Gomes could give Seasiders a chance

Tottenham's Heurelho Gomes scrambles to stop the ball after his mistake leads to the opening goal in the UEFA Champions League, Quarter Final, Second Leg. Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Tottenham's Heurelho Gomes scrambles to stop the ball after his mistake leads to the opening goal in the UEFA Champions League, Quarter Final, Second Leg. Nick Potts/PA Wire.

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THIS may be clutching at straws, but for those who believe in omens, who were the last team Blackpool beat?

That would be Tottenham Hotspur.

Same again tomorrow, and Ian Holloway would think Christmas has come early.

The manager truly believes his team are capable of getting some kind of result at White Hart Lane.

Unfortunately, the statistics suggest that may be a trifle tricky.

Harry Redknapp’s side have undoubtedly established themselves as one of the top teams in the Premier League.

After finishing fourth last season and qualifying for the Champions League (reaching the last 16 stage before Peter Crouch lost his head in Madrid and Spurs crashed out), Redknapp’s men have enjoyed another fine campaign this year.

They are in sixth, seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and with four games to catch them.

In fact, that’s one good thing about the timing of tomorrow’s game – Spurs face City in what is a crunch match at Eastlands on Tuesday and may have one eye on that, rather than totally focusing on despatching Blackpool.

Well, we can hope.

Tottenham are particularly strong at home, where they have lost just one of 17 games – that a shock, early-season defeat to Wigan.

Away they have been more vulnerable, losing six – including a 3-1 defeat at Bloomfield Road in February.

They also lost at Chelsea on Sunday, 2-1, when both the home team’s goals were controversial to say the least.

That has severely dented Spurs’ chances of finishing in the top four again, and has led to questions about whether the club will be able to hang on to some of its bigger name players like Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart.

They have all been linked with moves, but Redknapp insists they will not be sold even if Spurs finish outside of the Champions League places.

“They are not for sale. If you do you sell them, you may as well accept you’re a mid-table team,” Redknapp said.

“We are trying to be a Champions League team and we will not do that by selling our best players.”

Spurs have threats all over the pitch, Crouch, Pavlyuchenko and Defoe in attack, the flair of Van der Vaart, Modric, Bale and Lennon in midfield, not to mention the experience of Gallas, Dawson and Kaboul at the back.

Perhaps the only question marks are over keeper Heurelho Gomes. Brilliant at times, he is also prone to the odd blunder and as controversial as Chelsea’s opener was at the weekend, Gomes was at fault.

His confidence is bound to be a bit shaky at the moment – maybe Pool, perhaps through Charlie Adam’s left foot, should test him early.

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