AVB reels from late blow

  • Last Updated: December 10 2012, 9:02 GMT

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas was left scratching his head over his side's late defensive frailties after they threw away a 1-0 lead over Everton in dramatic fashion.

AVB came off second best to Moyes
AVB came off second best to Moyes

With hosts Everton trailing to Clint Dempsey's deflected shot 14 minutes from the end, Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic scored within 88 seconds of each other in the 90th minute and added time respectively to secure a 2-1 victory for the Toffees at Goodison Park.

Spurs have developed a poor record for conceding late goals - 10 in the last 15 minutes - and that cost them again.

Villas-Boas said: "It was a disappointing result bearing in mind we were leading taking the game into the last minute.

"It has been quite an adventure in the Premier League this season; if we count the number of results that have been going for us before the last minutes we would be first.

"There are so many different reasons. It is not really easy to explain because a couple of them come from different situations.

"It is something we are aware of, which is why we speak about it openly, and it is something we have to improve, seeing off games.

"It is not a mental thing, it is the nature of the game because it was our best period for quite some time in the second half."


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