Search

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

11:04 13 January 2014

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

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

12:00

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham’s players are fighting like “warriors” to ensure the supporters are able to leave White Hart Lane on a high note, with happy memories of the final campaign there.

00:01

Regulars at White Hart Lane this season will have seen the giant outer wall of the new stadium quickly enveloping the current ground – and it is now clear that the inside of Tottenham’s new home will be just as impressive when the final lick of paint is applied.

Yesterday, 16:20

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham are “1,000 miles ahead” of where they were in his first season at the club, and he believes his side are “looking like the best team in the world” as the Lilywhites prepare to visit Manchester City on Saturday.

Yesterday, 15:16

Mauricio Pochettino says Jan Vertonghen’s ankle injury is not as serious as was first feared – but he admits there is ongoing concern about Erik Lamela’s lack of progress after almost three months on the sidelines with a hip problem.

Yesterday, 07:00

Head coach Peter Breen says there is a growing feeling at Hampstead that the club can win the league and secure promotion after Saturday’s results took them to the top of the table.

Wed, 16:00

It was another majestic display from Tottenham against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday as they secured a sixth consecutive Premier League victory – and right at the heart of it was Mousa Dembele.

Wed, 14:54

Manager Gary McCann admits Hendon have a huge battle on their hands to retain their Ryman League Premier Division status and believes they need to acquire another 24 points to avoid the drop.

Wed, 14:47

Wingate & Finchley secured their second successive league victory on Saturday as Tommy Tejan-Sie struck a last-minute winner away against basement boys Grays Athletic.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

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

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now