, and Spurs looked the more threatening team after their equaliser.
Neither side looked like seizing the initiative until Santini made the decision to bring on Defoe - and suddenly the tempo of the game increased notably.
Stelios sent a volley flashing wide before Johnnie Jackson had a meek penalty appeal correctly turned down.
Allardyce responded by bringing on Pedersen and the result was swift and effective. Robinson was forced into two saves in quick succession after drives from Jay-Jay Okocha and Stelios.
But the England number one could do nothing as Pedersen swept in another effort.
Spurs, with three in attack, were soon became frustrated in their search for an equaliser.
Firstly, Kanoute's header from 12 yards out was well directed and had Jaaskelainen beaten - but it flicked off the post and went to safety.
Defoe, given the incentive to shine after being dropped, could do nothing to penetrate Bolton's mean defence, although the striker did have a long-range free-kick curl just wide.
In the final moments Okocha kept the ball to himself as Tottenham desperately wanted possession.
Match report courtesy of Soccernet.com

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Spurs v Bolton Preview

This is the sort of game that Spurs has to take 3 points if they want to acheive an European place at the end of the season. Both teams have been surpassing their expectations at this stage of the season, and Bolton has already beaten Liverpool and drawn with Man U and Arsenal.

Spurs have suffered a disappointing defeat at Portsmouth on Monday, and Atouba, Edman are out of this game. Spurs' problem this season is their attack, with only 5 goals so far which is the lowest of all the teams in the Premier League. This is unproportional to the talents of Defoe, Keane and Kanoute. Santini has already sorted the defence out, and the next rebuilding step will be the attacks.

Bolton has been playing solid with Campo, Nolan, Pedersen supporting the lively Okocha. They always look dangerous on the break and it will be an entertaining game at the Lane this Saturday.

Prediction: Spurs 1 Bolton 0

Tuesday, October 19, 2004


Defoe - small man, quick feet, powerful shots Posted by Hello

Pompey 1 Spurs 0 - My Thoughts

Watched the game on TV - 2:45am HK time. Crap commentaries, crap ground.

Some thoughts:
- is it the Robbie Keane who recently broke the all time Irish scoring record?
- is Keano more suited to play in Serie A or B as he seems to fall down quite a lot?
- should Atouba be partly responsible for the goal? he didn't seem to have done any marking for that goal.
- who will play the 2 centre midfield positions when everyone is fit? Mendes is a certain starter for me, and Davis might have the edge over Carrick, Redknapp and Brown.
- will Robinson be able to maintain such standard over the season?
- would Atouba please stop doing tricks inside our own half?
- would Keano, for god sake, do some simple passing early and not take the ball into blind alleys?
- will we see Spurs score 2 in a game ever this season?

