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We deserved late reward - Andre

Posted on 20 January 2013  - 22:40

Andre Villas-Boas insisted the lads got the least their efforts deserved after Clint Dempsey struck a dramatic late equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Sunday.

As snow continued to fall in freezing temperatures, Clint warmed the hearts of all Spurs fans by hitting the target in the final of three minutes added time to rescue a point at the Lane.

The draw stretched our run to one defeat in 11 in the Premier League and maintained our fourth place in the table.

It looked like it was going to be one of those days - and a typical United away win - as goalkeeper David De Gea produced a number of fine saves to keep us at bay after Robin van Persie opened the scoring in the 25th minute.

De Gea reacted brilliantly to divert Gareth Bale’s shot with his legs just before half-time and even better when Clint took aim from six yards in the second half, once again, De Gea’s legs – this time his right knee – came to the rescue.

We kept going though and with 93 minutes on the clock, Benoit Assou-Ekotto crossed deep, De Gea just managed to punch clear over Steven Caulker, the ball fell to Aaron Lennon who fired across goal for Clint to finish from close range.

“We deserved the draw - we deserved to win, to be fair,” said Andre.

“We controlled the game, limited their chances and it was unfair for us to go 1-0 down in the first half.

“Our strategy in the second half was to try and score as early as possible to get the crowd behind us and go for the second goal.

“United did well to hold on so credit to the lads for continuing to persist and continuing to attack, especially when against United, you can be punished for all-out attacking (on the break).

“It’s hard to recall, maybe it’s the first United performance when they’ve hardly had any possession and only four opportunities.

“We got the point we wanted in a difficult game and well done to the lads and their spirit to achieve a result like this.”