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Feb 092011

I was thinking about this earlier when I looked at our results this season and how many of our games finished up 2-1 to us which only highlights our inability to kill teams off after we have established a lead.

We have had quite a few 1-1 draws too which could have been turned into wins had we been more ruthless. We seem to either go behind and then make a comeback to get something from the game or we take a 1-0 lead but always allow the other team back into the match, you only have to look at our most recent game against Bolton for proof of that.

It’s astonishing for a club like ours and where we are today to have not even picked up a 3-0 win in the league, we like to make things difficult for ourselves and never comfortable, maybe that’s why we are so entertaining to watch because the game is never over if Tottenham are playing. Why this season do we struggle to kill teams off, why do we rarely take the lead and then double it before half time and set ourselves up for what should be a straight forward second half? What is it about us, is it the lack of a top class striker that really could be the difference between us allowing teams back into matches rather than killing them off?

It makes you wonder, all them games we have only just edged, if we hadn’t scored that one extra goal then where would we be in the league now? You have to take the negatives with the positives and flip it on its side to see that this season teams seem to struggle to kill us off also and we have picked up so many points from losing positions, almost like Man Utd do week in week out, the winners mentality!

Feb 072011

Harry Redknapp is expecting Gareth Bale to play against Sunderland at the weekend after his latest injury. It comes at a great time for the Spurs boss after suffering injuries to Luka Modric and most recently Van der Vaart picking up an injury in the Bolton game at the weekend.

Bale limped off against Newcastle a few weeks ago with a bad back and has been out ever since but last week started training with the first team again. The Bolton game came too soon for Harry to consider Bale in the team and will instead look to the clash at the Stadium Of Light as Bale’s return fixture. With other players out injured, Harry will need to make the decision whether to gamble and include Bale from the start of to put him on the bench.

Niko Kranjcar who scored the winning goal at the weekend would have probably been in contention for a place in the team but it won’t be on the left if Bale is back. Bale is however sitting out the midweek game for Wales against the Republic Of Ireland, Harry didn’t want him involved in an international so soon and the decision was made not to include Bale.