While the fans were receiving more than a touch of criticism, Tottenham’s Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas reserved all of his praise for the players after yesterday’s dour 1-0 win over Hull City. A late Roberto Soldado penalty secured the third identical outcome of the campaign and the result, as disappointing as it may have been for some supporters, lifts us back into the top four.
“It was a great win for the players, for their belief, their spirit,” said Andre after the match.
“We had to dig deep to win the game and I compliment the players for being patient.
“We had lots of chances but not as clear-cut as we wanted, because they had bodies in the way, five defenders, four midfielders, one up top.”
Hull parked the bus but AVB acknowledged their threat on the counter.
“They had their counter-attack situations and it was difficult for us to get behind, we accept that,” he added.
“I’m particularly happy for the players for continuing to try and getting their reward in the end through the penalty. That fell our way and it’s no more than we deserved.
Villas-Boas went on to admit that he would prefer a better spectacle but the win was the most important factor in yesterday’s performance.
“We want to win better, we want to play better, we want to win with more goals, create more chances, but sometimes it’s not possible.
“We’ve had a wonderful start to the season apart from the Arsenal and West Ham results and we look solid going forward. We now have a difficult trip to Everton and I hope the team can continue to collect points.”
Next up is that game at Goodison Park on Sunday but before that, the entertainers that are Hull City are back at the Lane in a Capital One Cup clash on Wednesday.