Posted by: Paul | March 25, 2010

It really, really, really could happen?

A great night for Spurs fans last night. Not just in terms of the FA Cup win over Fulham, but also in the fact that both Man City and Aston Villa have now played all the games they had in hand over Spurs – and we’re still in 4th. A few more points advantage would not go amiss at all, but I’m happy that we’ve spent more weeks in 4th than everyone else this season, and never been below 6th in the table. And we still have to play City… though away. And all the top three. And and and. Long way to go yet.

But onto the FA Cup win. Even at 1-0 down in the first half and not playing that well, with Fulham pushing forward fearlessly, I wasn’t worried. We were making regular forays into their penalty area and though the end product was lacking, we were playing with skill and creativity and it was clear it was only a matter of time before we hit back. After second half substitutions which introduced Bentley, Pavlyuchenko and Huddlestone (though we lost Corluka to injury…please not another one on the crocked list!), we were back on terms through a fantastic Bentley free kick (with his first touch no less), who also set up the second for Super Pav, as he has become known.

I’ve always rated Pavlyuchenko. Always. What’s been abundantly clear to me throughout his time at Spurs, and highlighted by his recent stellar peformances, is that he had never been given a fair crack of the whip. I’ve been led to believe that there was a language issue, especially in the early days after Redknapp joined. But quality will out, and given a decent run in the team just look at what he can do. 9 goals in 8 games now! That’s almost a Rooney-type scoring rate. If only he’d been played from the start of the season.

Anyway, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Spurs vs Chelsea final. I just think that, brave as Portsmouth are being at the moment (including one great gesture from the players to save the jobs of 4 training ground staff), we’ll have too much for them, especially as Jamie O’Hara will be ineligible. Come on you Spurs!


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