February 23, 2010
So it's not rocket science after all. With Spurs holding a narrow 1-0 lead over Wigan and unable to press home their advantage on a quagmire of a pitch, Harry Redknapp brought on Luka Modric and Roman Pavlyuchenko for the closing stages. The result? Two goals for Pavlyuchenko, the first of them set up beautifully by Modric, who himself hit the post.
February 16, 2010
After an hour's play at the Reebok Stadium, the Spurs fans could have been forgiven for thinking that this season was going to be one of disappointment.
Following an abysmal league defeat at Molineux in midweek, Spurs were facing a Bolton side that totally dominated the first half of this fifth round FA Cup tie and in the second half, with Spurs hitting the bar twice in quick succession, looked like they might then ride their luck to a place in the quarter-finals.
Thankfully Defoe’s goal on 61 minutes preserved Harry Redknapp's dream of lifting the cup once again. Spurs could and should have finished the game off, but for Huddlestone’s poorly taken penalty.
February 9, 2010
"It's a big game, a very exciting game with two sides wanting to win. Villa are an attacking, open exciting team … They'll come with two wingers and attack us, they'll come to take us on."
Harry Redknapp's pre-match prediction could hardly have been further off the mark. With the Spurs fans providing the soundtrack of "boring, boring Villa", the visitors - who were two points behind Spurs with a game in hand - came to White Hart Lane clearly looking for a draw. The fact that the award for man of the match was a toss-up between Richard Dunne and Brad Friedel tells its own story, with Martin O'Neill describing Dunne's performance as "absolutely sensational". Although the Villa manager is no stranger to hyperbole, this was, for once, a reasonable assessment. How Man. City, beaten by Hull at the weekend, must rue the decision to sell the big Irish centre-half.
February 1, 2010
Spurs' inability to close out games was evident once again on Saturday, as what should have been three points were turned into one. Admittedly a draw was not a terrible result against a resolute if uninspiring Birmingham side, who have not lost at home since September and have the third highest number of clean sheets in the league. Although Spurs remain in fourth, both Villa - next week's opponents - and Man. City have games in hand. That match next Saturday and the FA Cup replay with Leeds that precedes it may play a substantial role in determining whether or not 2009/10 is a season to remember.