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Saturday’s early kick-off sees Sunderland (3.75) host Tottenham Hotspur (2.15) at the Stadium of Light, with both sides in good form ahead of the game.
Martin O’Neill’s men are up to thirteenth position after winning three of the last four games, whilst a win for Spurs could lift them to third place. Continue reading
It would be fair to say that Andre Villas-Boas hasn’t experienced the easiest start to his White Hart Lane career and he couldn’t hide his frustration following the team’s latest setback. Despite controlling the Europa League game against Lazio for large periods, Tottenham simply couldn’t make their possession count as they experienced a goalless draw against the Italian outfit.
However, while there have been times where AVB has come under fire this term, on this occasion little blame can be attributed to him after the club saw three goals chalked off. Steve Caulker, Jermain Defoe and Clint Dempsey all saw strikes ruled out and that meant that Lazio were well and truly let off the hook as they returned to Italy with a point.
Following the game, the former Chelsea boss revealed that he really couldn’t fault his players for much and he was completely satisfied with the performance. Speaking to ITV4 he said, “I think we did enough to get the win today. I am extremely happy with the performance and the effort that the players put in. You can’t reprimand them for anything, they were outstanding. They managed to create enough opportunities to win the game. The team put the ball in the back of the net three times, but all the goals were disallowed by the ref, so it’s a bit disappointing.”
Despite the dropped points, most will still be expecting Tottenham to progress to the knockout stage of the competition. The club are still regarded as one of the bigger fish in Group J and should manage to triumph against the likes of NK Maribor and Panathinaikos in the upcoming weeks. With Villas-Boas already winning the Europa League in the past, many have thought that this is one competition that Spurs definitely have a chance of succeeding in.
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