Search

MIKE McKINLEY: Spurs season ends with a whimper, not a bang

PUBLISHED: 13:27 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:52 07 September 2010

So in the end, the season finished not with a bang in Manchester, but with a whimper of a penalty shoot-out in Eindhoven. The damage had been done at the Lane a week previously, and it s easy to forget that we went to a former Champions League side and w

So in the end, the season finished not with a bang in Manchester, but with a whimper of a penalty shoot-out in Eindhoven.

The damage had been done at the Lane a week previously, and it's easy to forget that we went to a former Champions League side and won, but it wasn't enough to prevent another disappointing exit.

I doubt any Spurs fan felt confident going into the penalties, and even with JJ's chance to win it there was just never the feeling of it being our night. Not even the amazing sight of Didier Zokora doing the impossible and finding the net could divert us from the inevitable, and seemed to signal the start of the summer holidays and an extended wind-down with the traditional Spurs thoughts of "next season".

Any idea that we might be spurred to a strong finish didn't last long into Sunday's lacklustre trip to Eastlands. In the stadium we hoped would provide the season's finale we got another little cameo of what has gone wrong in the league this year.

Another lead surrendered, another goal conceded from a set-piece, another fruitless awayday. I don't suppose anybody needs to tell Ramos where the improvements need to come, but this was a neat reminder of why we are marooned in mid-table.

With 20 per cent of the league programme still up for grabs it's a depressing thought that we will just be going through the motions, especially with so much of our expensive season tickets still to be fulfilled.

Let's hope that the players are thinking about next season, and that they might need to get their fingers out to ensure they see it at the Lane.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ham&High. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Hampstead Highgate Express