At some point last week a statistic was produced stating that if all Premier League matches this season had ended after eighty minutes then Spurs would be at the summit. That fact was reinforced yesterday with an unlikely turnaround – even by Tottenham’s standards.
After the Everton match, Andre Villas-Boas conceded that the late defeat was tough to take.
“The last minutes were our best with Clint’s goal and Gylfi’s chance, we kept the ball and played well, but then the game changed completely against the run of play,” AVB said.
“To be fair, Everton had a first half where they could have scored, that’s the reality.
“But we managed hold on to that 0-0, then had a brilliant second half and to see it escape from us in the last minutes is difficult to take.”
Andre also admitted that late goals had been an issue this season.
“It has been quite an adventure in the Premier League this season; if we count the number of results that have been going for us before the last minutes we would be first,” he added.
“There are so many different reasons. It is not really easy to explain because a couple of them come from different situations.
“It is something we are aware of, which is why we speak about it openly, and it is something we have to improve, seeing off games.
“It is not a mental thing, it is the nature of the game because it was our best period for quite some time in the second half.”
Defeat leaves us in fifth place, level on points with Everton and West Brom and after a rare blank week it’s Swansea at home on Sunday.