Next Game

Partizan v Tottenham

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 18:00

Europa League Group C

Stadium of Light

Last Game

Sunderland 2 - 2 Tottenham

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

AVB wants to build on victory

Andre Villas-Boas wants Tottenham Hotspur to build on a 2-0 win at Aston Villa after overcoming a difficult start to the game.

Last Updated: 21/10/13 at 06:59 Post Comment

Andre Villas-Boas: Happy with Tottenham's response

Andre Villas-Boas: Happy with Tottenham's response

Goals from the in-form Andros Townsend and Roberto Soldado secured the points for Spurs, who had lost 3-0 at home to West Ham United before the international break.

Villas-Boas was pleased with the response from his players, with the result leaving Spurs in fifth position and three points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal.

"It was difficult in the first minutes," Villas-Boas told Sky Sports. "It was very unpredictable because Villa kept putting some very long balls in behind us, so they kept stretching us.

"We had to put our act together and I think we did after the 20th minute. We got hold of the ball and started creating things.

"In the second half, we were really, really good. After we reached 2-0, we could have gone on to score more.

"After the setback, particularly at home, we have to respond and I think we did it in a good fashion to keep ourselves in touch with the top.

"I think we deserved the result. We want to build on from here and continue to gather the most amount of points as possible."

The Spurs boss also praised the role of Townsend, who came into the game on the back of an impressive brace of performances for England and signing a new contract.

"I think he's done what he has been doing excellently," said Villas-Boas of Townsend.

"He takes the team forward, and he has the ability to drive and jump the man whenever he has the ball.

"He is always a threat and teams have started to be more aware of his strengths. He started not really well, but improved during the game."

Soldado secured the win with his first Premier League goal in open play and Villas-Boas was pleased with the display of his summer signing from Valencia.

He added: "It was a great performance. He was making the most out of his opportunities and this is the reason why we bought him."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Champions League review: Big wins for Roma and Porto, Barca edge to victory

Roma and Porto earned big wins in the Champions League, while Barcelona opened their campaign with a narrow victory.

Champions League: Jose Mourinho rues missed chances in Schalke draw

Jose Mourinho bemoaned Chelsea's failure to kill off Schalke with a second goal before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's equaliser.

Champions League: Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart left to rue late Bayern Munich winner

Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart admitted Jerome Boateng's late winner for Bayern Munich felt like a kick in the teeth.

Mail Box

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

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