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A great effort - Andre

Andre Villas-Boas paid tribute to the players after beating Sunderland 1-0 in Sunday’s finale at the Lane and recording a club record 72 points in the Premier League.

However, he admitted it was ‘difficult to take’ after Arsenal pipped us to fourth place in the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Newcastle.

Gareth Bale provided a fitting finale to a memorable campaign with a stunning strike in the last minute to secure victory at the Lane.

We’d chipped away throughout the match against a stubborn Sunderland side and poured on the pressure in the second half.

It looked like it might be one of those days after a shot count of 23-5 in our favour and being denied by last-ditch blocks, clearances off the line, the woodwork and Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, but Gareth delivered again, a scorcher into the top corner to take us to 72 points.

“It’s difficult to take at the moment,” said Andre. “We did our job, but Arsenal did their job as well at Newcastle and unfortunately, managed to nick it.

“In the first half, we didn’t create as many chances as we wanted.

“But it was an excellent second half, a great effort from everyone. We pushed forward and in the end, we got what we deserved.

“It was a great individual moment to win the game and a great collective performance.”