Premier League opposition in the final 15 minutes of games.
On the weekend Spurs threw away yet another lead late on, this time losing 2-1 to Everton at Goodison Park. The win would’ve seen the Lillywhites take a firmer grip of 4th spot by pulling away from West Bromwich Albion and Everton. Instead, the Toffees took their opportunity and the three-points elevates them to 4th alongside Spurs and the Baggies.
As the clock ticked away to the 90th minute, an Everton comeback – put into context of Spurs’ dismal form in the dying minutes – was inevitable. Goals from Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic made it the fifth game this season that Spurs have lost points in the final 15 minutes.
The Tottenham manager didn’t shy away from honestly expressing his views. “It was so disappointing in the end,” he said, “It has been our adventure so far this season. If we count the number of goals we concede in the last 15 minutes, we would be top,” continued AVB.
For AVB it’s the “small details” and minor mistakes that have resulted in major last-minute problems. Factoring in Everton’s “aggressive” long ball strategy with the small details that Spurs seem to overlook, AVB admitted that “we couldn’t deal with them.”
Although Villas-Boas promised that “it is something we need to improve on, to see off games,” he was left to rue what might have been after “conced[ing]again in the final minutes.”