If you remember, Tottenham Hotspur played Wigan Athletic in August. Wigan, up to that point, were an absolute embarrassment of a football team. They didn't look like they would have a shot in hell at making the playoffs in the Championship. It was almost a foregone conclusion that Roberto Martinez would be sacked by Christmas. And my preview of the game was unbelievably arrogant.
We lost that game. Despite being the better team for about 80 minutes, Wigan won 1-0. Chris Kirkland absolutely stood on his head that day. We were unable to hit the back of the net in 80 minutes of good play. Wigan scored in their only 10 minutes of decent play. We were crap, and I was mad. So mad that I wrote this scathing tear-down of Harry Redknapp. It was terribly irrational, though I can't say I disagree with all of it now that I look back. Harry is a manager with serious limitations, but he's generally pretty decent at his job. That was an angry fan at his worst. Of course, that's what losing to crap teams will do to you.
God, we better not lose to Wigan again.
Seriously, they're not even a real goddamn team. Rugby is infinitely more popular in Wigan than football is. Their fans leave when they go down by two goals. Which happens a lot. How the shit did we lose to this team? Jesus!
I'm seriously not over that first game. And while I regret being incredibly arrogant on that day...wait, no I don't! Fuck Wigan! Seriously, how the hell did we lose that game? How did we ever lose to Wigan? I hate that we lost to Wigan more than I could hate losing to any other team. I understand when we lose to Arsenal because they're good. West Ham, Wolves, and Birmingham are all okay sides. Wigan are bottom of the table again, where they belong, because they are shit. They are super super stinky and if we don't win by three goals I am going to be so angry that I'll fly to California and rip out Ryan's spinal cord.
Speaking of Ryan, here's what he has to say in regards to Spurs' current position in the league, Manchester City's current situation, and the fight for fourth place.
While all the focus seems to be on Wednesday's Champions League tilt with Real Madrid there remains that matter of trying to secure a Champions League place next year. The chase for the top four is on With Spurs trailing Manchester City by four points with a match in hand and despite Wigan being a downtrodden opponent, three points against them would go a long ways to Spurs pressuring City. The Citizens host Sunderland this weekend in a match that in theory City should win, but one of the type they have notoriously played into draws this season so if Spurs can manage three points over Wigan they will really turn the heat up on City and Roberto Mancini for that all-important fourth place spot.
I'm not bothering with projecting lineups because of all our injuries and such. Even with 12 active first team players, we should still beat Wigan because they're Wigan.
ALSO HOLY CRAP THE INTERNATIONAL BREAK IS OVER YESSSSS.