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

11:01 31 March 2014

Luis Suarez (right) attempts to get past Younes Kaboul at Anfield

Luis Suarez (right) attempts to get past Younes Kaboul at Anfield

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Tottenham blogger George Lacey gives his verdict on yesterday’s humbling 4-0 defeat at Anfield.

Something is rotten in the state of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, with both manager Tim Sherwood and chairman Daniel Levy seemingly sharing the blame for what has turned out to be an embarrassing season for Spurs.

Going away to Liverpool would be an uphill task for a lot of top teams in Europe at the moment, but watching Spurs self-destruct yet again made our challenge even harder.

After losing 4-0 at Anfield, Spurs have now accumulated just one point from a possible 24 against the top four teams this season - a harrowing fact that puts any hopes of Champions League football to bed.

Conceding a calamitous own goal from Younes Kaboul two minutes into the game gave Spurs the worst possible start, and yet another defensive mistake led to Luis Suarez doubling the home side’s advantage.

A familiar Spurs capitulation then followed in a manner that the travelling fans have grown accustomed to this season.

Being humbled by a team that has stormed to the top of the Premier League with six games remaining may sound reasonable, but just a few weeks ago we were battling Liverpool for the highly-coveted fourth position.

And, having lost 5-0 at home in the reverse fixture back in December, yesterday’s lacklustre display didn’t look like evidence of a side gunning for revenge or battling for pride.

After Everton’s win on Sunday, the Toffees have now four points ahead of Spurs in fifth - and they also have a game in hand.

The bottom line is that Spurs have performed miserably against the Premier League’s elite teams and have been embarrassed in numerous fixtures against the top four.

On a personal note, I’ve yet to witness a season so humiliating in my 22 years as fan. At least during the days where we’d linger mid-table or consolidate a respected Europa League position, positive and attacking football would be highest on the manager’s agenda and at least there would be more incentive to visit White Hart Lane to watch Spurs entertain.

This season, I have watched a football club destroy the great progress it has made in the last five years. Ploughing through in excess of £100million on players and two managers in one season, Spurs have become a laughing stock.

Growing up, I remember licking my lips at the thought of travelling to the Lane to watch personal heroes such as David Ginola, Robbie Keane and more recently superstars like Rafael van der Vaart, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.

The entertainers that Spurs fans are so used to watching are now distant memories. Instead, there is now a squad of players who, after 32 Premier League games, still look like they’ve just met in the park.

Having to stomach Spurs’ regress this season has been horrible but, with just six games left now, here’s hoping the players we have can display more of the passion witnessed in last week’s second half against Southampton.

Follow me on Twitter @GeorgeLacey_


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