Andre Villas-Boas Slams Tottenham Fans After Lucky Win Against Hull

Christopher AtkinsContributor IOctober 28, 2013


Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas believes Spurs fans could do more to help his side in games at White Hart Lane, per the Daily Mail's Laura Williamson.

Villas-Boas' side claimed a 1-0 victory over Hull on Sunday thanks to a debatable penalty for handball converted by striker Roberto Soldado.

The Portuguese manager was not overly pleased with his side's performance, but believes that the club's home support must do more to encourage the players:

We looked like the away team but we kept our cool. We weren’t getting any help from anybody and the stadium reflected that: it was very tense with not a lot of support until the first goal, which made it very difficult.

I don’t intend to send them (the fans) a warning or hurt their feelings. This is a feeling that invades us in fixtures like this.

We are great believers in emotion and motivation and this stadium, with the noise you can generate, can be so, so difficult to play, but not like this.

Tottenham have struggled for goals this season despite spending substantial sums of money over the summer on new attacking recruits.

Nine league games have brought just nine goals. At home, they have drawn one and lost one in five fixtures to date.

Despite their woes in front of goal, Tottenham lie in fourth place in the Premier League at this stage of the season with an excellent defensive record of just five goals conceded helping the side to the upper reaches of the table.

Villas-Boas knows that he needs his attacking players to strike up a connection soon if they are to maintain or improve upon their current position.

However, he is right that the atmosphere inside a stadium can have a big impact on the team's performances, and unpopular Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez famously made a similar point in stronger terms last season, per BBC Sport.

For Benitez, the outburst worked brilliantly, as the Blues rallied to claim a top-four position in the Premier League and the Europa League title.

Villas-Boas has a much healthier relationship with his club's supporters and will hope his words are met with a much more vociferous backing next time out.

Criticising your own support is a dangerous game.

But Villas-Boas is in a position of relative strength for the time being and will see it as a gamble worth taking if he can provoke a positive reaction ahead of his next home league game against Newcastle in a fortnight.