Writer: Mike Field
Date:Tuesday September 24 2013
Well this is going to be short and sweet, we don't so much have an after match reaction, we have a lack of a penalty reaction.
Speaking to the Official Site it's not too surprising to see Paul Lambert focus on the de-shorting of Helenius - almost sounds like a film doesn't it.
Well let's face it we weren't going to talk about our midfield struggles, Kozak being completely isolated, our inability to defend set pieces or track players -the match as it's otherwise known as.
Thankfully though we haven't had a speech delivered to us about the positives of the night, how close we ran the game before we capitulated, a few key positive individual performances and we weren't treated to those immortal words 'we'll be fine'.
Therefore it means, that even though I was going to log off early and ignore this until tomorrow, I can take care of it pretty easily.
'We were still in the game at 1-0. I thought a big moment was the penalty. But that's football. I don't think anyone could believe he wasn't pulled back.'
No, he was almost pulled off.
'It's the first time I've seen something like that happen. We started the second half well, we played two lads up top.'
Not that well, we conceded after four minutes.
'I thought we did pretty decent in the second half. You have to hope you get these sorts of decisions. Does it matter he got a shot in?'
As for the scoreline, Lambert added he didn't feel it was reflective of the game, and no it wasn't really, but when you keep making the same old mistakes what do you expect.
'I don't think there were four goals in that.'
Well there were.
'I don't think it was four.'
Well it was.
'Even at 2-0 we were in the game and had a lot of the ball, we were trying to create. The big moment was the penalty decision.'
Of course we were in the game, we hadn't walked off. But the bigger moments were four instances of crappy defending. Yes there's a big argument that the game changed on the penalty decision, they went down the other end and scored, but really, isn't the performance a little more important than one penalty decision that at best would've brought us level that on balance we deserved to be behind in anyway?
Plenty of positives as there always have been from games, but when are positives going to equal a 90 minutes performance fans can be proud of?
We even had the positive that Lambert made a proactive change at half time instead of waiting, but when you defend like that you get what you deserve. When midfield can't be bothered to track back you get what you deserve.
It's early in the season, we've already seen slight improvements from last season as we should with these players having had a season under their belts, but nobody improves as much as we need them to over a summer holiday, and it's a case of the same old same old costing us in games.
It's not an overreaction to know our counter attacking set up doesn't work at home. It's not an overreaction to know that it doesn't matter how fluffy and happy life at the club sounds in official interviews, that our on pitch performances aren't good enough. And ultimately it's not an overreaction to air that.
For all the talk of the fans staying with us, believing in the long term plan and all the rest our attendance tonight was shy of 23,000. That speaks volumes.
I still believe in the long term plan, I still love the idea of scalping potential talent from the lower leagues and abroad and seeing what we can do with them.
But the plan is unbalanced, and it has been from day 1.
It's all well and good looking to the future, blooding these players knowing those that don't sink will start swimming and be much better for the experience in 2-3 years, but what about the now?
We spent to excess and gave out ridiculous wages for four years with no thought to tomorrow and we've been paying for it since. On what planet does that then become you forget about today, and think only of tomorrow?
That was by no means Spurs second team tonight, or their reserves as the more critical of fans tag them, but 4-0. It's not an aberration, it's not the first time we lost by a large scoreline, and the problem is, it won't be the last.
Will we do better than last season. I genuinely believe we will. I don't believe we'll be in and around the bottom three nearly half as much as we were last season. I think, with the improvements we can see, and the potential shown by some players even tonight, that we'll have a butt clenchingly midtable finish, 13th place, which will be tangible improvement on last term.
But with what the fans have put up with for too long, is that enough?
Especially when we all know just two experienced signings, one in defence, one in midfield, could stupidly have been worth 15-20 points this season?
Of that, I'm not so sure. And I wouldn't say the signs so far this season are good.
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Date:Tuesday September 24 2013
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