...a cup game. It wasn't long ago, it was just two cup defeats ago in fact. Back in the halcyon days when Spurs were in all four competitions they entered. Down to one now and you don't give 'em any hope in that.
...Spurs. Will 2013 please carry on like this, a 3-1 victory over Reading. Well results wise, without those first few minutes and without Howard Webb of course.
...against AVB. They deplete him of a string of first teamers for the North London Derby and then conspire to rid him of Adebayor a quarter of an hour into the game. He still did better than 'Arry despite the same scoreline.
...went in. As Spurs put three past Reading each one of the three a savage blow to their campaign to run AVB out of town. Three games to save his career, that went well for them didn't it.
...Howard Webb has to do his best for Citeh? As soon as Balotelli stamped on Parker's head you knew he would do something that would highlight Howard Webb's ineptness in not showing the Italian striker a straight red.
...halves. Spurs come out of the blocks against Chelski all guns blazing then squander the lead letting the visitors back into it before going end to end.
..wasn't it? Seems like a lifetime now but it was only seven days, during which Bolton and Sunderland have shown themselves to be amongst Europe's elite, well far superior to the current champions of Italy and Europe.
...of a referee. And we all knew when we saw he was going to be the ref for Spurs' away trip to ManUre that it would all end in tears as he became the centre off attention for something not in Spurs' favour.
...World Cup. It epitomised pretty much what had happened in most of the previous 63 games throughout this last 31 days of the 19th FIFA World Cup. As the Dutch played a scummy game and got what they deserved.
...two men. Along with the millions that tuned in around the world to see the two FA Cup semi-finals this week, it wasn't to see any of the four teams but the centre of attention in both games the refs who decided the outcomes.
...blog posts yesterday. I didn't have time to dissect Spurs' three one win over Blackburn at the weekend, in which the referee Howard Webb tried his best but just didn't manage to deny them all three points.
...expectation? I have to admit I didn't enter last night's Spurs v Liverpool game with the former and the later was probably a different expectation to many others. I didn't expect good things.
...expectations. I the real world, that is the one where that unbeaten start to the season for Spurs hadn't happened then the 3-0 defeat to Chelski with all that happened would pretty much be as expected.