Football has been my mistress for 70 years, and she always knows how to hurt and humble me just when I feel I have her under control. This past weekend has been as bad as it gets, and I wonder if the time has come to walk away from her and find something else to tease and tantalise me.
The FA Cup semi-final defeat by Chelsea I could just about take, but what wrecks my appetite is people playing the blame game rather than accepting that the rouble boys from the Bridge won because of the oldest adage in football: Its goals that count.
To pick on Mauricio Pochettino and his team selection as many did, including our webmaster Paul Smith here in his match report is putting the boot in on the man mainly responsible for getting us to the semi-final in the first place..........
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This report will be tainted by the very fact that I am gutted to have lost our seventh consecutive FA Cup semi-final; to have lost it to Chelsea, and moreover by the fact that I confess to being mystified by the team selection and strategy of our much-admired manager, Mauricio Pochettino.
I'll be honest. I didn't even identify that we were apparently playing a 3-4-2-1 formation, basically because I do not identify Son Heung-min as a wing-back, which was his position on the left side of our defence today. Someone please explain to me why our best available left back, and our best available deputy (Kevin Wimmer) were de-selected today in favour of Son. My perception had been that Jan Vertonghen was covering this side for Spurs, but Son would turn up there to our cost just before the interval.
Kieran Trippier was given the nod on the right side today in preference to Kyle Walker. The selection of Trippier and Son alone tell me that our manager is prioritising the pursuit of Chelsea in the Premier League. That is all very well, but Spurs fans are clamouring for a) an FA Cup Final, and b) an FA Cup win.........
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.......As for Spurs their rich vein of form continues. This result left them four points behind Chelsea in the league, and that situation enticingly and excitingly remains after United beat Jose Mourinho's old team 2-0 today (Sunday) to make the title race closer. There are difficult games to come, but Chelsea have to play Everton away yet, and Spurs fans can dare to dream!
Equally important Spurs and Chelsea meet in an FA Cup semi final next weekend. With Spurs outstanding current run of form they will approach the semi final with their confidence high. If they can produce a display next weekend comparable to the last few games there is every chance they can beat Chelsea and reach the FA Cup final.
The current Spurs team is probably the best we have seen since the great double winning team of the early 1960s and there is every reason to view the remaining weeks of the season with confidence........
The game was a lot closer than the scoreline suggested with Everton now close to winning the first Premier League 2 title. A point from their last two games against Chelsea and Liverpool should be enough to prevent Manchester City overhauling them. The defeat drops Spurs to sixth place on 22 points, the same as their next opponents Manchester United who they play away on Monday 24th April at the Leigh Sports Village........
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Premier League Match report - Spurs v Watford, 08.04.17
It was another great day at The Lane in this 12.30 kick-off game. Spurs ran out more than comfortable 4-0 winners, with two goals from Son Heung-min and goals from Dele Alli and another from Eric Dier.
The stats keep rolling off the tongue. This was Spurs' sixth consecutive league win, and their 11th consecutive home win, matching their best ever tally in one league season. Dele Alli opened the scoring with an immaculate goal and as an under-21 player he has had a hand in as many goals (40) as Lampard, Gerrard and Beckham combined. That is an incredible statistic. Dele has now scored 16 league goals this season. He is nothing short of a dream player, and he is playing for a team that today put Chelsea under a degree of pressure before their tea-time kick-off.
This is a dream time to be a Spurs fan, and whilst the Premier League title is still a hope and not a likelihood, we fans need to suck in the experiences we are being given by this magnificent set of players led by a simply magnificent manager - Mauricio Pochettino.
I haven't even mentioned two-goal Son Heung-min yet, and he did score two terrific goals himself; should have had a third when substitute Harry Kane teed him up, and hit the bar with another fine effort. No wonder "Sonny" got a standing ovation when he was replaced late in the game.......
Just when it looked like Swansea would get their first Premier League win over Spurs, and that Spurs' title chase would be all but extinguished, up popped Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen to score not one, not two, but three late, late goals to seal all three points, and to drop "The Swans" back into the bottom three!
Substitute Vincent Janssen had a great impact in those late dramatic scenes too!
There were emotional scenes at The Liberty Stadium, I can tell you. It was a case of Never Say "Dai" indeed!..........
It's been a great day for Spurs! Not only did they win 2-0 at Turf Moor (where Chelsea only drew), but Sam Allardyce produced some of his relegation-fighting magic to beat the Premier League leaders 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. This enabled Spurs to close the gap to seven points, and to renew hope that a title race may yet be on the cards.
Jose Mourinho's United team could only draw at home to West Brom, and with Arsenal hosting Manchester City tomorrow, more points will be lost by one or more challengers in the race for a Champions League place.
The only downside for Spurs was injuries to both Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks. Winks started today, but was stretchered off at the half-time interval. Also, Liverpool won, to retain third place today, but they are three points behind us, so whatever City do tomorrow, second place is ours until the next round of games on Tuesday and Wednesday.........
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