Monday, January 15, 2007

It Just Wasn't to Be!

Defoe scored his 13th goal of the season in the 13th minute against Newcastle but it turned out unlucky in the end as Spurs lost 2-3

Well, it's a new day and looking back at yesterday's defeat to Newcastle, it's obvious that for Spurs it just wasn't going to be their day.

Shay Given saved enough shots in the opening quarter of an hour to have seen Spurs safely home and then having taken the lead, admittedly Defoe was offside - about the only slice of luck Spurs had all day, they immediately let Newcastle back into the game.

Even the equaliser had it's share of good fortune - the original header from the free-kick was going nowhere until it hit Siberski on the back of the head and fell kindly for Huntington to have another go and his shot across goal hit Robinson's foot to end up in the back of the net.

Malbranque missed an open goal from way out in the first and in the second half after going ahead Spurs had so much possession that Newcastle were chasing shadows but Spurs could not score thanks to Given, stout defending and their tendency to make one pass too many.

The equaliser was another once in a life-time 'screamer' - why are they always against Spurs?

Even when behind Spurs had a shot blocked on the line and Defore hit the post - by that time the realisation had dawned that this wasn't going to be Spurs' day.

Three points lost and slipping away from the top six - a UEFA Cup place is becoming more difficult to achieve with every dropped point and so there is added pressure for Cup success.

The 'Tottenham way' is about playing with style, regardless of the result, and certainly Spurs played some exciting passing football yesterday and some people are satisfied with that.

I'm still disappointed that they let the three points slip away when they were there for the taking. Newcastle who played their part in an exciting game were an injury hit team but they won't care that they spent most of the game chasing and harrying the Spurs players, allowing Spurs to play the 'attractive' football, because at the end of the ninety minutes they had the three points and are now only three points behind Spurs.

When will Spurs get three points from a performance similar to that of Newcastle?

When did they last get three points from a performance like that?

I can't answer either question - sadly Spurs' just don't seem to have the character to dig deep like that.


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