Saturday’s game with Sunderland threatened to be a close fixture and so it proved – although the final result would have been more emphatic if our twin strikers had found their best form.

Ultimately, it was comfortable enough and after the match, Andre Villas-Boas felt that the three points were fully deserved.

“It was difficult to go in 1-0 down because we played so well in the first half, just like we did at Villa,” AVB said.

“This time it wasn’t 0-0 at half-time, we were losing 1-0 and I think undeservedly.

“We played extremely well, created so many chances and deserved to go 3-1 up. We didn’t manage to do that but it was good to see us hold on for an important win.”

Andre also underlined the resilience that the club seems to have found this season.

“The players have been excellent. They are giving everything and the energy they are showing is tremendous, especially for a team that has also been in Europe,” he added.

“We showed great resilience to come back and then hold on for a very important win at this time of year.”

The win briefly took us to third and next up is our home game with Reading but the side will have to take the field without Gareth Bale, who received his fifth booking of the season.





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