Fulham had it all to play for today as the relegation battle reaches its final stages, on thirty points and in the drop zone the pressure was well and truly on. Tottenham on the other hand to an extent have little to play for, as the Champions League hope has long diminished and we seem destined for 6th place finish (and another season of Thursday night drama). It was a concern that with their ambition to win, Tottenham could be pushed to the wayside – but it was a different story altogether at the Lane.
The first thirty minutes I’m sure didn’t fill many fans with hope; no real chances and the team looking reasonably lacklustre and dispassionate. In the stands the fans seemed to almost mimic this mentality as a steely silence filled the air at White Hart Lane, a sense of almost just going through the motions. Thirty five minutes in, Eriksen powered in a free kick from the right, tapped in by Paulinho and the game suddenly took on a new atmosphere entirely, perhaps lifted by the surge in excitement from the fans.
Tottenham however never like to make things easy, and sure enough conceded one minute after the opening goal – but the team has a sudden motivation that was perhaps missing at kick off. After a particularly quiet first half, Kane headed in a Lennon cross and the team powered on. Looking more like the traditional Spurs playing style, in the second half Tottenham adopted a more fast and attacking style of play which lead to Kaboul rounding off the scoreline to 3-1. The midfield were dominant today – Eriksen’s efforts, particularly in dead ball situations making all the difference and making us a real threat from corners and free kicks, something we haven’t looked accomplished at since the departure of Bale.
Credit must also go to Lloris who made two outstanding saves and saved a penalty which sent the fans into rapture. Today seemed a well rounded team effort, even from our below par strength defence who rallied well against the few Fulham chances that were created.
Although Spurs have little to play for in terms of league position, perhaps I underestimated the passion the players do have. A new team bound together with a desire to win, if for nothing else but for the sake of pride. Today gave me hope for next season that, if given a chance, these players could really make for an exciting and successful season – after all, To Dare Is To Do.
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