Tottenham boss Villas-Boas disappointed with late Everton defeat

Andre Villas-Boas has admitted his regret after a late collapse by his Tottenham Hotspur players saw a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Everton turn into a dramatic Toffees win, sending David Moyes’ side to fourth in the Premier League, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Clint Dempsey’s deflected shot late in the second-half appeared to have given Spurs the three points which would have put a six-point gap between the White Hart Lane club and their Champions League rivals. Gylfi Sigurdsson hit the bar shortly after but with six seconds of normal time to play, former Tottenham winger Steven Pienaar converted a Seamus Coleman cross to draw Everton level, and less than two minutes later Nikica Jelavic put Everton ahead.

The result means that Everton go fourth on goal difference, with Spurs fifth and West Bromwich Albion sixth, all level on 26 points and separated only by goal difference. Arsenal, who beat West Brom on Saturday through two penalties from former Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta, are two points behind in seventh.

Spurs have made a habit of giving away late goals this season, with the Mirror noting Tottenham have conceded 10 goals in the last 15 minutes of matches, and that if games only lasted 80 minutes, Tottenham would be top of the league.

Villas-Boas said: “It was so disappointing in the end. It has been our adventure so far this season. If we count the number of goals we concede in the last 15 minutes, we would be top. here are so many different reasons why we conceded late – it is not easy to explains because some come from different situations.

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