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Players deserve all the credit - Andre

Posted on 23 September 2012  - 22:51

Andre Villas-Boas paid tribute to the players for their desire to turn things around against QPR on Sunday.

Trailing 1-0 at the break after an impressive first half display from Rangers, Andre made a change both in personel and tactics at half-time.

Steven Caulker replaced Gylfi Sigurdsson, Gareth Bale moved from left-back to left wing and Clint Dempsey was pushed further forward to support Jermain Defoe as we switched from 4-2-3-1 to 4-4-2.

The team responded and were starting to take control when we equalised via Alejandro Faurlin’s own goal on the hour.

Just a minute later and Jermain drilled home from close range after Julio Cesar turned Gareth Bale’s shot onto the crossbar.

We looked the more likely to score again after that and QPR didn’t have another effort on target, although the outstanding Jan Vertonghen did make a key tackle on Junior Hoilett when he found himself in front of goal.

“It was an important win for the players particularly because they really put in the effort in the second half,” said Andre.

“The first half didn’t go the way we wanted but the second half did and all credit to the players, they showed the commitment to come back.

“It was important to get that first goal and then from the emotion of the first goal, the second goal happened straight away. That gave us a real boost in confidence.”

Jermain celebrates with Gareth

Asked what was said at half-time, Andre added: “The only thing we did was push the (defensive) line a little further up and close down the gaps for QPR. The players did that brilliantly.

“We went to a 4-4-2, got the first goal back and knew the second would happen straight away.

“The main difference was the players, their belief and desire and all credit to them for coming up strong mentally in the second half.”