Wins over West Brom and Cheltenham: The week in review

West Bromwich Albion 

So uninterested was I in the Europa League, and so poor is my sleep pattern, I’ve fallen asleep twice watching Tottenham this season. Once against Shamrock Rovers and once against Rubin Kazan. The same thing occurred on Tuesday during the West Bromwich Albion game. This time it wasn’t the perceived lack of importance, it was purely down to tiredness, but you don’t do yourself any favours if you lay down and cover yourself with a duvet.

I’ve since gone back to watch the second half, but the tension of a potential West Bromwich Albion equaliser is missing. We didn’t play well at all. We looked sluggish and the lacked the inspiration to cut through a team putting in a battling defensive performance. Still, we had the better of the chances and Jermaine Defoe turned one point into three with a swivel and a tidy finish. The commentator called his flick ‘a moment of inspiration’, but it looked more like a miscontrolled ball to me. Whatever it was Defoe is having a very good season providing vital goals that were sorely lacking last year.

The FA Cup 

This isn’t the forum to go on about how broke I am, but suffice to say I was not willing to pay £20-plus to watch the reserves play Cheltenham in the FA Cup 3rd round even though I was aware that it wasn’t being broadcast anywhere in the world so there wouldn’t be a stream.

Those that did go to White Hart Lane were saw a very decent line-up including Aaron Lennon and Michael Dawson trying to play their way back to fitness after injury lay-offs. An hour and a quarter into ITV’s highlights show they finally showed the Spurs goals.

First Niko Kranjcar put a lovely ball in to Giovani dos Santos. His dink was heading into the net before Defoe poached it. Roman Pavlyuchenko scored a tap in before Giovani added a third with a deflected shot.

With City losing the Manchester derby we’re already second favourites for competition. United go to Liverpool and Chelsea and Arsenal have potentially difficult ties in round 4.

It’ll require more effective rotation than the Europa League, but the domestic pot is not beyond us.

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