• Premier League

Villas-Boas hails Tottenham's desire

ESPN staff
September 29, 2012

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas praised his players for their desire after they claimed a thrilling 3-2 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Spurs secured a first triumph at United for 23 years as goals from Jan Vertonghen, Gareth Bale and Clint Dempsey ensured of a memorable night for the travelling faithful.

Villas-Boas was delighted with the efforts of his players, telling ESPN: "We were tremendous today, the players put in the effort and intensity to get a result. The first half was totally different from the second but we can be proud of each other.

"It was an electric first 15 minutes of the second half but you can see from the desire to hold on to such a historic result that we can count on each other to do big things."

The Portuguese saluted his side after illness had left them with some significant doubts over their line-up, adding: "Gareth was unable to train this week with the flu and [Gylfi] Sigurdsson has been ill the last two days, so the team are exhausted from the effort they put in.

"You have to give compliments to everybody on a special night like this but it doesn't stop here, we have so many important games to play.

"We go to Panathinaikos and we need a result to give us a strong position in the [Europa League] group, then we have Aston Villa two days after. It is important to continue from this."

Dempsey added: "It's awesome, it's always so difficult and it's the first time in so long so we're excited about it.

"It was a rollercoaster, we did well in the first half to go 2-0 up. Then they scored, we answered quickly, they responded again and in the second half it was like chasing shadows. But we showed a lot of character, we ground out a result and we got three points."

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