SCOOP HAS SOMETHING of a Robbo theme this time around as our larger than life goalkeeper has been central to most of the mischief going on at Spurs Lodge. The England No.1 appears to have developed an interest in gardening and tending the pitches at the training ground.
But far from being a help, the groundstaff have quickly learned to beware where they leave their equipment when they head off for their on-the-dot feed at noon. One happened to leave his mower untended last week and his pitch duties were delayed when it went missing. It did not take them too long to fathom out who the culprit was and the machine was eventually discovered under one of the tables in the canteen. It could have been worse though - only Robbo could not get the thing started...
Next on his hit list was the tractor and it took a rare display of quick movement from head groundsman Darren Baldwin to stop the keeper in his tracks, so to speak.
STILL ON THE Robbo front, Scoop offered the keeper a bit of praise the other week by saying he has yet to drop a clanger on the pitch this season. Robbo responded by suggesting we had put the mockers on him and a contender for a slot in a blooper DVD was sure to follow...
Fast forward to the Newcastle home game and Robbo rolling the ball inbetween the not paying attention Ledley King and the alert James Milner that nearly led to an equalising goal for the visitors.
Scoop suggested this could well have been the aforementioned mishap, but Robbo was having none of it,
"It wasn't me!" he strongly contended. "I just rolled the ball to Ledley and he decided to run the other way. You watch it! He stood there and pointed to the ground where he wanted the ball then turned round and went the other way. I'm taking no blame for that whatsoever. It wasn't me!"
OF COURSE, ALL this occurred before Robbo was unfortunately sidelined with the knee injury that will see him miss our final two outings of the season. Not being able to resist a little dig over the rarity of goalkeepers being forced from the field, Scoop found an unlikely ally for a wind-up in the shape of one Mrs Robinson.
"He's a wuss!" she chipped in. However, it was a dead leg that was suspected at the time...
SCOOP WAS BUSY following the Aston Villa game attempting to glean the views of Andy Reid after his first goal for the club. Unfortunately, our quick chat was curtailed by the input of Sean Davis, who elected to offer his own delayed commentary on the strike.
"It was lovely a great strike," he began. "The cream of the crop - you can't buy that in Harrods."
Well, coming from Fulham, Sean would know all about the fine fare available at Harrods!
SEAN HIMSELF GOT a mention when Scoop put it to Michael Carrick that he might like to open his goalscoring account before the end of the campaign after both Ledley King and Stephen Kelly increased their tallies against Villa.
"I don't need to score if we win 5-1 every week!" stated Michael, going on the defensive. "I don't have to score and that is all I've got to say on it."
Moving on to discuss Middlesbrough's resolute rearguard of Ehiogu and Southgate, Scoop added that a long-range strike from our holding midfielder could well do the trick.
"I've told Davo it is about time he scored!" was Michael's lightening quick response.
FINALLY, SCOOP CAN report that Martin Jol was suitably impressed with the latest White Hart Lane chant in his honour to the strains of 'Land of hope and glory'.
"I like that one!" said the Head Coach. "I don't mind the other one about me having no hair - but it is a good job they don't care!"