Form Guide October 2009
P W D L F-A GD Pts
5 2 1 2 6-7 -1 4
1 Cup Match
· September 2009 figures
· Last year's figures
The best and worst of Spurs this month
First month euphoria turned to second month reality and now third month depression, culminating in the disastrous team performance and result on Halloween at The Emirates' Stadium.
There are a number of depressing factors regarding Spurs' performances and results in October.
1. We have fallen to 14th place in the league table based upon the last 6 results, in which we have won two, drawn one and lost three of our Premier League games.
2. After our marvellous start of 5 consecutive wins, which included a 12 point haul in the league, we have managed just 7 points sfrom the following 7 league games.
3. We have now lost 4 (of our last 7)league games.
4. We have fallen out of the top four, and if Villa draw against or beat West Ham tomorrow (04.11.09), we will be down to sixth place.
5. After such a free-scoring start to our season, we have failed to find the net in our last two league games.
6. We've lost to three "top four" sides, and suffered the surprise defeat at home to Stoke.
7. The Spurs Odyssey player of the month is Heurelho Gomes, who was picked as the Spurs man of the match in two of our games this month.
8. Our Captain, Robbie Keane has been voted as our worst player by Spurs Odyssey readers in three of our five games this month.
9. Ledley King has managed just two of these five games, and proved to be rather fallible in the Arsenal game.
10. Jermain Defoe got himself suspended for three games for a stupid stamp on his old "stamping ground" at Fratton Park. How we have missed him!
11. We still await the return to match action of Luke Modric, who suffered a leg fracture at the end of August. We hope to see him before the end of November, hopefully against Wigan on 22nd.
12. Aaron Lennon was crocked in the Stoke game, and we look forward to his quick return.
13. The only convincing team performance of the month came in our Carling Cup victory over Everton.
14. Spursometer voters have been harsh at times (but usually very fair), and the score ratio has fallen below 50% for the first time since February this year. We also played the gooners in that month, and failed to score.
15. Spurs finished with only ten men in three of the games. Defoe got sent off at Portsmouth. Lennon hobbled off 10 minutes from the end of the Stoke game, as did Bassong at the end of the Arsenal defeat.
Bolton 2 Spurs 2. October began for us at The Reebock, where we still have to win a league game. Thanks to Niko Kranjcar and Vedran Corluka, we twice pulled the score back, but we had hope for a win. Kranjcar scored a 7 and Keane mustered 5.2 on the "Spursometer"
Portsmouth 1 Spurs 2. Portsmouth's performance was better than the result, and after Defoe was sent off, it was a backs to the wall job to preserve the win attained on the back of goal by Ledley King and Defoe. Ex-Spur Kevin-Prince Boateng got Pompey's goal. Gomes got an 8 out of 10 from the readers, whilst it was Keane who again got the emphatic thumbs down.
Spurs 0 Stoke 1Next came Stoke, who scored against the run of play, and in the face of what had been Spurs domination. Spurs had plenty of chances, especially in the first half, but the winning goal came after Aaron Lennon had to leave the field, with Spurs having played all three substitutes. It is frustrating to report that Lennon was your man of the match whilst for the third match running, the Spurs captain was perceived as our worst player.
Spurs 2 Everton 0. Here's one for the books! David Bentley was your man of the match in a game where he and Alan Hutton made mince-meat out of stand-in left back Hibbert. Roman Pavlyuchenko made a rare start but was unable to take advantage scoring the lowest grade of 5.8 out of 10. Tom Huddlestone got on the score-sheet, as did Keane, but only after a goal-mouth scamble following Howard's penalty save. Manchester United (at Old Trafford) beckon in the quarter-final in early December.
Arsenal 3 Spurs 0. Even now, 4 days after the event, the media has daggers drawn at Spurs ineptitude, and clear failure to usurp our near and hated rivals from their clear superiority in the Premier League. We still haven't beaten them in the league this century, and every year that goes on will make it more and more painful. Gomes was your best Spurs player, but even Robbie Keane (4.3) scored above Tom Huddlestone (4.1) on a day when Spurs drew scathing criticism from their fans and the press. The least said, the better I think.
What will November bring for Spurs? We will play just three games, all in the league. Before the Stoke game, one might have ventured that Sunderland and Wigan at home were clearly winnable games. On current form, there is no such thing. Villa away would be a tough game at the best of times. 7 points from these three games would be highly satisfactory, but in any case, we need to find our early season form really soon!
Don't forget to check out the cumulative appearances and grades for the players as the season progresses - below. The grades are based upon a mark out of ten.
...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 9 years!