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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Blackpool

Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home           0   0   0   0    0 -  0   0
Away           1   0   0   1    1 -  3   0
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Total(Prem)    1   0   0   1    1 -  3   0
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   18  13   2   3   51 - 22  28 
Away(Div 1)   18   7   6   5   21 - 21  20
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Total(Div 1)  36  20   8   8   72 - 43  48 
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    7   3   2   2   19 - 11   8   
Away(Div 2)    7   3   3   1   12 -  8   9
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Total(Div 2)  14   6   5   3   31 - 19  17
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Total(Prem)    1   0   0   1    1 -  3   0
Total(Div 1)  36  20   8   8   72 - 43  48
Total(Div 2)  14   6   5   3   31 - 19  17   
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Grand Total   51  26  13   9  104 - 65  65 
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Spurs
 
Spurs      0-0   West Ham
Wigan      0-0   Spurs
Spurs      3-2   Stoke
Spurs      3-3   Arsenal
Spurs      2-2   West Brom
Chelsea    2-1   Spurs

Blackpool

Blackburn  2-2   Blackpool
Fulham     3-0   Blackpool
Blackpool  1-3   Arsenal
Blackpool  1-3   Wigan
Blackpool  1-1   Newcastle
Blackpool  0-0   Stoke

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 6 Spurs     35 14 13  7  50-43   7  55
17 Blackpool 35  9  8 18  48-70 -22  35
So it's a "must, must win game"

Spurs skipper Michael Dawson has been quoted as saying that tomorrow's home game against Blackpool is a "must, must win game". Well Michael, we all love you, but we've had a few must win games this season, when you and the team have failed us dismally, and we can have little confidence that you'll do it for us tomorrow. I'm not saying you're wrong about the need to win it though!

Our away defeat at Bloomfield Road in February was surely one of our most disappointing results of the season. We went there in the hope of going third, FIVE (yes, five) points ahead of Chelsea. Despite dominating chances and possession, we fell by 3-1, and we didn't even have the excuse of an impending Champions League game. The week before we had achieved that magnificent 1-0 win in the San Siro against AC Milan. We've only managed one victory in 10 matches played since Blackpool, who haven't beaten anyone since. Their win over Spurs was their solitary league win in 15 games played since they beat Liverpool in January. Form-wise, over 10 games, Spurs are mid-table, whilst Blackpool are in the bottom three along with Sunderland and Blackburn.

In the current Premier League table, "The Seasiders" are above the bottom three only on goal difference, and they are predicted to return immediately to the Championship, with an away match at Old Trafford to come on the last day of the season, and only their home game against Bolton giving them any real hope of victory. Mind you, Ian Holloway's team will come to The Lane with hopes of achieving a league "Double" over Spurs, and logically, there is no reason why it should not happen.

The disappointing results over the course of the season have clearly cost us what should have been a convincing top four place. I know the phrase "Every team has a blip", but in the case of our beloved Spurs, the blip has occurred intermittently and with too much regularity, against Wigan (Home and away), West Brom (Home and Away), West Ham (Home and Away), and Wolves (Away). Three of these teams could be relegated. They are after all, the current bottom three. When Daniel Levy made mention of such results in his interim report at the end of March, he had surely seen the potential disappointment to come at the end of the season.

It's not difficult then to understand why so many Spurs fans are disappointed (to say the least) with what looks like a failure to finish in the top four, and what could even turn into a failure to even qualify for European football next season.

It's a must, must win indeed, and all of the players must go all out for a convincing win. It's season ticket renewal time after all! There are several under-performing players in the squad at the moment, and it is not difficult to pick them out. If he is to play we need Aaron Lennon at his very best. We need our strikers to be merciless in front of goal. Rafael van der Vaart is our top scorer, and surely bound to play, but where? I think Harry will improvise again at left back, and unleash Gareth Bale on the left wing. As we are at home that could mean two of our three strikers, with Van der Vaart behind them. Sandro and Modric in the middle will be fine for me.

We don't just want a win, we want it to be convincing. I think we might see that tomorrow. I'll even go for a 4-1 win!

Did you know? Nearly fifty years ago, in December 1962, Jimmy Greaves made his Spurs debut at home against Blackpool, and scored a hat-trick! Greaves had been rescued from his unhappy spell at AC Milan for the sum of 99,999, and actually appeared in Spurs colours on December 9th in a reserve game at Plymouth where he was warmly greeted by 12,907 fans. Greavsie scored two in that game too! Jimmy regarded his very first Spurs goal as one of his finest. It was a flying scissors kick from a Dave Mackay throw-in.

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