Loftus Road Stadium

Next Game

QPR v Tottenham

Saturday, 07 March 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

White Hart Lane

Last Game

Tottenham 3 - 2 Swansea

Wednesday, 04 March 2015, 19:45

Barclays Prem

Townsend show delights AVB

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas showered praise on Andros Townsend after the winger turned in an impressive display in the 5-0 victory Europa League play-off defeat of Dinamo Tbilisi.

Last Updated: 23/08/13 at 06:44 Post Comment

Andros Townsend: Praised by Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas

Andros Townsend: Praised by Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas

The Spurs players had a chance to shine in Gareth Bale's absence and Townsend grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

The England Under-21 international put Tottenham ahead when he raced pierced the Dinamo defence with a 50-yard run which ended with him calmly slotting the ball past goalkeeper Giorhi Loria.

He also supplied an assist for Roberto Soldado, who scored two goals, and for Paulinho's maiden goal for the club.

Townsend excelled on loan at QPR last season, scoring twice in 12 impressive appearances, but he was brought back down to earth this summer when he was banned for four months - three of which were suspended - after breaking betting rules.

Villas-Boas is delighted with how the 22-year-old has responded, however.

"Andros has been working well in training, so we felt it was time to give him an opportunity and he did very well," the Tottenham manager said.

"If we have the type of performance we had to today (from him) we can always count him.

"For all the young players we are bringing through the competition they face is extremely difficult and in my opinion, when you overcome that type of opposition you can only become a top player.

"He is doing it the right way. He seems very focused after last year's experience."

Tottenham took the sting out of the hostile atmosphere inside the Dinamo Arena with Townsend's early goal, and from then on it was plain sailing.

Paulinho headed home the winger's cross to make it 2-0 before Soldado's double, and Danny Rose's first Tottenham goal in more than three years, sealed the comprehensive win.

"We had some very good moments and the thing that was the difference was scoring from the chances we had," Villas-Boas added.

"The killer instinct was there from the chances we had and that didn't happen in Dinamo's case.

"That is why, in the end the result is as expressive as it is."

Summer signing Nacer Chadli also impressed when he came on as a second half substitute while Hugo Lloris impressed again with a number of top-drawer saves.

The win means Tottenham are now huge favourites to qualify for the group stages - but Villas-Boas has warned against complacency ahead of next week's second leg at White Hart Lane.

"We want to ensure qualification and in the second leg anything can happen," he said.

"We are expected to win at home after this result away from home but we won't play with fire.

"We will be strong and want to ensure we are in the group stages."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

d like to add players who push their team-mates out of the way to celebrate on their own

exhausted
The Ten Most Hated Things In Football

I

f I were Manuel Pellegrini I would keep quiet and hope the Board didn't notice City not winning anything. If he isn't sacked I'd be astonished.

lfcfan80
Pellegrini: I won't be sacked

S

till I suppose it still gives him at least another year in the job. By the time it comes around , he can always make up another excuse. First it was 3 months , then a year .....Next year ? Whats his excuse with Van Persie ?

spud1
Di Maria 'could peak next year'

Footer 365

Wigan stun Norwich, Sharp inspires Leeds

Norwich's bid for a seventh successive Championship win was thwarted by a determined Wigan, while Leeds, Blackburn and Birmingham all won.

Newcastle 0-1 Man United: Evans and Cisse accused of spitting as visitors leave it late...

Manchester United nicked a 1-0 win at Newcastle but Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse were involved in an unsavoury incident.

Neville 'concerned' over Reds form

Gary Neville has admitted that he is "concerned" that a resurgent Liverpool could qualify for the Champions League ahead of Manchester United.

Mail Box

Look Away Now Please, Sherwood...

Sherwood's cringeworthiness, Matic's Wembley celebrations, why LVG must show balls - it's all here in your Wednesday afternoon Mailbox...

United's No 2 Isn't That Bad Either...

One mailboxer is getting in a flap about the claim Man Utd would struggle without De Dea, while there's some anger directed at Chelsea...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company