We football fans are a funny bunch. Most of us have our little idiosyncrasies and superstitions when it comes to our favourite teams and what we believe will help them win. Some of us have our lucky pants or can only sit in a certain position while a game’s on TV. There are those who go out of their way to do the same thing for every game even if that means disrupting their normal life. If the team wins it’s because we did everything right, if they lose, it’s because someone else didn’t put their right sock on before their left.
As a kid I used to line all my replica shirts around my bedroom whether I was going to the game or not. At the time I must’ve had about 10 and I had the box room so it wasn’t the easiest of superstitions to execute. I’ve stopped doing that now but have been known to lay a few flags in strategic positions before truly big games, but the one thing I do every match day is drink from my lucky mug. Yesterday morning was no different but when I got home from work and washed the mug up I dropped it and the handle came off. From that moment I knew Blackpool were going to beat us and we’d once again miss our opportunity to put pressure on those around us.
Quite how much bad luck it would give us I didn’t know but three clearances off the line, 26 shots with only 3 on target and losing 3-1 is just about as much as any team can take in 90 minutes. So I apologise now to all Spurs fans around the world. The reason we lost was down to my clumsy fingers and a slippery mug. Or was it?
The one thing I hated above feeling sick in the pit of my stomach at losing was the patronising stance the press have taken towards Blackpool. This is a team that were 2-0 up against United but managed to lose the game. We all know what that feels like, but it showed what they were about. So far this season they’ve had some great results and while a top 4 side should be beating them they’re not in the same league as Derby were when they were in the top flight. Ok, so even their biggest fans would’ve walked away from the game wondering just how they managed to get anything from the game let alone win it but they deserve more credit than they’ve been given.
As for Spurs, it was just another game to add to a lengthening list that shows how badly we need a striker who enjoys scoring. As soon as we beat City last season there were some of us screaming out for a striker to lead the team. It seems so odd to think we’ve had the likes of Lineker, Sheringham, Klinsmann, Keane and Berbatov over the years who have scored goals for fun in pretty poor sides and after waiting 25 years for a team that looks like it could challenge for honours we’ve got a bunch of strikers being outscored by Brett Ormerod.
However, while the blame for losing the game can be put firmly at the feet of the strikers for missing golden chance after golden chance, we were also shocking in defence. As the image on the right shows we created plenty of chances, having 26 shots at the Blackpool goal compared to their 10. Unfortunately of those 10, they managed to get 4 on target and 3 of them went in. Compare that to our 3 on target with the solitary deflected shot in the last minute of the game going in and it’s clear to see the result was a combination of them finishing their chances as much as it was us missing ours. Our defence looked lackadaisical at best and drunk at worst. The lack of a proper right back due to injury and Alan Hutton apparently not being available for selection is a disgrace. If the rumours are true, and I can only presume they are because the club haven’t said he’s injured then the Scotsman has let the club down for the final time, but at what point is his exclusion from the team cutting your nose off to spite your face?
There are plenty of arguments on which striker should be playing with the Pav lovers arguing JD has been given enough chances and the Defoe lovers saying he just needs a fluky goal to get him going again. The bottom line is when people are screaming for Peter Crouch to start against Blackpool you know there’s a problem. No disrespect to Crouch meant but you know what I mean. Both Defoe and Pav had 5 shots each last night, with Pav getting 3 on target and JD a big fat zero. Defoe’s all round game was shocking too. He had a 100% pass completion rate but making only 17 passes in 90 minutes (1 pass every 5 minutes) shows he was rarely available to receive the ball which could back up fans opinions on his laziness. For the record Pav attempted 44 passes and was successful with 36. I’m never one to sit on the fence and I won’t now. As far as the team goes I think and always have done that Crouch is the best with regards to link up play but obviously his goal scoring just isn’t good enough. Defoe has the potential to score 20+ goals a season in the league but doesn’t have the composure to become a great and the best thing about Pav is his song. Other than that he’s just not good enough. All in all, it brings us full circle back to asking why we didn’t buy that striker in either of the last two windows? Wages too high? Remove King, Woodgate and Keane from the wage bill and you free up £200k per week. Instead we concentrated on trying to sign playings like Bellamy and Parker.
Anyway, we’re still sitting in 4th and while we didn’t take advantage of the chance we had we’re far from out of it because of one result. The next few games are massive for us and Chelsea. If results go our way we could still find ourselves 6 points in front of them by the time we play City. Losing has put added pressure on the remaining games but it’s not the end of the world. To finish off I thought I’d post some of my favourite updates from the spurs crowd on twitter from last nights game. It wouldn’t be Spurs if we didn’t have a chance to moan and groan now would it?
- OK Spurs, confiscated belts & shoelaces will be retainable before the Wolves game. Keep the faith – COYS
- Oh well easing into 3rd wouldn’t be the tottenham way.
- Dare I say we missed Crouch
- Omerod looks like a zombie peter crouch. And Vaughn looks like sloth.
- Rushes over to sky+ to stop recording footy first.
- Great night for Chelsea, dreadful night for humanity.
- All big teams obviously lose now & again, but none humiliate themselves with our regularity.
- Pav deserved that goal! Defoe is sooooo lazy! Disappointing – just not our night!
- That’s typical. Pav…Granted not great tonight but was at least putting effort in first half. He’s just a bit shit…a lot of the time.
- What a grotesque hideous ordeal of a football match. F*cking nightmare. I feel ill. Made worse by the awful Pav getting on scoresheet.
- Spurs: the ultimate footballing prick teasers.
- 4-3, we’re gonna win 4-3, we’re gonna.. *full time whistle goes*
- cue knee jerk over the top season is over 4th place gone over reactions from fickle tweeters.
- I’m so pissed off I could kick a water bottle!!!
- Back to being a frustrated spurs fan!!
- Can still hear the Spurs fans singing. Absolutely fantastic.