Mike Dean might have been labelled a United fan in the same way Howard Webb was labelled the same last week if he hadn't shown Rafael a second yellow card but that has not stopped Harry Rednapp from criticizing his decision to send off the Brazilian full back. Our defence was pretty much the only unit of the Manchester United machine that showed up at White Harte Lane and credit to them for restricting the hosts to just two serious attempts on target. Nemanja Vidic really does know how to play like a captain. He put his body on the line yesterday and so it was a shame that the people in front of his couldn't do their jobs. I thought Wayne Rooney would have done more with the couple of chances he got and Berbatov--besides holding the ball up well was pretty much AWOL. Our midfield without Scholes still lacks the creativity that our forwards ought to be getting. So it was an even bigger shame that Nani couldn't show up.

Ultimately though I think in the end we did get the minimum requirement from the game---the point that was enough to see us back to the top of the league. It was evident that our rivals had practically pencilled this as a defeat for us so it was good to frustrate them in that respect and that can only galvanise us to pick six points from our next two games.

The season has been---to put it mildly---ridiculous so far and it might stay tight at the top for some time to come but that doesn't mean its okay to drop points. We've lost our two point lead at the top but the point gained against Spurs means that we'll put ourselves at least three points clear of our rivals if we beat Birmigham at home and Blackpool away in our next couple of games---one of which is our game in hand! Given congestion at the top, even a couple of points lead should be seen as a big gap so hopefully we take our chance.