What a fantastic place White Hart Lane is to watch football. My only visit to the home of Spurs came as a young Manchester United fan on New Year’s Day in 1996. Spurs won the game 4-1 but I was barely old enough to comprehend the defeat, having been overwhelmed at seeing the likes of Beckham and Giggs instead.
As the years went by, my affiliation to Manchester United waned and I began appreciating exciting footballer rather than any particular team. It is for that reason that I am very partial to watching the odd game when Spurs are playing at home. White Hart Lane has been the place to watch football this season. Spurs have scored 33 goals at home and conceded just 10. They even managed to produce one of the most exciting 0-0 draws this season when Hull City goal-keeper Boaz Myhill did everything possible to keep out umpteen number of chances. There truly is never a dull day at the Lane.
That statement could be given even more emphasis based on the importance of the next games. An FA Cup replay against Fulham is followed by visits from Portsmouth, Arsenal and Chelsea. Now, games against their London rivals have always provided a unique atmosphere but, even without a certain Sol Campbell returning, the importance of these games cannot be underestimated. If Spurs are to hold on to that highly coveted 4th spot, it will be games like the ones forthcoming that they need to win. Confidence is high, the team certainly have the talent, and the desire for a Champion’s League slot is verging on desperation.
In previous years they have come so close yet failed in the closing fixtures. Liverpool are seemingly out of the race. It would be unwise to rule them out but with Manchester City in a more stable position, it would be hard to see both City and Spurs dropping enough points to allow Liverpool in.
While my experience of White Hart Lane may have been mixed, the interviews and radio phone-ins have provided me with more than enough to feel that the majority of Spurs fans have enjoyed every bit of this season. The club are second favourite behind Chelsea to land the FA Cup as well as secure 4th spot in the League.
Spurs have a very tough run in but if White Hart Lane is to be cheering come May, they will need a performance reminiscent of the 4-1 in 1996 to do so. I for one would not put it past them either!