Football FanCast columnist Roy James reflects on the dressing down at Turf Moor that went on to define Spurs' season and possibly their future.
I remember walking away from a rain soaked Turf Moor, oblivious that we had just secured a return trip to Wembley as anger and disappointment was boiling up inside. I know I should have been elated, just accept that it was one of the games, but for me it was the culmination of weeks of half hearted displays reached a head that evening and they were an absolute embarrassment if the truth be told. It was that moment that you feared that we were likely to be in the biggest of dog fights as Harry's honeymoon period was clearly coming to an end.
The journey home was quiet and Wembley wasn't on the agenda and instead an open discussion of how we were going to stay in the Premier League with the useless shower that was on display. Harry came out on the radio with much the same feeling that those sort of displays will not be tolerated anymore and he claimed he told them as much, we all took it with a pinch of salt, however something happened in the dressing room that night that was to shape our season and possibly our future.
Depending on which report you want to hear but Harry gave them the biggest dressing down of their lives to try and find out what the hell had been going that night and the weeks preceding it. Apparently they were locked in for a good half hour and it was free for all and everyone let any grievances they had be aired. It is clearly what was needed and that was a make or break moment for Harry and had it backfired he simply could have lost the dressing room that night, however it galvanised the football club, the kick up the proverbial and subsequently we haven't looked back from that night. Seven PL wins and two draws in the last eleven games speaks volumes to that and in truth it could be a lot better when you take into account the manner in how we lost to Bolton and Blackburn.
Suddenly there is vibrancy about the club, a genuine prospect of winning a place in next season's Europa Cup, and a real belief given the arrivals in January that suddenly all the dark old days under Comolli, we are finally going to be run as a proper football club again and Harry is determined to bring in the right players that will enable us to move forward.
The dark clouds seem to have lifted and while we all deep down won't talk up our prospects for next season after the many false dawns before must surely realise that under Harry's stewardship we probably have the best opportunity in years to actually challenge. While life was enjoyable under Jol the bottom line is the man didn't know how to compete against the top four teams in the country and his record proved that where under Harry we are unbeaten, in fact if you allocate the point tally since he took over we would actually be lying in 5th place and 4pts off Arsenal in the CL spot; a staggering statistic and a real measure of what Redknapp has achieved at WHL. An amazing turnaround really and one that I never expected to see on that drive home from that pitiful display at Turf Moor.