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Spurs march on in March!
Following our February exit from Europe, we have played only three games this month, and only two of those have been in the league. It has been an excellent month though, with all three games won, including a conclusive 6-0 FA Cup win over Millwall, which was a game that presented maximum security challenges, but little in the way of threat to the team.
Spurs continue to hold second place in the league table, and have extended their lead over Man City to two points, where it was one at the end of February. City and Liverpool drew their game on 19th March, when we won and therefore gained two points on both sides. At the end of February, we were just three points ahead of Arsenal. Now that lead has been extended to a whopping 9 points, with Arsenal dropping to sixth place. Whilst still not counting chickens, maybe we really can finish above Mr Wenger's side for the first time in his 21 years at their helm, and maybe he will be off at the end of this season.
Arsenal and Man City rehearse their FA Cup semi-final this Sunday, at The Emirates, so one or more of our chasers will lose points again.
There was bad news for Spurs in March, of course, when Harry Kane had to hobble of the field in the Millwall game, although there is real hope he could be fit for our April 22nd FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, or maybe even before. Harry has had to watch Romelu Lukaku overtake him in the Premier League top scorers' chart, and will be keen to return asap.
In his absence (and Harry did score two against Everton), goals have been provided by Dele Alli and Son (3 apiece), and Christian Eriksen added two to the overall total, which now reads 84 for and 35 against in all competitions (55-21 in the Premier League). Our positive goal difference is impressive! There was a big moment against Millwall when substitute Vincent Janssen scored his first goal from open play for Spurs. With Son Heung-min playing today (Tuesday 28th March) in South Korea, before facing a long flight home, Janssen may be required to start on Saturday at Turf Moor.
Most of our first team squad have been busy in this International break, including Dele Alli, who started both England games (as did Kyle Walker and Eric Dier). Dele continues to break records. At the turn of the year he became the first midfield player in the Premier League era to score two goals in three consecutive games. Now he has scored in three consecutive Premier League games at The Lane for the first time in his career. Dele has now scored 24 league goals in less than two seasons, and Spurs have never lost a game when he has scored. When he slotted home from the spot against Southampton, he became the thirs Spurs player to score a penalty this season, after Kane and Janssen.
A good friend on Twitter e-Spurs Thailand (@e_spursthailand) tells me that Dele has scored 27 goals in all, whilst still under 21, which is 4 more than any other U21 player for Spurs going back to World War 1. Dele's predecessors include Nicky Barmby with 23 and Glenn Hoddle who scored 22. Dele hits 21 on 11th April.
We need to remember that both our league wins this month were only by one goal margins, and consider that April will be a very taxing month, with no less than 7 games to be played, including the FA Cup semi-final, and a re-arranged game at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace. The month will end with the last North London Derby to be played at the present White Hart Lane ground, assuming that Spurs do confirm our one-season move to Wembley by the end of this month, as anticipated.
We will need our players back fit from International duty, and we will need to see Harry Kane and Danny Rose back before the end of the month too! Dare I mention Erik Lamela, who has been absent since October now?
Spurs have now won 10 consecutive home league games, and remain unbeaten at home in the Premier League this season. The run of successive home wins they need to beat was in 1987, which began after defeat by Arsenal, and ended with a visit by the same team. We wouldn't want that to happen on April 30th, would we?
Victor Wanyama was voted the Spurs Odyssey player of the month, but Vertonghen, Eriksen, Kane and Harry Winks ran him close. The currently absent Danny Rose continues to lead the Player of the Season rankings with a maximum of 12 games left to be played.
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· Review the 2016-17 Premier League season here
Don't forget to check out the players' current figures re. appearances, cards, goals scored and accumulated ratings to date at the bottom of this page.
...if you want to read reports of the matches played during this season, then links are on the Spurs Odyssey Fixtures/Reports page here. By working your way back through the previous month's figures, you can review the performances over the last 17 years!