Again, the game against Southampton could have gone either way. We stuck at it and had a few good chances and although I read reports saying that they should have perhaps won the game, we did enough on the day to deserve the points.
Both teams had chances, we rode our luck at times and eventually came away with a 2-1 win which was very satisfying. They are the sort of games you want to win to keep progressing and going top was an added bonus.
I’d like to give a special mention and a warm welcome to Robbie Keane who has joined us and was introduced just before the Southampton game. He is an outstanding talent and I’m sure he will fit in and excel at his new club. We all wish him well and hope he settles in quickly.
Congratulations to Simon Davies and Gary Doherty who both scored on the international stage at the weekend. Doc came on as a substitute for the Republic of Ireland and played for half an hour or so and ended up notching again, while Simon scored another very good goal, he came in at the start of the week and told us all about it! It can only be good for Tottenham if our players are impressing on the international scene.
Today’s game against West Ham should be another difficult game, they’ve got some very good players. I know a few of their boys through the England set-up, one of them being Michael Carrick, who I believe is an excellent player.
I have some friends who regularly go to Upton Park and they tell me that he’s been getting a bit of stick over there which personally seems a bit unfair. Michael is not the sort of player who would particularly stand out to the public or who would catch the eye the way the other young West Ham lads have.
But in my view, he’s an outstanding prospect, a player who keeps the game ticking over and allows his team-mates to excel.
Unfortunately every good player suffers some stick at times during their career — I’ve certainly experienced it along the way — and I’ve got every faith that Michael will show his character and emerge from this difficult spell even better.
I know I said the same about Joe Cole when West Ham visited us last season, but I do think it’s important to get behind the country’s younger players when things aren’t going quite to plan for them.
Having said that, I hope Michael doesn’t play too well this afternoon! Enjoy the game.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed being top of the table as much as myself and the lads have. It’s not a regular occurrence but the feeling of going top by virtue of beating Southampton in our last game here and then staying there for the 10 days or so was certainly a good one. It was a feeling we want to try to maintain again and for as long as we can.