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S 50%
P 58.33%
U 51.66%
R 58.33%
S 61.66%
= 56%

Form Guide May 2007


P  W  D  L   F-A  GD  Pts
3  2  1  0   5-2  3    7
Pos:- 5th

April figures
Last year's figures
April/May 2006

How is your close season going? Only a week has past since the end of the Premiership ended, and already I'm starting to wonder how I'll fill the next three months, without a big summer tournament to enjoy. Still, the play-off finals next week will easily surpass yesterday's FA Cup Final, most of which turned out to be insipid fare.

We're here to review the last month of Spurs' Premiership season, which took place in 7 days between 7th and 13th May, when we played three games. We started the first of those games in 9th place, but at the end of the week, with 7 points in the bag, and playing two games in hand, we justifiably finished "Best of the Rest" - 5th place on 60 points.

It is therefore highly satisfying to know that Spurs qualified for the UEFA Cup as a right, and not thanks to Chelsea's win in the Carling Cup and the FA Cup, which has allowed Everton and Bolton into Europe. Mind you, of course we would have taken that, and indeed, since the FA Cup semi-finals all the teams in the running knew that seventh would be good enough for the 2007-8 European Tour.

I asked at the end of April, whether Spurs would stride or stumble over the line. Speaking as someone who predicted at the begining of February that Spurs would not qualify for Europe through the Premiership (I then had to eat my words by the end of that month!), I am just glad that we made it.

Spurs certainly strode past Charlton, especially with Dimitar Berbatov's masterclass goal in the seventh minute. Mind you, we had to wait till the 90th minute for Defoe to make it 2-0. Then we struggled to equalise against Blackburn, who enter for Europe via the Inter-Toto Cup, and our performance on the last day at home to Man City was hardly convincing.

So, overall it was difficult for us fans urging our boys across the line, but in his end of season speech on the White Hart Lane pitch, Martin Jol urged us to "Trust Me - we know what we are doing!"

I'll make some more comments on the season's performance in my Review of the Season later this month, but thank heavens for Berbatov who scored two and made two in the final week, and who has declared his intention to stay at White Hart Lane.

Rumours abound that Berbatov has already signed an improved contract, and that Spurs have already signed a 21-year old centre-back who has the same agent as Adel Taarabt and Dorian Dervite. The name has been bandied around on the message boards (Spurs Odyssey was the first to confirm this deal), but we'll wait for the club's official announcement later this week.

Results show that after my early February pessimism (expressed before the defeat at Bramall Lane), Spurs won 8, drew 3 and lost just two games. In fact, after the loss at Sheffield, the only Premiership defeat was almost a concession at Stamford Bridge, just 36 hours after the Sevilla game. 27 points from the last 12 games was a great achievement. I just wish that it could have been fun more of the time!

...if you want to remind yourself of the matches played during this month, then See the Fixtures page here. By working your way back through the previous month's figures, you can review the performances over the last 7 years!

Key:
S Skill levels
P Pluck (ie effort)
U Unforced errors*
R Resolve (defensive ability)
S Score ratio (goals to shots)
= Overall mark Total Percentage
Percentages given for each category.

* less errors equals a higher mark

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Dimitar Berbatov celebrates his goal at Charlton in front of the Jimmy Seed stand

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