While the Manchester City defeat was dispiriting, it isn’t a game we expect to win. It’s the failure to get three points from matches against teams like Hull City that really hurts our league aspirations. Games we should win.
As has happened many times this season, under AVB and Sherwood, while playing one up front or two up front, we failed to break down a stubborn defence. At the same time our backline looked extremely vulnerable to balls played behind it.
The transfer window has finally shut and attention turns back to the actual football. Spurs travel to Hull in what for us is a rare Saturday 3pm kick off.
This game sees us face former Spurs’ midfielder Tom Huddlestone who has impressed since moving to Yorkshire, it will be interesting to see how he fairs today. Jake Livermore however must sit this one out as he is on loan from Tottenham.
Disappointment and anger overwhelmed me after the game last night. Another chastening defeat, another thrashing, but this time there was indignation mixed in with disillusionment.
Things don’t look so bad in the morning. Time to reflect adds perspective. It’s just one game. Our goal difference was already shot. City are the best team in the division, maybe the world. Better sides have lost to them. Bayern Munich for one. In Bavaria. The officials made a big mistake but we were being comprehensively outplayed before that.
Spurs face Manchester City this Wednesday in a repeat of the 6 – 0 thrashing at the Etihad, part of a trio of bad results that made AVB’s position untenable. Numerically this was our worst defeat of the season but of the three thrashings this was easily the most understandable. City have been unstoppable at home and boast a 100% record, scoring 42 goals along the way. The average opponent has lost 3.8 – 0.7 .
Vertonghen and Sandro have been out injured for a considerable time but both made promising appearances in a reserve game last week and have a chance of making the squad for the Manchester City game. Most Spurs fans would agree that they are key players for Tottenham but do the stats back this up?
Spurs visit the Liberty Stadium this weekend. The equivalent fixture at White Hart Lane finished 1-0 to Tottenham in August but was one of a number of early games where we struggled to create chances and the points were only secured after a 58th minute penalty from Roberto Soldado.