After an extremely rude awakening in Bern last night at the hands,or rather feet,of some of Switzerlands finest Young Boys,I took to looking for some positives’ which I could then take to offer some kind of comfort to all Spurs fans,and I believe I may have found something quite wonderful.
OK,so we have the basics of two away goals which will undoubtedly help us in the return leg,we shall also be playing for pride on what will be a return to grass o natural,not to mention the thirty odd thousand Tottenham fans which will I’m sure be belting out their very own rendition of When the Spurs go Marching in.
But more importantly I have found within our ranks a force that though may still by many be considered as a man in a bairns shadow.Yet I have to disagree and state otherwise as for me finally Tom Huddlestone can step out from beneath that darkness,which has for so long threatened to see him considered too soft to be a top class midfielder,and step forward to take the mantle held by some of the best footballers out there.His passing and movement has improved beyond recognition as has his desire to control those around him after finally finding his voice and directionality.
Again though we were poor last night,especially in the first thirty five minute or so,As Young Boys had our midfield and back four pushed against the wall threatening to add another goal every time they went forward,Dawson and Bassong seemed totally unsure as how to cope with what was coming at them,and our midfield could not keep control of the ball.Que the Hudmiester,as soon as he stepped onto the pitch everyone seemed to settle,whilst at the same time taking a belief from his very presence,his ball retainment inspired those around him to do the same and we finally began to look a much more cohesive unit.
Then came Bassongs’ goal just before half time which certainly gave the lads a lift,add to this the educated verbal Harry must have given them during the break and we then began a lot brighter after the re-start.where we took control of the game with most of our better work going through Tom.Yes there were still a few nervy moments toward the end before Pav scored a peach after some nice link up play with Keano.
But for me the main influence behind our turn of fortunes was the involvement of Tom Huddlestone,and I only hope this will aid his development even further so that finally he can take on a lighter shade of grey that befits his own towering persona.Follow @TrfficTottenham