Tottenham season review 10/11 – May

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Ledley King

May

Sat 7th – Spurs 1 Blackpool 1

The plucky Seasiders ended up with a point you could argue they deserved despite being under the cosh for long periods of the game. Being under the cosh when you play against us though doesn’t necessarily mean that your keeper is going to be that active. Man City had lost earlier in the afternoon at Everton to respark the flames of hope in those still under the impression that fourth was achievable but once more, our toothless tiger of an attack was unable to take advantage.

Blackpool took the lead in the second half when Charlie Adam, having put an end to Bale’s season with an unpunished shocker of an over the top challenge, was given two opportunities in a minute from the penalty spot. That he had a second chance was entirely down to Gomes whose reaction to saving Adam’s first kick was to charge around his area like a four year old at a kid’s party. He eventually clattered into someone and this time the miserable looking midfielder hammered home. We’re used to seeing Spurs players crumble when it comes to spot-kicks, now it seems you only have to be linked with us and twelve yards becomes a hundred and twelve. This was Gomes’ last appearance of the season.

Jermain Defoe notched the equaliser at the death from range and we nearly pressured enough for a winner in injury time but no. Six draws in eight games now.

Danny Rose played instead of Assou-Ekotto at left back and much to the surprise of most (including me)  looked very comfortable there. Some of his defending showed he’s got a bit to learn but he was confident and assured. Personally I was pretty certain that he’d never play more than half a dozen games for us so that shows what I know.

Tues 10th – Man City 1 Spurs 0

We were all over the home team in this game and were desperately unlucky not to come away with something. That we didn’t was down to a miss by Modric, a couple of top drawer saves from Hart and Peter Crouch proving that he could still tuck the ball away neatly when required, unfortunately at the wrong end though. It’s hard to say any more, I just thought we were robbed.

Palacios went off injured in what may prove to be his last game for the club.

Sun 15th – Liverpool 0 Spurs 2

In most other seasons this would be the stand out result but various other triumphs take precedence this time out. Winning at Anfield is a very rare thing for us and this result was completely out of the blue given the recent rampant form of the home side and the stuttering, drawing performances of a Spurs team seemingly already in acceptance of the fact that fifth, let alone fourth, was likely to be beyond them. Modric was ridiculously good and the returning Ledley King gave an outstanding performance in his first game back from injury. Van der Vaart volleyed the first and Luka sidefooted a penalty down the middle for our second. There was the odd scare but nothing too worrying and the much vaunted Liverpool revival looked very much like it was overrated as Suarez and Carroll failed to muster much between them. Another memorable afternoon in a season full of them.

Sun 22nd – Spurs 2 Birmingham 1

A slightly surreal afternoon in the sunshine. We knew all we had to do was equal Liverpool’s result at Villa Park and we would finish fifth. Birmingham meanwhile were playing a much more dangerous game in that if they didn’t win, they had to rely on results going their way elsewhere, which they didn’t. I’ve no idea when the last time a team was actually relegated at White Hart Lane was but it was a sad sight to witness. They were crap though and definitely amongst the worst teams we’ve played this season. Pav scored with two more long range shots to add to his recent distance efforts against Wolves, Blackpool and West Brom. His last minute winner here put him on ten league goals, the only one of our forwards to reach double figures.

Final Premier League table –

P     W   D   L   Pts

1. Man Utd            38   23   11  4   80

2. Chelsea             38   21   8    9   71

3. Man City           38   21   8    9   71

4. Arsenal              38   19   11  8   68

5. Spurs                 38   16   14  8   62

 

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