There seems to be lots of excuses flying around about why we lost to Spurs. I'm sure you've heard them all. Defoe's goal was about a mile offside. Defoe and Huddlestone should have been sent off. We were playing on a pitch torn to shreds by the egg chasers. These are all valid excuses but are all blown away when confronted by the main reason about why we sunk to another uninspiring loss. We just weren't good enough.
Personally, I'm so disappointed with Sundays result. We were facing a Spurs team who had shown they were a little unsure of themselves on the road and who didn't seem to like playing against teams willing to graft (Wolves and Stoke had got results against them). So what do we do ?
Well, a big fat helping of nothing to be quite honest. We seemed to be completely devoid of any ideas upfront. Rodallega had one of his quietest games for a long time. Apart from a shot that troubles Gomes in the first half, what did he do ? The only player that seemed willing to take opposition players on and try and create chances was N'Zogbia.
The fact that we were playing on a pitch which basically resembled a compost heap should have been made better use of. I mean, I know both teams have to play on it but who do you think would have been more used to that pitch - Us who have been playing on it for the past few weeks, or Spurs, a team not normally known for grinding out results when things aren't going their way.
The time for silky pretty football is over. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see us play football the right way - getting the ball down and passing opponents into submission. However, I'm a realist and that way of playing just doesn't seem to be working for us at the moment.
I think we need to decide whether we want to be a team playing attractive football in the Championship, or a team that grinds out results in the Premier League. For the first time I'm really worried about relegation.