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for 2010-2011 - Match 27
Spurs' away win at Sunderland was their third consecutive away league win. The last run of three away league wins was in December 2004. The current run was brought to an end at Blackpool, who became only the second team to score three or more league goals against us this season. The other team was Bolton, who beat us 4-2 at The Reebock in November. We have conceded that number of goals in three Champions League games, and in our two domestic cup exits.

Whilst we have not met Blackpool often in the intervening years, their 3-1 win was their first victory over Spurs since another 3-1 which took place at White Hart Lane in October 1966. Going into that game Spurs were clear favourites, as they were top of the league, one point ahead of Leicester, Chelsea and Stoke, with 17 points from their 11 games. Spurs had lost at Stoke and Sheffield United. Blackpool were bottom of the table with just 2 points. Cyril Knowles scored the Spurs goal, and incidentally goalkeeper Roy Brown made his one and only first team appearance that day. Blackpool's win was not enough to lift them off the bottom, but Stoke and Chelsea overtook us. We finished the season in third place, but it was Manchester United and Nottingham Forest who finished above us. Blackpool finished bottom, and had only one more season in the top flight in 1970-71. The last league meeting between the two sides was in Division Two in 1977-78.

After our win at The Stadium of Light, my excel predictor programme was forecasting third place for Spurs at the end of this season. Sadly, after Tuesday night, this has reverted to a predicted fifth place.

Our next game at Wolves on Sunday 6th March will be no less difficult than that at Blackpool. It's another team battling against the drop, and this one did beat Manchester United in their last home game.

Let's hope that Spurs' sunshine training in Dubai works a treat! Oh, and we'd better wish Man Utd good luck at Stamford Bridge next week too!


Results 12-23.02.11

Arsenal    2-0   Wolves
B'mingham  1-0   Stoke
Blackburn  0-0   Newcastle
Blackpool  1-1   A. Villa
Liverpool  1-1   Wigan
Man Utd    2-1   Man City
S'derland  1-2   Spurs
West Brom  3-3   West Ham
Bolton     2-0   Everton
Fulham     0-0   Chelsea
B'mingham  0-2   Newcastle
West Brom  1-1   Wolves
Blackpool  3-1   Spurs
Arsenal    1-0   Stoke

       Barclays Premier League
 
Pos Team      P  W  D  L   F  A  GD  Pts

1  Man Utd   26 16  9  1  57 25  32  57
2  Arsenal   27 17  5  5  57 27  30  56
3  Man City  27 14  7  6  43 24  19  49
4  Spurs     27 13  8  6  38 31   7  47
5  Chelsea   26 13  6  7  46 22  24  45
6  Liverpool 27 11  6 10  35 32   3  39
7  S'derland 27  9 10  8  33 33   0  37
8  Bolton    27  9  9  9  38 37   1  36
9  Newcastle 27  9  8 10  42 38   4  35
10 Stoke     27 10  3 14  31 34  -3  33
11 Blackburn 27  9  5 13  34 42  -8  32
12 Blackpool 27  9  5 13  42 51  -9  32
13 Fulham    27  6 13  8  28 28   0  31
14 Everton   26  6 12  8  33 36  -3  30
15 B'mingham 26  6 12  8  25 35 -10  30
16 A. Villa  27  7  9 11  31 46 -15  30
17 West Brom 27  7  7 13  35 52 -17  28
18 Wigan     27  5 12 10  27 45 -18  27
19 West Ham  27  5 10 12  30 48 -18  25
20 Wolves    27  7  4 16  27 46 -19  25

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