Despite the lack of European action at White Hart Lane this season, there is still plenty for Tottenham to play for. With the club flying high in the Premier League and Champions League qualification a real possibility, there is also a chance for Carling Cup glory and the FA Cup still to look forward to.
League matters were the main focus of the weekend, and whilst the scoreline was very different to a week earlier, the feeling of a job well done will have been similar. After a 9-1 mauling of Wigan, Spurs travelled to Aston Villa and came away with a very creditable and deserved point. Having fallen behind early on, when Gabriel Agbonlahor scored in spite of Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s best efforts on the goal line, Spurs hit back with a dominant second half showing. Defender Michael Dawson’s forward’s finish levelled the scores and only a fine showing from Villa keeper Brad Friedel denied the visitors all three points.
There will no doubt be disappointment that the victory proved elusive, but there will be a great satisfaction at the level of the performance and at having avoided defeat in a tricky fixture. Villa are an attractive, well-organised team who will be challenging alongside the Lilywhites for a place at Europe’s top table come the end of the campaign. The phrase ‘six-pointer’ is usually a clich