Posted by: Paul | September 30, 2010

Heroes and Villains

The text commentary on the BBC website at half time during Spurs second Champion’s League group game (I can still hardly believe I’m typing those words) read ‘Heurelho Gomes the hero and Rafael Van der Vaart the villain…’ as Spurs went in at 0-0.

I thought ‘that’s a bit unfair!’ VdV had just missed a questionable penalty, and who among footballers who take them can say they don’t miss the odd one now and again? He’d had a great first half up to that point, arguably Spurs’ best player, and put in a feisty performance which made me think ‘he needs to be a bit careful or he’ll get himself sent off.’

And so it proved. After putting us 1-0 ahead within minutes of the restart, followed by a second goal from Pavlyuchenko (who continues to justify my faith in his ability), VdV crashed into a clumsy challenge, saw red, and departed.

But what a change for Tottenham from that point. In a first half which had been an entertaining, high-tempo contest, 0-0 was a fair scoreline. But clearly Harry had put a rocket up the team at half time and out they came to catch on fire, despite the torrential rain. Twente pulled a goal back, but after that it was almost as if Spurs were playing with 12 men, or Twente who had been reduced to 10. We were all over them without reply – Bale excellent as usual, Huddlestone proving a rock in the middle and even our loose defending was shored up enough to stop us leaking further goals.

So the resulting 4-1 victory is enough to put us level on points with Inter Milan, of all teams, and just one goal behind – with us to visit the San Siro next. Bring. It. On.

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