My thoughts on Spurs’ defeat to West Ham: one game does not make a season!
Suggestions that Spurs ‘bottled it’ after last nights 1-0 defeat to West Ham are completely absurd, Pochettino’s side fell to their first league defeat in 10 matches after losing 1-0 to Slavan Bilic’s West Ham side. It was a game in which Pochettino’s players knew they had to win, a fiercely contested London Derby which would push them to the limits both physically and mentally. The hammers parked the bus from the minute go, their ultra defensive style of play strangling our creativity across the park. Bilic had his side incredibly well structured, their objective was simply to nick a winner on the counter attack. It became evident from the opening stages of the game that Spurs weren’t as sharp as normal, our intensity seemed to be lacking against a side that was very much up for it. West Ham managed to carve a couple of dangerous openings to no avail, whilst Spurs struggled to create barely anything at the other end. Neither side had control of the game, Pochettino’s team looking exhausted from the exerting north London Derby the following Sunday. But they still looked as if they’d grow into the game, the reality was that we were deeply missing the creative spark that is Mousa Dembele, who was once again named on the bench. We were struggling to get the ball to Kane who would be met by two West Ham players upon every opportunity. Our attack may not have dazzled during the game, but it was our unusually nervy defence that was the real cause for concern.
Manuel Lanzini scored what would prove to be the winner on 65 minutes in what was a slightly fortuitous goal for the Argentine. West Ham deserved their victory they were the better side at the end of the day, we may well have dominated possession and had 11 attempts on goal but Spurs just weren’t creative enough, they’d ran out of energy, which is hardly surprising considering the run they’ve been on. No team in this league can sustain that high pressing style of play for the whole season, it’s simply not possible. We were always going to lose one of our remaining games before the end of the season, and unfortunately it happened in a crucial London Derby. Yes Pochettino’s players were at fault barring Eric Dier who I thought played very well, but they’d been on an astonishing run of winning 9 league matches in a row, they’ve created memories that will last a life time. Every Spurs fans knows this is just the beginning of an exciting long term project, financially we have no right to be challenging for the league, the fact that we’re miles ahead of clubs like Man City and Man united just goes to show the incredible work that Pochettino is doing at this club. This team hasn’t ‘bottled’ anything, we’re one of the most exciting teams in the world, we’ve just three games left to secure a second place finish, the title race may be all but over. However, our glory, glory years are fast approaching. Let’s make next Sunday’s last ever game at White Hart Lane, one that no one will ever forget. COYS