Tottenham supporters were negative, claims Villas-Boas

After seeing his side narrowly defeat Hull City at White Hart Lane on Sunday, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has criticised the lack of support they received from the home crowd, reports ESPN.

Tottenham won courtesy of Roberto Soldado’s late penalty, which was controversially awarded by referee Michael Oliver for handball against Hull winger Ahmed Elmohamady. The win took the Spurs to fourth in the Premier League, just three points behind leaders Arsenal after nine games.

However, Villas-Boas feels that one of the reasons that his side struggled to break down the resilient Tigers was due to a lack of atmosphere, claiming that Tottenham felt like the away side. He said: “I’m extremely happy with the crowd normally, fans for me represent the essence of football. The away support has been immense. Sometimes at home it is difficult and it looks like it drags the ball in to our goal rather than our opponent’s goal.

“I don’t intend with this message to send them a warning, neither do I intend to hurt their feelings but this is something that is felt within the group. It is a feeling that invades us in fixtures like this. You need that help. We are great believers in emotion and motivation and that is always decisive when you play at home.”

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