Villas-Boas praises Tottenham subs after late Cardiff win

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas has praised substitutes Lewis Holtby and Erik Lamela for combining to set up Paulinho for the late winning goal against Cardiff City, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Statistically Spurs dominated the match, recording 29 shots on goal but were kept out by the form of goalkeeper David Marshall – until Paulinho netted a back heel in the dying minutes after interplay between Holtby and Lamela, who were both introduced to the action in the second-half.

And despite having to wait almost the entire game for the only goal, Villas-Boas believes it was a fair outcome. “We got rewarded in the end,” Villas-Boas said. “It would have been extremely unfair and there was some sense of justice to the result.

Lewis came late into the game but he had some wonderful assists, he really found the link up well. Credit to him because he came into the team with a great spirit to help the team,” Villas-Boas added. “And it was a great contribution from Erik as well in that goal. All of them today made the right impact and that is the spirit that you need from the match.

Villas-Boas’ Cardiff counterpart Malky Mackay was nevertheless disappointed the officials ruled out a first-half header from Ben Turner after deciding goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had been fouled, while Lloris was adjudged to have stayed within the penalty area after handling a Frazier Campbell shot on the edge of the box.

The weekend’s results leave Tottenham second, level on points with Arsenal but behind on goal difference, with top flight new boys Cardiff in 16th, with five points from as many matches.

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