Tottenham 1 Hull City 0: AVB wants more from ‘negative’ Spurs fans
Tottenham 1 Hull City 0: Andre Villas-Boas suggests that his side did not get the support they deserved from their home fans
Andre Villas-Boas suggested that his Tottenham side did not get the support they deserved from their home fans after Roberto Soldado’s penalty beat Hull City.
After a goalless first half, Soldado fired home the winner from the spot in the 80th minute after Ahmed Elmohamady was adjudged to have handled in the box.
The win lifts Villas-Boas’s side up into fourth place in the Premier League table, three points behind leaders Arsenal.
But the Spurs boss admitted that his side were made to work hard for the victory at White Hart Lane and felt that there was “anxiety” amongst the home fans throughout the game.
“We didn’t have the support we should have done,” Villas-Boas told BBC Sport. “There was much anxiety from the stands, the players had to do it alone.
“We looked like the away team, we played in a difficult atmosphere with almost no support.
“We have a wonderful set of fans but they can do better. Away from home we play with no fear and we need that atmosphere at White Hart Lane.
“We don’t need the negativity that was in White Hart Lane today.”
He continued: “It was difficult to break them down. They came here with a good strategy, which is nothing different to what teams do when they come here.
“The difference today is that we were patient. I compliment the boys for what they did, it was great work-rate.
“The referee could have not given the penalty, sometimes they are not given, Brucey [Hull boss Steve Bruce] will be devastated by that decision.”