Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas has praised the reaction of the White Hart Lane crowd during the Capital One Cup victory over Hull City, Sky
Villas-Boas had criticised Tottenham’s home support after the weekend’s Premier League win over Hull, claiming they were too quick to turn negative and it was affecting the players. But the reverse was the case on Wednesday, Villas-Boas said, as the Portuguese credited the crowd with a role in Tottenham’s shootout win.
He added that the fans were particularly encouraging even after Hull levelled the match, a Brad Friedel own goal cancelling out Gylfi Sigurdsson’s opener, and when the visitors went in front in extra-time – Paul McShane scored in the first period, with Harry Kane sending the game to spot kics.
“It was a great, entertaining game and the supporters were absolutely fantastic,” said Villas-Boas. “To see their response after we suffered a setback was very pleasant, they can make that difference for us. It was a great atmosphere and it was great for the team to feel that empathy with the supporters.”
Friedel later made up for his own goal by converting the game-winning penalty after saving Ahmed Elmohamady’s effort as Tottenham triumphed 8-7 – despite not practicing penalties in training beforehand, Villas-Boas revealed. “We practised and practised penalties for the Basel game last year, but we didn’t this time. We haven’t practised them for three or four months!”
Tottenham were beaten on penalties by Basel, losing 4-1 in last season’s Europa League after a 2-2 draw. Tom Huddlestone and Emmanuel Adebayor missed from 12 yards on that night in April, with only Sigurdsson scoring for Villas-Boas’ side.
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