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Spurs 1-3 Sunderland - Andre's view

24 July 2013|Tottenham Hotspur

Andre Villas-Boas was left with mixed emotions after our defeat against Sunderland in the Barclays Asia Trophy.

Gylfi Sigurdsson fired us into the lead in testing, heavy conditions after torrential rain in Hong Kong but Sunderland hit back to level before the break and then strike twice in the final 20 minutes.

It means we play local team South China FC in the third/fourth play-off on Saturday – kick-off 6pm local, 11am UK time – after Manchester City beat our club partners 1-0 in Wednesday’s second match.

Kick-off was delayed 30 minutes and both matches were reduced to two halves of 40 minutes as the rain poured down.

"It was difficult conditions for both teams, so that doesn't serve as an excuse,” said Andre.

“We made a couple of mistakes we shouldn't have, but let's have these mistakes in pre-season, before we go to the first game.

“We'll reflect on the game and try to improve. We gave the ball away cheaply for the first goal, then a set-play, which we've already discussed, so the players are aware of it and we move forward.

“On the positive side it was the first time we gave 90 minutes to a couple of players and we showed good stamina and endurance, particularly Scotty, Dawson, Siggy and Adebayor, straight from 45 minutes to 90.

“So there were positives, but obviously we wanted to be in the final and to repay our fans over here.”

It might have been a different story but for two fine saves from Vito Mannone from Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe with the score at 1-1.

But Sunderland went ahead just after the hour through Wes Brown and Brad Friedel made a string of fine saves as we pushed forward.

“The best spell we had was the first 15 minutes of the second half where we had chances and it could have gone our way. It didn't and Sunderland held on well.”

Meanwhile, Andre reported that Jan Vertonghen would undergo an MRI scan tomorrow on the ankle injury he sustained in the second half.