Search

Inside Lane: A Spurs fan’s view of the victory at Stoke

11:33 28 April 2014

Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross (left) was shown a second yellow card after a challenge on Tottenham's matchwinner Danny Rose (right)

Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross (left) was shown a second yellow card after a challenge on Tottenham's matchwinner Danny Rose (right)

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tottenham blogger George Lacey looks back on Saturday’s 1-0 triumph at Stoke City, and discusses how the issues at Manchester United could affect Spurs’ own fortunes.

Tim Sherwood celebrates the victory at the Britannia StadiumTim Sherwood celebrates the victory at the Britannia Stadium

Spurs’ last Premier League game of the season outside of London ended in a 1-0 victory away at Stoke on Saturday.

A rare Danny Rose goal was enough to see off 10-man Stoke at the Britannia Stadium, but the left-back failed to keep his head during a heated contest and was substituted following a lack of professionalism after pushing Stoke’s Geoff Cameron in the chest.

I felt the decision to substitute Rose was a brave piece of man management from Tim Sherwood, who sent his player down the tunnel to avoid any further issues with the home support.

The Tottenham boss has been under fire since his surprise appointment back in December but, as he was keen to point out at the end of last week, he still boasts the best winning percentage of any Spurs manager in the Premier League – and I felt an astute piece of management saved us from slipping up and losing our lead.

With just two games left, we travel to east London on Saturday to try to inflict revenge on West Ham, who have beaten us twice at the Lane in the league and Capital One Cup quarter-final, before we finish the season at home against Aston Villa on May 11.

It has been a frustrating season to say the least, although we can still take pride in finishing above Manchester United for the first time since the introduction of the Premier League in 1993, if we win our remaining games.

In any other year, if Spurs had finished above United, they’d probably be champions. However, this season, the handling of issues off the field at Tottenham have made more headlines than the performances on the pitch, and we have yet again fallen short of Champions League qualification.

Manchester United, the dominant force of English football over the past two decades, have fallen even shorter in relation to their objectives and eventual finishing league position - and I believe the problems at Old Trafford have helped to divert attention away from White Hart Lane, and will continue to do so in the off-season.

On the other hand, Spurs’ quest for a new manager now looks to have been thwarted by United’s presence in the manager’s market.

Holland coach Louis Van Gaal has been strongly lined to the Spurs job recently and had been hotly tipped to take over this summer, after his stint as Holland manager finishes after the World Cup.

However, even a struggling Man United seem to have stolen the lead in the pursuit of the coveted Dutchman, and Van Gaal is now favourite to succeed David Moyes in the United hot-seat.

Spurs may just finish above United this season, which I suppose is an achievement in itself, but I feel they’ll have the last laugh if they manage to appoint the world-renowned Dutchman, who I’d love to see take the reins at White Hart Lane.

Follow me on twitter @georgelacey_

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

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.

Yesterday, 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.

Yesterday, 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.

Yesterday, 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.

Tue, 13:07

The Under-13 boys’ team from University College School took top honours at the Jack Petchey London Schools’ Team Finals on Saturday.

Tue, 11:42

Draws are relatively rare in rugby so it is certainly unusual that Saracens have now had two in a row – but the character and resolve they have displayed in both matches has been entirely familiar.

Mon, 15:35

Highgate Harriers’ men are on course to equal the Metropolitan League record of five successive titles – and the club also have a chance of winning three other divisions.

Mon, 14:01

Dave Francis scored a second-half hat-trick as Hendon triumphed 29-15 away against mid-table rivals Saracens Amateurs, banking a bonus point and moving 11 points clear of the Herts/Middlesex Division One relegation zone.

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