Boxing Day: Tottenham Holds On


Christian Eriksen. Every Tottenham fan should know that name by heart. He is the heart and soul of his club and is the main reason his team is performing well this year, and within 2 points of Champions League play. Eriksen was the mastermind behind Tottenham’s win on Boxing Day. Boxing Day has a tradition of having all Barclay’s Premier League teams playing on the day after Christmas. This year’s fixtures had last place Leicester City going up against middle of the league Tottenham Hotspur.

The game started with a bang for Tottenham. Harry Kane continued his tremendous form this season as he netted his 15th goal in all competitions. Harry Kane has stepped up his game this season and has proven why he should be a consistent starter. That first goal came within the first minute and Leicester City was quickly down 1-0, in a game they desperately needed to win to stay in the top flight.

The action went back and forth between both ends of the pitch, but no one was able to convert as the first half ended 1-0 in favor of the Spurs. In the second half, Tottenham has done what they have done all year so far, gave up the lead.

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The star for Leicester City, Leonardo Ulloa, was able to tie the game up for Leicester as they had a glimmer of hope of possible getting a point off of the contest. Tottenham has had trouble keeping leads all season, as they rarely have had an easy win. As a Spurs fan myself, I wonder why I keep doing this to myself. Week after week, it is nothing but heart wrenching games which either end in heart breaking losses or wins by a goal, most often coming within the last 10 minutes. Most of these close wins are often against teams they should handily beat. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The score remained tied at 1-1 until the 71st minute. In the minute, there was a foul against Tottenham and Eriksen lined up behind the ball, ready to strike it towards the goal. Eriksen’s strike took a touch off the near post and into the net. Eriksen has done this game in and game out, and always seems to be in the right spot at the right time, and has single handidly won many games for his club.

He did it once again on the 2014 edition of Boxing Day, and it was a very special 3 points for Tottenham, as they are within 2 points of 4th place now. On the other end, Leicester City has lost at least 5 in a row and continue to sit in dead last.

Tottenham have won 3 in a row, and depending on Arsenal’s result against Queens Park Rangers, they could be in either 6th place or 7th. Either way, they are now within 2 points of that coveted 4th place in the league and look to continue their good form against Manchester United.