Match Report by soccernet - Pompey 1 Spurs 0

Aiyegbeni Yakubu trumped Tottenham with a 62nd-minute header for his fifth goal of the season to take away Jacques Santini's side's tag of meanest away side in the Barclays Premiership as Portsmouth claimed a 1-0 win.
The Nigerian's header was only the second goal against Spurs on their travels this season and it came after Pompey manager Harry Redknapp gambled on fielding three strikers at Fratton Park.
He moved Lomana LuaLua out to the right wing to accommodate substitute Ricardo Fuller as Yakubu's sidekick in the middle.
And the former Newcastle player's cross paved the way for the goal with Yakubu out-jumping the big Spurs defenders.
Tottenham would have climbed to fourth in the table with a win but their functional style did not provide enough scoring chances until the closing minutes when they in tossed Fredi Kanoute and Michael Carrick into the mix.
For Pompey it was their third win of the campaign, having taken just one point from the previous three games, and their greater sense of adventure merited victory.
Even a goal to the good, boss Redknapp brought on a fourth striker in record signing Diomansy Kamara for the last phase of the game.
Spurs were calmly in control early on when the lively Pedro Mendes shot over from 20 yards after setting up Simon Davies to strike a low shot that Shaka Hislop comfortably saved.
Then Davies made a clever run to meet a Mendes chip forward and headed not far over the bar under pressure but it was Portsmouth who carved out the best chances before the break.
England goalkeeper Paul Robinson made a brave save to deny Yakubu after Patrik Berger's pass put the Nigerian through in the 11th minute although the striker should have done better with his shot.
Robinson pushed it far enough away to make a follow-up chance difficult and Eyal Berkovic blazed it over the top.
Yakubu had another opportunity 10 minutes later when Anthony Gardner, filling in for injured Erik Edman, was caught out at left-back and LuaLua slipped the ball through, but under challenge from Noe Pamarot the striker tripped over his own feet.
Berger, who scored twice when Spurs last visited Fratton Park on Boxing Day, and Berkovic were the main creative forces for Pompey.
Spurs continued to have the edge in possession but there was yet another opening on 24 minutes for the home side when Yakubu pulled the ball back from the left and Berger, with little space to work in, fired a cracker from 10 yards.
Television replays showed Robinson got an important touch that turned it over the bar but he was also indebted to some full-stretch defending which kept out LuaLua and Nigel Quashie before the break.
It was not until a minute before the break that Spurs created a real chance when England striker Jermain Defoe took a fresh-air shot at Robbie Keane's pass eight yards out.
The irony for Santini's side was that they came unstuck after upping the tempo at the start of the second half.
Defoe, who had been barely noticed before the interval, tested Hislop with a fierce shot and then drove just over before Gardner's header from a Michael Brown free-kick came back off a post.
But Pompey went for broke by sending on sub Fuller to form a three-pronged attack with Yakubu and LuaLua and the newcomer almost immediately set up a goal for Berger who made space from the Jamaican's clever touch but fired wide.
In the 62nd minute LuaLua, despite his admitted dislike for a wide role, provided the perfect cross for Yakubu to out-jump the big Tottenham defenders and head home his fifth goal of the season.
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery and Santini carbon-copied Redknapp's ploy by sending on Kanoute to partner Defoe and Robbie Keane in attack for the last eight minutes.
He also brought on Carrick for his Spurs debut - to the inevitable sound of jeers after he turned down Pompey to sign for Spurs.
But the Pompey boss had another potential trump to play, sending on Diomansy Kamara for Yakubu and the Senegalese striker almost put his name on the scoresheet with a shot on the turn that slipped just wide.

Linking to the World Cup Football News blog

Added a new link to World Cup Football News blog. The site is full of football news and has a nice and neat layout. Check that out.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Match Preview - Portsmouth v Spurs

A difficult game to predict. The Pompeys are strong at home and had one of the best home records last season, while Spurs were having a nightmare away record last season. Spurs however is unbeaten in 3 away games this season, and have beaten Newcastle and Everton on the way.

Redknapp is suspended for this game and Sean Davis is injured. Carrick may take the midfield place with Mendes, with Davies and Atouba at either flanks. If Defoe can reproduce his early season form, Spurs can hope for another 1-0 victory.

It is worth making a bet of Under 2.5 goals as Spurs is resolute at the back this season and they are not scoring too many goals either.

Prediction: 0-0 or 0-1 to Spurs

2003-4 LSCOBA First Division Champions


Winning Eleven - the team without Stephen Po, Alwin Chow, Plato Chan, Matthew Hung Posted by Hello


Posing with the Cup - Champions of First Division 2003-4 Posted by Hello

LSCOBA Match Report - Winning Eleven 1 KLC 0

First match of the season. Winning Eleven is back to where they belong - the Premier Division. After going 10 consecutive matches without a win (or a draw), this 1-0 win is a good sign for the team which has been reinforced by the "signings" of Ken and Fai.

Fielding our new signings right from the start, we dominated the first 15 mins and created a number of half chances in the first half. It was inevitable that our stamina began to drop in the last 15 minutes of the first half, allowing KLC to get back into the game.

At the start of the 2nd half, 4 of our starting forwards found themselves sitting on the bench including Sing, Kevin, Po and me. Whilst on the sidelines, I discussed with my teammates and we agreed that we should gamble for 3 points rather than settle for 1 point. After the 15 minutes mark, we decided to send one Po who play a free role attacking their full backs. Sing hold the midfield together. Kevin (later substituted by Kenward) and I played upfront.

