It took almost an hour for our Europa League group stage matches to come alive last night but three goals in the space of six minutes saw Spurs record a 3-1 victory over Shamrock Rovers who had taken the lead at White Hart Lane.

Prior to goals from Pavlyuchenko, Defoe and Dos Santos, it looked like being another frustrating evening for Tottenham, who had hit the bar twice in the first period and after the game, Harry Redknapp agrees that it could have been ‘one of those nights’.

“No disrespect to Shamrock Rovers, they were excellent, but we could have been three or four up by half-time,” said Harry on the club website.

“I couldn’t have asked for any more from the players than what they did in the first half.

“We hit the crossbar, the keeper made some great saves and we kept opening them up, we just couldn’t get a break in front of goal.”

Fortunately, the away goal seemed to give us the wake up call we needed to finally make our mark in this stage of the competition. Elsewhere in the group, Rubin Kazan unexpectedly dropped a point in a 2-2 draw with PAOK to leave them level on points with Spurs at the top and those two sides will meet at White Hart Lane on the 20th of October.

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  1. there were two major reasons this game failed to ignite for so song. One was that Lennon was clearly not fit or brave enough to attempt to take on his full back. On occasions he got past him, mainly as a result of other’s passing than speed, but when he did he failed to provide the killer ball …… this, we know, is not unusual. The alternative routes to goal were down the centre and down the left. Such chances as we had tended to come, sadly, to the hopelessly inept (or disinterested) Pav …… he toiled away at putting the ball anywhere but in the back of the net. this is why this guy is an impact substitute, because, like his compatriot at the Arse, he can’t seem to summon up the will to do anything decisively and with intent. After Livermore had revealed his tactical naivety by gifting the Micks their one decent opportunity to get amongst, and we had fallen behind, everything changed. This was in the main because of the decisive running of Townsend down the left – he really showed how to skin a full back and cross into the danger area. Once the gates opened, the Irish panicked and all was history, as quickly we went back to practising our neat passing and it was all over. The problem is, that this young team is SO good in going through the gears, but is in danger of turning into the Arse, and trying to pass themselves to victory. Pav is a twerp – imagine if Harry/Dan had had the guts to shell out £23M for Suarez what the score would have been at half time!!

  2. Jake L will learn from his mistake, sandro did the same last season and hasnt looked back since, this is all part of a younsters learning process, fortunately it kicked us into life. Try to look at positives the team responded really well and other than that error the younsters were class. Carroll’s passing was gr8 and Jake tracked his runners well. Walker,Rose, Andros T, and Gio all looked excellent and showed Lennon he has to up his game to stay in the team or else. With Kranjcar as well we have plenty of options to compete for RM. re Pav he has looked short of confidence and his goal changed his attitude. lacks heart but can do a job as can Gio so futures bright for now. JD looked sharp and hungry
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