Spurs 1-0 Hull - Andre's verdict
27 October 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
Andre Villas-Boas praised the players for their belief, spirit and most of all, patience in grinding out a 1-0 win against a dogged Hull City on Sunday.
A tough afternoon’s work was finally rewarded 10 minutes from time when Jan Vertonghen’s cross was blocked by the hands of Ahmed Elmohamady.
Referee Michael Oliver awarded the penalty and Roberto Soldado made no mistake to secure maximum points, his third successful spot-kick out of three so far in the Premier League.
The Tigers lined-up 5-4-1 and were happy to sit in, although they did provide a threat on the counter-attack.
We certainly had enough chances as Paulinho volleyed just over and Steve Harper saved well from Andros Townsend and Kyle Walker in the first half.
Harper produced the save of the game to deny Soldado one-on-one before the Spanish striker confidently dispatched the winner from 12 yards.
The result made it six wins in our opening nine league matches - 19 points from nine games equals our best-ever start in the Premier League - and 12 clean sheets in 15 games in all competitions. We now sit fourth in the table.
“It was a great win for the players, for their belief, their spirit,” said Andre.
“We had to dig deep to win the game and I compliment the players for being patient.
“We had lots of chances but not as clear-cut as we wanted, because they had bodies in the way, five defenders, four midfielders, one up top.
“They had their counter-attack situations and it was difficult for us to get behind, we accept that.
“I’m particularly happy for the players for continuing to try and getting their reward in the end through the penalty. That fell our way and it’s no more than we deserved.
“We want to win better, we want to play better, we want to win with more goals, create more chances, but sometimes it’s not possible.
“We’ve had a wonderful start to the season apart from the Arsenal and West Ham results and we look solid going forward. We now have a difficult trip to Everton (our next Premier League match next weekend) and I hope the team can continue to collect points.”