The change of formation to a flexible 4-3-3 paid dividends soon. A cross from Raymond eluded me, and the ball fell at the feet of Po. Po steered the ball goalwards at the 2nd attempt and although the keeper did get a touch of the ball, the ball still went in. It turned out to be the winnig goal of the match.

After the goal, KLC played more offensively but it also left a large gap at their back. Our 3 forwards tactic continued to create chances after chances, and I have wasted 3 chances to extend our lead. 2 shots from 18 yards were saved low by the keeper while an easy shot from 10 yards were ballooned over the bar. My excuse? Well, I didn't score in the first match of last season, but I ended up with 11 goals from 7 games, so there!

All in all, we have done our business and it was a game we deserved to win, and we did win.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Back to the Cell

Ok, coffee finished. Blog updated. Time to take a tram back to the cell.

Joke of the Day

In a pub, two guys are sitting when in walks a living dream, drop dead gorgeous girl.
Fella one says to his mate, God, she's nice. I'd love to go out with her.
His mate says, well go for it then, to which the other feller says, i can't, you know I'm crap with girls. I can't think of anything intellegent to say to them.
His mate suggest he has a stiff drink for Dutch courage, then waits for her to go to the loo. He then has to follow her out, and as she exits the khazi, gently bumps into her. This prompts him to offer a sincere apology, after which he says 'nice day, isn't it?' to which she would hopefully reply, Yes. Then - the piece de resistance - he says 'but I think your eyes are even nicer', and off he goes...
Bloke one thinks about it and says OK, I'll go for it.
True to form, five minutes later, the Goddess walks to the loo. He follows her, and as she comes out, bumps into her.
"Sorry" he says "That's ok" she replies sweetly
"Isn't it a nice day?" he offers "Yes, it is" she replies with apparent honesty
"But not nearly as nice as your eyes...."
She goes red, her eyes moisten, and she says "That's wonderful...nobody says things like that nowadays - you must be a kind, sincere genuine guy...the kind of guy I've always been looking for..."
Panic. His mouth goes dry, his heart begins to race, and in a fit of anxiety he replies ...
"So, er - did you have a good zhit?"

Still no news....

Still no news from Simon and Simon... I am starting to worry that the absence of their head of dept from my interview will prove costly. He might have attended other interviewees and have seen enough and thought that there would be no need to call me back again.

By Hand

Friday afternoon. An iced vanilla latte in front of me. I am updating this blog at Pacific Coffee in Quarry Bay. What a great job for me, eh?

I was sent to hand deliver the tender by my boss (also known as "the S-hole"), and I would be foolish if I don't enjoy a coffee before going back to the office (aka "the cell"). After all, I have to fork out the travelling expenses myself without being reimbursed.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Bronze Bauhinia Medal

It is now better and better for my Dad. It was the JP honour 7 years ago, and it is the Bronze Bauhinia Medal now. What's next?



I got a taste of wearing the medal Posted by Hello

Fat Tung and my dad Posted by Hello

Still struggling

BR officially is a no-hoper for me now.

Got an interview with Simon and Simon this evening. It was marginally better than the BR one, but I think I should have done better nevertheless. It was quite a decent firm, and the fittings definitely look the part to me. Hope I can have better fortunes this time round.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

The $1 million question: How on earth did this lady get past the preliminary rounds to get on the show? Posted by Hello

Bad times...

1. So I have 8 weeks to prove myself....but what am I supposed to prove if I am not given any work? It is bad bad times ahead.
And why are you giving me a secretary now when you should have done this 2 years ago!

2. And I can forget about BR now.
"I am heavily involved in mortgagees action, acting for major banks and financial institutions."
"I think those are routine work, right?"
......
"I have also done some employment matters and discrimination matters to tackle complaints filed by claimants with the EOC and Labour Tribunal"
"I imagine those are simple cases."
......



