We always knew it was going to be a tricky game against the Saints, particularly with the extra friction which had built up between the two sides what with Glenn’s connections and players we are apparently interested in.
The fact that both sides were looking for their first win of the season added to the importance of the occasion as well. Being at home, the impetus was on us to get the result and I thought the lads dealt well with that sort of pressure.
It could have gone either way in the first half, both sides had chances and we played some nice football. But it wasn’t until the second half, when we carried on playing that way and got a lot tighter at the back, that we clinched the points and fully deserved that victory.
I thought Simon Davies, coming in for his first start of the season, was outstanding along with Ledley, who was superb at the back and looked so composed throughout the game. Simon fully deserved his goal towards the end and did well to set up Christian Ziege’s opener.
A word on Christian. He has a very relaxed style, but he is a top-class player and that’s the quality that’s been brought in to the club. His goal against Southampton was pure class and it shows why we splashed out the money we did to bring him to Tottenham.
We needed the win over the Saints because we’ve got some tough games coming up, but then in football, things never always happen the way you think they will. Quite often you end up winning games and picking up points you didn’t expect and losing games you had banked on winning. We just have to make sure we go into those games with the right attitude.
I’m writing this column before Thursday’s game against Torquay United in the Worthington Cup and hopefully, as you read this, we are in the third round. It’s a competition that we want to do well in, with a place in Europe up for grabs for the winners.
Today’s game is a massive one for us anyway, we need to put on a good show in front of our own fans and the fact that we haven’t beaten Chelsea here since 1987 adds to our determination to win the match and end that unwanted run.
Chelsea, you could say, are above us in the optimism stakes if you like, their ambition is probably higher than ours at the moment and that’s something we need to turn around. In the next couple of years, I’m confident that we will rectify that and we will have that kind of ambition and the ability to achieve it as well.
Our aim today as I’ve said is to take three points from Chelsea. They have players with plenty of stature in the game but names on teamsheets don’t mean anything, it’s what your 11 players do on the pitch in any given match that matters.
I’d like to say a big thank you to our fans for the way they got behind the team on Sunday. There was a spell in the second half when they were singing non-stop and that certainly inspired us out on the pitch. Lifted by that, we went on to win the game, which proves how important the crowd can be.
The lads certainly want to hear more of the same today and hopefully, together, we can put our Chelsea hoodoo to bed once and for all.
We were delighted to get our first three points of the season against Southampton on Sunday, which sets us up nicely for today’s match with our neighbours from Chelsea.