While Spurs couldn’t quite hang on for a deserved three points, their performance against Manchester United on Sunday was the polar opposite of a dreadful result against neighbouring City seven days’ ago.

The team displayed far more positivity from the very start with Aaron Lennon looking particularly busy early on as goals from Kyle Walker and a rare if typical stunner from Sandro ultimately secured a 2-2 draw.

After the match, Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas rounded on his critics but reserved plenty of praise for the way in which his players responded to last week’s reverse.

“I’m happy with the response of the players, the ambition, the motivation, the desire to bounce back,” said Andre on the club’s official website.

“It could have been the perfect ending but unfortunately we couldn’t finish the situations we had to make it 2-0 in the first half, and then the Townsend ball for 3-2.

“It’s never easy to play a team like United, who came here on the back of a 5-0 win in the Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen. So I congratulate the players on a wonderful performance, the result wasn’t what we wanted, but it puts us back on track.”

AVB also acknowledged the effort by the White Hart Lane supporters.

“It was great support from the fans, a great atmosphere at the Lane as you can imagine,” he added. “We can’t live without the fans and they have been decisive.”

The draw leaves us in ninth place with 21 points and it’s a quick turnaround this week with the team travelling to Fulham on Wednesday where sadly there won’t be another reunion with former manager Martin Jol.

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