October 26, 2011
Spurs moved up into fifth place with a win over Blackburn Rovers that was somewhat harder fought than it should have been. Harry Redknapp admitted that "in the end we were hanging out there as they put us under severe pressure". The expression the manager was looking for was probably "hanging on" or perhaps even "hanging in", although in truth he might have inadvertently hit upon an apposite phrase. Many of the Spurs team did appear to be "hanging out", producing a somewhat flat display which was only just good enough to earn maximum points against opponents who had won three of their previous 23 Premier League games.
October 19, 2011
A betting man would have had Spurs visit to St. James' Park down as a scoring draw, and so it proved. The hosts were unbeaten in the league while the visitors were in pursuit of a fifth league win on the bounce. Both sides have played expansive, open football in recent weeks and so goals looked like being on the cards. In the event, four were shared between the teams and both ended the day where they started, in fourth and sixth place respectively.
October 6, 2011
After a poor start to the season, Spurs now go into the international break sitting pretty in sixth place following four league wins on the bounce. The most recent of these was achieved against that other team from north London, leading to talk in the media of some sort of "power shift".