December 6 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Shell-shocked Tottenham mananger Andre Villas-Boas looked like a man who had just had his backside kicked when he sat down to sum up his feelings after today’s 3-0 defeat to West Ham United.
It was the Portuguese’s biggest home defeat of his reign as Spurs manager as the Hammers ran riot with three goals in 13 second-half minutes.
Ricardo Vaz Te doubled West Ham’s lead after Winston Reid’s opener and Ravel Morrison then brought the away fans to their feet with a fantastic solo goal.
The former Manchester United man picked the ball up inside his own half and slalomed past Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson before cleverly lifting the ball over Hugo Lloris.
Spurs had only conceded two goals prior to the game at White Hart Lane, but Andros Townsend looked the only player capable of making a difference for the north London club and the fans who were left inside the stadium at the final whistle made their feelings known by booing the team off the pitch.
Villas-Boas, who had claimed four wins from six games prior to the derby, called for a bit of perspective, though.
“It’s a wake up call that we have to react to, we have to bounce back and I trust the team to do that,” the Spurs boss said.
“I think we can’t undermine what we have been doing up to now.
“Obviously it’s a defeat. Had we won this game we would have been just one point behind [league leaders Arsenal].
“It’s something we don’t like, but we have to put into perspective of what we’ve done before.”