It is with great pleasure that on behalf of all at North London Pride I Wish you all a Happy New Year and what a new year it could be. After what has been a very productive holiday period against Norwich and Watford who knows what might be possible when the premier League is so unpredictable.
As I have said previously, I have not been so optimistic about the possibilities for this squad of players for many a year and the way this season is going anything could happen. Now I do not believe for one minute that we are about to win this league this season but it is starting to look as though this team is about to give it a bloody good go.
Over the holiday period the team swept Norwich to one side and then won a very tricky fixture just outside London at Watford. The Norwich fixture was trickier initially than many thought it would be but as we gained control of the game there only looked like being one winner. Credit to Norwich for coming and having a go and with that attitude they should have enough about them to remain with us next season. They were one of the only teams to come to the Lane and effectively play two up top for most of the match and that may well be the way for them to survive.
Next up was a potentially difficult game at Vicarage Road. Watford have shown this season that you don’t need to sign big names to play good quality attacking football and get results against established Premier League teams. I attended this fixture with some trepidation and a win here was never going to be a ‘gimme’. Pochettino swapped to a back three with wing backs for this one to deal with Watfords wide crossing game and when they gifted Lamela a goal I just somehow knew it was not yet over. And so it proved. In Ighalo they have someone who surely will attract the interest of a number of bigger clubs than little Watford. At 1-1 the game could have gone either way despite neither team really testing the goalkeepers.
Then came what could have been the decisive moment as Ake got himself sent off for a tackle that was far worse than it appeared at the time. With Watford down to 10 men you would have backed Spurs to win but Watford actually looked the better team from that point on. A very nervous sequence of corners and the narrowest of Goal Technology decisions saving our embarrassment and then we get the ball up the other end and score.
Whilst this was not the most convincing of victories it was the type of win that teams that win trophies get from time to time. It is also the type of game where Spurs from seasons past would be more likely to lose than win and that is a pleasing aspect of this squad. They are not prepared to drop heads and roll over and that is a marked improvement we have seen in 2015.
So, onto 2016 and whatever that may bring. I am not going to make any predictions but hopefully I will enjoy the ride through until Mays knockings are done and dusted. I am sure their will be more disappointments (like Newcastle) but this team has shown that it knows how to react to them in the last three games and that bodes well for the future. Happy New year everyone.Why not register (It's free) and join in our discussions during the 2016/17 season
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