Tottenham had 18 attempts on target last night but only scored once, Stoke had two for their only goal. In the past three games Spurs have had 68 attempts on goal for just two goals - a major cause for concern.
A lack of imagination and urgency in the January transfer window has left Spurs squad short, hit by injuries, Saha and Ryan Nelsen have failed to provide the quality which was needed to take the club that step forward and consolidate on what was then a chance of the title rather than what has now become a scramble to hold on to fourth and Champions League qualification.
This has been a season of many distractions - it started with the Luka Modric saga and the Tottenham riots, there has been the Redknapp court case and the possibility of him leaving at some point for the England manager's role. At this point the team and manager seem distracted - the team lack inspiration on the pitch and Redknapp seems to have have lost that motivational impetus for which he is highly regarded. Tottenham teams have so often lacked a player to lift the team on the pitch and that once again seems to be the case. Rooney, Van Persie, the Chelsea '3', Gerrard and Tevez have all done it in the past and more recently for their teams but Spurs lack that player to step up and lift the team at a time of difficulty. In last night's only positive, Bale and Van der Vaart combined at the death to rescue a point but it came just a little too late.
Once again, the next two games against Chelsea and Bolton in the FA Cup are crucial games for Spurs season. Someone needs to shrug off the disappointments of the past weeks and step up and put themselves forward as the player to lift the team.