Villas-Boas believes nerves are effecting Tottenham

Andre Villas-Boas believes nerves are at the root of the problem that led to Tottenham Hotspur slipping to a home Premier League defeat against Wigan Athletic on Saturday, the Guardian has reported.

Wigan midfielder Ben Watson scored the only goal of the game but Tottenham had Latics’ profligacy and the form of Brad Friedel to thank for the match remaining goalless as long as it did. Wigan created a number of chances but only broke the deadlock shortly before the hour mark as Spurs lost their second successive league home game.

Boos from the crowd greeted both the half-time and full-time whistles, while the decision to substitute Jermain Defoe and bring on Emmanuel Adebayor – rather than play both strikers together – was greeted by a similar cacophony. The result leaves Tottenham in fifth place, level on points with Everton in fourth but trailing the Merseysiders on goal difference.

Villas-Boas said: “Sometimes we’re just not clear in our decision-making, it can happen because of anxiety. We try to do everything right and we end up doing everything wrong. You find yourself on the back foot and this raises the anxiety because you ask yourself: ‘why don’t you do things properly?’

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