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This is what it's going to be like now...all the time 

We have ambitions and we’re in a position to push on so there are no longer any insignificant games. Which means no matter the points or the position, every game is vital/imperative/high pressured. At least it should be and our gaffer should instil that type of attitude, because intensity is the winning ingredient. That and lack of fear. Something we have in abundance in Europe.

So are you nervous? Are you of a certain weak disposition, struggling to get a stranglehold of how games involving Tottenham are now existing on a different playing field, one where expectations and pressure embrace you but can so easily crush you too. That’s the risk you take with the hug. But you’re rather be hugged then left standing alone, right?

Okay, so City were very much displaying efficiency and authority, granted against a fairly poor side (who beat us 1-0). They did the same to Fulham, punishing them effortlessly. But we’ve been here before right? Comparing ourselves with the competition. And it’s hardly a worthy exercise. This week City win, next week they might lose. Every time a side competing up top with us win a game our next one is suddenly the be all and end all and if we happen to lose it there’d be another knee-jerking session until the following week when the results are reversed and we’re suddenly back in it or out of it or whatever.

We might have obvious problems, but so do they. They being a number of clubs up top.

It’s been the pattern of the season, with our fans see-sawing between disaster and delight. Remember last season? If you do then you should have more faith. Everything is reviewed with microscopic analysis, exaggeration the result. So emotions tend to be pulled apart leaving one or two of us completely spent one day and ecstatic the next.

Utd are meant to be playing below par, yet they’re unbeaten. Arsenal have no defence, but are top. City are not a unit yet can perform like one.  And Chelsea have gone from title winners to crisis club in the space of weeks. As for us, we have no decent strikers and no consistency with our back four and yet we’re still in there. Mercy on all if we signed a player or two.

Bossing games, clinically finishing crosses and maintaining momentum. All key discussion points, all arguably related to the apparent solution involving new blood. But this new blood, this new’s not due to start until the back end of January 2011.

So what of the present? Do we need to win on Sunday? Of course we do. It might not be us placing a marker down thanks to the rather confusing state the Prem finds itself in but we’re playing the blue scum. And a win is a win is a win. And it takes us closer to where we want to be and turns attention to others in terms of stress.

I have no time for the ominous omens relating to their (Chelsea) form and that they are apparently due a performance because pundits can’t see how Chelsea could positively degrade any further. Our fixtures are rolling in thick and fast and that fabled January consolidation window should be forgotten about for now.

It's time to get a grip of things in this bewildering perplexing present and forget about a future which is not guaranteed to play out as we wish it too.

London derby. No love lost. This is what it’s all about. Remember the days when you couldn’t possibly look forward to this fixture because you knew, unequivocally, what the result would be? Now those nerves you feel, it’s not because of the knowing acceptance of how hurtful defeat is but it’s the unacceptable prospect of tasting said defeat.

That expectancy, that pressure – it’s just a teaser of what the future might hold for us if we went that extra mile or two and truly challenged. It’s a consequence of wanting to be better and to continue progressing. It’s the pressure felt by the sides we aspire to stand next to.

No vdV. Modric is on form. Defoe has his goal-scoring boots back on. Azza is hungry once more. Bale v Ferreira. Both defences are capable of lapses. Both can produce moments of quality going forward. Drogba thinks they can win. We’re still reading recycled quotes about a  title push and Harry to England. Tight affair? Or free scoring? We’ll see. Will be despondent if we failed to go for their jugular. If we failed to turn up.

I still don’t think this season is going to start until AFTER January. It’s gentle with its transition. And as much as I keep saying to ignore everyone else and concentrate on winning and improving and getting ahead, it’s not a trend we appear to be owning – much like the rest. But we have to endeavour to dare.

Sunday is about beating Chelsea. One game at a time. I’ll gleefully accept a goal off the left bum cheek of Jermain Defoe in the 94th minute if it gets us the three points.

Beating Arsenal hasn’t laid ruin to their season. Neither will beating Chelsea result in their death. But it will add another badge of honour onto our chest for another battle won, onwards, in the war.

Still nervous? This is what it's going to be like now, all the time. Deal with it. It's for the best. It's what we aspire to be, as fans and a club. At some point someone is going to step up, someone has to.

To dare is to do.

Reader Comments (69)

excellent.... looking forward to the game

Dec 12, 2010 at 10:15 AM | Unregistered CommenterSimonc

Why write 500 words when four will do?
"Come on you Spurs!!!!"

