A real tough one to take for Rafa and the lads today, with a late Dubravka error costing us in a game where we were good value for a point.
Spurs missed the odd big chance, but we generally restricted them to very few openings and defended well – with Perez and Rondon both going close at the other end (the latter hit the post!).
A frustrating result, with a late error spoiling the great defensive work we put in for 83 minutes, however it’s still been a VERY good week for us. We’ve come out of it with three more points than I anticipated and one particular signing I was not expecting to arrive – and he (Almiron) looks set to be available in our next game at Wolves.
The three centre-backs were brilliant – particularly Lascelles who has looked a different player since Lejeune came back. Longstaff put in another classy display, Perez showed a few moments of brilliance (as if he knew his place in the side is at risk after Almiron’s arrival) and Rondon was a key presence up top again, winning several flick ons and being at the heart of any attacks we strung together. In Dubravka’s defence, he was quick off his line and commanding all game prior to the mistake. Everyone makes mistakes and this has been one of VERY few we’ve seen over the last year.
Here’s how the table looks after today’s results – albeit before Burnley vs Southampton, Chelsea vs Huddersfield, Palace vs Fulham, Brighton vs Watford (3pm kick offs) and Cardiff vs Bournemouth (5.30pm):
Next up we’ll face a trip to Wolves a week on Monday, followed by two huge back-to-back home games against Huddersfield and Burnley:
- Wolves (A)
- Huddersfield (H)
- Burnley (H)
- West Ham (A)
- Everton (H)
Our tough run is now over, with us now coming through games against Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea and Man City over the past month.
Hopefully we can now kick on and make use of the favourable fixtures set to come our way – with there being plenty positives to take from today in defeat.
Keep up our good record against teams in the bottom half and we’ll be fine – especially if we can continue defending well and receive a real boost following Almiron’s arrival.