Berkshire, The results don't always match the performance. As you mention had the Toon result matched the performance, then we should have got a point at least. The point against West Brom was about fair given the way we trailed off in the second half. I wouldn't have started Ade either, I assume that he hasn't had much training/pitch time etc during the summer, so bringing him on as a sub was reasonable to me. I just thought we went round in circles with the subs though. The 'remove a creative midfielder for a striker', then 'remove a defensive midfielder for a creative midfielder' followed by 'remove a striker for a defensive midfielder' and lost a bit of momentum (maybe coincidentally) after VdV went off.
I'm not sure though that AVB quoting our start last year and comparing it to this was a good 'publicity' stunt - as surely he realised that last season's openers were against (as it turned out) the top two clubs in the land. Especially as pre season he was talking about winning the title (see http://www.footytube.com/news/guardian/andre-villas-boas-begins-by-talking-up-tottenhams-title-credentials-L18257?ref=hp_newsfeed) - so 1 point against two teams that may struggle to finish in the top 6 isn't too good. But luckily, the season seems to have started with a stutter again for the alleged top teams, and only the Chavs seem to have come out of the blocks firing on all cylinders (at least in way of results).
Now with Modders resolved, hopefully the team and formation can be resolved and we can start getting more points on the board. I was a bit concerned though that AVB thinks we don't need more strikers - but if he can work the squad and get the results I don't care if we field 11 keepers - as long as the footie is good and the results do come.