Dec 12, 2010 at 10:20 AM | Unregistered Commentertotnam

Nerves jangling, belief still there.What if, what if. 3 points today and a point apiece for Manure and the red scum tomorrow would be heaven on earth.

Dec 12, 2010 at 10:33 AM | Unregistered Commentercookiebun

PS Great read. The only read anywhere it's getting to the truth.

Dec 12, 2010 at 10:34 AM | Unregistered Commentercookiebun

Our Path Has Been Chosen , We Kill Them All


Dec 12, 2010 at 10:48 AM | Unregistered Commenterwarmad


Dec 12, 2010 at 10:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterThe Machine

One game at a time. Wise words that all the best managers and players have heeded throughout time immemorial.

Dec 12, 2010 at 10:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterTrembly

Dam I was already nervous those feelings in your gut you speak of are churning round because I know we CAN win but as you say the biggest disappointment would be if we failed to show. Nervous and excited - a new dawn cometh.


Dec 12, 2010 at 10:58 AM | Unregistered Commenternomorewhlegends

If we were fielding our first XI then I would fancy us to win even carrying our non scoring strikers. But with all the midfield injuries to add to the defensive ones we are seriously below strength and it is going to be difficult for Harry to change things if we hit problems because the team picks itself with so little to spare. With Diarra alongside Luka or Carrol up top we would be fine. With what we have though it will to be a hard days graft for Luka. Defoe has to start scoring the goals that get points. Lets hope Chelsea still got the blues.

Dec 12, 2010 at 11:35 AM | Unregistered CommenterNed

Cheers Spooky, you are the Sunday paper for me. I need read no more.

Dec 12, 2010 at 11:40 AM | Unregistered Commentersinger

It will come down to who sticks their chances away but if we score early and apply pressure I think Chelsea will crumble.

Dec 12, 2010 at 12:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterJep

Excellent Spooky.......sums up all the emotions.

Let's hope we really go for it and massacre them.

Dec 12, 2010 at 12:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterDaveK

I'm nervous.

Dec 12, 2010 at 12:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterAuthor of Comment

just depends which spurs turn up injuries or no injuries if were up for It god help chelski if were not god help bassong and gallas!! COYMFS!! Plus no lamps for them who likes a goal against us

Dec 12, 2010 at 12:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterThe glory boys

Leave it out.......You'll have all go mental! Lets face it...We always feel like this! Or at least I do. 4th, 5th, 16th..... it doesn't matter, It's always been life of death!

3.1 Me thinks

Dec 12, 2010 at 12:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterWisky Tom

Another "locker-room" pep talk by Spooky!

Lovezzz it! COYS!

Dec 12, 2010 at 1:26 PM | Unregistered Commenterelwehbi

Bring it on.

We have heart. We have soul. We have a great team. We're the guys in the white hats. How can we possibly fail ?

(Don't answer that...)

Dec 12, 2010 at 1:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterOldSpur

I think VDV is fit and Harry's asked for it to be kept quiet.

Dec 12, 2010 at 1:55 PM | Unregistered Commentercookiebun

I was nervous. Then in a quiet moment I had a flashback to 1972, we were 5th in the table, we beat Chelsea 3-0 and Osgood was carried off on a stretcher. Is it an omen, can history repeat itself? I am no longer nervous. Drogba, watch your ankles.

Dec 12, 2010 at 2:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoman's Interpreter

Dropping a point or losing will be a disaster. Have to win. We'll be six points adrift otherwise.

Dec 12, 2010 at 3:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterCrew Cut

Bolton win. They're showing no signs of faltering. Gonna be a long season this.

Dec 12, 2010 at 3:30 PM | Unregistered Commenterilk

Gallas out Dawson in. Ouch

Dec 12, 2010 at 3:31 PM | Unregistered Commentercookiebun

Tottenham: Gomes, Hutton, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Modric, Bale, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Bentley, Keane, Crouch, Giovani, Corluka, Sandro.

Dec 12, 2010 at 3:35 PM | Unregistered Commenterilk

Gallas injured?

Dec 12, 2010 at 3:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterPLY

Need to score a second. So close so many times but final decision not perfect.

Dec 12, 2010 at 4:47 PM | Unregistered Commenterilk

Wow, just wow. What a game so far...'course the minute I saw Dawson in the huddle giving the pep talk, I started bouncing around the room, chanting "Daws is back, Daws is back, yaaayyy, Daws is back." Especially gratified to see him do a happy jumpy twirl to celebrate his return. He loves his football and that's why we love him!

