Mixed emotions over yesterday’s match. Ecstatic we’ve secured 12 points from 4 games, yet not content with the way we played. Nervously waiting for any news over Modric’s injury, yet ready to see who will step up and try to fill the void (i.e. Bentley, Gio). Was proud of Hudd’s display, yet left wondering why Palacios wasn’t as effective. Distraught over Ledley’s injury, but relieved that Woodie might be back in action sooner than expected.
Why do Spurs love to torture us fans?
Honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Guess I’m a masochist of sorts.
Birmingham deserve respect after last night. They really knew how to crawl under our skin. We kept pounding and pounding away, but by the end of the first half, we walked away with nothing. You could clearly see that our pace had slowed, our passes were sloppy and communication was nil. From a technical viewpoint, Birmingham nailed the first half. The 5 man midfield was effective. Side note: wasn’t it great fun watching Modric cut his way through and still manage to set up plays. I miss him already.
Crouch came on in the second half and injected some life into the squad. A sense of “hope”. Even scored a header to give us the lead (1-0). But credit to the visitors, within 3 minutes they came back with a goal of their own (1-1). “Hope” shot down with a 12 gauge. The high wore off a bit too quick for me.
Pav came on – finally – for Defoe (did JD intentionally avoid shaking hands with him?). Birmingham were on the Russian like… well, like Russians on a vodka bottle. 4 minutes of extra time were announced at the 90th. Ok boys, it’s now or never. Both teams started to pick up the pace; Birmingham giving us a few scares. But in the end, the glory would be all ours. ‘Aaza Blood saved the day once again with a heroic strike on goal in the dying seconds! I was in a state of shock.
All in all, a great victory for the boys. It’s depressing to think we may potentially lose King and Modric for a few months, but hey, that’s football. Especially at the highest level. We can’t sit back and depend on any single player. If we want to compete for Champion’s League football eventually, the team performing as a whole is what will make a difference. Harry Redknapp will need options to choose from so the reserves will play a huge role in our success. Yesterday was a prime example. I bet a lot of supporters were pessimistic when Modric walked out limping, but a few subs here and there and we were still determined to claim victory! That says a lot about our character this season.
I don’t know about you, but this bi-polar relationship I have with Tottenham is getting worse by the second; or wait, is it better by the second? I’m tired.
Video highlights HERE.