Date:Monday October 28 2013
Well that told us. AVB telling us what he really thinks. Voicing his disapproval. His prickly side, which was evident when under pressure at Chelsea, showed itself again. Not much has been made of that interview yet. A few bad results and it will be. He's dicing with danger there.
The thing is, you can see his point. We've had our best ever start to a premier league season, despite losing our best player, but the atmosphere at the Lane is leaving much to be desired. Alright, it's not the most exciting football we're playing, but we are right up there. In Martin Jol's time the atmosphere at the lane was electric. Shouting yourself hoarse in the Park Lane, win lose or draw. Ears ringing from the noise. Win, lose, draw, you felt part of something. These days, unless it's a big match, it's often flat as a fart. An unfortunate side effect of success. In the old days it was so unpredictable. A win was amazing, because we could just as easily have lost, and often did. Didn't matter who we were playing. These days we expect to win against the smaller teams. Great, in a way, but the cameraderie is gone, replaced by a sense of entitlement that saps the atmosphere and manifests itself in boos when things don't go to plan.
Spurs at the start of this season have been hard to watch. We are far from entertaining. Low scoring wins is what we do now. Beating Reading 6-4 is a thing of the past. The defence is solid, we don't concede many. We keep the ball. We don't hoof it forward, we do patient possession. We nick the odd goal. It's boring, but we are winning games. Maybe boring's not the right word. Pragmatic. That's more it.
Hull at home followed the same script as most of our games this season. I won't go into much detail. Dominate possession, can't score, score, win. The threat of Huddlestone's haircut hanging over us was a subplot that threatened to spoil the day, but it didn't. Close, but no doughnut, big man. The only other thing of note is that Sandro seemed to have something of a shocker. Oh, and Andros' slapstick moment, disappearing over the advertising hoardings and into the photographers. Thankfully he emerged in one piece to finish the match.
We are struggling to get through a parked bus. Guess that's the point of leaving it there. Frustration boils over. Some fans are even harking back to the glory days under Redknapp, forgetting the fact that we were struggling to break through back then as well. It's not a new problem. Under AVB we do seem to find a way through, whether it be a Bale thunderbolt or a Soldado penalty. If it's luck, we've been consistently lucky. We haven't played well, but we are in the top four, three points off top spot, after a quarter of the season. This is our best start to a premiership season. Without playing well. 100% record in the Europa, no goals conceded. Without playing well.
There are some serious issues to resolve, not least the fact that despite having so many top quality attacking players we have only nine league goals in nine matches this season. It needs addressing. But could it be that time is still needed for them to gel? That if we'd lost a few more games right at the start of the season, the fans would be less exacting, more tolerant? That actually when this lot get it together, we will have the best side we've had for a very long time? And we are still picking up points while we wait.
We are Spurs. I will support Spurs regardless. The team may entertain, they may not, but I'll love them, just the same. I'll want to win. I'll get frustrated when the likes of Hull and Cardiff hold us at bay for so long. I would rather we win matches jogo bonito style, but then, a win's a win, and a win is better than not winning, when all's said and done. The game is about glory, but there's not much glory in getting thumped every other week, finishing 34 points behind the scum, regardless how dazzling your playing style is. That just makes it feel more glorious when you finally do win.
The games haven't been the most exciting and the performances are lacking something but the results are there. That can only be a good thing. With the players we have it is surely only a matter of time before the swagger returns. What we want is style with a solid base. Excitement, goals, flowing football, built on a tight defence. Something to get us all shouting again.
Written by Yorkspur
Date:Monday October 28 2013
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