May 26, 2011
If the season ended on something less than a high at White Hart Lane, it was more to do with the visitors than with the hosts. A win would have kept Birmingham in the Premier League and yet they never looked like getting it. Whether that was down more to ineptitude than a lack of ambition is hard to gauge, but it's probably safe to say that they will not be much missed by the neutrals. True to form, the only team that has failed to average even a single goal a game this season exited the Premier League with a whimper.
May 18, 2011
If Spurs could follow up the fine win at Anfield with victory over Birmingham in the concluding fixture, it would help prevent the season ending on something of a sour note. Prior to the Liverpool game, Spurs had taken just nine points from a possible thirty, scuppering the chances of Champions League football for next season. The fans were understandably disappointed by this run of results, and would have been surprised by the manager's reaction when that disappointment was voiced on a radio phone-in after the crucial defeat at Man. City.
May 12, 2011
Fourth place is gone, fifth is looking unlikely, and so the question is will Spurs be able to hang on to sixth? As strange as it sounds - or would have sounded a few weeks ago - being overtaken by Everton is no longer a crazy scenario. On current form, Liverpool will be strong favourites to beat Spurs at Anfield, which would guarantee that they finish fifth. A win for Everton at West Brom - the home team having nothing to play for - would in turn bring them within two points of Spurs, making for an interesting last day.
May 4, 2011
If Alex Ferguson genuinely feels, in the wake of his side's defeat to Arsenal, that "we're not going to get the decisions in these big games", then he would have been apoplectic - or more apoplectic than usual - had he been in Harry Redknapp's shoes at Stamford Bridge. There's little point in dwelling on two goals that should not have stood. The second was a wrong call, but at least understandably wrong. The first was simply a fiasco, the most glaring error in an inept display of officiating by the referee and his assistants. How Andre Marriner could book Pavlyuchenko for an innocuous clip on the heels of Michael Essien and yet allow John Terry to commit a series of deliberate, cynical fouls is a question that only he can answer. Terry is so lacking in pace that he is constantly pulling back opponents, to the extent that this - along with his idiotic chest thumping - has become the most notable feature of his game. It took until midway through the second half for Marriner to finally produce the yellow card.