A look ahead to Blackpool vs Spurs

4

Jermain Defoe

From the San Siro to the Sea Side. Spurs follow the trouncing of Gattuso, Robinho, Pato et al (and yes, I know it’s only half time) with a trip to Bloomfield Road on Tuesday evening for the Premier League fixture postponed from before Christmas.

We’re at about the three quarters completed mark in our season long injury crisis. Another trio have gone down since the first whistle against Milan with Van der Vaart being the latest to cry off wounded. Corluka has a pretty good excuse for handing in a sick note but Woodgate? Please. Hutton or Gallas will come in for Charlie with Bassong potentially filling in in the centre. In midfield we should welcome Modric back, presumably alongside Palacios with Lennon on the right and Pienaar or Kranjcar on the left. Two up front I guess if VdV’s out, so perm any pair from Crouch, Pav and Defoe. Redknapp must be desperate for one of them to put a goalscoring run together in the league. Pav seems mostly likely (given the opportunities already given to the other two) but is probably the one furthest down the pecking order.

It’s very appropriate that Blackpool’s season appears to be turning into a bit of a rollercoaster. Some superb results, especially away from home, in the first half of the season have been followed by a long-term dip in form that has seen them slip to the edge of the relegation zone. Their draw at home to Villa two Saturdays ago gave them their first point in six games. In that run West Brom and West Ham have both notched three against them and powder puff Everton got five so that gives an idea where their problems lie. Adam, Vaughan, Varney, Campbell & Taylor-Fletcher have become household names (sort of) but few of their defenders have hit the headlines.

We’ve only met Blackpool twice in the last twenty years but both games have a footnote in our history. In 1991 a Paul Stewart goal in a howling gale at Bloomfield Rd set us off on our ultimately successful cup run. In 2007 the Carling Cup tie against Blackpool was the first of Juande Ramos’s reign. Again we beat them and went on to win the trophy. So there you go. Whenever we beat Blackpool we go on to win the competition.

Should we inflict Blackpool’s seventh home defeat of the season on them we’ll go third on merit (i.e., no games in hand type caveats) and will put real pressure on Man City and Chelsea particularly. Blackpool will come at us, they know no other way. Confidence and momentum are on our side however and by the time ref Chris Foy blows for time, we should be through the 50-point barrier. COYS.

By MF

Have something to tell us about this article?

4 COMMENTS

  1. What do you mean when you say:

    ‘Corluka has a pretty good excuse for handing in a sick note but Woodgate? Please.’

    Seems like you’re saying Corluka is legitimately injured but Woodgate is not. A very strange and speculative claim indeed.

  2. Quite amazing that we have got so far so far with our strikers turning near misses into an art form. I seem to remember opposition defenders visibly shaking as Defoe arrowed towards them last season. Is it possibly an ongoing malady with our strikers putting in a seasons gifted effort then fading away??

  3. Gallas over all of this lot anytime any day anywhere. rodney trotter should line up with defoe. by the way don't count our chickens as regards the return game cos thanks to our crappy newspapers calling the italians mafia they are really fired up.lets face it the papers wouldn't have have used rascist comments regarding the west indians or pakastanis so why the italians, fucking hypocrites?
    Also some Milan fans told me this morning that they got an expert in lip reading to see what jordan actually said and according to this bloke jordan said fucking italian bastard. if thats true jordans just as bad as gattuso.
    julian clary said that he will not be taking on the job of spurs manager if urry up arry goes because he's fallen out with his vice elton johns wife.but he will be designing the kit for next season. at the lane yesterday he said"I really want to get away from white and i think cerise is lovely

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.