Crystal Palace 0 Spurs 1
“I’d take another 1-0, but would prefer something more comfortable and enjoyable.”
Neither comfortable nor enjoyable. Yet another gritty, lacklustre and unlucky performance against Palace. But in the end 1-0 and 3 points. That’s all that matters. Two Seasons ago, Spurs draw this game. Our ability to ‘find a way’ is evolving as this team matures.
The match itself was about as one-sided as a 1-0 can be. Spurs had 76% possession, 13 corners (to 3), 14 shots (to 5) and committed 5 fouls (to 12). We also should have had at least one penalty (Davies), perhaps another (Kane given marginally offside) or even two (Dele fouled by Van Aanholt), but the media controversy was reserved for Dele’s second penalty shout, a supposed ‘dive’ (when challenged by Wayne Hennessy). Rather like when Bale used to be accused of diving in Spurs colours, the loudest accusations on social media were made by people who’ve never moved at the pace Bale did, where a slight touch could tip his balance. In Dele’s case, it’s his slight ‘bambi tendency’ to try and sway round defenders on his long legs. But, TBF, he does sometimes try to buy freekicks and penalties and he needs to cut it out. Otherwise he won’t get the genuine ones.
In the end it was Kane (who else?) who found a way. He’d missed a couple of relative sitters (for him). But he rose in the 88th minute and powered a header across goal, off an Eriksen corner, bending back Hennessy’s fingertips. It was his 134th goal for Spurs and the 150th of his club career (16 on loan).
Spurs are up to 4th in the Premier League table which looks like this:
- Man City P 27 Pnts 72 (2.67 per match)
- Man United P 28 Pnts 59 (2.11)
- Liverpool P 28 Pnts 57 (2.04)
- Spurs P 28 Pnts 55 (1.96)
- Chelsea P 28 Pnts 53 (1.89)
- Arsenal P 27 Pnts 45 (1.67)
Man City thrashed Arsenal 3-0 in the Carabao Cup Final and Man United edged Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford. Man City go to the Emirates on Thursday evening to play their postponed PL game.
Meanwhile, back in N17 …
Our new Stadium is more or less on schedule, albeit the roof lift has been slightly delayed by high winds and bad weather. The Club cannot give an exact date for completion. Contingency plans exist for next Season but every effort is being made for us to be in the new stadium by then. There are currently 2,100 workers on site 24/7.
The Club is highly likely to request that we play the first few matches of next Season away from home. The 3rd – 11th September is an ‘international break’, meaning that mid-September may well be the date of our first home PL game. This has apparently always been the likely schedule.
Parts of the stadium have been ‘future proofed’ for safe standing. This means that sections of the single-tier South stand (home supporters) and some of the Away section have been earmarked for conversion to standing, should legislation allow.
Unless and until a naming rights deal is achieved, the stadium will be called Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.