Their goal came at the end of a flowing 16 pass move; that's 16 opportunities to intercept, tackle or mark. When since Xmas have we constructed such a passing move, mainly on the ground, resulting in a crisply taken goal? Make that, ' when since the start of the season'. We are supposed to be the passing team and Bolton the long ball merchants. Not yesterday. I spent the whole of the first half with my head in my hands shouting, 'Get it down, get it down'. We picked up where we left off at Wolves: not a good place to start. Once again I exempt Bale from the general criticism. If Bolton, particularly Elmander, could shoot they would have been a speck on the horizon by half time.
Modric looked distressed either because of his own form and fitness or because he thought that the team had been taken over by a cast of Zombies straight out of 'Shaun of the Dead'. Harry denies that he injected the squad with an experimental serum to bring them back to life. However credit someone, perhaps Joe Jordan, sans teeth, with the electric nipple clamps, for getting them up for the second half.
Gradually I relaxed; the boys were sneaking back into town and now I was muttering 'That's better, that's better'. First Modric and then his replacement Kranjcar combined well with Bale and he eventually set up Defoe for a well struck goal. Before that we had hit the bar twice and later Huddlestone fluffed a penalty. I hope we don't have to settle anything in the near future by a penalty shoot-out.
Interestingly informants allege that Huddlestone got the poisoned penalty chalice by crashing the ball,and the goalkeeper, if he tried to intervene, into and through he back of the net in practice. But on his first day at work he opts for caution and placement.
Harry's refusal to play Pavlyuchenko but his insistence on displaying him on the bench seems deliberate and personal. I think it demeans the player, who scored after 4mins.11secs. on his last appearance, the manager and the club. To substitute a clearly unfit Gudjohnsen against Wolves ahead of him was to add insult to injury. He should have started against Bolton.
Once again we had more corners(12) than any other team over the weekend but failed to get a shot or header on goal from any of them. I estimate that we average nearly ten corners per game and haven't threatened from any of them since early in the season. What exactly do we practice at training sessions if it's not penalties and set pieces?
We could easily have lost it in the first half and yet we should have won it in the second. Do we bemoan the dire first half performance or congratulate them for putting it right and getting another draw at a ground where we haven't won for years? Tough choice but the replay is at WHL and we have avoided Chelsea in the next round and have a winnable game at Fulham.
So we have a good chance to make the semi-finals of the Cup and are still in with a shout of finishing in the top six. The 'Harry out' bandwagon is getting steam up and is ready to roll but only if we fail to make either of these will it become a real force. I am not on board because changing the manager every 18 months, whatever his limitations, and they all have them, is the reason why we have achieved so little over the last two decades.
It's beginning to look like a season of two halves as well but we still have games and time to make some progress. Remember; we are Spurs; we don't do easy or predictable. Don't you just love them.