Swansea 0 Spurs 2
Spurs 1 West Ham 1
Spurs are now P4, W1, D1, L2 against West Ham since this Blog began. We lost 0-1 away in the league last season (Post 8), won 3-2 away in the league this season (Post 32) and lost 2-3 at Wembley in the Carabao Cup (Post 41). I detest West Ham.
David Moyes has replaced the hapless Bilic but the result was the same. A parked bus, a fluke goal, a night of frustration for Spurs. Thankfully Son scored a bullet on 84 minutes to level Obiang’s 70th minute strike, but a 1-1 draw was simply not good enough.
Spurs had 71% possession, 31 shots (v 3) with 8 on target (v 1), and 7 corners to 1, but this was another example of the only stat that matters being level at the end.
Just 48 hours earlier, Spurs had gone to Swansea and played them in a biblical rainstorm. Spurs had 68% possession, trying to pass the ball across the lake as if it was dry grass, managing 12 shots (v 8) with 5 on target (v 1). In truth, the win was lucky, achieved via an offside goal (Llorente, 12”) and a balletic last minute clincher (Dele, 89”), while Swansea spurned several 2nd half opportunities. But the important stats were a 2-0 win, 3 points, and a climb up to 5th in the table. Kane had suffered a Christmas cold and came on for Llorente after 68 minutes. There was no ‘hat-trick of hat-tricks’. But he created Dele’s goal with a magnificent assist (earlier, Eriksen assisted Llorente’s header with a pinpoint freekick).
Everything was set up for Spurs to be the only club to take a maximum 12 pnts over the Christmas-New Year period but the draw with West Ham resulted in a 3-1-0 record and 10 pnts. We remain 5th, on 41 points. Arsenal are 6th (39), Liverpool 4th (44), Chelsea 3rd (46), Man United 2nd (47) and City top (62). Everybody’s played 22 games. There are 48 points to play for. Thus our maximum haul is 89 which is only 3 more than we finished with last Season.
Tomorrow we host AFC Wimbledon in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup.