Another weekend and another dire performance at the Lane. The boos during and after a home match day are unfortunately getting far too familiar, almost as familiar as the negative, passionless showings of the boys lucky enough to be wearing the lilywhite shirt.
What was served up on Saturday against a poor Wigan side, was nothing short of a disgrace. It was so far short of the required standard from a Tottenham Hotspur team that the fans reaction, could well be understood on this occasion.
I’ve no interest in using this a sounding board to rip into Villas-Boas – It’s not productive and doesn’t help. However as the manager of our great club, he needs to take his fair share of responsibility for Saturdays events.
I don’t need to give you a history lesson on what Tottenham Hotspur stands for – we all have had it drummed into us from day dot and for those of you that aren’t as versed with our history – next time you’re at the Lane, take a look around the ground. The branding that covers White Hart Lane currently says it all in blue and white.
Over the last few years we have been spoilt with some of the best football to grace any football pitch anywhere. it was certainly the best our club had seen since the early 80’s…it really has been ‘About the Glory’
So what’s changed?
Of course you can point your fingers at the loss of Modric, Van der vaart and King, it’s obviously not going to help. You can add to that the injuries to Adevayor, Dembele, Parker, Kaboul and BAE for most of the campaign to date – again it’s not going to make the job any easier.
Look a little deeper however at the players we have been able to call on regularly this term…Bale, Lennon, Vertonghen, Walker, Defoe, Dempsey, Sandro, Friedel and Lloris, would all find their way into most Premier league elevens wouldn’t they?
The quality we have had available should of been good enough see off the likes of WBA, Norwich, Lazio and Wigan this term, with a style and swagger. The damning fact however is it hasn’t been.
We’ve recorded just two victories at the Lane this season against struggling QPR and Villa outfits.
The QPR result flattered us to say the least and our performance against Villa was hardly fantastic.
The draws against WBA and Norwich followed that same pattern. Norwich can count theirselves very unlucky not to get all three points – they would get just deserts in the league cup however.
My observation of the opening of Villas-Boas tenure, is at home he needs to trust his players – let them express them selves and do what comes naturally.
The players look stifled at the Lane, unsure of what they should be doing and in-turn making poor errors of judgment. He is trying to reinvent the wheel and over coach a group of players that don’t require such a management style. For all his haters, Harry Redknapp mastered that very early on. He gave belief to a group and told them to go out and play. Simple – yes, but bloody effective.
We have lost that fear which so many teams brought with them to the Lane during Redknapp’s reign. Opponents knew what was waiting for them as they took the pitch in N17. Villas-Boas’s negative, over coached approach, does the complete opposite to what made us such a force over the last few years.
There is no coincidence that Spurs away form is so much better. For Villas-Boas’s faults he seems to have a knack of getting results away from home. The performance at United highlights some great displays. At Reading we were superb as we were at Southampton, if only for 60 mins and then at Newcastle on the opening day (in defeat)
All that said, I don’t think there is a great deal wrong. Nothing a glass of courage wouldn’t rectify. Instead of defending what we have, why don’t we do what we do best and go and get some more.
Cliché – maybe, but we need to make White Hart Lane that fortress once again.
Maribor on Thursday is the ideal opportunity to do just that. If AVB lets the boys play, the crowd will respond. Defoe and Adebayor both to start. Bale and Lennon hugging the touch line. Walker and Vertonghen bombing on from fullback.
This is the chance to get our season up and running. We need to be confident, decisive and above all brave. To Dare Is To Do
With City, Woolwich and Liverpool on the horizon – it’s now or never – COYS!
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