Tottenham Hotspur Vs. Stevenage, 2012 FA Cup: Preview, Monster Gary Smith Returns And He Cannot Prevail

Ah! The devil!

Gary Smith, you're back and this time you will not surive. The football gods, if there is any justice, will ensure that your Stevenage team is eliminated so that the world will not have to be subjected to any more of your team's "football" than is absolutely necessary.

Englishmen, specifically Stevenage supporters, did not take kindly to being told that their club automatically became the worst the minute that Smith was hired. Considering their intimate knowledge of Smith that Stevenage fans had of Smith two weeks after he was hired, that anyone would not defer to their superior knowledge of his teams was unfathomable.

Now, we have a little bit more of a Smith at Stevenage sample size so let's run down the numbers since Smith took over on January 25:

  • Matches: 6
  • Wins: 1
  • Goals: 4
  • Yellow Cards: 9

Gary Smith, ladies and gentlemen! For those of you that are math challenged, that is 0.67 goals per match under Smith. Prior to Smith taking over at Stevenage, the club had scored 54 in 33 matches in all competitions. Once again, for those of you that are math challenged, that is 1.64 goals per match. If you're really, really math challenged, 0.67 is almost a full goal less than 1.64.

The football gods must keep Stevenage down. The Tottenham gods must keep Spurs players from getting hit by axes thrown from the coaches' box. Gary Smith has the power to overwhelm both gods. Pray and pray hard, everyone.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stevenage

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, March 7, 2:30 p.m. ET, 7:30 p.m. local

Venue: White Hart Lane, London, England

TV: Fox Soccer Channel Delay at 5:00 pm ET (USA, English), ESPN UK (UK)

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