Villas-Boas calls Tottenham’s performance as dull as home atmosphere
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas insists White Hart Lane’s dull atmosphere was one of the reasons behind his side’s lethargic form against Hull City on Sunday. Villas-Boas claims his team felt like they were play away because of the response Tottenham Hotspur received from the home fans.
The Portuguese tactician was clearly unimpressed by the support of Spurs fans at White Hart Lane. A penalty-kick goal settled the difference in a 1-0 win over Hull City. Roberto Soldado became the lone goal scorer of the game after Jan Vertonghen’s cross was handled by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Match referee Michael Oliver made a contentious penalty decision as he pointed towards the spot in the box. Soldado, who has been in slow form this season and has mostly scored from spot-kicks, has enjoyed the front role on Villas-Boas’ 5-4-1 formation, yet he hasn’t found his stride yet.
Villas-Boas also found words of praise for Hull City’s resilient defense and the way the away fans supported their team.
“It was very difficult to get into situations where we could create danger,” Villas-Boas said. “Hull came with one objective which was to prevent us scoring the first goal. We tried hard and were persistent, it was different to the game against West Ham, we kept our cool today.
“We played in a very difficult atmosphere, very tense, very negative and we looked like the away team but we kept our cool. We had to dig deep within ourselves because we weren't getting help from anybody, the stadium reflected this atmosphere, very tense and without a lot of support until the first goal.”
Villas-Boas suggested that the lack of support turned out to be a disadvantage for the visiting side. The former Chelsea manager insists he didn’t want to complain about the home fans, but simply wanted them to be livelier.
“I'm particularly happy with the way the players fought hard against that anxiety and kept their cool to take the three points,” Villas-Boas said. “I'm extremely happy with the crowd normally, fans for me represent the essence of football. The away support has been immense. Sometimes at home it is difficult and it looks like it drags the ball in to our goal rather than our opponent's goal.
“I don't intend with this message to send them a warning, neither do I intend to hurt their feelings but this is something that is felt within the group. It is a feeling that invades us in fixtures like this. You need that help. We are great believers in emotion and motivation and that is always decisive when you play at home.”