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Villas-Boas: A difficult game

Andre Villas-Boas was disappointed to see Tottenham fall below Arsenal after his team were held to a goalless draw by Stoke at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

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Andre Villas-Boas: Disappointed with a goalless draw against a stubborn Stoke

Andre Villas-Boas: Disappointed with a goalless draw against a stubborn Stoke

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Spurs would have moved ahead of Chelsea into third if they had secured a win against the Potters, but ended the afternoon in fifth after both Arsenal and Everton secured victories against Wigan and West Ham respectively.

Villas-Boas, whose side face Aston Villa on Boxing Day, was not happy at seeing his team slip below Arsenal on goal difference.

"No one enjoys being level on points with Arsenal at this club," Villas-Boas said.

"I have experienced this rivalry for the first time this year and I have spoken very highly about it before.

"It is an extremely healthy competition between both teams, but we have to continue now.

"Today was a difficult game. Stoke are an extremely competitive and physical team who are difficult to break down.

"I want to be extremely positive as the players really tried hard."

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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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