Tottenham Hotspur: Andre Villas-Boas Rues "Worst Performance of Season"

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Tottenham Hotspur: Andre Villas-Boas Rues
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas labeled his side's performance Wigan Athletic as the "worst" he has seen from the North London club this year as they slumped to a poor 1-0 defeat at home in the Premier League this weekend.

Ben Watson's second-half goal was enough to give the Lactics a famous victory over Tottenham, who were simply not good enough to match their opponents throughout.

Villas-Boas was understandably frustrated and upset with his team's performance, telling Sky Sports just how poor he deemed their performance against Wigan.

I think they were the better team today. They were extremely well-organised and I think credit to them for the difficulties they created for us.

For sure it was our worst performance of the season. I think we have the right to have a bad day in the office and I think today was an example of that.

They were superior during the 90 minutes and we make a reflection on the mistakes we did as it is very important if you want to move on in the future.

Tottenham were booed off by the faithful at White Hart Lane following their defeat—slipping to fifth on the Premier League table and missing out on a vital opportunity to jump ahead of several teams in the process, with Manchester United the only other team in the top half of the table to record victory.

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The loss gave Spurs their second loss in as many home matches—the first time they have lost back-to-back home matches in the EPL since September 2008.

Tottenham also failed to score at home in the Premier League for the first time in 29 matches, with their last scoreless match at White Hart Lane coming back in March of 2011, according to BBC Sport.

Considering the opportunity that Tottenham had to move up on the Premier League ladder against a side that they really should have beaten at home, it is understandable that Villas-Boas would label his team's performance as the "worst" of the year to date.

Spurs did finish the match with over double the shots on target to their opponents, but could not find the back of the net on any occasion, and have only recorded one clean sheet so far this season through their opening 10 matches.

Veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel stated via BBC Sport that it is the players who must "take the blame" for the 1-0 defeat; and regardless of whether it was the players, management or the ball boys who were at fault in this one, Tottenham as a team must step it up next week and build back momentum heading into the Christmas period and January transfer window.

They'll get a good chance to do that upcoming weeks in the English Premier League when they face the formidable task of taking on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium and then London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates.

 

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