The ghost of Paul Stalteri


It’s happening again. On another day when it looked again like Spurs would fail to capitalise on other results and a draw would be good they finally won a game.

There are some Spurs fans out there too young to remember what a league victory was.

It’s been a while, first game in October, four league games all drawn, seven games in total without a victory and for a long time it looked like a draw would be about as good as it gets against West Ham.

That unbeaten recorded looked to be going with another woeful performance.

A bright start, Eriksen had the ball in the net, a glorious ball pinged from Dier in defence but the Dane was offside. And with that both he and Spurs disappeared.

They had all the ball in that first half, just did nothing with it. Not a single shot on target in that first half, it was woeful. As with the Dane. What is up with Eriksen, he just disappears, melts away, a provides nothing for the team. Hell even his free-kicks rage between pathetic and laughable these days. His corners have for the most part been crap since the start.

Eriksen has played in every league and European game, bar one, this season, he’s been subbed only 3 times, within 90 minutes, out of those 15 games. Has scored no goals and has just three assists. Spurs are starting with a player light and playing all the game that way, with Eriksen as he is now.

The opener came while Spurs were doing this mannequin challenge crap. Danny Rose standing playing two of theirs onside, while the rest stand and watch Antonia power in and head home.

Would Pochettino, having watched this shambles, make any changes at half-time. Yes, I am joking.

No he sent the same XI, or X with Eriksen, out for the second half and waited too long for his 60th minute change. 68 minutes when Dele replaced Janssen. The Dutch striker having just given away the penalty that West Ham regained the lead from.

Before that he had a hand in the equaliser. His shot from Rose’s cross saved to the feet of Winks for the 20 year old to put away his first goal on his first start.

As Winks wheeled away to celebrate by jumping into the arms of Pochettino, and then be swamped by his team-mates, somewhere Jim Bowen turned to the 24 year old Tom Carroll and said look at what you could have won. Carroll failed to make the first team squad, yet again. Winks was the real highlight for most of the game.

So then Janssen hauled back the West ham player to give away the spot kick. Mike Dean was giving those, quite rightly, at the beginning of the season, somehow he failed to give it when Kane was hauled back in the first half.

Spurs were on the up when the penalty was scored. It looked like a complete momentum killer. As did the substitution Pochettino made. Son for Dembele. Don’t know how Eriksen stayed on. Son started poorly, looking lightweight and fitting in perfectly with the rubbish being played around him.

Then he did what nobody n white had done before. Got to the byline. He put the cross in which just curled away from the ‘keeper enough that he couldn’t get a lot on the ball to stop it landing at the feet of Kane for the tap in.

A minute of real time left. Oh, well still unbeaten with another draw and then Son gets to the byline again, this time cutting back he’s take down as the sliding defender hooks his foot. How anyone can complain about it being given is beyond me, did they even need to look at it on the highlights?

Kane puts it away.

Just time for Reid to lose his head get booked twice and be sent off.

It’s only that lot, but it’s a come from behind, twice, victory. It’s an actual bloody victory, it’s making up points on those above that only drew at the weekend. It’s still unbeaten, still only played one decent game and still only a point off fourth and four off top.

You know if they could finally get it to click…

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