Spurs defender’s still rueing setbacks at White Hart Lane
PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 January 2015
Danny Rose admits he is still rueing the upsets that Tottenham suffered at White Hart Lane in the first half of the season.
Spurs lost four out of five home league games between August and November, succumbing against Liverpool, West Brom, Newcastle and Stoke in front of their own fans – and they were then held to a 0-0 draw by Palace in north London on December 6.
Since then, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have taken 13 points from a possible 15 in the Premier League and reached the semi-final of the League Cup, with the two-legged tie against League One outfit Sheffield United to come later this month.
But, as Tottenham prepare to visit Alan Pardew’s Palace on Saturday, Rose can’t help but wonder where they would be sitting in the table had they avoided their costly setbacks.
“It’s been frustrating for us because we’ve dropped points against some teams, especially at home,” he said.
“If we’d won those games we’d be in an even better position. But we’ve got a nice month ahead of us now and hopefully by the end of it we’ll be going to Wembley.”
It seemed after the home defeat against Stoke on November 9 that Spurs were as far away from their goals as ever, and that it would be a while before Pochettino’s methods took effect.
But there has been a dramatic improvement in the last two months, culminating in last week’s 5-3 home win over Chelsea.
And, while Rose insists this remains an evolutionary campaign, he believes the future is bright.
“It’s still a season of transition – whatever happens. We’ve had a great spell and we’ll just see where it takes us,” he said.
“You’d like to think it’s more stable now. Obviously we didn’t really know who was going to be our next manager when Tim [Sherwood] was here. We believe the manager now is going to be here for the long run.
“We are getting to understand his philosophies and it is a slow process because he is getting to know us as well. But as you saw against Chelsea, we seem to be getting there and maybe now the club can begin to build some momentum.”
Rose scored in the victory over Chelsea on his last outing and he said: “I’m averaging a goal a season now! I hope that is not going to be my only goal of this campaign, but it was nice to score.”
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