Spurs held their own in the first half, and possibly even had the better of the possession, with maybe less chances than Chelsea. Tim Sherwood's special game plan, and Spurs' hopes fell part after Jan Vertonghen's simply horrible error after 55 minutes, when the left back gifted an attempted back pass under pressure to Eto'o, who gleefully finished off, and celebrated in the corner of the Matthew Harding stand, doing his best imitation of an old man, as a riposte to recent Mourinho comments on his age.
Within minutes, the game was over as a competition, when Younes Kaboul was adjudged to have fouled Eto'o, and moreover decreed to have prevented a goal-scoring opportunity. Referee Michael Oliver showed occasional Spurs player Kaboul a red card, and Eden Hazard coolly slotted home the spot kick.
Two late gifts to substitute Demba Ba completed another Chelsea rout against Spurs, who will have to wait till next season for another crack at defeating a hoodoo of no away wins here for what will be 25 years in 2015. Quite frankly, that little factoid is a disgrace, and whatever you say about our first half performance, another big defeat to a top four side has truly put us in our place, with Champions League football surely beyond us now.
Like everyone else who has heard the sad news today (7th March, 2014) and commented, I was deeply saddened by the news about the sudden death of Darren Alexander, who was the co-chairman of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust.
I am proud to have known Darren for quite a few years, and to have been counted as a friend and colleague on the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust.
I didn't always agree with Darren's views, nor did I always fully comprehend his humour. That was partly because Darren seemed to know something about everything, when mere mortals like you and me would be sometimes blissfully unaware of an item of news or topical information.
Darren had a lot of friends and good contacts. He always used that knowledge and his insight for good and positive reasons when it came to Tottenham Hotspur.
Darren literally bled Tottenham Hotspur, and for many years, even before his appointment to the board of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust, he worked tirelessly for the benefit of ordinary Tottenham fans.
Darren has been a driving force behind the re-incarnation of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust, and as my friend Chris Fincham has commented (on my message board), it is so ironic that Darren, a man of the Jewish faith, did not hear the news today that proceedings against three Spurs fans have been discontinued by the CPS over the use of the "Y" word.
May the continuing strengthening of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters'Trust, together with fairness for all Spurs fans, be his legacy.
I would say that perhaps Spurs could win tomorrow for Darren, but I feel the need to keep it real. I am sure that amongst we fans at Stamford Bridge there will be some sort of remembrance of Darren.
Finally, may I offer my sincere condolence to Katrina Law, who has been by Darren's side in recent times, and has supported him so wholeheartedly both at a personal level, and of course in her work for the Spurs Trust.
Most especially, we must think of and pray for Darren's family, who have been struck so cruelly, to lose a loved one so much before his time.
R.I.P Darren. You will be missed so much.
Spurs Odyssey Premier League Match Report - Spurs v Cardiff, 02.03.14
Spurs had a scare when their former centre-half, now Cardiff Captain Steven Caulker headed against the crossbar from a corner, but other than that, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side hardly looked like scoring, after Roberto Soldado had scored his first goal since December, which proved enough to secure all three points for Spurs.
The game rarely excited the crowd, many of whom had been watching the Capital One Cup Final which delayed the kick-off for half an hour.
Manchester City's 3-1 win over Sunderland probably means that finishing in sixth place will secure European football next season, but of course, Tim Sherwood is still targeting a top four place.
Spurs will need to play more incisively than they did today if they are to achieve the top four objective.
Spurs missed a chance to go above West Ham at the top of the table with this game of two halves. Reading got back into the game from corner kicks, where their big defenders were able to out-jump the Spurs defence. Lack of experience led to Spurs not controlling the game when in front and when chasing it having fallen behind. Once ahead Reading were putting their bodies on the line to block shots.
While West Ham did not play today, Fulham had a 2-0 victory at Norwich to go above them on goal difference. Spurs are now three points behind the two with a game in hand. Spurs next game is away to Aston Villa on the 15th.
As I predicted (with even the scoreline accurate), it was indeed an exciting night at White Hart Lane, as Emmanuel Adebayor led Spurs to the Round of 16 and a lip-smacking tie against Benfica. Spurs had gone one down on the night and 2-0 on aggregate, before Christian Eriksen levelled on the night with a super free kick.
Soon after Eriksen's goal, there was a melee in the Dnipro Area, after Andros Townsend had been stopped unfairly in full flight. Dnipro's goal-.scorer Zozulya head-butted Jan Vertonghen, with whom he had been having a duel all night long. Referee Antony Gautier pulled out a red card, and Spurs soon took the vital two goal advantage, thanks to sharp finishing by Adebayor, now Spurs' top scorer.
This was a narrow victory for the home side in a game of few chances. It was not a negative game as both sides looked to get the ball forward and spread the play in an open game. Spurs had the most chances but could not score.
Spurs' next game is at home to West Bromwich Albion on the 10th March and they need a win to stop the slide down the table. It seems a long time ago when last season Spurs finished top of the table.
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