Well if we are honest, Tottenham could have scored six in that second half. Jussi was truly inspired and kept Spurs out time and time again as Tottenham created chance after chance from corners and we chased shadows as Bale went into overdrive. Allardyce did a great job of motivating Arsenal when he said they couldn't cope without Van Persie and he repeated the trick for this one when claiming Spurs were over reliant on Bale. Wouldn't we just love to have a player like him to be overly reliant on?
Until we went ahead we were in the game, but once Taylor missed his chance when clean through, we dropped far too deep and it was only a matter of time before the valiant Jussi was beaten. To be fair, the equaliser was a scrambled affair, but it came from a free kick ridiculously conceded by the utterly inept Pogatetz. Tottenham's third, however, was sheer class: Bale is now the finished article, truly brilliant.
Allardyce must take his share of the blame for the defeat: The decision to send on Pogatetz was absurd. The guy is shit. End of. He should never wear the shirt again, but what options do we have? What in God's name is wrong with Demel? Why can he only last 70 minutes in a game? If he isn't fit, why did we extend his contract? He's had two weeks off for pity's sake but still he is withdrawn with a quarter of the game to play!
Our second goal was wonderful, great movement and finish from Cole and a delicious ball from O;Brien to set him up. But that apart, and the Taylor miss we weren't really in the contest in the second half.
So we sit six points above the drop, we are shipping goals alarmingly and we are in a nightmare run. Relegation isn't just a threat, it's becoming a probability.
Player ratings: Jussi 9 (could he have saved the second?); Demel 5, Collins 5, Reid 5, O'Brien 7; O'Neil 5, Nolan 5, Diame 6, Jarvis 6 Cole 7, Carroll 6 Subs: Taylor 5, Pogatetz 1, Collison not on long enough to rate.