Rochdale 2 Spurs 2 (FA Cup 5th Round)
Draws at Southampton, Newport County, Liverpool, Juventus and Rochdale mean that Spurs have now drawn 5 consecutive away games in all competitions, the joint-longest such streak in our Club’s history.
Let’s not count our chickens. But the FA Cup draw has given us a good chance of at least another Semi-Final. Beat Rochdale at Wembley and we travel to Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea. Win that, and a grudge Semi-Final with Chelsea looms, or Man United, perhaps Southampton, even Wigan (conquerors of Man City)? With Liverpool, Arsenal and City all knocked out, a route to domestic silverware has opened up.
Pochettino picked a vastly different line-up to the team that drew in Turin. Yet again, like at Newport, Spurs allowed a lower division team to play their best, instead of starting hard, fast and imposing ourselves. Credit to Rochdale. They took the lead and then equalised with the last kick of the game. Lucas Moura was the only stand-out player for Spurs.
Crystal Palace v Spurs
To accommodate our replay with Rochdale, our PL fixture at Palace has been brought forward to Sunday midday (from Monday evening).
Since this Blog began, we’ve had 2 close matches with Palace, both 1-0 wins (Posts 3 and 45). During last Season’s run-in, an Eriksen strike earned us 3 points, in a gritty, uninspired performance. Earlier this Season (5th November), another wonderful strike by Son, allied to resilient defence and some luck, proved just enough for the win.
I’d take another 1-0, but would prefer something more comfortable and enjoyable.
As I wrote back in mid January (Post 59), rumblings out of THFC suggest that new contracts are in the offing, with raises for Kane, Dele, Eriksen, Son and Vertonghen. Unfortunately, it seems that Toby’s long-stalled negotiations looks like they might end in his departure this Summer.
In the same post I predicted that Lucas Moura would join in January, which he did. Rumours of Ryan Sessegnon coming to White Hart Lane this Summer grow more persistent.
I expect us to do most, if not all, of our contract and transfer business unusually early this Summer, at least as far as incomings are concerned.