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Spurs Armchair Diary

Year 2012/2013   (Phespirit supports Tottenham Hotspur F.C. from the comfort of his armchair)

Spurs Armchair Diary, season 2012/2013. Notwithstanding the disappointment of being denied a Champions League place this season, life has been very good for Spurs in recent years. Now the club jeopardises everything with sweeping changes. Harry Redknapp is sacked; in comes Andre Villas-Boas. Out go Kranjčar, Ćorluka, Pienaar, Nelsen and Alnwick, with Modrić, Bassong and Dawson(!) likely to follow. In comes Gylfi Sigurðsson, Jan Vertonghen, maybe Adebayor, plus a lot of worry.
2012/2013 Final position:   F.A. Premier League - 5th

Tuesday 21 May 2013   [21:22 BST]

Spurs 1 - 0 Sunderland : So it wasn't to be. Despite a decent run of matches to the end of the season - two-all draws at Wigan and Chelsea, a 2-1 win at Stoke, and 1-0 home wins against Southampton and Sunderland - once more Spurs miss out on a Champions League place, pipped by Arsenal with just one point the difference. Looking back, the 0-1 defeat at home to Fulham immediately after being knocked out of the Europa League after extra-time and penalties in Basel was probably the one match of all matches that proved critical.

There needs to be much activity in transfer market this summer, not least to acquire (arguably) three strikers. Of course, the best bit of business would be to pursuade Gareth Bale to sign a new contract. Despite the denials, Spurs have indeed been a one-man team since the turn of the year. He deserves more support.

Sunday 21 April 2013   [19:29 BST]

Spurs 3 - 1 Manchester City : Fantastic result against all odds. Not least from being a goal down after five minutes to equalising in the 75th and then being 3-1 up seven minutes later. It may be just a shade too late now for top four finish, but top five is looking a bit more solid. Helpfully Everton lost at Sunderland yesterday and Liverpool drew with Chelsea today.

This win follows three successive two-all draws: home and away to Basel in the Europa league (4-1 defeat on penalties) and at home to Everton in the Premier League. It's now a three-way tussle between Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal for third and fourth place. Arsenal have the momentum and the easier run in. Chelsea have an extra point and a far better goal difference. It'll be close, though.

Sunday 31 March 2013   [10:11 BST]

Swansea City 1 - 2 Spurs : A nervy, nervy finish but Spurs hold on for a much-needed three points after three successive defeats. The second of those, in the Europa Cup, was the most horrible to watch. Having cruised to a 3-0 first-leg lead against Inter Milan, but with a yellow card for Bale meaning he was suspended for the second leg, there followed the inevitable agony of watching all the goals being pulled back at the San Siro to take the match to extra time. Mercifully Adebayor got the vital away goal early in the first period of extra time to avoid the need for penalties and ultimately to take Spurs through. It's Basel in the next round, with the home leg first again. Here are all the results in March prior to the win at Swansea:

Monday 25 February 2013   [22:35 GMT]

West Ham United 2 - 3 Spurs : This is becoming very, very special. Spurs have had more than their fair share of outstanding players over the decades but the current form of Gareth Bale is almost unprecedented. The only tragedy is that surely this will be his last season with the club. Football's natural order sees to it that no-one this exceptional remains free from the clutches of Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United past another transfer window. His recent record:

Sunday 20 January 2013   [21:42 GMT]

Spurs 1 - 1 Manchester United : A respectable point against the league leaders keeps Spurs relatively comfortable in fourth place and in with a shout for Champions League qualification. The best thing about this result was getting the equaliser in the second minute of stoppage time, having fallen behind in the 25th minute. So many times Spurs have lost a lead late on this season, and so many times United have snatched results at the death, this reversal of fortunes makes a refreshing change.

Other results in 2013: a 3-1 home win against Reading, a 3-0 defeat of Coventry in the FA Cup, and then a goalless draw away to QPR last week. Now unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions; five wins, three draws. It's good form.

Saturday 29 December 2012   [19:48 GMT]

Sunderland 1 - 2 Spurs : This win away to a team that has recently found a bit of form crowns an excellent month for Spurs. Six wins and a draw in eight matches. The other results were:

Sunday 25 November 2012   [18:49 GMT]

Spurs 3 - 1 West Ham United : A good result was needed. The Wigan home loss had been followed by further Premier League defeats away to Man City (2-1) and Arsenal (a repeat of last year's 5-2, thanks largely to Adebayor getting sent off for a needless challenge early with the game at 0-1 after he himself had opened the scoring). This was comfortable enough, however, against a West Ham side that had somehow climbed to an unlikely seventh place in the table.

Amidst the league matches were Europa cup games at home to Maribor and away to Lazio. These finished 3-1 and 0-0 respectively, which means a win or draw at home to Panathanaikos guarantees qualification. Defeat means elimination, with Panathanaikos qualifying instead. All to play for.

Sunday 4 November 2012   [21:46 GMT]

Spurs 0 - 1 Wigan Athletic : Mixed results since the high of a win at Old Trafford. This dire home defeat by Wigan is the season's low point. Between high and low:

Sunday 30 September 2012   [20:05 BST]

Manchester United 2 - 3 Spurs : It seems almost inconceivable. The fixture that's always a write-off. The one where even having the ball a yard across the line in a scoreless final minute is not enough to count as a goal. The one that's seen 22 home wins and four draws since 1989 but never an away win. And now ..... Spurs have won it. Largely due to an utterly dominant first-half performance, which itself was in no small measure due to lethargic play by United. Hanging on grimly at the end, but hanging on victoriously. Andre Villa-Boas has given the fans at least one good day.

Sunday 23 September 2012   [21:35 BST]

Spurs 2 - 1 Queen's Park Rangers : The unconvincing start to the season continues. One-all from a good performance at home to West Brom was followed, by one-all from a poor performance at home to Norwich, but then a 3-1 win away to bottom club Reading, and Thursday's very unlucky nil-nil at home Lazio in the Europa Cup. This home win was lucky. A weakened QPR were the better team in the first half and went in a goal up. The equaliser on the hour was from an own goal, and then on-form Defoe popped up for the winner a minute later. Spurs remain a work in progress with not much time to get it right; Villas-Boas is under pressure, however convincing his show of shrugging it off may be.

Monday 27 August 2012   [10:55 BST]

Spurs 1 - 1 West Bromwich Albion : The 2-1 defeat up at Newcastle on the opening day was no surprise. This draw, however, was much more of a disappointment. Not least of all because the West Brom equaliser came in the 90th minute after three very scrappy minutes in which Spurs never managed to keep the ball. In both games Spurs dominated the first half in terms of quality of play, possession and chances created so it's not all bad news but, having entered this season with less enthusiasm and expectation than in recent times, these early results will have done little to lift spirits.