Juande Ramos and his Spurs squad know that the only way to silence the many critics creeping out of the woodwork is to go to the Britannia Stadium on Sunday afternoon and win that particular game of football. It doesn’t have to be pretty; indeed, it’s likely to be a scrap against Stoke City, although this particular Tottenham player thinks that being away from the Lane is no bad thing at the moment.
Sky Sports reports that David Bentley agrees that the fans have every right to be venting their spleen at the moment, after a winless start for the North London club. The winger remains bullish that this is a dip and that their season effectively starts again this weekend as they bid to move off the bottom of the Premier League.
“Throughout this hard start to Tottenham’s season, it’s the fans who have suffered most,” Bentley told ZOO magazine.
“They are the ones who pay good money, they are the ones who have the right to be frustrated and they are the ones we are trying to make proud.
“A lot of people have an opinion on us at the moment, but it’s the fans who really matter.
“Our next league game is at Stoke and playing away might feel a little easier for some of our team right now. At home, you feel the tension on the pitch and there are those who might prefer away games, where there’s less expectation.
“There will always be stick from the fans, but if you’re not performing, what do you expect? Does it affect some of the lads? You’ll have to ask them.
“From one win, we can rebuild our season. It hasn’t happened for some reason but we have faith in our ability – we have to – and believe we’ll get out of trouble. It’s about attitude and when we get out of this dip, we will be stronger for it.”
There won’t be too many people rushing to back Tottenham on Sunday, especially against a Stoke side who will be up for the fight when the whistle blows. Nevertheless, the visitors will be expecting three points from this sort of match if indeed they are to be a top-half team this season, something that seems a remote prospect at the moment.