3. So I realise now that there is no need to send my CV to every agents appeared in the HK Lawyer. Just send to 2 of them and they will sort it out. If you are in need of them, I recommend that you see Mary Schaus of Legal Futures and Lindsey of Hughes Castell. They mean business.

Monday, October 04, 2004

How to have a successful interviewing?

I was always stuck when I was asked "What questions do you have?" Now here are some sample questions which might be useful in tackling this question:
Appropriate questions to ask during an interview may include:

--Personalized

1. What kinds of cases are you currently working on? or What is the most interesting case you have worked on?
2. Why did you choose to work for this employer?
3. What is a typical day like for you?
4. What do you like most about your job?
5. How long were you at the firm before you had significant client contact?
6. Did you start off in your current practice area? If not Why did you switch?

--Sincere interest in the position and the employer
7. Do you have a formal mentor program?
8. How will my work be evaluated?
9. Who will assign my work?
10. Will I receive feedback?
11. What kinds of cases will I work on?
12. How does someone become a star at this firm? -- What makes them stand out?
13. How has the firm's practice changed over the years?
14. Where do you see the firm's practice heading over the next several years?
15. How would you describe the ideal candidate? (You can use this description in closing the interview. For example, You described your ideal candidate as a team player who has strong communication skills. That describes me perfectly. My communication skills have been demonstrated by the fact that I excelled in my research and writing class and in the inter-school Moot Court Competition. My teamwork capabilities are apparent through my work at the Salvation Army where I assembled and led a team of over 50 volunteers through the largest fund-raising campaign in the charity's history. I'm also self-motivated, detail-oriented and have been described by former employers as a tremendous problem-solver. I believe I am very well-suited for this position and would love a chance to prove myself. Thanks for taking the time to talk to me today.)

--Show off research
16. I recently read about the firm's opening of a satellite office in Louisville. Has that helped the firm to attract corporate clients headquartered in Kentucky?



Below are some websites which give me some hints, and I recommend you to have a look if you need some tips as well:

Successful Interviewing
Successful Interviews
Sample interview questions with answers

The Worst Best Man

Congratulations Gary and Agnes for ending their marathon dating and becoming husband and wife this week. I am privileged enough to be chosen as the best man by Gary, but unfortunately their wedding banquet this Saturday has coincided with my dad's banquet in celebration of his collection of the bronze bauhinia award. So I will only be able to hand the wedding for Gary at the church to discharge my duty as best man. I must be the worst best man around.

Agents

Sent some emails to the agents last Thurs, and my lunch slots this week have been filled up within 2 hours.

Met 2 agents today and what they said were too rosy to be true. I would be let down massively if I can't land any of the vacancies they mentioned.

The most surprising phone call came from RB, who gives me an interview this Wed. This is the best vacancy around, but I am really nervous. After all, I haven't attended such interview since I got the trainee job 6 years ago.

Everton 0 Spurs 1 - My Thoughts

A nice away win for Spurs. We would have folded if it was last season's team, but this season the team shows tremendous energy to defend their cause. We are now 5th in the table. Posted by Hello

