The elusive 100th goal in a Tottenham shirt remains just that for Jermain Defoe. His two goals against Wolves earlier this month looked to be something of a false dawn on Saturday at White Hart Lane as he reverted to the poor form that has dogged him so far this season. Chance after chance was spurned against his former club and on this occasion the likes of van der Vaart, Modric, Lennon and Bale were also unable to find the net and thus spare the misfiring striker's blushes.
A single point against an admittedly rejuvenated West Ham is simply not good enough, especially on the back of poor results against Wolves and Blackpool. Maximum points from those three fixtures against three relegation contenders would by no means have been an unrealistic hope, with seven perhaps the acceptable minimum. The two points that were achieved perhaps say a great deal about the aspirations for a top-four finish.
A short time ago the gap between fifth and sixth was such that Spurs' focus was firmly on the sides above them. The gap is currently four points and with Liverpool now out of the Europa League, their only route to European football next season is to make up that deficit. Spurs travel to Anfield in mid-May for what could be a crucial game.
Perhaps of even greater significance will be the trip to Man City, who may hold the key to Spurs' Champions League qualification. Fortunately, if there is a team that has the capability to self-destruct, it is City. Their beleaguered manager not only has to deal with the demands of ambitious owners but also the baggage that accompanies his roster of over-hyped players. Kolo Toure's diet pills and Balotelli's karate moves will no doubt be followed up by more high jinks, on or off the field, before the season draws to a close. With City's Europa League involvement also at an end, it might well be a good thing if they progress to the FA Cup final, adding further distraction from their league campaign.
Spurs, of course, face the same sort of quandary, with a Champions League quarter-final coming into view. Winning the trophy would guarantee a place in the same competition for next season, but Real Madrid followed (probably) by Barcelona is, to put it mildly, a big ask. Either side of the first leg at the Bernabeu, Spurs have the slightly less glamorous task of league games against Wigan and Stoke. The balancing act required to negotiate these very different challenges is going to test Harry Redknapp and his squad to the full.
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