Monday 22nd November 2010
When you play a fixture year in year out the law of averages alone dictates eventually the result will go against you. Even though it is a full 17 years since it last happened I'm not going to pretend that it's a statistic that softens the blow.
Although I am still scratching my head as to how we managed to lose a game we dominated for such long periods, overall I cannot suggest there is anything positive to take from the match itself.
Chelsea losing however, means this increasingly strange season remains with us in the mix for the title. Losing three home games however, is poor in any season. Saturday's needs to be the last I feel if we are to remain challengers.
Every goal we concede is frustrating of course but it was the second that felt so incredibly pointless and avoidable. Even at 2-1 down I felt extremely confident we would go on and win the game. It was still us probing to increase our lead and I never at any stage felt we wouldn't take the three points.
It is this of course, along with the fact we were so, so dominant in gaining our two-goal half time lead that makes it so gutwrenching.
Unfortunately local rivalry dictates for the first time for a generation we have to take the ribbing on the chin.
How do we get over that sickening feeling? For me personally the answer is two-fold. If you have any Spurs supporting mates ask them how they have dealt with it for so long year in year out.
Fortunately I don't so I've gone for the second option of a Portuguese general strike forced extended trip to Braga where we've all agreed to drown our temporary sorrows.
We need to keep our heads up as fans and remain loud and proud.
As we look to bounce back from Donetsk, our team very much need to do exactly the same.
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