Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tough game awaits, but what role for sentiment?

Well I think I must have at least another eleven new readers since my last post, as our boys did indeed show some passion and hunger on Sunday! We destroyed the Spammers, played some nice football, even managed to get a couple of free kicks to clear the first man, and took great pleasure in our opponents’ misfortune.

I have to say that after the first five minutes, it seemed that all the Spammers wanted to do was foul us and by the end of the 90 minutes my view was that they look worse now than they did when they got relegated in 2003. Unfortunately they have already accumulated enough points to avoid relegation. But I am hopeful that we will finish above them – a failure to make the top ten would be a little embarrassing for us I believe, regardless of our Carling Cup win and the mid-season change of manager.

Anyway, attention is now turned to what I unfortunately think will be our last big match of the season. We have an incredibly tough game ahead against PSV. I would obviously love us to overturn our first leg defeat and make it into the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup, but I’m not sure we are yet strong enough to do so. PSV are a Champions League side who I think looked impressive against us last week.

I’m pleased to see all the Spurs players and coaching staff talking so positively in the press this week, and it’s great that Ledders and JJ will hopefully return… but the fact remains, we need to pull something special out of the bag to put at least two goals past them in their own back yard.

Maybe it will be one of our magical European nights? Ramos is a cup king and the Phillips Stadium marks the venue of his first UEFA Cup title in 2006. Perhaps there is a place for sentiment and we’ll see another big performance from our lads as we did at Wembley last month.

I do hope so, but I can’t help but feel a little anxious.

Either way I will be cheering Tottenham on (loudly) from my armchair.


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