Dec 12, 2010 at 4:52 PM | Unregistered Commenterziegemonster

Not doing my nerves any good this.

Dec 12, 2010 at 5:20 PM | Unregistered Commenterilk

i agree Ilk, stressy business this , BAE having a very good game so far ...

Dec 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM | Unregistered Commenterbelgian spur

Fucking hell Gomes.

Dec 12, 2010 at 5:31 PM | Unregistered Commenterilk

what a huge mistake from Gomes , bloody shame that

Dec 12, 2010 at 5:35 PM | Unregistered Commenterbelgian spur

Fucking hell Gomes. Again.

Tragic stuff this.

Dec 12, 2010 at 5:51 PM | Unregistered Commenterilk


Dec 12, 2010 at 5:53 PM | Unregistered Commenterilk

Still think we can compete if we add to this squad. Shame about today.

Dec 12, 2010 at 5:55 PM | Unregistered Commenterilk

looks like a point gained at the moment , of you will excuse me now because i ll be having the hearthattack that i ve been postponing for about an hour ...

Dec 12, 2010 at 5:57 PM | Unregistered Commenterbelgian spur

Boring boring Tottenham.

Dec 12, 2010 at 6:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterAuthor of Comment

BAE for man of the match. Saved us multiple times today.

Dec 12, 2010 at 6:00 PM | Unregistered Commenterziegemonster

So many players out injured. Makes you think mmmm?

Dec 12, 2010 at 6:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterOllie

F**ked again by a combination of inept strikers, a nid-field general (who was otherwise magnificent) who can't shoot and a manager (who has also been brilliant but refuses to learn) and some idiotic substitutions.

We need to have Sandro and Palacios inCM to allow Modric more freedom so he can conserve a bit of energy and we most certainly do not need to put the human lampost on when we need to score goals on the break.

So bloody frustrating and just another indicator as to why we won't finish top 4 unless there are some changes.

Dec 12, 2010 at 6:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterDaveK

And Please Harry, don't give us the "they have seen some fantastic football" boll***s either.

Dec 12, 2010 at 6:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterDaveK

Dave I agree in part. But were not far off from clicking. Felt today it was decisions in the final third, that last ball/cross and movement. A top class forward would obviously make the difference. And a top DM in the middle would make top 3 a reality.

It's Christmas, so you never know.

Dec 12, 2010 at 6:25 PM | Registered Commenterspooky

Did well to get a point. Appeared they were allowed to kick Bale at will and no offence seen by ref.
The tackle on him by Essien plus Drogba on Hutton and Cole on Palacious produced 1 yellow card.
Think it was a fair result despite the crap ref.

Dec 12, 2010 at 6:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

Agree with David's point about the ref and the kicking/barging over/tripping of our players today. When we play anyone but the Sky Four, we're getting more decisions going our way, but when it comes to Cheslea/ManU/the Arse, we're still the outsiders and we aren't getting the calls.

Dec 12, 2010 at 7:31 PM | Unregistered Commenterziegemonster

Not a bad day overall I thought. Good to see Daws back. He brings a solidity to the defense and a sense of calm that's been missing. Spooks is right. We're a couple of tweaks away from top 3. If we had VdV today it would have been a totally different result. Just peeked over at Glory Glory and it seems like the knives are out for Gomes. He did make a horrible error or two but was also brilliant in a few crucial saves. We're getting there ... I have a good feeling about 2011. It ends in a one after all!!!! COYS!!!!

Dec 12, 2010 at 7:37 PM | Unregistered Commenternycyid

Ziege -- What about Defoe being offisde in the lead up to the goal? Isn't that a call going your way? Of course that was canceled out by Drogba's handball in his goal and a few other confusing decisions in Chelskis favor, but to say you never get calls against the big 3 is not really accurate...

Dec 12, 2010 at 7:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterDrew Vader

Fair point Drew.

Dec 12, 2010 at 8:00 PM | Unregistered Commenternycyid

Mike Dean's a disgrace, worse than Clattenburg! Essien should of had three red cards tonight. Palacios was great, Harry messed it up taking JD off, cant play pav and crouchie at the same time.

Dec 12, 2010 at 8:18 PM | Unregistered Commenterdavid howells

Granted, he didn't actually say "never" but I think my point still stands!!

Dec 12, 2010 at 8:38 PM | Unregistered CommenterDrew Vader

I feel bad for Gomes, he made a bad error that cost us, but lets not forget the saves he made and the penalty save (even if he did cause it)

We looked pretty tired out, the lads were not their usual energetic never stop attacking selfs. Fair result in the end as chelsea dominated for the majority of 2nd half.

