Tomorrow sees the last game of the season at White Hart Lane and it’s the first one that’s really meant anything, since the season that we don’t like to think about, when we just missed out on fourth.
If memory serves me right (and I’m not in the mood to look it up), the last home game of that season was also against Bolton and we won that day. A repeat tomorrow would do us fine.
Whilst it’s true that we have froze against many teams this season that we really should have beaten, I see Bolton as a slightly different proposition. The disappointing results against Stoke, Wolves, Hull and Portsmouth all had one thing in common. Our opposition were all mightily motivated to get a result against us. Bolton don’t have anything to play for.
That’s not to say that they’re not dangerous. Kevin Davies always scores against us and played absolutely brilliant in the first FA Cup match, before being thankfully rested for the replay. It’s true to say though that under the leadership of Owen Coyle, Bolton are now playing a more open brand of football, that suits Spurs more than the stifling rubbish that Sam Alladryce’s teams would frustrate us with.
Harry has a few big decisions to make. First there’s the walking wounded. I’d be surprised if we see Ledley King tomorrow, as surely he will be needed against Manchester City more than Bolton and Burnley. Then there’s Aaron Lennon, who came on as a substitute against United. It would be great to see him start, but I’d rather we didn’t risk him if he’s not completely fit.
Will Palacios keep his place, or will Huddlestone and Modric resume their combination at White Hart Lane? I’m pretty sure that we won’t be playing BAE at right back, so Kaboul should return. I’ve also got an inkling that there will be a change up front. Pavlyuchenko didn’t play well against Chelsea or United and could be dropped. Defoe didn’t play much better, but I can’t see Harry not starting with him.
Whatever the team, we should beat Bolton and we have every reason to be confident. We’ve won our last seven home games and if we can create the sort of electric atmosphere that we managed against Arsenal and Chelsea, then our boys can’t fail to be inspired.
It’s another huge game tomorrow, so there’s no reason why we can’t raise the roof off White Hart Lane once more. Come on you Spurs!