Fulham at home and then Portsmouth in the semi. This is Tottenham Hotspur we’re dealing with here, so absolutely nothing is guaranteed, but every Spurs supporter will have given out a cheer when Ginola drew out Chelsea to play Aston Villa.
If we’re to capitalise upon this situation, then we must create more chances than we did at Craven Cottage. We had a lot of possession, but it was Fulham that forced our goalkeeper to make the better saves.
I’ve never been of the opinion that Crouch and Pavlyuchenko could work as a partnership and I wasn’t proved wrong on Saturday. They’re too similar and as a combination, lack pace and movement.
We would have been better off playing Pavlyuchenko as a lone striker and matching Fulham’s five man midfield. That would have given Luka Modric more license to do what he does best. I think he can play in the centre of a three man midfield, but it asks a lot of him to play as one of two.
Luckily for Luka, Wilson Palacios produced one of his best performances for a long time. He was disciplined and won the ball back for us on so many occasions. When we had possession though, we struggled to carve out opportunities against a well organised Fulham.
Gareth Bale had a pretty decent game down the left, but it’s fair to say that his move to midfield saw him create less mayhem than he normally manages from left back. The full back positions have the most space in the modern game and when we have less injuries I hope that Bale returns to the left of our defence.
I was pleased with a draw and the opportunity to take Fulham back to the Lane, but must admit to thinking that Harry could have changed things round a little bit sooner in an effort to win the game. Yes, he had a lot of kids on the bench, but he also had Gudjohnsen and Defoe. With Pavlyuchenko and Crouch not really gelling, switching things around seemed a pretty obvious ploy, but we left it too late.
The replay on the 24th March will do me fine though. Fulham may work hard and get men behind the ball, but they also give you the opportunity to play. Hopefully, our side should look a little stronger in terms of personnel in a couple of weeks time and will have enough to progress to the semi finals.
What could possibly go wrong?