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Spurs 2-2 United - Andre's verdict

Sun 01 December 2013, 18:00|Tottenham Hotspur

Andre Villas-Boas paid tribute to the players for their response to last week’s loss at City after we returned to Premier League action with a 2-2 draw against champions Manchester United at the Lane on Sunday.

Andre admitted the ‘perfect result’ would have been a victory after we led twice only to be pegged back on both occasions by Wayne Rooney.

Kyle Walker fired us into the lead in the 18th minute and arguably the key moments  of the match followed as we looked to double our advantage.

Roberto Soldado fired wide and Aaron Lennon was denied one-on-one by David De Gea.

Rooney struck before half-time but we took the lead again with a Goal of the Season contender from Sandro.

A year to the day from his last goal against Fulham, Sandro beat Tom Cleverley before unleashing a 30-yarder that sailed into the top corner for 2-1 on 54 minutes.

However, Hugo Lloris was soon adjudged to have brought down Danny Welbeck, Rooney buried the spot-kick and that’s how it stayed - Andros Townsend came closest to a winner when he was inches away from Walker’s cross.

“I’m happy with the response of the players, the ambition, the motivation, the desire to bounce back,” said Andre.

“It could have been the perfect ending but unfortunately we couldn’t finish the situations we had to make it 2-0 in the first half, and then the Townsend ball for 3-2.

“It’s never easy to play a team like United, who came here on the back of a 5-0 win in the Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen. So I congratulate the players on a wonderful performance, the result wasn’t what we wanted, but it puts us back on track.”

Andre also praised the fans, who raised the roof at the Lane as we took the game to United. “It was great support from the fans, a great atmosphere at the Lane as you can imagine,” he added. “We can’t live without the fans and they have been decisive.”