Will be very interesting over the next 3 weeks to see if we can catch up those 4 points and to see if bolton can keep going. We are in a strong position still with a wealth of magnificent players to return.

14 points from last 18. Do that over the next 18 points again and we will be right up top.


Dec 12, 2010 at 9:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterCEJ

[controversial] He didn't have time to react [/controversial]

Dec 12, 2010 at 9:26 PM | Registered Commenterspooky

Mike Dean was bad, no doubt about it. However, he was equally bad for both sides, so no harm done I suppose. All the unpunished grisly challenges on Bale and Modric were effectively cancelled out by the fouls Palacios committed on Essien and the like. As for the game itself, a few observations, if I may.
1)Wilson had his first acceptable game since the death of the dinosaurs. He was an effective shield today, always willing to track back, kept his passes simple and made a couple of magnificent challenges.
2)Even Moddle ihad a few seemingly permanent faults. Yes, he was at the heart of our attacking threat today. Composed, cultured, a relentless terrier when the ball wasn't with us. However, he also continued to display the shooting prowess of Diana Ross at USA '94. Come on, son, do as Benny does, just close your eyes, imagine the ball is Arsene Wenger's disembodied head whining 'I do not believe he is strong enough for the Premier League' and let fly.
3) The Daws can finally be closed. No, I will not apologize for that, but you miss the point:Daws is back. And put in a very effective display on his return. A few more games, and he'll be the thundering yet goofy impenetrable barrier we all know done by Drogba for the goal,but that was handball anyway.
4)All is not well with Super Stud. Last time out, he murdered Ferreira mainly by galloping onto a ball over his head from Benny and leaving the Chelsea victim coughing in his dust as he receded into the distance. Despite Ferreira's admittedly less than gentle attentions this time, I still think he just doesn't fancy that anymore. He seems to want to cut inside a lot more, as well as take players on rather than try to break off their shoulders. Well, that's fine, but you'll need more of an end product than what you had today, me lad. Though to be fair, the sheer, pants-wetting fear of seeing Bale searing away into the mist behind him caused Ferreira to stick to him closer than a brother, allowing Defoe to get in behind with ease.
5)Shine On, Heurelho, you Crazy Diamond- never, ever a dull moment with our Samba Shot-Stopper With A Penchant For Self-Preservation. First, the rather puzzling, yet earnest desire to save his less-than-Adonis-like face from pulverization, thus pushing Drogba's shot over his head and gently behind his shoulders into the secondary concern that was the net. Secondly, the inexplicable, dogged belief that he was David Haye and Ramires was an unsuspecting Audley Harrison as he barreled into the slight Chelsea midfielder. Thirdly, the magnificent, instinctive penalty save as he continued his crusade to atone for generations of slightly dodgy Brazilian keepers. Not sure how much his performance today helped in that regard, but at least he's not a boring old 'dependable' pair of hands with a name like Jaaskelainen or Gordon or Abu Hamza. Sorry, not that last one.
6)Where did Pav learn to do that? run, I mean. Keep up the good work, me lad.
7)Harry did make a mistake, taking Defoe off and putting the Elastic Man on. I do agree with the thought- we needed Elasto-guy to defend the increasingly dangerous Chelsea set-pieces and keep possession. i just think bringing Pav off instead wouldn't helped that aim better, as it would have allowed Deofe to continue his darting runs in behind Terry and Ivanovic.
8)is it just mr or can Lennon pick a mean pass now? Following on from Tuesday's lovely reverse ball, Lennon provided a couple(3 of each, to be precise) of magnificently weighted through balls and one-twos with his fellow forwards today. Well done, keep up the good work son.
9)Hutton is developing a good partnership with Azza-we all said it couldn't work. Well, it looks like it is. Rather than Lennon always cutting inside while Hutton bombs down the touchhole, the two now support each other. Lennon tended to tuck into the space Hutton vacated when he bombed forward, and Hutton played a few absolutely marvelous passes down the line for Lennon which took out Cole and Essien(his marker) in one fell swoop. Good show.
So, overall, a good point, a hard-working, battling performance from the lads and all that's needed is a striker who can read Modric's passes into space, a continued improvement in Private Palacios' performances, and a less bowel-clenchingly loony keeper,or at least a little less zaniness from our lovable Brazilian netminder, and we'll be fine.

Dec 12, 2010 at 9:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterDubaispur

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