Chelsea go up in flames at Crystal Palace.
The JimmyG2 Column.
.'Egressi sumus, vidi, vici' to adapt Julius Caesar's famous phrase: we went to Burnley, we saw, we conquered. Not an easy place to go by popular acclaim but with Chelsea losing, a crucial win.
To be honest Burnley are in free fall at the moment and we gave them another little nudge towards the relegation cliff edge. The two goal gap did not flatter us in the circumstance.
Without Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela and forced into emergency measures by in match injuries to Wanyama and a more serious one to Premiership débutante Harry Winks we adapted, coped and thrived.
Hugo was barely troubled and had time to complete another chapter of his memoirs; the removal of Gray for Voakes was a bonus and Dembele played well, on for Wanyama who had eventually succumbed to a back problem.
We went to a back four with Dier in midfield and he coolly scored the opener following an Eriksen corner. Sissoko replaced Winks just after half time and might be called upon more in the run in.
The ankle ligament injury to Harry the Younger almost certainly means the end of the season for him but he has youth and the summer recess on his side and should be fit for pre-season.
He will likely miss his chance with the U/21 tournament in the summer too, but he is probably bound for bigger things in the medium term. Get Well Soon HW.
The unexpected Chelsea loss to Crystal Palace gave a twitch to the lace curtains and allowed a little crack of daylight in on the title race. It's still theirs to lose and on this occasion they lost.
Dele could have settled the nerves earlier but his miss from a deflected save prolonged the tension at 0-0 and a dithering miss at 2-0. However his link up with Eriksen for Son's goal was a pleasure to behold.
Son was only on for 15 minutes but had three chances, one of which he took. He seems to thrive as a substitute and perhaps this is the way we will go to allow Janssen to play himself into form.
Davies and Trippier were very ordinary but fortunately weren't tested. Walker and Rose can't come back too soon, or Kane, though Janssen with a rare start in the Premiership was again honest and hardworking.
A 'gritty' win then under adverse conditions with plenty of excuses to let this one slip but we availed ourselves of none of them. Our fixtures and those of the others bode well for the run in. The Double is still on!
With Verts and Toby composed at the back, strong choices in midfield but most importantly a new attitude, confidence and discipline by the whole team a repeat of last year's disappointment looks unlikely.
And with those painful memories still fresh and sore we should be inoculated against any form of collapse. In fact Chelsea have blinked first and City could do us another favour in midweek while we travel to Swansea.
Gilfy and Tommy, a couple of our favorite sons might try to undermine our heroic ascent but they were sold for a reason and neither would make our current first team though I like them both.
There is no need to rush Victor back for this game as Dier and Dembele can cope in front of a back four and there are tougher games to come.
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'All Spurs can do is win their games and hope the news from elsewhere is good' The commentator calls it right and the news was, like Mr.Kipling's cakes, exceedingly good.