Sluggish start frustrates AVB

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas admitted his side had paid the price for a poor first-half performance after they crashed out of the FA Cup following a 2-1 defeat to Leeds at Elland Road.

Last Updated: 28/01/13 at 11:01 Post Comment

Andre Villas-Boas: Disappointed with Tottenham's first half

Andre Villas-Boas: Disappointed with Tottenham's first half

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Luke Varney gave Championship side Leeds a 15th-minute lead in the fourth-round tie and Ross McCormack made it 2-0 five minutes after the interval.

Spurs, who were without striker Jermain Defoe due to a slightly twisted hip, pulled a goal back on 58 minutes but were unable to find an equaliser.

"Leeds made the most of their opportunities," Villas-Boas said. "It was good to come back into the game but we maybe could have done a little better.

"Leeds were really up for it. We had some opportunities to go 2-2, but maybe not too clear-cut.

"Our second half was definitely better than the first, but we could have done better not to go 2-0 down.

"Unfortunately today we missed Defoe, who always gives us an option, through injury, but we'll have him back for the Norwich game."

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