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Inside Lane: A Spurs fan’s view of the defeat at Chelsea

Tottenham's Hugo Lloris, Michael Dawson, Kyle Naughton and Younes Kaboul are dismayed as the referee awards Samuel Eto'o (right) a penalty, which made it 2-0 and left the visitors with 10 men. Tottenham's Hugo Lloris, Michael Dawson, Kyle Naughton and Younes Kaboul are dismayed as the referee awards Samuel Eto'o (right) a penalty, which made it 2-0 and left the visitors with 10 men.

By George Lacey
Monday, March 10, 2014
11:26 AM

Tottenham blogger George Lacey looks back on Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and reflects on Tim Sherwood’s post-match comments.

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Another big game produced another capitulation for Spurs, leading to a harrowing post-match interview with Tim Sherwood.

We are the masters of our own downfall, especially in the big clashes, and Saturday’s 4-0 loss against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was another crushing blow to an already wounded animal.

When the Tottenham team was announced prior to kick-off, it was evident that not one of our summer signings would feature in our starting line-up.

Spending upwards of £100million last summer after the sale of Gareth Bale has not just backfired but has helped to besmirch the face of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

Sherwood had his reasons for picking such a team, which included the returning Gylfi Sigurdsson, but the rejuvenated Roberto Soldado - who scored from open play in last week’s 1-0 win over Cardiff - was an unused substitute, which was a poor decision.

When not one of our summer recruits were chosen for battle, I felt hard done by, and a very disjointed Spurs outfit were already up against what was a very strong Chelsea XI.

Watching Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon charging about up front from the first whistle made uncomfortable viewing.

However, we went in at half-time at 0-0, having looked comfortable in the first period, all things considered.

We held our own for 45 minutes at the Bridge but, yet again, just when you’re thinking about the possibility of getting something from a game after expecting so little, Spurs reached for the self-destruct button, and we watched our sorry little world continue to collapse around us.

West Ham United have visited White Hart Lane twice this season and beat us on both occasions in the Premier League and Capital One Cup - 3-0 and 2-1 respectively.

After that 3-0 loss in particular, I thought Spurs, managed by Andre Villas-Boas at the time, had experienced their lowest point in the season.

However, games against Manchester City and Liverpool were equally if not more embarrassing, and Spurs’ latest capitulation paints a very ugly picture.

The 4-0 scoreline maybe flattered the home side, and having to play with 10 men against the league leaders - who were 2-0 up for the last half an hour - was just farcical and the game was over.

Sherwood’s post-match comments also left a very sour taste in the mouth. Giving the players a rollicking for a second-half horror show is adequate, but publicly writing off the club’s hopes of a top-four finish and questioning the players’ “gut” and fight for the cause was an unsavoury attack.

If we had fielded a team as strong as our squad suggests, then perhaps we may have got something from the game.

However, all you can expect is misery when you turn up to play Chelsea with an unbalanced line-up, lacking the quality to compete with a side deservedly sitting top of the Premier League.

I believe Spurs’ chances of a top-four finish were buried deep on Saturday, and the only consolation for us now would be a win over our arch-rivals Arsenal at the Lane next Sunday to install some pride back amongst the fans.

Follow me on Twitter @GeorgeLacey_

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