Next Game

Chicago v Tottenham

Sunday, 27 July 2014, 01:00

Friendly Match

BMO Field

Last Game

Toronto FC 2 - 3 Tottenham

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 00:00

Friendly Match

AVB refuses to blame fatigue

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas refused to blame fatigue for his side's shock defeat to Fulham at White Hart Lane.

Last Updated: 18/03/13 at 07:37 Post Comment

Spurs missed the chance to cement their bid for a top four Premier League finish after slipping to defeat courtesy of Dimitar Berbatov's goal against his old club.

Villas-Boas admits it was a bad day at the office for Tottenham and conceded Fulham deserved to take all three points.

"It was difficult and it is two defeats in a row in the Premier League and we wanted to avoid that because we were on a good run," Villas-Boas told Sky Sports.

"We had a decent game, but we couldn't create as much as we normally create at home offensively.

"So our main chances were at the beginning in the first half and late in the second half, but we couldn't create as much as wanted to to take the win.

"It was one of those defeats we have to reflect on. The desire and effort was there, but things just didn't go our way in terms of football."

Asked if fatigue was a reason for Tottenham's below-par performance, Villas-Boas said: "No. We played lots of players who were not involved recently and had a couple of fresh legs on the pitch - five at least."

Mark Schwarzer denied Jermain Defoe late on with a stunning late save and Villas-Boas admitted the keeper did well to deny the striker.

"Towards the later stages of the game we had opportunities with Defoe and if we could got the equaliser we could have pushed for a winner, but Schwarzer did ever so well to deny Defoe and Fulham deserved to win," concluded Villas-Boas.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Liverpool's Adam Lallana could miss start of Premier League with knee injury

Adam Lallana looks set to miss the start of the new Premier League season after suffering a knee injury in training.

Liverpool: Fara Williams welcomes Steven Gerrard contract news

Fara Williams reckons the contract set to be handed to Steven Gerrard will give Liverpool supporters a huge boost.

Transfer news: Sunderland sign Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea

Sunderland have completed the signing of Holland left-back Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea on a four-year deal.

Mail Box

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

It Isn't Easy Supporting Spurs, You Know

We have a long mail about the travails of supporting Spurs, plus Friday thoughts on Marko Marin, marketing, victory v beauty, travelling and vanishing sprays...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property