Don't look away just yet.
The Jimmy G2 Column.
.As the old song says; 'What a difference a day makes', or even in our case, an hour and a half plus stoppage time, to the mood and prospects in the dressing room, on the pitch, the terraces and to Spurs fans everywhere.
We can still mathematically come top even now though it has been a forlorn chase fueled by hope and expectation for a while. But the draw at W.Brom seemed to me to be the end of the campaign to win the league.
The gusher of enthusiasm is temporarily at least capped. As I gave up on first some time ago the draw with W.Brom affected me a lot more than it should at my age.
Now with Deli Alli banned for an off match-camera punch at Yacob (I'm with Arsene, 'I didn't see it!') and Eric Dier possibly out for the next match or more we need to refocus and strain every sinew to come, at worst, third.
The ball is firmly now in Pochettino's court on Deli Alli. So far he has indulged the boy, in public anyway, with a fatherly chuckle about his mean streak. 'A bit like me' he says but it won't do for his own sake and the teams.
He needs to be taught how to cope with provocation. He's young, he'll learn. He is often close to stepping over the line and will now miss the rest of the season as a result.
Having a mean streak and standing up for yourself are clearly fine. But punching an opponent no matter how provoked in broad daylight is just plain daft.
He needs a dab on the brakes not a complete hand brake turn or he will be increasingly targeted by wily opponents and managers who can't win by any other means.
As for the match we could have been 2 or 3 up in half an hour and had a beautifully crafted early team goal gone in we would probably have gone on to win. As it was, nerves and a sense of foreboding and doom set in.
It started from Lloris with ill-judged passes out and a feeble effort to clear the corner from which Dawson scored their equaliser. The feeling that it was not our day seemed to grow
I think Mauricio was found wanting in his failure to do a Pulis and change the game around. It's not just about substitutions but the deployment and motivation of the players on the pitch.
Another fine move later on ended with a Lamela shot striking the post but in the end we were relieved not to lose. Rondon was powerful presence up front and perhaps should have scored with a header.
They bossed the second half by out-pressing us which always seems to throw us off our game and in the end despite our early dominance, and their crude tactics, Alli was fouled three times in the first ten minutes, a draw seems about right.
We should have known what to expect and have been prepared for it. Our goal from a lovely Eriksen free kick on the half hour diverted in by Dawson under pressure from Vertonghen was no more than we deserved at that stage.
But we have seen this movie before. No second goal and under increasing pressure their equaliser seemed inevitable. Shades of the Spurs I have supported all these years.
The hero rides off into the sunset with the girl and they are both buried in an a rock fall just as the credits fade. But this team is different and can shrug this one off, even without Deli Alli.
Harold Wilson once said that a week was a long time in politics. At this stage of the season with so much at stake a week is an absolute eternity.
I prefer it when the games come thick and fast. Not so much time to analyse and regret. There are so many reasons for wanting to beat Chelsea next Monday, final finishing position included.
Their players' unprofessional comments about us and Leicester when they have to play both in the run in will probably escape censure but should bare some scrutiny.
Are they preparing to give their all against us and switch off the engine and coast downhill for their final game against Leicester?
Clearly a mean-minded legacy of the Mourinho years. He may have gone, but his narrow perspective on the game still courses through their veins.
Jimmy's Video Spot: Hugo Lloris:
The man's a positive ball and babe magnet. Taken some criticism on occasions but at his best our captain is very good indeed and better still he's staying at Spurs. And that is directment des bouche de cheveaux. No sense in wasting an 'O' level is there.