I have one word to say to those amongst us that are getting carried away with the Redknapp Revolution. As President Elect of the Getting Carried Away Fellowship I am having it tatood on my arm in that new semi permanent tattoo process, guarranteed to disappear when we get out of the bottom half. That word, fellow sufferers, is 'Fulham'.
We were awful and it was obviously designed to give Harry a 'heads up' as to the real nature of the task he has taken on. Since then we have easily beaten, but only just, two weak sides or sides that could have tested us more but didn't. More than that we kept two clean sheets, which has cheered up Heurelho no end and led to an outburst of optimism amongst fans and players alike.(See official site for evidence)
However I am not so easily fooled now and nor is Harry. I burnt my boats in the pre-season Vox Pop predictions and am still up the creek without a paddle. Do we have enough petrol to keep the Redknapp outboard motor going until we are safe in mid-stream or will the fresh impetus splutter and die and leave us in the shallows? I think that this image has taken us as far as it can and I'm going to jump ship now. I reserve the right to return to it later.
We are playing OK, better defensively, and just doing enough to pick up the points or make progress in the UEFA cup. But even that is an improvement on our form since the Carling Cup until the arrival of Harry. In the last 6 Premiership games we have secured 13 points out of 18 but we are still only 1 point from the relegation places.
So put the champagne on ice for a few more games and lets see what happens today at home to Everton, who have beaten us twice at The Lane recently. Am I just a miserable old sod that insists on looking a gift horse in the mouth or a time served Spurs fan that has experienced gift horses turning round and biting us on the bum?
Old I may be but miserable sod definitely not. I am always anticipating that the next game will be the one where we thrash somebody 4-0 or 5-0. However when we do score 4 we seem to let our opponents score four as well, Cup games excepted. I note that only once this season, in the league have we been beaten by more than a single goal (Portsmouth) and only once have we won by more than a single goal (Bolton)
And yet in those silly prediction league thingies I rarely predict a close encounter and have us down for 3-0 even away from home. Obviously I won't be winning a season ticket or David Bentley's boots. Its just the old hope over experience syndrome.
Now please don't blame me for the Everton result, I did warn you all to calm down.. The defence was sound including Gomes and they won with a lucky deflection that gave him no chance. But Everton were strong at the back and Bent and Pavlyuchenko didn't really get a look in. They soaked up the long ball and without Modric or Jenas we lacked ideas in trying to break down a packed midfield, a tactic which a lot of clubs will adopt at The Lane. Zokora worked hard but Huddleston was out of sorts again and we gave the ball away too often.
We are out of the relegation places, just, on goal difference so the excitement that is the 08/09 season continues. Do I hear 'roller- coaster' anywhere? Or even Yo-yoing? In the next ten games we've got Arsenal and Man. U but both at home and a run of fixtures against beatable teams: W.Ham, Newcastle, W.Brom. Wigan, and Bolton away: Fulham, Portsmouth, and Stoke at home. If we can get 15 points from these we will be nicely placed to get out of trouble in the run-in. But that's as far as I go. A cup run or two would be a bonus and Harry is rightly focussing on avoiding relegation.
. We were a bit unlucky today with the goal, although both Lennon and Corluka turned their backs on the ball as the free kick was quickly taken, but I can't say that we played well, or that we have played well even under Captain Redknapp. The odd game maybe, an occasional passage of play, individuals have shone fleetingly but as a team its been a faltering set of performances. Bent has gone off the boil and Pavlyuchenko showed poor control today.
And so the proud ship 'Hotspur' sails into choppy waters. Indulge me. Its off the bottom, successfully re floated but there are icebergs ahead and other dangers to avoid. If we can make our home port a fortress and repel boarders at sea we might make it to the promised land me hearties. But that means staying in the Premier-ship and nothing more.