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Villas-Boas hails Tottenham patience

29 November 2013 00:02

Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas praised his side's patience in the 2-0 UEFA Europa League win over Tromso on Thursday.

Spurs ensured their progress to the next round of the competition as Group K winners thanks to an Adnan Causevic own goal and a Mousa Dembele strike.

It had looked as though the Norwegian side would hold out to frustrate Villas-Boas' men with some stubborn defending but the Portuguese was happy with the visitors' determination and persistence.

"We played very well and it was important that we won in a comfortable way with a result that would put us through (in first place) and we did exactly that," he said.

"We showed patience and finally managed to get in behind them."

The Premier League side went into game on the back of back-to-back Premier League defeats, the latter of which was a 6-0 hammering at Manchester City.

Villas-Boas was delighted to return to winning ways ahead of Manchester United's visit to White Hart Lane on Sunday.

"We played well down the flanks, moved the ball well in midfield and created lots of good situations," he continued.

"I'm happy for the team and happy we bounced back in preparation for the match against United.

"It was important for us to get back to winning ways. We said that before the game when we were in London. We knew about the conditions, the snow and the artificial pitch and the players did well to get the result."

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Competition
UEFA Europa League
Date
28 November 2013
Game week
5
Kick-off
19:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 2
Venue
Alfheim Stadion (Tromsø)
Attendance
5868

Goals

0 - 1
63' A. Causevic (OG)
0 - 2
75' M. Dembélé
 (assist by G. Sigurðsson)

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
14
30
28
16
20
23
12
# Player Bookings
5
14
33
41
56
43
47

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