Tottenham seemed far more effective at keeping Swansea away from the penalty box on Sunday and it was clear that the team had taken a different approach to defending a late lead. Last gasp goals have been costing us all season and while we remained nervous, it all seemed much calmer on the pitch than it did at Everton seven days ago.

William Gallas revealed after the match that the players and Andre Villas-Boas had met to discuss the issue of leaking late goals.

“We’ve had a meeting with him because we’ve been conceding late goals and we have to be a little bit more focused, a bit more strong,” said Gallas. “Sometimes maybe we are panicking and we’ve let goals in.

“So we’ve been working very hard and we’ve had some meetings to look at the video to see what is good and bad, and against Swansea it was good to keep a clean sheet.

“In this period, we have a lot of games and some players are tired – they have already played more than 20 games this season, which is a lot. It’s very intense.”

William also acknowledged the need for strength and fitness over the Christmas period,

“If we want to stay in the top four, we have to get all the players ready for the matches over Christmas and New Year, because we are going to be playing four games in 11 days,” he added.

That run of games starts at the Lane on Saturday as we host Stoke and the busy Christmas period will do much to decide our chances of a top four finish – as will a greater ability to hold onto a lead.

 

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