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Fulham vs Spurs - Andre's preview

04 December 2013|Tottenham Hotspur

Andre Villas-Boas says the players have to be wary of the new coach effect as we travel to Fulham tonight.

Rene Meulensteen took over as Head Coach from Martin Jol following Fulham’s 3-0 loss at West Ham on Saturday.

That was the Cottagers’ fifth successive defeat in the Premier League.

Andre and the players are taking nothing for granted as they prepare for what is traditionally one of the toughest games on the calendar.

Andre was delighted with the response of the team to the heavy loss at City in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against United at the Lane where we led twice, only to be pegged back on both occasions by Wayne Rooney.

We remain just three points off the top four as we go into the second of seven Premier League matches in December.

“It was important to get the confidence back in a difficult game against United, as you can imagine following the defeat at City,” said Andre.

“It was the response we wanted and now we go to Fulham, a stadium where we did well last season.

“The reality is that with a change of manager, the Fulham side won’t be completely different, but I’m sure we’ll see some new things.

“The motivation of a new coach is also important, especially for fringe players who weren’t involved before. It gives them a lift and a new start.

“Fulham’s system could be a surprise. We can’t predict what is going through Rene’s mind so we have to be careful.

“From our point of view, after Sunday’s performance, we want to do well at Fulham and put ourselves back on track.”