Tottenham drew 2-2 with Manchester United at White Hart Lane this afternoon - a vast improvement on their last Premier League game - a 6-0 loss to Manchester City.
The result will hopefully drive them to grab a number of goals and positive results through the winter period and set them on track to challenge for the top four places.
Also, Tottenham scored one goal from open play. After a lovely driven free-kick from Kyle Walker, a jaw-dropping 25-yard strike from Brazilian midfielder Sandro gave Tottenham the lead.
All Manchester United could manage was a tap-in and a penalty, but nevertheless a goal is a goal, and the game ended 2-2.
There were many positives that Tottenham can take from this game. Notably;
- They scored a goal from open play
- They earned themselves a point
- They didn't lose
Yes, these are things that you would expect from a side of Tottenham's calibre; but it would have done wonders for their morale.
A win would have been better, and perhaps ideal, but let's focus on the positives. The last time they achieved all three criteria was in their match at home to Hull over a month ago.
Since then, they've picked up one point from thre games, including losses to Newcastle and Manchester City in a disappointing November for the club.
But responding with a good performance against last year's champions is a great way to bounce back from the disappointment.
Tottenham must carry this momentum forward in to the six games they have in the weeks leading up until the end of December.
The games come thick and fast over the next few weeks and Tottenham need to be positive and retain the momentum gained from the draw today.
Their next six games are as follows:
Fulham (A); Sunderland (A); Liverpool (H); Southampton (A); West Brom (H); Stoke City (H).
All things considered, you could say this is a reasonable run-in, although the way this season's Premier League has been going, nothing is predictable.
Away games at Fulham and Sunderland are must-win for Andre Villas-Boas, with both sides in the relegation zone.
Fulham have just lost their manager Martin Jol and could potentially be shaky after a tactical switch-up, which Spurs must capitalise on.
Sunderland have been disappointing all-round this season with just eight points, so Villas-Boas needs to ensure that they are put out of the game early and make sure they win comfortably.
I predict that they'll take six points from those two games.
Thankfully for Tottenham, the game at Liverpool is at White Hart Lane.
Admittedly White Hart Lane is not a fortress, but after a 3-1 loss to Hull City, the Reds seem to have lost some confidence.
With the injury to Daniel Sturridge perhaps being a factor, Tottenham will be facing Liverpool at the right time.
If they don't pick up good results in the game leading up to the one in north London, Tottenham could nick all three points; if not, a point against the side which started so strongly this season would probably be seen as a point gained. My prediction: A draw.
Southampton away will be a difficult one, having been in such good form this season. Tottenham need to counter Mauricio Pochettino's tactics and not allow them to play their free-passing, free-scoring football.
Spurs need to shut them out of the game and run the show, keeping possession and using it wisely in the final third, causing Boruc problems and scoring a couple in the meantime. My prediction: Draw.
The final two home games need to be approached confidently by AVB's men.
If the other December results have been going well, Tottenham will need to ensure they don't get complacent.
Even if that isn't the case, it's known that West Brom and Stoke can turn on the form for big games, out of nowhere.
Both clubs currently reside in the bottom half of the table so if Spurs address them in the right manner, they should walk away with wins in both. If worst comes to worst, then a win and a draw would be good results for the team to walk away with. My prediction: Two wins.
If my ever-optimistic predictions come true, Tottenham will have earned themselves 14 points from a potential 18 - a terrific return for the quick run of games.
The game against Liverpool will be crucial in my opinion, but as I said early, this season's Premier League has been very unpredictable.
Can Spurs turn on the style over the coming month? Only time will tell.
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