Form Guide 2006-7 Season
P W D L F-A GD Pts
38 17 9 12 57-54 3 60
+21 Cup games!
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· Last Month's Figures - May 2007
(You can track back the whole season by starting at May 2007)
Spurs Odyssey's exclusive "Spursometer" form guide has been utilised since November 2000 to give an arbitrary assessment of the team's performances after each game; at the end of each month, and at the end of each season.
Of course, "customer satisfaction" in terms of football fans (perhaps especially Spurs fans!) cannot be measured purely in terms of cold figures. The truth is that in most of the seasons I have conducted this exercise, Spurs have been a "6 out of 10" team. Of course that indicates that we are a better than average team, and our second consecutive fifth placing in the Premiership clearly supports the view that under Martin Jol, and since the advent of Daniel Levy's new structure for the club (introduced in 2004), Spurs are a progressing side.
When I wrote the equivalent review at the end of last season, Spurs had already signed Berbatov, who has fulfilled his potential to be a 20 goal a season man, and I wrote that Spurs fans had plenty to look forward to in the 2006-7 season. As I write this year's review of the season, Spurs have already signed Gareth Bale - a young player who has been coveted by top four sides, and other exciting signings are on the horizon.
So, the judgement is required - have we as Spurs fans enjoyed the season that has just closed? Has progress been made? Were we satisfied with the "goods" provided?
Here is a month by month summary of how the season panned out:-
August 2006 - 47.33%
....in which Spurs had their worst start for 6 years. They even managed to lose at home to Everton, who have only ever beaten us three times in 30 Premiership games. Paul Robinson was beaten at long range by an Ivan Campo shot at The Reebock. Spurs scored and won in only one of the three games, against Sheffield United, when Dimitar Berbatov scored his first of the season from close range.
September 2006 - 56.4%
Played 5, Won 2, Drew 1, Lost 2. Sadly neither of the two wins were in the Premiership, but we did beat Slavia Prague at home and away, without conceding. Although we had some difficult away games at the start of the season, the fact that we still haven't scored an away goal becomes a worry. Spurs even failed to score at home against Fulham, who should have been fodder. Berbatov got injured early in the month whilst on International duty, and missed all five games. We missed him too!
October 2006 - 63.66%
One of our better months, in which we were unbeaten. Zokora achieves notoriety with a cheating dive that won a winning penalty against Portsmouth. Robinson achieves the same with that miss of a "bobbling" ball against Croatia, and becomes a target for the press over the course of the season whenever beaten from distance. It was in October when Berbatov returned and gave one of his dazzling displays in Istanbul against Besiktas, but he doesn't re-find his scoring boots for another month. Mido scored three goals in this month. One was probably his best of the season to beat West Ham at The Lane. The other two were scored at The National Hockey Stadium, where we beat Milton Keynes 5-0, and where Michael Dawson was granted 45 minutes rest! Our hopes of visiting the other three National Stadia in the UK (Cardiff, Wembley and Glasgow) were not to be fulfilled. Dawson missed just one more of our 59 games through suspension on 17th December! Premiership clean sheets would become hard to come by after the Watford stalemate.
November 2006 - 58.71%
The number of games mount (to seven) and we lose only one. However, that was a dismal performance at Reading, causing me to write one of my most critical reports. Three months into the season, and Spurs have yet to score an away League goal from open play, relying upon an own goal at Villa Park in October, and a Defoe penalty at Ewood Park. 18 year old centre back Dorian Dervite made an impressive debut against Port Vale in the Carling Cup, nearly getting a touch to Huddlestone's long free kick for a goal too! The month had started well with the entertaining win over Club Brugge, but the out and out highlight of the month was of course finally beating Chelsea in the Premiership.
December 2006 - 56.11%
Nine games, three of which were lost. The first of these was the worst of all, as our team didn't just lose at The Emirates Stadium - they failed to show the passion that we fans deserve from them in one of the most important games of the season. It was a total surrender. They owed us, and they did win their next five games. Spurs also sealed an impressive 100% record in the UEFA Group stage, beating Dinamo Bucharest, who will play Champions League football next season. Christmas itself became less enjoyable, with defeats at Newcastle and at home to Liverpool, with a Berbatov-Defoe inspired victory against Aston Villa in between. Skipper Ledley King (always greatly missed when absent) played his last game on Boxing Day until April. We also missed Robbie Keane for most of this month, but his form in 2007 was to be quite blistering!
