If there was one thing that you could always rely upon with Spurs, it’s that we would more often than not collapse, as soon as we conceded a goal.
It appears that these days are well and truly gone, which is a good job when you consider that we concede at least one goal in every game we play. Far from signaling a defeat, it now seems that we need to go behind in order to motivate ourselves enough to stub out our fags and actually get playing.
Our weekly comebacks are all well and good, but we certainly left things late this week. It looked as if we weren’t going to beat a Liverpool side that were clearly there for the taking.
It says a lot of the decline of Liverpool (and our progress) that they are a side that we now actually expect to beat at home. They always pose a threat when they’ve got a striker as good as Torres within their team (even when he’s not at his best), but the rest were pretty ordinary.
We did our best to make hard work of beating them. In the course of the game we lost two players to what look like long term injuries, had two shots cleared off the line and missed another in a long line of penalties.
Did anyone actually expect Defoe to score when he picked up the ball? Fair play to him to have the guts to keep on trying, but he’s now missed seven of his last twelve penalties. Someone needs to have the bottle and the ability to take his place though.
Eventually little Luka got us back into it, after he cut through the Liverpool defence and forced Skrtel to turn the ball into the same net that he’d hit to put the visitors ahead in the first half. Modric has taken something of a back seat this season, as Van der Vaart and Bale have stolen the headlines, but he’s got just as much ability and influence as either of them.
Another player who has faded from the spotlight is Aaron Lennon and it was him that gave us our late winner. He’s slowly got better in recent weeks and hopefully this goal will restore some of his confidence. His goal was enough to encourage him to shoot in the dying seconds of the game, when a pass to Modric would have guaranteed a 3-1 victory.
We shouldn’t be greedy though. A 2-1 win is good enough for me, considering that it was 1-1 after 91 minutes. That’s three league wins on the bounce now and we’re once again clinging onto Manchester City’s coattails.
The downside of the game were the injuries. Van der Vaart looks to be out for a month, which means it’s back to 4-4-2 before we’ve even had the chance to trying to play the Dutchman alongside Defoe. Kaboul will also be a loss after his recent form, though Bassong was very good when he came on and Dawson will soon be back.
We’ve been missing key players all season and have still managed to grind out results more often than not. Can we win a fourth successive league game when we travel to Birmingham next week? Only if we go at least 1-0 down first. New Tottenham, new danger.