The quietness under the stands and in the stairwells post game was more stark due to the contrast with the noise from all sides of the ground during the game. I sit in the North Stand which is full of sarcasm and moaners all (well, most) of whom, for a very pleasant change, were behind the team from beginning to end. Some players collapsed at the final whistle, others shared hugs with Sandro, Kane did his normal walk and clap routine but all I hope were lifted by the crowd still singing their support even after what felt more like a cup final defeat than an unexpected home draw.
…is a funny old game
We hit the post twice and also the top of the bar and I suspect West Brom scored from their only effort in target but they deserved their point. For a lot of the second half and certainly after they scored they were the better side and at the end were looking for a winner rather than sitting back, all of which was a bit of a turn up given the swagger and confidence with which we’d started the game.
We began with some lovely skill from Walker, Alli and Dembélé in particular and on another day we’d have been out of sight before Jonas Olsson had got his hairband straight. This wasn’t one of those days however. Our reward for our pressure was an o.g. from Craig Dawson whilst under pressure from Vertonghen.
Daws Of The Dead
The Baggies looked like roadkill at the beginning but as the game wore on, some sort of reverse gutter zombie apocalypse took hold. Rondon started bothering our centre backs and Sessegnon started to look bothered. We began giving away corners and free kicks which is the last thing you want to do against zombies and from one of these Dawson climbed highest to nod past an already flailing Hugo. And that was that. Despite the efforts of Dembélé in particular we barely mustered a shot after they equalised and that faint hope of catching the fleeing Foxes faded even further.
Despite the praise, love and hype heaped on this team this was a reminder that they are very much a work in progress. We’ve let ourselves down in too many big games – West Ham, Woolwich, Liverpool and Leicester of course spring to mind as well as last night. Those pundits who claim they can’t spot a weakness in our side haven’t looked closely enough at Lamela’s randomness, Vertonghen’s vulnerability in the air, the lack of options when Kane cannot find space or the alternative to Eriksen as the creative heartbeat.
The future is Lilywhite
In the summer, Pochettino will no doubt address these issues, in the mean time those of us on the sidelines just need to support the side through the final three games and do our best to help them reap the considerable rewards that three more good performances would bring in,
Remember where we were two years ago (hello Tim) and feel amazed that we’ve had the season we have.
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