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Spurs Odyssey Reviews the Premiership Season
for 2014-2015 - Match 11

Let's not dwell on this

You don't need me to remind you just how bad Sunday's result and performance was for Spurs. There are just two or three points I would like to make though:-

1. We have never lost 4 out of our first 6 home games since the inception of the Premier League in 1992.
2. The last time we had such a bad start in terms of home form was in the last season of the old Division One, when Peter Shreeves was in sole charge of Spurs team affairs. We were beaten by Chelsea, Man Utd, Man City and Sheffield United, and managed to beat QPR and Luton. We finished 15th that season, in a 22 team league.
3. Even in our relegation season of 76-77, we only lost two of our first six home games.
4. It is a sad fact that at the start of our season in 1974, we also lost four of our first six home games. Bill Nicholson resigned after our third such defeat (4-0 to Middlesbrough), before the disaster that was Terry Neill took over.
5. Kyle Naughton's red card is his second of the season, and Spurs' appeal has been dismissed, which means he must now serve a two game suspension.
6. A worrying factor is that already Spurs have had five red cards in all competitons, which already exceeds the number we have seen in the last three seasons. It is just another indicator of the vulnerability of our defence, but you didn't need me to tell you that, did you?

Whilst Sunday was our worst team and managerial performance of the season so far, neither was quite as bad as last season's home and away defeats against Liverpool.

Emmanuel Adebayor has said this week that the players need the home fans to be more positive. As I said on BBC 5 Live yesterday (Wednesday), the players need to get their posteriors in gear!

Hugo Lloris was your "least bad" Spurs player in this game. Of the other 13 players who took part, only Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and goal-scorer Nacer Chadli scored over 5 out of 10. You don't need me to remind you - that's a shambles.

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Results 08-09.11.14

Liverpool  1-2   Chelsea
Burnley    1-0   Hull
Man Utd    1-0   C. Palace
S'hampton  2-0   Leicester
West Ham   0-0   A. Villa
QPR        2-2   Man  City
S'derland  1-1   Everton
Spurs      1-2   Stoke
West Brom  0-2   Newcastle
Swansea    2-1   Arsenal

                Barclays Premier League

               P  W  D  L   F-A   GD   Pts

 1. Chelsea   11  9  2  0  28-11  17   29
 2. S'hampton 11  8  1  2  23-5   18   25
 3. Man City  11  6  3  2  22-12   9   21
 4. West Ham  11  5  3  3  19-14   5   18
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 5. Swansea   11  5  3  3  15-11   4   18
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 6. Arsenal   11  4  5  2  19-13   6   17
 7. Man Utd   11  4  4  3  17-14   3   16
 8. Newcastle 11  4  4  3  13-15  -2   16
 9. Stoke     11  4  3  4  12-13  -1   15
10. Everton   11  3  5  3  20-18   2   14
11. Liverpool 11  4  2  5  14-15  -1   14
12. Spurs     11  4  2  5  14-16  -2   14 
13. West Brom 11  3  4  4  13-15  -2   13
14. S'derland 11  2  6  3  12-19  -7   12
15. Hull      11  2  5  4  13-15  -2   11
16. A. Villa  11  3  2  6   5-16 -11   11
17. C. Palace 11  2  3  6  14-20  -6    9
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18. Leicester 11  2  3  6  11-18  -7    9
19. QPR       11  2  2  7  11-22 -11    8
20. Burnley   11  1  4  6   6-19 -13    7

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