It doesn’t happen as often as it did, but it still hurts, if not more, somehow. Sunday’s result at the should-be-in-South-London-ground conjures up just as many questions as it did answers; the result, the game, the brawl, there’s so much to unpick. It’s important to not be reactionary in these situations, to get carried away with whatever nonsense TalkSport and the Sky Sports pundits will say. In this time of (relative) darkness we should look to our manager for inspiration; take a leaf out of Poch’s book (not that book, Balague!) and stay calm, measured and don’t let those South London tourists get to us.
There’s so many differing factors for what happened yesterday; we played three good teams in eight days and sadly fatigue was always going to catch up with us, those tourists somehow wanted it more than us, Foyth shouldn’t have started, Toby should have started, despite his recent upturn in form Sissoko is a bang average footballer who was just playing at a level that wasn’t terrible and we were all in shock and forgot that at the top level average players cost you games. Many, many factors, but the only thing that matters is the reaction of the squad, our next nine games consist of only one game against the ‘Big 6’ (United at home) which means that realistically we should be taking at least twenty-four points from the next twenty-seven.
This Tottenham side will never have a completely perfect season, it’s very unlikely any Spurs team ever will but what is important is how we come back from this result. Spurs were always known for being ‘spineless’ and Poch has changed that; Sunday’s result was an anomaly. Sunday was the first time we’d conceded four goals and not ended up on the winning side in thirty-six matches, in that time we’ve scored four our more goals four times and won by at least three seven times so we need to not panic and act like this is an regular occurrence, because it isn’t and hasn’t been for a very long time.
The result will hurt and it’ll probably hurt for a long time but we as a fan base should not forget that we were in this exact same position last November and we ended up safely in the Champions League whilst those tourists spend their Thursdays travelling to former Soviet Bloc countries to count teams no one has ever heard of in an unbeaten run no one else is impressed by. We could have won, we probably should have won, but we didn’t, we get another crack at them in a few weeks but all that really matters is how we react to the result, we can either feel sorry for ourselves or use it as the impetus to put together a solid run of form and show them what colour North London really is.
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