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On a weekend when the Daily Telegraph's Jason Burt reported of the Tottenham hierarchy's plans to draw "up a list of potential replacements should they decide to sack Andre Villas-Boas as their head coach," Spurs' draw with Man United will give their manager some breathing space.
Spurs' failure to hold on to either of their leads could be held against them, but—without detracting from the pressure United applied in both situations—the manner of the goals were also rather unfortunate.
Villas-Boas could not have done much more tactically and strategically. The hard work and commitment his team showed—demonstrated in no finer moment than the first half heroic rearguard action featuring blocks from Michael Dawson and Sandro to keep United out—indicates that his side responded to his instructions and encouragements.
"They are a strong team. We played a direct and objective game, moved the ball well. What a response from the players'," the Portuguese told Spurs' official Twitter page post-match. "I'm extremely happy with the response from the players and congratulate them for a wonderful performance."
The greater test of the manager and the team will be in their ability to keep up this level of performance.
Facing Fulham and Sunderland in the next week, two clubs currently sitting in the relegation zone, Spurs have an opportunity to build on the United point.
Both opponents are in desperate need of points and not to be underestimated. Fulham will be attempting to kick on following the sacking of Martin Jol, while another former Spurs coach Gus Poyet will be backed by a likely raucous Stadium of Light crowd.
With Spurs' level of ambition and the expectation that accompanies it right now, four points from these two games is the least that will be expected (and that is perhaps being kind).
A more positive outlook is that six points from those two games will be the perfect springboard for a season-strengthening run that takes in several fixtures over the Christmas and New Year's period.
Will Tottenham build on a good point versus Man United? Or was the prospect of facing the champions a brief point of motivation that is going to come undone against less prestigious opposition?
Luckily we only have three days to wait before we begin to find out.