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Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas calling for perspective after wake-up call of West Ham defeat
11:38am Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
Andre Villas-Boas admits the shock 3-0 defeat to West Ham is a wake-up call for Tottenham but is calling for perspective after a good start to the season and is backing his players to bounce back.
Spurs were denied the chance to go joint top of the table as goals from Winston Reid, Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison helped seal a memorable Hammers win.
The defeat means Tottenham are sixth, but only three points off first, having won four, lost two and drawn one of their opening seven league matches.
He said: “We can’t undermine what we have been doing up to now – obviously it’s a defeat, if we’d won we would have gone to the top of the league, sitting one point behind Liverpool so losing at home to West Ham is something we don’t like.
“But we have to put into perspective what we have done before. It’s a wake-up call, we have to react, we have to bounce back and I trust the team to do that.”
Villas-Boas felt the second goal was the killer-blow for Spurs.
“West Ham defended well, they have only conceded one goal from open play this season the rest have been free-kicks and set plays.
“In open play they don’t give a lot of spaces. Still, we created a couple of good chances that we could have taken the lead from.
“It didn’t happen and they scored how traditionally they normally score – from a set play - and when we wanted to get back into the game we couldn’t because they scored another one.
“That was the key moment in the game, when we were about to go forward with two strikers to try and have more firepower up front but they managed to score to make it 2-0.”
He continued: “The problem is we never really got the chance to respond and the goals were scored on 66, 72 and 79 minutes so we never really got the chance to come back into the game and that was the key moment.”
The Spurs players now have to wait until Sunday, October 20 before they can put things right as the players go away for international matches.
“The team breaks up and we don’t see them,” Villas-Boas added.
“Our regrouping time will be when they can come back, they will come with the right frame of mind to bounce back because the team spirit we have allows us to do that.”
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