Hojbjerg ‘understands’ half-time boos in Leeds clash

Date published: Monday 22nd November 2021 4:22 - Jason Soutar

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg celebrates a win with Antonio Conte

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg admits half-time boos in his side’s 2-1 win over Leeds United were justified.

Antonio Conte took charge of his first Premier League match as Spurs head coach against Marcelo Bielsa’s men, coming from 1-0 down to win the match.

The half-time whistle concluded the north Londoner’s sixth consecutive half in the league without registering a shot on target.

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After a disappointing opening 45 minutes against Leeds on Sunday, Spurs were booed off by home fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Hojbjerg – who scored the equalising goal before Sergio Reguilon’s winner – discussed the boos, admitting he ‘understands’ the fans’ frustrations.

“I kind of understand [the boos],” Hojbjerg said afterwards. “I hope it won’t happen again but I understand there are high demands and high pressure.

“The fans have great expectations because we’re a great team, so I take that as a compliment.

“We’re here to perform well and let the fans celebrate, which is the main thing. We did that in the second half and the fans were incredible in the second half also, so let’s try to do that from the start.”

Spurs face Mura away from home in the Europa League on Thursday before facing Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon.

Elsewhere, Paul Merson has claimed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans were “thrown out of the window” when Cristiano Ronaldo returned as he took away a key Man Utd “weapon”.

Ronaldo re-joined the Red Devils before the 2021/22 campaign. He came back to England after successful spells at Real Madrid and Juventus.

In his Sky Sports column, Merson suggested that Ronaldo takes away Man Utd’s “weapon” on the counter-attack:

“I feel sorry for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer,” Merson wrote.

“He had a plan at the start of the season, having finished second last season. He’s chased Jadon Sancho for a long time, got him in, and he’s given Edinson Cavani another year.

“Then, just before the season starts, he gets given Ronaldo. I think he’s thrown it all out of the window. From day one, they’re not a better team with Ronaldo in it.”

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