Spurs have the most shocking record in penalty shoot outs so forgive those of us who weren’t at last night’s game for switching off all TV and internet access when the whistle blew on 120 minutes. It was, therefore, a welcome sight to wake up this morning and discover that we had buried the ghost of FC Basel, PSV Eindhoven, Stoke and many others by edging past Hull.

It was a marathon too which would have tested a few pacemakers but an 8-7 scoreline in the shootout sees us through to face West Ham in the fifth round.

The night had started positively with Gylfi Sigurdsson’s screamer giving us the lead early but it took until the dying minutes of the match for Harry Kane to rescue things.

“They were great penalties and the funny thing is we hadn’t trained for them,” said Andre Villas-Boas after the match.

“We trained so hard for the penalties against Basel and that ended up a disaster. That is the nature of the game.”

After a difficult few days, AVB found time to praise the fans who were considerably more vocal,

“We played really well in the first half,” added Andre.

“We kept on creating chances and we managed to equalise. It was end-to-end from both teams.

“Great credit to the supporters as well because they were excellent, they made the difference for us, inspired us.”

Ahmed Elmohamady will be happy enough to stay away from White Hart Lane for a few months after conceding Sunday’s penalty before seeing his spot kick saved by Brad Friedel. Some will have mixed feelings at the result and the performance but a penalty shoot out victory is a rare beast and something to be savoured.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. If the team did the talking on the pitch AVB would have no need to criticise Spurs Fans and now stating that they don’t practice penalty taking, they probably don’t practice free kicks or corners either judgeing by their performance. There is little cohesion in this team at the moment with a huge month coming up ! Get it sorted or we are playing for crumbs.

  2. Surprised to hear that we did not practice the pens. Lamela’s aside, they were excellent pens…. although Kane may want to revise he penalty taking tactics…. That one will not be on target every time….

  3. So we still can’t break down a patched up Hull side and very nearly lost the tie.
    Hopefully the extra time playing together will help the team

  4. I don’t think they practice anything! Do they practice how to break a parked defence? By the way, after last night’s game, I do think that Lamela would be ideal to link up with Soldado. His performance when switching to centre of midfield was very good . And his passing, specially in the 2nd half, was always exciting and creates a sort of expectancy of something about to happen. Unfortunately, a couple of players around him, were not of his calibre – or did not practice enough these situations.

  5. Its getting worse avb aint got a fucking clue how many more times is he going to play defoe up front as a lone striker the blokes 5ft 2 and as for old cunt freidel in goal well well well

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