Well it could have been worse! Allardyce opened his big gob pre match to announce that Tottenham are overly dependent on Bale, so that guaranteed the Welsh Ronaldo would score. And sure enough he did, courtesy of a strange intervention from Demel which sent the ball across his own box right to Bale's feet. But, and I'm whispering this, thus far, Tottenham haven't threatened that much, the goal apart - except for a superb save from Jussi to keep out a Caulker header.
When we have the ball, we have stretched Spurs. The movement of Joe Cole and Jarvis has posed problems for a none too impressive Tottenham back four, and Carroll is a constant thorn in the side. Mind you, for all the space we have found in the Tottenham half, we haven't created that much. And but for Parker's classic feet off the ground scything foul on Carroll in the box, we would be behind. Parker a West Ham legend? He will be if we get a result from this one! Classic Scotty!
The worry is that we will start the second half as we did against Arsenal. Bale and Lennon can skin Demel and O'Brien at will so as the game gets stretched, we could find ourselves cruelly exposed. Fingers crossed. I would take a point at this stage!