Just back from our penultimate game of the season, a 1-1 draw with Blackburn at White Hart Lane.
The first half was absolutely dire - as bad a half of football as I have seen all season. Hopefully Sky didn't lose too many viewers, as the second half was pretty good.
We now need a point at home to City on the last day of the season to guarantee UEFA Cup football next season. Frustratingly, 5th place is now not just ours to win, as Everton can secure that if they win their final match - even if we thump City. But, nice as it would be to finish nestled in behind the Top 4, 6th would be fine - especially in a season where we made the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup and FA Cup and the semis of the Consolation Cup.
Dimitar Berbatov was again just unbelievable. The only other player that stood out was captain-to-be Michael Dawson - well, and Pas Chimbonda who had the silliest haircut of the season. There were a number of fairly average performances, especially in the first half.
But the most unfortunate part of the night, aside from missing out on 3 points, was the substitution of Hossam Ghaly.
Ghaly is not that well liked by Spurs fans, at least not in the East Lower where I sit. I do like him, I think he is a good player with some good skills - but, yes, it doesn't always work and as I have blogged before he can have some truly atrocious games.
Today was not a good game for Hossam. He came on as a sub to replace the ever unfit Steed Malbranque after half an hour. He didn't play well (but nor did most of the team until the last half hour). He was then substituted to bring Keane on.
As he was walking off, he took off his shirt and - after wishing Keane good luck - threw his shirt on the pitchside, before heading down the tunnel (not, actually, storming down the tunnel as BBC say). Clearly, you don't want to see that and the crowd reaction was not good. After the booing, a fair number of the crowd sang a song likening Ghaly to a fairly intimate body part.
He was disappointed to be subbed and he should not have done what he did. He had also played badly on the pitch. It seems a long way back for him - the fans are not going to be too welcoming on his next appearance. But I hope that we haven't seen the last of him. He's still young, he has talent and he has energy. He may never be a great (who knows, he could be... just maybe), but this is the first time he has made a mistake like this.
Whatever my fellow Spurs fans think of his ability, if they look at his efforts over the season objectively they have to admit he has ALWAYS tried his hardest for Spurs. He is not a lazy player, just picking up his paycheck, and he has never shown less than 100% commitment to the games he has played. He might not be Gazza or Ginola, but that's not his fault. He tries, when he's failed he has had a rough ride from the crowd and when he's succeeded he's got grudging applause at best.
I hope he can stay and play a role at Spurs next season - and I hope us fans will accept that people make mistakes and look at the whole picture, not just one minute of the season.