Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Familiar stories for the last five games

Well it has been a while since I’ve penned any thoughts on my beloved Spurs, and I guess the reason is that subconsciously I, like the players, realise the season effectively ended when Chimbonda took that diabolical penalty in the Philips Stadium almost a month ago.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not blaming him and I’m not complaining about the season as a whole. Sure we’ve had our problems on and off the field, and we’ve been a long way short in the league compared to the last couple of seasons. However, this time last year I don’t think any of us expected us to have changed our manager part-way through the season. It has ended up being a season of transition, but despite that we have won our first piece of silverware for eight years. So no major complaints from me.

Anyway, since I last shared my thoughts Spurs have played five league matches, so here goes with a brief summary of them in my opinion…

Man City 2-1 Spurs: Going a goal up away from home against a side who had failed to win at home all year, we were almost cruising. But it was all different after the break as the wheels came off, Robbie threw his tracksuit top down, and we cruelly had a goal disallowed for offside.

Spurs 4-4 Chelski: A thrilling game with plenty of twists and turns. Not the first time we’ve seen a four-all draw at the Lane this season either! I thought Chelski were going to hammer us at one point but we played much better in the second half. Keano got a great equaliser and Berba should really have won it for us with the last kick of the match.

Spurs 2-0 Pompey: Another great match but in an entirely different sort of way. We were patient and played a superior tactical game. It looked like a draw was likely until Ramos’ superb double substitution which led to Bent and O’Hara securing all the points.

Spurs 1-4 Newcastle: Worst match I’ve ever endured. We threw away a lead (again) against a side that were (until they came up against us) hopeless. In fact we made them look like world-beaters. We just didn’t turn up. Although Woody had his worst game in our colours so far, he was very astute in his summing up:

“We need to go to Blackburn on Saturday and win - not draw. They are going for Europe and fighting on that front. I wish we were going for Europe because maybe that would give a few of the lads a kick up the arse. We need to be professional and work as hard as we can. The defeat at Manchester City was supposed to be a kick up the backside, but we obviously haven't learnt. We're not happy in the dressing room and we're not going to be happy.”
Blackburn 1-1 Spurs: Unfortunately we didn’t “go to Blackburn on Saturday and win”. I gather we played pretty well for the first third of the game, took the lead, and then (as is becoming quite common) lost our way. Perhaps we were fortunate to avoid a late penalty appeal, but on the other hand perhaps it was points thrown away again as we didn’t capitalise on our first half dominance. Same old story…

Next up is Middlesbrough at home, which should surely be three points. But before then I’m off to become a Liverpool fan for the night as I support them in their Champions League quarter final second leg. Come on you scousers!

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