Villas-Boas challenges Tottenham to recover from West Ham defeat

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has challenged his players to bounce back from their surprise defeat to West Ham United, the Daily Telegraph has reported, with the 35-year-old describing Sunday’s result as a ‘wake up call’.

Three second-half goals, scored by Winston Reid, Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison, condemned Tottenham to second Premier League defeat of the season, and their first at home to West Ham since 1999. The team was booed off at full-time after creating few chances, but Villas-Boas is not panicking.

He said: “It’s a wake-up call that we have to react to, we have to bounce back and I trust the team to do that. I think we can’t undermine what we’ve been doing up to now. Obviously it’s a defeat. Had we won this game, we would have been just one point behind. It’s something we don’t like, but we have to put into perspective of what we’ve done before.

Tottenham now sit sixth in the table ahead of the international break, with Aston Villa their next opponents on October 20 before they face Moldovan champions Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League, where they are currently topping Group K.

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