Villas-Boas refuses to blame Lloris for Tottenham cup exit
Thursday 01 November 2012
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has refused to blame any individual for his side’s disappointing exit at the hands of Norwich in the fourth round of the League Cup. Villas-Boas picked a strong side for the tie at Carrow Road and after Gareth Bale had put Spurs in front in the second half his side looked set for a comfortable victory.
However, two Canaries’ strikes from a Jan Vertongthen own-goal and Simeon Jackson gave Chris Hughton’s men victory, but only after Clint Dempsey saw a late penalty saved by Norwich keeper Mark Bunn.
Jackson’s goal came after France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had spilled a Grant Holt header but according to the Daily Mail, Villas-Boas refused to point the finger at his summer signing.
“He did extremely well in the game,” said the 35-year-old. “He had a good solid performance. It is difficult for goalkeepers in situations like these.”
“It [losing after being 1-0 up] is obviously something that is in our mind at the moment. It is obviously difficult but the further you train these situations sometimes the worse it becomes. You cannot match the emotion and concentration players face during the game. We obviously have to do better and try to improve things for the next game. It’s a pity to see the game slip from our hands. We had a good performance.”
Tottenham currently lie in fourth place in the Premier League table and will look to continue their excellent run of form of only two defeats from the nine played so far when they take on Wigan at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
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