Andre Villas-Boas happy with ‘good’ win
Spurs have made a habit of conceding late goals this season, but managed to stand firm against their South Wales rivals, with Jan Vertonghen’s 75th minute strike deciding the tie.
The Portuguese coach celebrated the performance of his players after the game, claiming they deserved the win:
“It was a good, good win and I think we deserved to win today.” He told SkySports.
“We did everything right today. We had so many chances, so many opportunities to put the game to bed even earlier.
“We concentrated, we were responsible and it would have been very unfair if we had not won today.
The Swans’ defensive approach stifled the Londoners for long periods, but AVB insisted that he had full faith his side would get the breakthrough their play had earned:
“Swansea made it very difficult. Not only are they strong in attack, but their defence is very organised. It was difficult to break them down and we had to be patient.
“We were doing everything right in the first half and in the second half. It was a tremendous effort from the boys and I think they got the reward for their patience.
“You just have to be persistent. We kept the ball well, moved the ball well and fortunately enough through a set-play we managed to get the goal.
“You saw the players acknowledge the fact that we have been suffering and showing great commitment to finish the game.”