October 27, 2009
Harry Redknapp felt that Spurs were hit by a "sucker punch" from Stoke on Saturday, and it is true that the visitors capitalized on one of very few meaningful attempts on goal. The fact remains, however, that this is the kind of fixture from which Spurs must take maximum points if they have aspirations to challenge for a place in the top four. The late Glenn Whelan strike gave Stoke their first away win of the season and, especially outwith the Britannia Stadium, they are little more than a workmanlike side.
October 20, 2009
Saturday's visit to Portsmouth was remarkable in that each side fielded three players who were facing a former club. Most of the media hype had, of course, focused on Harry Redknapp's return to Fratton Park but in the event the manager got a relatively easy ride from the home fans, at least partially as a result of his having said all the right things prior to the match. Defoe, Kranjcar and Crouch (who suffered added abuse as an ex-Southampton forward) were not let off so lightly but, like the three former Spurs players in the Portsmouth line-up, all had a role to play in what was an exciting if not entirely comfortable victory.
October 6, 2009
Spurs moved up to third in the Premier League with a point from the game against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium. This is a ground where Spurs have never won and, in truth, a draw was about as much as could be hoped for on Saturday’s display. Bolton dominated the first half and Spurs were fortunate to go in at the break on level terms. The second half was better but if Spurs hope to maintain a place in the top six - never mind the top four - then this is the kind of fixture where anything less than a win must be regarded as a disappointment.