So Spurs came up against a truly mighty reds side and lost a decent game 3-1 in the FA Cup 4th round. I’m interested to know how Spurs fans feel at the end of a momentous week. The win against Arsenal was long overdue and thrilling, even for a northern footie fan. But today….?
It was a very good Cup match but not a classic. Man U looked a bit listless to me early on, and let’s face it a promotional jaunt to Saudi Arabia mid week cannot have been the best preparation. If they’d lost today would the £1m Saudi money have been worth it? Not as far as the fans are concerned I’m sure. But Tottenham came with a decent game plan – they do look sharper and better prepared tactically under Ramos – and they took the game to Utd and a deserved lead after 24 minutes from a Keane tap-in.
But gradually Man U turned up the heat and Spurs seemed to wilt to me. They were still in it all the way through to the 3rd Utd goal, even down to 10 men, but as the game wore on they became easier to torment. And Ronnie did his usual brace. They are lacking King at the back and it was no surprise to hear that they’d virtually signed Woodgate today. Kaboul must be out and Chimbonda too so some full backs might be needed although O’Hare did pretty well against Ronaldo. A goalie must be a priority as well. But there was some bite lacking in midfield I thought – maybe it’s King again. A cheeky bid for Carrick might be interesting and he’d certainly tidy things up there.
Anyway after Man City’s sad loss today that’s just 6 Premiership sides left now in the Cup, including the big 4, who are monopolising this trophy now. I argued in an earlier posting that the FA need to make it far more attractive for other sides to win it. Now that the FA have missed the opportunity to push EUFA to gift the winners a Champs League slot, I’m convinced they need to make the prize fund special – like £50m. That will focus the minds of teams I’m sure and it’s not like the FA can’t afford it.
Finally, the fun at Newcastle Utd never stops does it. I’m convinced they could be in the relegation mire by the end of February. I keep reading that KK’s in for virtually everybody but the transfer window’s closing and nobody’s sorted yet. Even Woodgate turned them down yesterday and that was after Shearer rejected the job of No 2 at St James’. That honeymoon period might be over fairly soon. A Newcastle fan on 6.06 tonight was already talking about getting KK out and Shearer in. There’s no hope for them is there?
Football eh? Bloody hell.