Saturday, March 01, 2008

It’s all in the response

Small time teams who win a cup mid-way through the season often then take their eyes off the ball and have a miserable end to the season. Higher calibre teams react differently and use their cup success as the springboard for greater things. Where do we fit in?

This afternoon will be Tottenham’s first match since last Sunday’s epic win against Chelski. Like all Spurs fans, I hope we see a clinical and determined performance and manage to put the cup win to the backs of the players’ minds. I believe Ramos is a true winner who will ensure that Spurs build on our first major trophy for nine years.

But this afternoon won’t be an easy ride. Ramos’ first defeat came at the hands of Birmingham in the reverse fixture back in December – a game we definitely should not have lost. We now have the chance of revenge, but it is key that no complacency slips into our game.

Since McLeish took over, Birmingham City have only won two of his 14 games in charge, but as well as beating us at WHL they also managed a home draw against Ar5ena1 last Saturday. I for one won’t be writing them off. As long as we remain patience as we did against Derby in our last league match, I’m hopeful we can pick up a narrow away win. Let’s just hope that we’re suitably prepared and there is no Wembley hangover.

As for the team, I understand that the only enforced changes are likely to be in central defence as both King and Woody are struggling. With Daws still not recovered, I imagine we’ll see Kaboul and either Zokora or Huddlestone partnering him. It could be argued that Ramos will reward our other cup winners with a starting berth this afternoon. However, Ramos is a master tactician and I’m not so sure. I think he’ll want to keep players on their toes and therefore it wouldn’t surprise me to see Bent and O’Hara figuring in today’s starting eleven.

Whoever starts and whoever comes off the bench I expect we’ll see a side hungry to win. We’re now entering the new era under Ramos. It’s no longer all talk. We have a trophy and we want more. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and focus on climbing the table and continuing our good UEFA Cup run.

COYS!

1 comment:

Tottinghams said...

Christ, under Jol I'd be expeacting a loss today, but with Ramos... I'm not too sure. Please don't ruin my weekend, Spurs. =]