Two wins on the trot after last weekend’s humiliating FA Cup exit at the hands of Fulham have re-ignited Spurs top four challenge. If nothing else the midweek victory over Blackburn and last night’s win over Bolton, demonstrated that Spurs can ride their luck and win ugly, if needs be. The resilience in the side never more emphatic than overcoming Van der Vaart’s missed penalty, our strikers’ ineptitude in front of goal (someone please explain the offside rule to Defoe!) and Gomes’ horrendous individual error (on the Bolton goal) to clinch three points in the dying minutes of the game.
That the winner was a wonder strike from Niko Kranjcar – Spurs forgotten man – makes for an even better story in the telling. Until you realize that just mere minutes before that goal, the White Hart Lane crowd cheered wildly when it was announced that our bitterest rivals had surrendered a FOUR goal lead at St James Park. Surely that lifted the players as well and it is perhaps not illogical to suggest that our rivals’ misfortunate provided impetus for our last gasp victory!
Again, our goals came from midfielders while our forwards continue to find the net in the Premier League (last count: Defoe – 0, Crouch -2, Pavlyuchenko – 5) and that is a statistic that needs to change radically in order for a second Champions League qualification to become a reality. At the end of the day, with Man Utd’s shock defeat at Wolves, we are now 2 points closer to Arsenal and three points to Man Utd. A long way to go but at least this Spurs team (and squad) has shown that it has the stomach for the fight!