Relegation Battle: Part 1

Tottenham manager Harry Rednapp has consistently told the media that his side is facing a relegation battle. Despite most suggesting this won’t happen, the fact that we are currently in 15th position in the Premier League with 25 points, just two away from the relegation zone with 13 matches to play, means that we need to be very careful indeed. Generally, 40 points is regarded as being enough to avoid the drop but this season 45 points may be necessary as it is a lot tighter than usual ‘down there’, with only 8 points separating Fulham in 10th with West Brom at the foot of the table. A couple of wins and a team can make dramatic moves up the table (e.g. Sunderland) but a couple of defeats at this stage may mean a gap opening up, one that could become too big to close at the end of the season.

So, can we do it? Are we too good to go down?  Well, we should be good enough to stay up, after all we have spent more money than most during the transfer window (forget Robbie Keane, what about Wilson Palacios!) and we do have enough quality. Whether we have enough heart is another question. In the last 4 away matches we have conceded late winners to the likes of Newcastle, Wigan, West Brom and Bolton, hardly the most intimidating of away trips. Next up is Hull away where defeat must be avoided at all costs. It’s going to be a long hard slog towards safety.

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