It's been a good season, but only luck will make it great

Posted by Dan Fitch

We should not forget that it says a lot for Tottenham Hotspur's progress that Wednesday's 2-2 draw at Chelsea will leave most Spurs fans feeling somewhat deflated.

- Lythell: Chelsea hit panic button in Spurs draw
- Carr: Spurs have work to do


We should also not forget in all of this that Chelsea's starting XI cost in the region of 200 million pounds (it may be more, it may be less, I have no real interest in working it out). Tottenham's most expensive player on the pitch was goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Yet ultimately, it still stinks that Spurs have lost the right to have their destiny at their own feet. In the context of the match, a 2-2 draw was probably more than Tottenham deserved, but when did logic ever stop a football fan from feeling down?

Chelsea looked the better side and at times a class apart. As already stated, that's hardly a surprise. The likes of David Luiz, Ramires, Juan Mata, Oscar, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres weren't bought with change found down the side of the sofa.

However, Andre Villas-Boas did himself no favours with his midfield selection. Against such a young, talented and lively midfield unit, Spurs fielded both Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone. No wonder they looked off the pace.

Both Chelsea goals were preventable. The first was another example of the worrying trend of conceding from corners, as Gary Cahill flicked a header across goal and Oscar nodded home.

The marking was terrible once again and is it really too much to ask to at least experiment with putting a man on the post?

To the untrained eye, Chelsea's second might have simply looked like a class goal on their part. It was a great run and finish from Ramires, but Michael Dawson was slow to get across and Parker lost his man.

You might be wondering why I've neglected to mention Tottenham’s glorious equaliser that was sandwiched like caviar between Chelsea’s two strikes.

A big reason is that this is the chronology in which I saw the goals. I managed to completely miss the moment when Emmanuel Adebayor finally produced what he's capable of.

Wednesday summed up why I prefer to attend games rather than watch them on TV. I have a busy family life that has not been improved by the recent decision to give house room to a springer spaniel puppy.

As the game kicked off, the stupid dog was chewing at me and generally not giving me a moment's peace. I kicked him outside (not literally, animal lovers).

Five minutes later I have my wife shouting at me because the dog is whining outside my daughter's bedroom.

The dog comes back inside and continues in his quest to turn my hands into raw hamburgers. Losing patience and annoyed that Spurs are 1-0 down, I decide to watch the game in the pub.

Now the local pub is no more than a minute's walk away, but I had half a mind this walking time would coincide with a goal. Anyone who read my recent column that involved fans willing goals in by simply going to the toilet will know the power of letting the game slip from your line of vision.

So I wasn't that surprised to walk into the pub to find that Tottenham had equalised, until, of course, it was revealed that Adebayor was the scorer. A quick glance at Twitter revealed that it was a beauty as well.

The gift that is YouTube has allowed me to study the goal at my leisure. It was a sublime finish from Adebayor, though I imagine my Chelsea counterpart is writing about their inability to close him down. Adebayor ran a big distance without facing a tackle, but that was in huge part to the diverting run by Aaron Lennon.

It was perhaps Adebayor's best game of the season. He looked very good from start to finish. In many ways that only serves to frustrate when you consider how poor he has been since Spurs signed him.

Adebayor also had a crucial role in Spurs' equaliser. AVB brought on Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson as Tottenham chased a goal. It was the Icelandic midfielder who coolly converted after a back-heel from Adebayor.

At that point, you wondered whether the momentum was with Spurs and another late winner was possible, but that was too much to ask, having been outclassed for so long against very good opposition.

So what now? The doom-and-gloom merchants will tell you it's over. That Spurs have thrown it away again.

The truth is Tottenham are three points away from equaling last season's points tally that brought a fourth-place finish, but no European spot.

The truth is that by winning both remaining games (at Stoke Sunday, home to Sunderland May 19), Spurs could finish on 72 points, which would have ensured a top-four finish in all but one of the Premier League seasons since the division was reduced to 20 clubs.

It’s been a good season -- perhaps as much as Tottenham supporters could hope for. Now Spurs just need a little luck for that good season to become great.

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