AVB hails ‘excellent’ performance

by Matthew Harris on September 17, 2012

Spurs are finally off the mark with their first win of the season as an attack minded side took all three points from Reading yesterday. Andre Villas-Boas’ team dominated possession and chances and for once, we converted that into goals as the side claimed what was a comfortable 3-1 win in the end.

Many were calling for AVB to recall Emmanuel Adebayor as the lone striker but Jermain Defoe repaid the coaches’ faith with a double strike either side of a Gareth Bale goal to seal the points. After the match, AVB was full of praise for the whole side.

“It was an excellent performance,” he said after the game.

“In the end, you have to praise the players because they were tremendous.

“The focus, the responsibility and their desire was present during the 90 minutes and they felt completely committed to winning the game for the fans.”

The win takes Spurs up to tenth with five points from four games and after Europa League action, our next league game is at home to QPR on Sunday.

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Al Bachtiar September 17, 2012 at 10:52 am

Yes, it was an excellent performance. But, Spurs have now conceded a goal late in each of the last four games. So, there is clearly an urgent need to try to put a stop to this.

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akshayaalase September 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm

SOME MORE NEED TO CREATIVITY AND ONE – TWO PASSES AND BALL POSITION

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Killthespud September 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm

There’s still a huge gap to be minded between the 3rd and 10th places in the table.

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Parklaner September 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm

yeah 3 points, wow!!!……….School not started yet?

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Killthespud September 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Apparently not. You’re still here.

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Ramos36 September 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Great performance from the lads yesterday. First time AVB has been able to select from his full quota of players (excluding the injured ones) and for me he got his tactics/formation spot on, as we dominated from start to finish.

What a difference a Dembele makes! In my opinion the Belgium Internationals performance was just what the doctor ordered, and infact was the creative driving force that we lacked in the first two home games. If Moussa can maintain this kind of form, it won’t be long before Spurs fans forget completely about the man he replaced.
Both he and Sandro were immense for us yesterday, winning every second ball and 50/50 on offer, and then distributing the ball effectively to the more attack minded players.

Jan Vertonghen and Gyfil Sigurdsson both enjoyed their best games in a Spurs shirt, with our new centre back particularly impressive as he adapts to the rigours and physical demands of the EPL. I feel Siggurdson ,at 22, will only get better and yesterday he showed glimpses of the talent which has made him such a good signing for the club at £8mill. He seemed more comfortable in his surroundings yesterday and showed a greater willingness to get on the ball and make things happen, than he has in first three games. Again, this may have had something to do with the introduction of Dembele in the team, with Moussa’s ability and guile allowing the front four to play their natural game, in more advanced positions.

Kyle Naughton is another player who impressed, replacing the injured BAE at left back. While Aaron Lennon looked a constant threat every time he got the ball.

It was also nice to see AVB take off Gareth Bale after a largely disappointing performance from the flying winger. This was something the previous management never did, whether Bale had played well or not. While Gareth is clearly a big player for the club, no one should be immune to the prospect of being replaced should they fail perform during the course of the game.

Other highlights include Huddlestone making his second appearance in as many weeks, showing that AVB is prepared to give him his opportunities, and the late introduction of Andros Townsend, a player who has the potential to make a REAL impact for Spurs this season, given the chance. In my opinion the kid has everything as a winger. Pace, trickery and a desire to make things happen, mean that Townsend could prove to be something of a secret weapon for the club this season. He was unlucky not to get an assist when he came on, with Defoe wastefully ballooning his cross over the bar.

All in all an extremely good display from the lads yesterday, and although it was against a limited Reading side, the performance itself offers us plenty of positives to build on.
The bench looked really strong yesterday and with Parker, BAE and Kaboul still to return to the squad, the future is an exciting propect.

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