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Spurs match reaction - Gutted!

Well, I woke up this morning and the world looked the same shades of grey it had done at 4.50 pm Saturday.

Replaying the video of the match (in our household it is not a good idea to suggest that we watch football on a Saturday evening), merely intensified my mood of gloom and despondency. To make matters worse, if that were possible, the Baggies won: it was hardly comforting to know that it came at the expense of Birmingham City.

Of course, as MM is wont to say, there are positives to be taken from the game. It`s just that they seem immaterial at the moment and in any case they don`t put points on the board. Yet again we have thrown away a one-goal lead. To date, that has happened in three games out of five, two of which we have lost. We are also two points down on the equivalent fixtures last year. We can argue that the team is stronger this time round (and it is) but where are those battling draws, which did so much to keep us up last season?



I can`t really blame the manager or the team. The lads played reasonably well, even if Fletcher seemed uncomfortable (nice goal, though) and Foley looked a little leaden-footed (nice assist, though). Stearman surpassed my expectations as a central defender (hardly surprising, I am not a fan) and by the time he had made his obligatory blunder, the game had gone. Manciennne is settling down and his pace came in handy when he raced back to tackle Keane.

We competed doggedly against a demonstrably superior team, in which Bale and van der Vaart were outstanding, and kept them at bay until the last lousy thirteen minutes. That`s a mere 728 heartbeats, though by then my resting pulse rate had quadrupled. I was sweating ... looking at my watch every fifteen seconds ... willing the seconds away. On the other hand, Dennison`s tone was reassuring ... time grudgingly ticked by ... and I began to think about daring to hope.

Aarrgghh!! I had forgotten that Ward, along with Stearman and Zubar, are prone to disengage their brain every now and then. It`s an even greater worry that these aberrations seem to occur at moments calculated to cause maximum damage. If Ward intended scything Hutton down, why didn`t the red mist descend near the half-way line instead of in the box? We don`t have to encourage the opposition. The goal sure as hell pepped Spurs up and propelled them forward towards a winner, which sickeningly seemed as inevitable as the one last week.

We were unlucky too. Heads did not go down after the equaliser and we might have retaken the lead. In the build-up to the second goal the referee took out one of our players (what`s with referees and the Wolves?) and at the other end a fortuitous deflection off Mancienne presented Pavlyuchenko with an unmissable opportunity (unmissable, that is, unless you are Ewelumo or Vokes). The third goal? Well, that`s Stearman for you.

We surely are too good to go down, aren`t we? When all our crocks and walking wounded are injury-free and full fit (... and wouldn`t it be nice if Milijas`s personalised training programme will enable him to 'put in a shift`), we`ll show 'em ... won`t we?

Southbank 60

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Writer: Southbank 60 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 21 2010

Time: 11:00AM

Your Comments

Spurs fan here. You guys will be fine. You did well last year, and you guys look better this season too. It nearly worked last Saturday, and on another day you would have held out. Your manager is more tactically astute than most realise. Good luck.
TonyRich
It's early doors so stop with the panic, you will be fine. TonyRich is right your manager knows what he is doing! isnt he a singer???
Ronyid
Yeh,Mick and the McCarthys.
Crete Wolf
I must have been watching a different game! Despite a few purple patches and nicking a goal completely against the run of play, Spurs were the better side throughout. We deserved to beat them at Molineux last season but at their place we took an early lead and it was backs to the wall until the final whistle- to the point that Mick decided that instead of running with the momentum, that ten of the players that won the game were too tired to turn out against Manchester United. I thought it was going to be 'one of those days' for Spurs, but they had twenty attempts and you kind ride your luck forever. I think our start has been good- we have lost two very touch games in London- we should have taken a point at Fulham, but a win against Villa and thinks will look much rosier. Let's take our fingers of the panic button.
New York City Wolf
Well, NYCW, most of the bloggers and reporters must have watched the same game as me because they tend to agree with my assessment. As I stated in my blog, Spurs were clearly a much better team but we did hang on to our lead until the last 13 minutes. That was partly due to the profligacy of the Spurs players in front of goal but one should also give credit to our players for their stout defence. Moreover, the latter deserve praise for their efforts to square the match after the equaliser. A moment of madness changed the course of the game but it wasn't all Ward's fault. Why wasn't Hutton challenged (fairly) at the beginning of his run? The second Spurs' goal was somewhat fortuitous too. The third goal was just bizarre but supports my contention that, whatever Stearman's potential, he is a liability in a team operating with a small margin of error. Regarding our fortunes over the whole season, I admit to being over-melodramatic (or, perhaps, provocative). I do think that we will survive, a view which contributors to the end-of-season predictions blog on the Vital Wolves website share. I suspect that the negative vibes emanating from my blog was due to the reality check that two defeats has engendered, wiping out the euphoria many of us felt at the beginning of the season. If the setbacks have brought the magnitude of our task sharply back into focus, we will all benefit, whether players, management or fans.
Southbank60
 

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