A proud defeat, but what’s next?
Tottenham Hotspur 3 Charlton Athletic 0
Well much better than we’d all dreamt of this week. My son was expecting 10, I was more like half of that. It was three in the end but it was the performance and belief with which the team played for Keith Peacock, Damian Matthew and the noisy travelling Addicks that gave us back some pride following a week when that word was very scarce indeed.
We played excellently in the first first half and came closest to scoring and it was a joy to hear Charlton songs blasting out on the radio. The BBC Radio commentary team were very complimentary. However within a 20-minute spell at the beginning of the 2nd period we were dead and buried as substitute Luka Modric turned the screws and that annoying individual Jermain Defoe scored his customary goals against us.
Admittedly Spurs took their foot of the gas but we continued to have some good possession and both Sodje and Doherty came close to beating Cudicini near the end but a late consolation wasn’t forthcoming.
It wasn’t long ago that Spurs was a regular fixture and we nearly always finished above them in the table but ignoring our troubles, under Redknapp Spurs have come on bundles since we left the Premier League and it was the expected defeat, but for anyone disappointed then let me point you to managerless Ipswich, who were hammered 7-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
A tough week over then. We all wait now to see what happens next. Keith Peacock seemed pretty convinced he wouldn’t be needed next week at Hillsborough. Now either Slater and Jimenez will surreptitiously reveal Dennis Wise to understandable indignation from Charlton fans or it will be someone else. Or potentially Wise and someone else, like Ray Wilkins or less likely Gus Poyet.
It was rumoured that Eddie Howe was at White Hart Lane today, perhaps consulting old mentor’s Kevin Bond and Harry Redknapp but by all accounts the Bournemouth manager is due at The Valley tomorrow to meet the board.
Also mentioned is Steve Clarke (very popular with the Charlton Live crew tonight) and Chris Hughton. All we can do is wait and see but the appointment will tell us a lot about our secretive new owners. In lots of ways.