So that’s what it’s like to lose to Spurs, then?

Our last five meetings with them have seen us win three times and lose twice to last minute winners, which is just so unfair when you consider just how much fun it was to win those three games against them last season.

Anyway, there’s still a lot of reason to be upbeat about the coming season. We’re saw enough from that Spurs defeat to know that, with maybe one or two new faces in the side, we shouldn’t have many problems this season and a relegation scare shouldn’t constantly be on the back of our minds.

So here’s the FIVE reasons why I think we’ll be absolutely fine this season…

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Sam Allardyce