2007 Carling Cup Semi-final loss
Damon asked in podcast 14 which team was Spurs’ bogey team and though it hurts me to say so it must be our North-London rivals, Arsenal. Painful indeed. It has been 17 games since we last defeated them and last night’s game was a reminder of how much work there is to be done at White Hart Lane before we can become serious challengers.
Though the media likes to portray this Arsenal team as being a reserve one only Lehman and Henry were not on duty from their first team last night. We battled bravely throughout but never really troubled the Arsenal defence as much as we should have. Yes, we were missing Berbatov, King and Lennon but therein lies the difference between the two teams, Arsenal were also missing Van Persie and Baptista but it did not seem to phase them at all Guardian article.
The key to the tie however was in the first game at White Hart Lane, 2-0 up at half-time in the first leg yet we were unable to hold on when Arsenal were rocking. What now for Martin Jol’s men? Well, we are still in the UEFA and FA Cups and have decent chances to make the quarter-finals, we are also just behind the top 6 teams in the league and players are starting to come back after injury (Jenas, Lennon) but there have also been calls for Jol’s head something which I and others think is ridiculous. article
It doesn’t get easier however as Manchester United visit on Sunday. Here’s hoping Jol can rally the players for a morale-boosting performance.
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