Win can inspire us - Andre
Andre Villas-Boas described Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Manchester City as 'inspirational'.
A stunning sequence of three goals in seven minutes in the second half completely turned the game on its head as we toppled the reigning champions at White Hart Lane.
Samir Nasri converted Carlos Tevez’s cross to hand City an early lead.
City had the better of the first half with further chances to Nasri, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez – Dzeko and Tevez kept out by Hugo Lloris – but late opportunities for Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson raised hopes before half-time.
The arrival of substitutes Tom Huddlestone, Lewis Holtby and Jermain Defoe also appeared to galvanise the team and then the seven goal-den minutes as Clint Dempsey levelled (75m), Jermain curled home a beauty for 2-1 (79m) and then Gareth Bale finished expertly from Tom’s pass for 3-1 (82m).
The roof was certainly raised at the Lane as we secured three vital points in the battle for a place in the Premier League’s top four.
We’re now fifth, just a point behind Chelsea and two adrift of Arsenal, but with a game in hand on the Gunners.
“It was a great game of football and a great turn around by the team,” said a delighted Andre afterwards.
“In the first half we lost a bit of confidence after their early goal. That was difficult.
“The fans were fantastic too and we have to compliment them because they were always behind the team, even after that setback.
“Hugo did well to deny City’s second goal and that was important, it kept us alive.
“In the second half we came out with a different attitude, playing with more confidence, finding the spaces and creating a little more.
“In the end, we were able to punish City. The first goal was important and we were able to hold onto that momentum.
“It was a good win, inspirational because it was against the champions but Wigan (who we play next week) are fighting for their lives, Southampton are still in the frame and we need to continue to gather as many points as possible.
“Our destiny is still in our hands.”