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MIKE McKINLEY: Spurs fans suffer return of that old sinking feeling

PUBLISHED: 14:57 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:49 07 September 2010

A change of personnel, a change of tactics and that same old familiar sinking feeling. After the initial bounce from Harry Redknapp s appointment we have now got to the stage where it it really feels that we are getting nowhere. And unless we do manage to

A change of personnel, a change of tactics and that same old familiar sinking feeling. After the initial bounce from Harry Redknapp's appointment we have now got to the stage where it it really feels that we are getting nowhere.

And unless we do manage to change that league position, the consequences of that will be disastrous beyond any mistakes made in the past.

The team at Wigan raised a few eyebrows - was this a desperate throw of the dice or 'Arry trying to make a point to the chairman - or even the squad members left on the bench?

Because we saw a return to one of Juande Ramos's follies, namely square pegs being shoved into round holes. The result of the juggling was once again a side that looked like it could have played until sunset without threatening a goal, even with the prodigal Jermain Defoe back at the spearhead.

Bad luck with injuries to Heurelho Gomes and Michael Dawson arguably cost us that late goal, but was a goalless draw really the pinnacle of our ambitions against an admittedly in-form, but ultimately limited side?

If the aim was to encourage the chairman to dig deep again, we can only hope that any new arrivals actually form part of a plan rather than names to offer hopeful quick fixes.

Our problems shouldn't in theory be that hard to solve. We are after all much more solid at the back than in some past seasons.

A simple, solid midfield that is occasionally able to make some chances for the goalscorers would do. Redknapp has been a wheeler-dealer in the past - can he come up trumps for us when needed?


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