The third 4-4 draw of the season (interestingly the same teams have been involved in all three games) after a stirring comeback to overturn a three-goal deficit versus Aston Villa in October, this time we came back on three different occasions against London rivals Chelsea to snatch a point. And it could have been three had Berbatov scored in the last minute. And there you have our season in a nutshell, if only…?
I know all football fans ask the same question but Tottenham in the last few minutes of matches have a bit of previous. If we had scored the last-minute penalty against West Ham away, not conceded injury time goals to Manchester United, Birmingham and Blackburn at home or Sunderland, Fulham and Liverpool away then we would have had an extra 11 points but then again …
Most of those matches came during Martin Jol’s reign when the team’s confidence was low and the league position even lower (Still love you Martin!) Juande Ramos has definitely added some steel and there is something about the Spurs that could see even more improvement next season. Draws against Chelsea, Man Utd and Everton and of course the Carling Cup victories over Chelsea and Arsenal suggest that with more time for Juande’s influence to play a part Tottenham could be challenging next season. Ha, ha, ha just joking, did you see us against PSV at home, City away and being thrashed at Birmingham? Damon reckons it’s like riding a rollercoaster supporting Spurs and he is not wrong – it is a little bit scary but so much fun!
Next up we have in-form Portsmouth at home. Five former Spurs players may feature for them but two in particular will have very different receptions. One played for us over 250 times for nearly ten years after coming up through the ranks, while the other was bought in from our rivals before being sold on earlier this year. One will get booed incessantly while the other will get a heroes welcome, can you guess who they are? I’d like to think we can win but Spurs observers this year know that we have not been able to put two decent performances together – hangovers against Birmingham and City as proof – but I am going for a low-key, boring 1-0 victory! Yeah right!