Inside Lane: Why Spurs should kick towards Park Lane end in the second half
12:00 23 October 2014
Tottenham blogger David Lee was pleased to see a change of direction in the last home game against Southampton and believes the Lilywhites should continue to kick towards the Park Lane end in the second half at White Hart Lane.
Our last game at White Hart Lane was an encouraging one – a 1-0 home win over high-flying Southampton, which was hugely important for Mauricio Pochettino. But the significance does not rest simply with the result.
I think Younes Kaboul’s decision to go against tradition and kick towards the Park Lane end in the second half against the Saints solved a problem that should have been addressed a long time ago.
The declining atmosphere inside White Hart Lane has become a growing issue in the last 18 months. While the supporters have been held hostage to the dismal post Europa League Sunday kick-off times, it is undeniable that there has been a drop in the decibel levels in N17.
While Spurs fans in every corner of the ground have their part to play on a matchday, the roar from the supporters tightly packed behind the goal in the Park Lane end has always set the example for the rest to follow.
Much like the Kop at Anfield or Everton’s Gwladys Street Stand, the vociferous backing from the Park Lane can be the difference between winning and losing. So why don’t we kick towards them in the second half? As players’ legs begin to tire and minds start to wander, they need the support of the crowd more than ever.
Just look at Kaboul’s reaction in front of the Park Lane end when he won a late corner against Southampton.
As we clung onto our narrow lead, you could feel the nerves consuming the supporters and the players. As the ball bounced out, taking up more valuable seconds, Younes waved his hands at the crowd and asked for the extra support to get the players to the full-time whistle. The ensuing roar was immense.
This one moment captured the role that the Park Lane end can play in helping the players win games. This isn’t a slight on the support from other areas on the ground. There’s just something that bit special when a bit of magic happens in front of the Park Lane and we should try and work this to our advantage.
Instead, we are giving every away team the opportunity of kicking towards their fans in the second half. Imagine the incentive as they search for a goal after the interval and can see their travelling supporters tucked away in the corner.
The narrow victory over Southampton shows the fine margins between success and failure and the club should explore every avenue to help the players.
As we prepare to host Asteras Tripolis and then Newcastle over the next four days, that might mean scrapping the old-age tradition of kicking towards the Paxton Road end in the second half.
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