Sunday, November 25

White Hart pain…

Tottenham 3 West Ham 1

It’s bad viewing on the BBC sport text feed. Matt texts that events justify his non-attendance. We haven’t won at White Hart Lane since 1999 and haven’t even scored there since 2005. My decision to save £60 looks justified too.

The Match of the Day 2 evidence suggests we’re overawed from the start. Bale turns away from Noble too easily and crashes a shot against the bar. It’s so bad that Big Sam makes a tactical substitution after half an hour removing Maiga and bringing on Jarvis. Just as it looks like WHU might go in level at the break Jermain Defoe, almost on the halfway line, cuts inside two defenders on the right touchline, hares towards the edge of the box, twists inside Noble and sends an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner. Sadly, it’s a great goal from Judas.

We almost score after the interval when Nolan’s low cross is nearly tapped in by Jarvis only for Lloris to gather well. Then it’s all Spurs. Dempsey hits the bar with a fine lob and then sends Bale through with a nice chipped pass. The Spurs winger controls it well to prod home off the post but has lost his marker. Spurs’ third arrives after Diame is dispossessed in midfield and Lennon races down the right after beating Tomkins and cutting the ball inside to Defoe for a tap-in.

At least West Ham stage a late rally just as it looks as if all we can take from the game is that Matt Taylor’s moustache would not be out of place in The Darkness. Taylor’s cross is headed out by Caulker when it should be the keeper’s ball. Joey O’Brien crosses and Andy Carroll rises above the defence to loop his header into the top corner. Let’s hope the pony-tailed talisman goes on a run now. O’Brien misses a great chance from Taylor’s low cross and Reid heads at the keeper from the resulting corner, but it’s all too late.

To compound the day’s misery the West Ham fans are reported to the FA for alleged anti-Semitic chanting. Chanting “Paolo Di Canio” is fair enough as we always do that, but chanting “Lazio!” isn’t when Spurs had fans stabbed there in midweek. And as for hisses if they happened, only a moron would do that. And although the Spurs fans refer to themselves as "Yids”, I’ve always found the “We’ll be running round Tottenham” song goes too far. It’s not just banter and the whole embarrassing scenario, though it only came from a minority, sours an already depressing day. And has anyone chanting noticed our co-chairman David Gold is Jewish and suffered racism as he was growing up in Green Street? He deserves better than that.

Right then, so now all we have to do is win at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

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