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Praise for Capoue

Tue 27 August 2013, 01:00|Tottenham Hotspur

Andre Villas-Boas had praise for Etienne Capoue after his first Premier League start.

Etienne’s ability to win the ball back alongside Paulinho was a real feature of the performance as we continually put Swansea under pressure in the central areas.

But Etienne also has an eye for goal as he showed in the first half when he fizzed a shot from 30 yards at Michel Vorm and then glanced a header just wide.

In the end, Roberto Soldado’s penalty was enough and just reward for an impressive performance that reaped 21 efforts at goal to Swansea’s seven.

“That was a very good performance from Capoue, great to see him out there protecting the back four,” said Andre.

“That shows signs of a player who is mature, has great technical qualities and it able to recover so many balls that give the team possession and the chance to attack.

“At the moment everything is okay, the shape was tremendous, the central defenders, Capoue protecting, Paulinho’s workrate was immense, everyone has been working hard.”