Right, back to the bread and butter of the league, where our boys earn their crust and results hopefully see us rise up the league.  We love the FA Cup and matches like the one against Wycombe are exciting, disappointing, scary (choose your own adjective) but it’s fairly clear our eyes are focused on the league this season.

Because that’s where the money is, with greater and greater amounts of money being put into the prize pot each place higher up the league is worth an extra 2 million pounds or something ridiculous like that.  That kind of money is very useful when you’re building a big, expensive, new stadium.

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To get higher in the league, we need wins and there are seemingly few better opportunities (ok Man U have a very good chance against Hull) for a side to pick up 3 points in this round of midweek fixtures.  Our league form away from White Hart Lane hasn’t been fantastic to be fair (6th best in the league) but Sunderland are in poor form, have a terrible attack (yes even with Defoe), an equally bad defence and a manager that seems to have given up the fight.

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Personally I’m hoping Joleon Lescott is fit as I’m itching to see the damage we can do with him playing against Harry Kane, if Harry is back from his mysterious injury.  If Lamela and Vertonghen were both fully fit then I don’t think an away win would be in any doubt.  I seriously hope that Toby is ok after he pulled up against Manchester City as he is vitally important to us and our defence.

We’ve heard a lot of praise about Mauricio Pochettino from opposition coaches recently but it’s games like this one that will really define our season.  Win this and watch our season go, lose and see the doubts build.

I’m confident that Harry and the lads can go out there and pick up the result we need.

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