Yesterday’s win over Hull wasn’t the most exciting game of this or any other season and a portion of today’s headlines have been devoted to the post match comments of Andre Villas-Boas. AVB said he felt the team were effectively playing away from home as anxiety got to the fans.
“I compliment the boys for what they did – great work rate. Not only that but we played away from home. We didn’t have the support that we should have had in a game that we needed a win,” Andre said.
“There was much anxiety present in the fans which transmitted to the players, so this victory is down to the players. We did it with no help today.
The manager went on to explain how patience was needed in order to break down a stubborn set of visitors.
“It was difficult to break them. They came here with a good strategy and different to what other teams have done here which is defend and look to hit us on the counter,” he added.
“I think the thing we did different to the game against West Ham was that we waited patiently for our opportunity. It’s always difficult to get in behind a defence of five plus four in the middle and one up front.”
It’s probably just as well that AVB didn’t look at some of the comments on social media but does he have a point about the frustrations of the fans during yesterday’s contest?