Tottenham 1 Chelsea 1: Draw a fair result, says Andre Villas-Boas

Tottenham 1 Chelsea 1: Andre Villas-Boas felt a draw was a fair result after his side were held by 10-man Blues

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Andre Villas-Boas felt a draw was a fair result after his Tottenham Hotspur side were held by 10-man Chelsea at White Hart Lane.

Spurs took the lead in the 19th minute at White Hart Lane when Gylfi Sigurdsson finished off a neat move by the home side.

But Chelsea drew level in the 65th minute when captain John Terry nodded home substitute Juan Mata’s free-kick.

Jose Mourinho’s men had begun to dominate proceedings in the second half before Fernando Torres was sent off for a second bookable offence after clashing with Jan Vertonghen.

“I think it was a fair result,” said Villas-Boas, whose side moved top of the Premier League table. “Our second-half display wasn’t as good as we wanted.

“They did well to score from the set-play. Both teams had good chances and they were spread evenly.

“We had a good opportunity to make it 2-0 just before half-time, which could have killed it. But there was always that threat on the counter and from set-plays, so credit to them.

“The result suits them better than us but it was a very, very tight game.”

Torres’ dismissal appeared to be on the harsh side as referee Mike Dean opted to send the Spaniard off despite replays showing a genuine aerial contest for the ball.

“It was a difficult decision for the referee,” Villas-Boas added.

“I haven’t seen it but it’s a difficult one because both players were going for the ball and in the end he decides that Fernando was over the top.”

He concluded: “It was a good game in general and I think we should be happy with the performance.”

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