April 27, 2010
Although Spurs would have travelled to Manchester full of optimism on the back of two tremendous wins, the statistics favored the home team. Man. Utd. have never lost at home to Spurs in the Premiership and have the best home record in the division this season. Of the 17 Premier League meetings between the teams at Old Trafford, Utd. have won 14 and they duly recorded victory number 15 on Saturday.
April 20, 2010
After Saturday's victory at White Hart Lane, Harry Redknapp admitted that he would have been satisfied with five points from the games against Arsenal, Chelsea and Man. Utd. To have taken all six before the visit to Old Trafford is not only a magnificent achievement in its own right but has also provided the perfect antidote to the disappointment of missing out on the FA Cup Final.
April 13, 2010
"We're fighting on two fronts and I would take either of them - if we do then what a fantastic season we've had. If we achieve none we've still moved forward a million percent. If we could win them both it would be incredible."
It's now looking likely that Spurs will win neither. Harry Redknapp's very slight exaggeration prior to the FA Cup semi-final about the team moving forward "a million percent" had more than a hint of pre-emptive damage control, as did his statement that "it's better than being stuck at the bottom in a relegation battle". While that is undoubtedly true and while there has undoubtedly been substantial progress under his stewardship, a 5th or 6th place finish will fall well short of the fans' expectations this season.
April 6, 2010
In all of the anticipation surrounding this month's games against Arsenal, Chelsea and Man. Utd., Saturday's visit to the Stadium of Light was somewhat overlooked, not least here. Ironic, then, that it may prove to have been one of the pivotal games of Spurs' season.
It's certainly possible to point to a poor refereeing performance as one of the reasons for the 3-1 defeat. Sunderland's first penalty looked like a case of "ball to hand", while Frazier Campbell was already going to ground as Modric tried to pull out of a challenge in the box. Campbell's Ronaldoesque wink to his teammates said everything about the legitimacy of that second penalty award. In truth, however, Spurs were pretty dismal. The back four in particular were all at sea, while Bentley's and Pavlyuchenko's recent good form seemed to have deserted them.