Villas-Boas won't rap Townsend

Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre-Villas Boas sees no need to be dragged into a diving debate following an admission from Andros Townsend.

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Andros Townsend: Was booked for taking a tumble against Chelsea

Andros Townsend: Was booked for taking a tumble against Chelsea

Spurs midfielder Townsend has conceded that he took a tumble during a recent Premier League clash with Chelsea - which earned him a caution.

The England international has vowed to 'kick' simulation out of his game and has apologised for his actions.

The issue is now closed as far as Villas-Boas is concerned, with the Portuguese tactician eager to avoid talk of 'cheating' and is looking for the 22-year-old to offer a positive response on the field.

He said ahead of Thursday's Europa League tie against Anzhi Makhachkala: "I didn't speak to him because I thought his own words were quite understandable, and to me that is the end of the story.

"His pace is absolutely incredible, so you can easily understand, as with Gareth Bale, that any contact might affect the balance of the player.

"But I don't think we have enough examples to call him a cheating player.

"I think he was right to correct himself straight away.

"In regards to the future, it will come with actions, not with words. But I'm sure someone who comes out with such a strong statement is able to continue to avoid that part of his game."

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e'll be fine, no problem. If they do get relegated, he's definitely going to ask how anyone could ever have thought that Villa were going to be fine given their problems before he came.

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toke though. Hmn. I don't think it was defending that made people dislike Stoke so much as the out and out cheating/nastiness they regularly displayed. That, and they kept buying the odd flair player and then ruining them (Oh! Tuncay, what were you thinking?).

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ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

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