Defeats in the Premier League, that is. Spurs are now clinging on to third place by a single point, following the last gasp victory against Newcastle by that other team from north London. The last time Spurs lost three on the bounce, Juande Ramos was shown the door and Harry Redknapp took his place.
This current sequence of results does, however, need to be put in some sort of context. While the performance in the derby match was poor, the games against Man Utd. and Everton did show an improvement. David Moyes was even prompted to remark that,
"They have a terrific team and played really well. Maybe [they are] the best team we've played at Goodison so far. That tells you what our players had to do to get a result."
Maybe he's simply angling for the Spurs job in the summer.
In truth, the loss at Goodison should not have come as a huge surprise. While Spurs entered the fixture on the back of two defeats, Everton were on a run of eight games unbeaten in all competitions. What was surprising, however, was how Spurs lined up, with Bale on the right and Modric on the left. That left Sandro and Parker in the middle, in a configuration that was more than a little puzzling for the travelling support.
The manager justified his tactics and specifically his use of Gareth Bale by saying that,
"I switched him because we haven't got a wide right player …. there's no one at the club apart from Aaron Lennon and David Bentley that can play wide right so it's a problem. He plays on the right for Wales anyway."
Perhaps that says more about the limited range of options open to the Welsh than it does about Redknapp's tactical acumen. And you know you're on shaky ground when David Bentley's name is evoked in any context.
The Spurs formation on the day will no doubt support the view that Harry Redknapp's main strengths are as a motivator and man-manager rather than as a strategist. Some would argue, however, that these gifts are entirely in step with the needs of the England team, but Harry himself now appears to be suggesting that his elevation to the national job is not a foregone conclusion. Further clarification on that issue would be welcome, since however challenging the recent run of games has been, the uncertainty over Redknapp's future cannot be having a positive effect on the players.
The break in the league campaign may well now be welcome. Spurs face Bolton, arguably the weakest opponents still in the FA Cup. They are the lowest placed Premier League side left in the competition and hopefully their focus will be on maintaining that status rather than cup glory. By contrast, Leicester - the only non-Premiership side in the quarter finals - are slap bang in the middle of the Championship table and will be putting everything into their tie with Chelsea. Although Bolton won at the weekend, their victory over QPR showcased just how poor both sides are and why both are contenders for relegation. Surely a trip to Wembley beckons for Spurs.