Andre's delight at Stadium of Light
Once again, Andre Villas-Boas had nothing but praise for the team after Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Sunderland.
An own goal from Carlos Cuellar and Aaron Lennon’s magnificent individual effort turned around an undeserved half-time deficit and secured a sixth win in a sequence of just one defeat in eight matches in the Premier League, 19 points out of the last possible 24.
John O’Shea opened the scoring at the Stadium of Light after we’d dominated for long periods of the first half.
The two goals in the space of four minutes at the start of the second half turned the game around and it might have been more but for fine saves from Simon Mignolet to deny Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor.
“It was difficult to go in 1-0 down because we played so well in the first half, just like we did at Villa,” said Andre.
“This time it wasn’t 0-0 at half-time, we were losing 1-0 and I think undeservedly.
“We played extremely well, created so many chances and deserved to go 3-1 up. We didn’t manage to do that but it was good to see us hold on for an important win.
“The players have been excellent. They are giving everything and the energy they are showing is tremendous, especially for a team that has also been in Europe.
“We showed great resilience to come back and then hold on for a very important win at this time of year.”
Meanwhile, Andre was disappointed that Gareth Bale received a booking after an incident with Craig Gardner in the second half, his fifth yellow card and he’ll now miss our New Year’s Day clash against Reading.
“It is unfair what he has been going through and it is extremely frustrating for both the player and the team that he now misses a game because of it. Every time he is fouled people almost have to think twice. The player is obviously very frustrated. I feel he is being persecuted.”