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Villas-Boas labels Spurs form ´normal´

1 September 2012 20:14

Andre Villas-Boas called for calm after his Tottenham side were booed off White Hart Lane following a 1-1 draw with Norwich City.

Spurs are still awaiting their first win under the 34-year-old, as they have accrued two points in the Portuguese's time so far in north London.

And Villas-Boas, appearing calm post-match, said it was 'normal' for a team to start slowly under new management.

"I think it's normal. It comes normally with hard work and we continued to work hard today," he said.

"I think the first half we weren't so sharp, like last week we didn't create lots of opportunities, so today was a little bit different.

"Second half we improved a lot, managed to have more of the ball and were creative. We fought hard to get the goal that we deserved but in the end suffered again on a set play.

"I think it's obviously disappointing start for everybody, but we look to repay our fans with the win they deserve and the team deserve, we will continue to pursue that.

"I think it was down to Norwich being outstanding today, really proving that you can create good opportunities when you are playing away from home.

"They were very sharp, objective in their game, always creating us problems so we give credit to them, they found their inspiration from the amount of chances they had.

"We always looked a bit on the back foot in the beginning but improved a lot in the second (half), but not enough at the end to take the result we wanted."

Norwich manager Chris Hughton said his team acquitted themselves well and were good value for the draw at White Hart Lane.

"I am very proud," Hughton said.

"I was proud of the performance, particularly in the first half. I thought we played very well and had to cope with a fair amount.

"Spurs are a good team and are such a threat. I thought we coped very well and had the better of the opportunities."

"What impressed me was that we never dropped our heads, kept searching for that equaliser and I don't think there will be anybody that feels we didn't deserve it when it came."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
1 September 2012
Game week
3
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 1
Venue
White Hart Lane (London)
Attendance
36142

Goals

M. Dembélé 68'
(assist by J. Defoe) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
85' R. Snodgrass
 (assist by G. Holt)

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33
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