Norwich City vs. Tottenham Hotspur  2 - 1

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Villas-Boas defends Lloris after cup defeat

1 November 2012 12:40

Andre Villas-Boas has avoided criticising goalkeeper Hugo Lloris after his error saw Spurs dumped out of the Capital One Cup at Norwich.

After the French international was preferred to Brad Friedel at Carrow Road, Lloris failed to deal with a Grant Holt header, leading to Simeon Jackson's winner near the end of the match.

But the Portuguese boss refrained from blaming the 25-year-old for the mistake.

"He did extremely well in the game. He had a good solid performance. It is difficult for goalkeepers in situations like these," Villas-Boas told reporters.

On the topic of the team's shaky defence, though, Villas-Boas sounded more worried about the lack of form from his back four, insisting that they have to improve as a unit.

"It is obviously something that is in our mind at the moment. It is obviously difficult but the further you train these situations sometimes the worse it becomes," he said.

"You cannot match the emotion and concentration players face during the game. We obviously have to do better and try to improve things for the next game.

"It's a pity to see the game slip from our hands. We had a good performance."

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Dempsey confident of beating Norwich

31 October 2012 14:25

Tottenham midfielder Clint Dempsey believes his side should have no problems beating Norwich City in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.

Spurs, fourth in the English Premier League, beat Southampton 2-1 on Sunday, with Dempsey scoring the winner in a dominant 45 minutes from Andre Villas-Boas' men.

Next up is a trip to face Norwich at Carrow Road, where Dempsey wants his team-mates to reproduce their level of performance from the weekend.

"It's going to be a difficult game," Dempsey told the Spurs website.

"I saw the game against (Aston) Villa. It was at Villa Park and they were taking it to them in the second half so Norwich are a team that does have quality and a good work rate.

"We will have to go there, be sharp and put in a professional performance, but I feel that if we go there and play as we are capable of and perform as we did in the first half at Southampton, we will be fine."

Championship table

# Team MP D P
8 18 +6 28
9 18 +2 28
10 18 +6 27
11 18 -3 27
12 18 +1 26

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
10 12 -2 15
11 11 -1 14
12 11 -2 14
13 12 -4 13
14 12 -7 13