Townsend asks Tottenham fans for patience

Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has asked for more understanding from the club’s supporters, Sky Sports has reported, as the England international explained that the team at times find it hard to break down the opposition at White Hart Lane because of the visitors’ negative approach.

Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas said after Spurs’ 1-0 win over Hull on Sunday that the players were uncomfortable with the atmosphere at the Lane, and that the crowd’s mood made getting the three points more difficult. Villas-Boas added that it was more like being the away team at times, depriving Tottenham of their home advantage.

Townsend has echoed Villas-Boas’ complaints and pointed to Hull’s all-out-defence approach as the reason why Tottenham struggled to play flowing football. “It’s difficult and sometimes it will take 70, 80 minutes to get the goal,” he told the Daily Star.

It was difficult (on Sunday) against a team that sets up with five defenders and four midfielders, all behind the ball,” Townsend continued. “We tried to play the football, the opposition wouldn’t let us with their system and tactics, but our persistence paid off and we got the win, that’s all that matters.

Tottenham eventually prevailed when Roberto Soldado converted a penalty, awarded after Ahmed Elmohamady was judged to have handled the ball inside the area. The two teams meet again on Wednesday evening in the Capital One Cup.

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