Search

Inside Lane: A Spurs fan’s view of the home win over Crystal Palace

11:04 13 January 2014

Tottenham

Tottenham's Jermain Defoe (centre) beats Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak at White Hart Lane

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tottenham blogger George Lacey looks back on Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane.

Spurs bounced back from their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates as the same side triumphed by the same scoreline at home against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

After a week’s break - which probably felt like a fortnight given our busy Christmas fixture list – we secured another three points, and Tim Sherwood has now won four of his five league games in charge.

The highlight of a very poor first half was arguably one of the worst penalties ever seen in the Premier League - Jason Puncheon’s early howler had more chance of finding the net at Selhurst Park in south London rather than the goal he was supposedly aiming at.

Given that Jermain Defoe’s transfer to Toronto FC was confirmed on Friday, there was a certainly inevitability about him coming off the bench and scoring the second goal.

Christian Eriksen had already put Tottenham ahead when Defoe trotted onto the pitch to replace the disappointing Roberto Soldado, and his appearance was met with rapturous applause - a heartwarming reception which proved that his enthusiasm for goals in a Spurs shirt will be sorely missed.

So, given the striker’s upcoming departure at the end of February, should Tottenham delve into the transfer market and spend more money on a frontman or use the squad we have?

Questions have already been posed to Sherwood regarding the possibilities of more incomings, but our new boss hasn’t given too much away.

Personally, I feel we definitely need another out-and-out goalscorer to play in the No9 role, as the signing of Soldado simply hasn’t gone to plan.

If Harry Kane is to go back out on loan, that would leave us with just two main strikers to choose from and, although Defoe will still be around for a month after the window closes, we don’t want to fall short in the league in the last 10 games, when we need goals.

Maybe the best short-term solution would be to bring in a forward with Premier League experience on a loan deal.

After all, trying to bring someone in halfway through the season for another big fee could prove costly, and I think we should learn from our mistakes on that front.

On the other hand, with so many of our crocked midfielders returning from injury in the next few weeks, we should now reap the benefits of our squad again rather than wasting more money in that area.

Ultimately, Saturday’s victory kept us within two points of fourth-placed Liverpool and we travel to Swansea on Sunday on the back of some very strong form.

Maybe Sherwood’s knee-jerk appointment could prove to be very astute from an otherwise dismissive Daniel Levy.

Follow me on Twitter @GeorgeLacey_

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino hopes to emulate Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at Manchester United and create his own legacy at Tottenham after announcing he has agreed a two-year contract extension.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has announced he has verbally agreed a two-year contract extension at Tottenham, extending his stay at White Hart Lane until 2021.

Dele Alli (right) appeared to punch West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob during Monday's 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane and has been banned for three games

Dele Alli will continue to take part in training until the end of the season, even though he cannot play for Tottenham, to maintain his fitness ahead of this summer’s Euro 2016 Championship.

Thu, 17:30
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe  (back row, centre) visited Haringey Police Boxing Club on Tottenham High Road. Pic: Dieter Perry

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe visited Haringey Police Boxing Club to meet a contingent of fighters who are hoping to compete in the Haringey Box Cup in June.

Thu, 17:14
Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla of Arsenal (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Although they spurned the chance to win the league title, Arsenal Under-21s still have a chance to reach the top tier of second-string football via the play-offs.

Thu, 13:15
James Harris in action for Middlesex

Middlesex seamer James Harris feels squad rotation is essential if the club are to successfully negotiate a punishing schedule during the coming weeks.

Thu, 12:00
Heung-Min Son was only introduced in the 85th minute as Tottenham dropped two crucial points at home against West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane on Monday

Tottenham blogger George Lacey feels that, while Spurs have exceeded all expectations this season, the lack of a plan B was evident in Monday’s costly draw against West Bromwich Albion.

Thu, 07:30
Gower All-Stars are aiming to win four trophies this season

Gower Allstars have a quadruple in their sights after another season of huge progress.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe