April 25 2014 Latest news:

Latest London news, sport & entertainment

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 10°C

Five-day forecast

AVB hails ‘absolutely outstanding’ Spurs stars after Sunderland win

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas. Picture: PA Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas. Picture: PA

Saturday, December 7, 2013
8:05 PM

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas believes his team have made a full recovery from their mauling by Manchester City after they beat Sunderland to reassert themselves in the hunt for Champions League places.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

The 6-0 loss at the Etihad Stadium on November 24 sparked suggestions Villas-Boas could be close to losing his job, but his team have reacted impressively and with their 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light on Saturday they climbed to sixth in the Barclays Premier League, three points off second place.

A close-range Paulinho strike and a John O’Shea own goal allowed Tottenham to recover from the jolt of going behind to Adam Johnson’s powerful finish.

“The players were absolutely outstanding,” said Villas-Boas on Sky Sports 1.

“They achieved a great, great win. I think the result is entirely deserved and puts us back on track near the top where we wanted to be.

“It’s a great win for Tottenham and a great fightback from the Manchester City result.”

As Villas-Boas pointed out, Tottenham have made a flying start to December, holding Manchester United before posting back-to-back wins at Fulham and Sunderland.

“We’re already seven points into December from two away fixtures and Manchester United at home,” he said.

“We came back from a very, very difficult situation, not only from the scoreline (in the defeat to Manchester City) but also the league position.

“It was important for us to put ourselves back on track.”

Defender Michael Dawson was similarly satisfied with the result and Tottenham’s upturn in form.

“We’ve had a big game at Fulham, then today at Sunderland - two tough places to come. Both teams were fighting for survival and we’ve had big performances and massive results,” he said.

“It shows the determination and the togetherness we’ve got.

“We’ve bounced back from a disappointing result at Manchester City. We took a lot of criticism.

“We had a home game against Man United - we could have won it - and then we’ve had two away games.

“To win, it’s a massive, massive boost for the boys.

“When you lose 6-0 it’s not great, but we’ve showed character in the camp. We’re all together, we’re fighting for a Champions League spot, and we’ve showed a few people we’re together, we can perform and win football matches.”

Share this article

0 comments

   Local advertisers

Related links

More football news

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Ham&High on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Hampstead businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Ham&High, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE