Tottenham Focus – Encouraging signs from Villas-Boas

For Tottenham fans, losing to their north London rivals is never a good experience. Losing by the same 5-2 scoreline as in February it would appear that Spurs were out-classed. Arguably this was not the case. In February, Spurs had Scott Parker sent off but this was in the 87th minute when the game was already lost. In February, tactical naivety with no Plan B was behind the reult. On Saturday, the end result was achieved through a different path.

At the Emirates on Saturday, Spurs started strongly and took the lead through Emmanuel Adebayor in the 10th minute. The away team could have been two up through Aaron Lennon before Adebayor’s red card. The Togolese’s studs up tackle on Santi Cazorla after 17 minutes left Howard Webb little option but to send the forward off. From hero to villain in seven minutes.

Against Arsenal’s passing game, playing with ten men for the majority of the game was always going to be an uphill struggle for Spurs. Two goals just before half time for Arsenal to take a 3-1 lead would make a result almost impossible. As so often happens with a sending off, Adebayor’s straight red did so dramatically for Spurs. It was a shame for manager Andr

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