I can never be bothered with watching the pre-match preamble by football pundits on SKY. They talk a load of old drivel and having our season dissected and analysed, the stating of the bloody obvious and the ante being upped to create so-called drama is great provided your team aren’t in the middle of it. I switched on at 15.59 as I had found better things to do out in the garden until then.
I’m not going to say much about this match as there is little point as all of you reading this will have seen it and if you didn’t where were you? Blues defended well to get to 0-0 at half time. Wolves were 3-0 down at home and Man Utd were 1-1 with Blackpool. Stoke hadn’t managed to do the decent thing and dispatch Wigan but it was all going well that is until Roman Pavlyuchenko scored a cracker just after half time. Football is a cruel game and this was demonstrated by a fleeting moment when Craig Gardner crashed in a wonderful drive to equalise to leave us about ten minutes from safety. Sadly Wigan scored and Wolves had partially repaired the damage to pull two goals back leaving us needing another goal. A flicked on header from a corner with Ben Foster up in the Spurs penalty area for it, passed agonisingly just behind Ridgewell and from the breakaway Pavlyuchenko drove the final nail into our coffin with another fabulous strike from 20 yards with seconds left. We kicked off, Mark Clarttenburg blew his whistle and we were down AGAIN!
I’m not sure I can face another season in the Championship. I don’t see us coming back so easily this time. Be prepared for a prolonged stay fellow noses; our squad will be plundered of anyone of any worth and we will have to rebuild. We have to avoid the danger of dropping straight through; that is how bad I view it as of this moment. Stabilisation would be a realistic expectation next season and as for the Europa League; my heart isn’t in it any more. It’s a pretty pointless exercise as a Championship club.
Now I’m going back out in the garden.
The Good: Three cracking goals and Curtis Davies’ performance. I have been his fiercest critic this season but I thought he was outstanding today.
The Bad: Getting relegated.
The Ugly: The abyss of depression that I have sunk into.
Tottenham: Cudicini 7, Kaboul 7, Dawson 7, King 8, Rose 8, Lennon 7, Huddlestone 6 (Kranjcar N/A) Sandro 7, Modric 8, Crouch 6 (Pavlyuchenko 39) 9, Defoe 6. Subs: Gomes, Jenas, Palacios, Corluka, Assou-Ekotto.
Goals Pavlyuchenko 49, 90+3
Birmingham: Foster 7, Carr 7, Johnson 7, Davies 8, Ridgewell 6, Larsson (Derbyshire N/A) Gardner 7, Ferguson 6, Fahey 6, Beausejour 7, Jerome 7. Subs: Murphy Doyle, Valles, Mutch, Redmond, Asante.
Goal: Gardner 79
Bookings: Ridgewell, Fergusson, Gardner, Derbyshire
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear) 6