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.



  1. Sigurdsson should start the league games. He has 3 goals from open play in the league, more than any other spurs player.

    And you keep him on the bench when we were desperate for a goal.

    Come on AVB, :/

  2. We are scraping through every league game by a goal, while Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool etc are getting 3-4 Goals. As we have seen many times, the goal difference has always let us down badly at the end of season. Every Spurs supporter will cheer the team on, but you can not blame the supporters if a proportion of the team aren’t giving it 50% while the rest are giving it 200%. We are very lucky to be 4th, if we can’t manage the lower teams, we are not going to manage the top teams, luck wont always be on our side. COYS

  3. Guys,
    Listen. If we don’t make top 4 next year. We are gonna be the laughing stock of the EPL. The fans feel it already. 30 odd thousand voices wrong for being disgruntled? There was not much booing just vociferous shouting out at the obvious. If AVB can’t see the obvious its time for him to pack his bags.

    Bring us Klopp anyday. Watch it happen. Over to you Mr Levy.

  4. While Jan is a great defender, and does a more than admirable job on the left, there was one huge flaw in our attacking game against Hull.

    5 defenders and we could only attack down the right and through the middle. That meant they could stuff 3-4 defenders into the box to clear crosses from Walker and Townsend and get their feet on all of the clever and intricate play that Eriksen, Soldado, and Holtby try.

    Lennon did a good job over on the left as well, but he cuts inside which only compresses the defense more. Rose, for all of his faults, would have come sprinting down that left side, gotten the ball, and dumped a cross into the box faster than one of those defenders could have reacted.

    I saw a lot of good thoughts, great technique, and blue shirts in the Hull penalty area yesterday.


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