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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Monday, February 20

Has anyone stopped a counter like this before?

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Tottenham Hotspur Training Session Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

good morning everyone! Happy Presidents Day to those who celebrate it! How about that John Tyler, huh?

We have all seen tactical fouls. They’re nothing new. A team goes on a break and some midfielder or defender has to clatter him and get a yellow card in the process. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book.

But! What if we flip that trick on its head? Or better yet, jump on its back?

That’s exactly what Sunderland’s Luke O’Nien did on Sunday during the Black Cats’ draw against Bristol City.

Bristol City midfielder Alex Scott looked keen to go on the counter with his club down 0-1 in the 82nd minute.

I wish I could say that it looked like O’Nien made a play on the ball, but he really didn’t. He didn’t event attempt to grab Scott’s shirt it seems.

Instead, O’Nien actually jumped on the back of Scott! And it looked like for a second there Scott obliged the piggy back ride!

Well done, all around. The match ended 1-1, so I guess everyone walked away charmed.

Fitzie’s track of the day: Ultimate Hammer, by Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

And now for your links:

Dan KP: Grinding out wins may be enough in Tottenham top-four battle

The Athletic ($$): Cristian Stellini on texts Antonio Conte sent him on Sunday

Spurs still alive on three fronts with Son-Kane connection still crucial

Christian Atsu’s body returned to Ghana after he was killed in Turkey earthquake