January 2007 - 58.625%
8 games were played this month, and two were lost - one on the last day of the month at The Emirates Stadium. It took until the middle of the month to win a game after another rain-sodden trip to Portsmouth, and a gladiatorial encounter with the "welcoming" Cardiff fans. Only three league games were played, and Spurs couldn't win one of them. Spurs surrendered what had been (at one stage in the tie) a two-goal lead to our hated enemies, and morale was seriously sapped when they booted us out of the Carling Cup semi-final on the last night of the month.
February 2007 - 62.2%
This was a month that started badly with a 4-0 home defeat by Manchester United, and further defeat at Bramall lane, after which we were in the bottom half of the table. Spurs' purple patch of the season changed things, starting with a 4-0 win at Craven Cottage, which consisted of 4 top-class goals (2 each for Berbatov and Keane), a late,late winner by Jermaine Jenas at Goodison Park, ending with the 4-1 home win over Bolton. Robbie Keane was sent off in the first half for handball on the line, but even though Bolton scored from the spot, Spurs were 3-1 up, and increased their lead. This match included the single most impressive individual performance by a Spurs player all season, with a master-class by Dimitar Berbatov, on his own at the front for Spurs.
March 2007 - 66.12%
Spurs best marks of the season, and for 18 months. The month started with a fantastic trip to Upton Park. This was one of the most dramatic matches of the season, which we won with two late goals. It looked as if we had condemned the Hammers to Championship football, but as we now know, they had a fantastic run-in. This month we had home and away 3-2 wins over Sporting Braga; Paul Robinson got on the scoresheet against Watford, but the highlight was the feeling at half-time when we were 3-1 up at Stamford Bridge. Sadly, Chelsea clawed their way back, and beat us in the replay. Spurs did climb up to 6th place in the League table to maintain their quest for UEFA qualification.
April 2007 - 54.34%
The purple patch was over, and the chance of qualifying for Europe was reduced to the single option of a League place, as last year's winners - Sevilla - cast us aside, and eventually retained their trophy. This tie was marred off the pitch by violence police tactics in Spain, and on the pitch by the early concession of two goals in the home leg. Jermaine Jenas rescued a point and some pride with a last-gasp equaliser at home to Arsenal, and with a welcome win at The Riverside, Spurs become favourites to take advantage of games in hand to qualify for next season's UEFA Cup. Ledley King's return to the side had a lot to do with improved morale on and off the pitch.
May 2007 - 56%
Berbatov's class gets us off to a good start with Spurs 100th goal in all competitions at The Valley, and he scored two and made two of our 5 goals in the three games that ensured a fifth place finish. Over 1,000,000 spectators have watched Spurs at home this season, and both Berbatov and Keane finished with over 20 goals. Defoe wasn't far off with 18, from fewer starts than the top two. Robbie Keane had scored 17 goals in the Calendar year of 2007, but it was no surprise to see Dimitar Berbatov win the fans' votes for Player of the Season. The Bulgarian also made it into the Premiership team of the season.
Maybe I have been hard to please, but it did disappoint me that every time we met a decent team in a Cup competition, we lost. In particular, Martin Jol's team must learn to hold onto two-goal leads, and it hurt more than anything to lose to Arsenal and Chelsea in the latter stages of the domestic Cups. Jol's perceived strategy of trying to sit on a lead in many games this season failed too often.
As the end of the season approached, I said I would be satisfied with a UEFA qualifying league position, and the fact that we did finish fifth just about made it a good season in my opinion. (Had we finished sixth or seventh, I would have described the season as "satisfactory")
It was a long hard season, testing the stamina of players required to play more than most, and here I take my hat off to Michael Dawson, who took part in 58 of the 59 games.
We had some exciting times and some fun times, and we can look forward to more of the same next term. Some people will say that we must win a trophy next season to achieve real progress, but for me the big requirement is to break into that top four cartel (hopefully at the expense of Arsenal). I'd love a Cup run or two, but if we can get top four, I'd be a really happy man!
Enjoy your summer.
...if you want to remind yourself of the matches played during this season, then See the Fixtures page here.
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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· Spurs Squad numbers, scorers and appearances for this season