This last week reading various blogs and articles in the aftermath of our bore draw against QPR, I am finding myself full of irritation at the Spurs community.
Here are the facts, as I see them. - This match had banana skin written all over it. Our old boss, cruelly fired in well publicised and controversial circumstances, in charge of a relegation threatened QPR. The script said that Spurs would dominate possession and chances, before QPR got a breakaway goal to win 1-0. 'Arry's revenge. Thank Christ that didn't happen. He would have been intolerable. - 'Arry, for all his faults, has always been good at getting the best from struggling players. Saving teams from relegation is something he has done and done well over the years.
QPR were always going to rally at some point under Redknapp, and it's started to happen. - People bemoan the lack of VDV and Modric as the reason we can't get through teams that 'park the bus', as though this is something new. We had the same problem last year when they were in the team. Why has everyone forgotten this? - Teams park the bus for a reason - its hard to break through, you might get a point, maybe even three, from a match where you wouldn't expect anything. It's a tactic that can work well. (Lest we forget, it was a Spurs side about whom the term 'park the bus' was first coined, by Jose Mourinho)
Our form is still good, last six league games W4 D2 L0. Scored 10, conceded 2. Four clean sheets. Last ten matches - W7 D2 L1, which maintained for a full season would see us with around 87 points, albeit this was achieved in a fairly kind run of matches. One poor result and all this is forgotten. However... - This is one more point than we got from this fixture last year. I'm not saying that all of this is reason to rejoice at getting a point against the bottom club, far from it. We should be winning these games, for sure. We are not yet the finished article and there will be matches like this.
There are players that we need and the January window being open at present perhaps brings this more sharply into view. I hope we manage to sign Willian or Damiao but I'm not going to hold my breath, particularly not in January. If nobody else arrives, we still have a good, solid, versatile squad. We didn't get the breakthrough, but at least we got a point. That could make a big difference at the end of the season. One more point last season would have seen us third.
We are still doing well. To put this into context, Manchester United lost at Norwich not so long ago. Are they suddenly a lost cause that doesn't learn from their past failings? No. They will likely win the league this season. We are building and there will be off days. So please, some patience. This knee jerk moaning from a lot of Spurs fans is ridiculous.
Written by Yorkspur