Everton 0 Spurs 1 - Match Report

Everton were brought down to earth by a shock goal from French defender Noe Pamarot and a Tottenham side who responded to a first period when they had been bullied out of the match with a performance of steel of their own to triumph 1-0.
Everton will claim it went too far. One shocking Jamie Redknapp tackle ended Tim Cahill's involvement in the game and also saw a melee between players as they left the pitch at half-time.
It continued after the break in a spiteful game that stretched referee Graham Poll's abilities to the full.
Everton hit the woodwork twice, had two penalty appeals turned down, but in the end found themselves with an uphill battle against a determined a defiant Spurs who maintained their unbeaten away league record.
Boss David Moyes had wondered pre-match when their bubble would burst, but he surely was not expecting it to come from a Spurs side who had barely got out of their half in the first period.
Cahill's departure - after brushing aside Redknapp's apology and graphically demonstrating to all what had been done to him - set the tone for an unpleasant second period, and Everton's eventual demise.
Moyes described claims of a training-ground bust-up between Marcus Bent and Thomas Gravesen as "absolute rubbish" before naming the pair in a side chasing four successive league wins for the first time in two years.
And Bent was involved in the first major incident of the match when he was denied a penalty on five minutes. The big striker forced his way in from the left, got to the line and turned back into the box, only to be felled by Erik Edman's outstretched foot.
Referee Poll, who surely should have booked Bent if he thought he was diving, decided to do nothing.
Spurs were subjected to a hounding at every turn and were forced into conceding possession.
It almost cost them when a sloppy throw was conceded on the right, and when Gravesen hurled the ball into the box, Cahill saw a header beat Paul Robinson and clatter against the left-hand post.
Another ball in from the right, this time a Cahill cross, was met by Leon Osman at point-blank range, but Robinson saved superbly.
Everton had their tails up and the terrier-like harassment that is so much part of Everton's play kept Spurs pinned down, Kevin Kilbane, in particular, hounding Pamarot into a succession of errors.
Pamarot had a nightmare against the big Irishman, who got in behind the full-back to chest down a long ball from Alan Stubbs before firing a cross-shot inches wide of the far post.
A minute later another ball in from the left saw Kilbane look to get a yard in front of Pamarot on the far post only to be felled by the former Nice player.
Neither player made any contact with the ball but again referee Poll turned down penalty appeals.
Spurs did not enjoying being hounded. Redknapp suffered against Gravesen and Pedro Mendes against Lee Carsley, the Spurs pair constantly caught in possession.
And when another Gravesen long throw was flicked on by Kilbane, it bounced off Ledley King and dropped inches wide of a post with Robinson stranded.
Spurs were just happy to get off unscathed at the break, but there was still time for a melee as the players came off, with Timothee Atouba and David Weir momentarily involved before peace was restored.
But eight minutes into the second period, with Everton again having most of the play, Spurs took a shock lead.
Pamarot's bad day improved considerably when he appeared in Everton's box following a Robbie Keane corner that was cleared and hooked back in by Simon Davies. Pamarot was left unmarked beyond the far post to head back through a crowded area, beating Martyn's left hand.
Everton hit back almost immediately when Osman placed a low shot from just outside the box that evaded Robinson but hit the foot of a post and bounced across goal for Kilbane, who shot over from the rebound.
Duncan Ferguson came on for Carsley, but things turned nasty two minutes later when Redknapp was booked for a bad foul on Cahill.
The Australian needed lengthy treatment and as he was eventually taken off, Redknapp tried to shake his hand, but an angry Cahill graphically demonstrated the assault he had just suffered, before limping away to be replaced by Steve Watson.
Defoe was next in the book for a late lunge at Weir right in front of the dug-outs, the angry defender being ushered away by team-mates.
Everton subjected Spurs to a long-ball bombardment, but tall defenders Noureddine Naybet, King and Gardner, coped well.
Spurs' objective was made clearer when they took off striker Defoe and put on midfielder Reto Ziegler, leaving just Keane up front.
By now everything Everton did was hurried and continually cost them possession. Much of their forward play by now was individual running into the heart of a packed defence.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Haircut

Got a new haircut at Hairdo, Causeway Bay. The interesting thing is that 70% of the stylists are Japanese, and mine is no exception. In fact, SHE doesn't speak Cantonese and we needed someone to do the translation for us. The head and shoulder massage after the shampoo was also very nice.

So bye bye Esprit Salon for now, your Esprit ladies (even with their skirts) couldn't beat the Japanese girl. And it is cheaper as well.

If anyone is interested, please let me know. I will give you a 10% discount card.

Everton v Spurs Preview

No Kanoute for this game, so our front two are bound to be Defoe and Keane. Keane has yet to find form this season, and his tendency to hold on the ball too long might slow down our attacking moves. In my recollection, Spurs enjoys a good record against Everton, and I hope this will be the case this season again, but Everton is having an unbelievable start to the season.

How David Moyes can get the results using the starting 11 who would struggle to play in our first team (except Gravesen) is beyond me. Spurs didn't score in the last 3 league games, so a draw is always a likely option.

Prediction: 1-1 draw or 1-2 to Spurs