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Villas-Boas to pay for new Tottenham shirts

ESPN staff
October 29, 2012
Andre Villas-Boas impressed with Spurs

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas found himself out of pocket after his side's 2-1 win at Southampton on Sunday, as he was left with a big bill for a full set of new first team shirts.

Gareth Bale led Tottenham's bare chested post-match celebrations at St Mary's after he scored on his return to the club where he started his career. Villas-Boas said he was happy to be handing over as much as £500 following his team's gesture to hand their jerseys over to a vocal army of travelling supporters.

"This was a massive win for the players and I have told them that I will pay for new shirts," stated Villas-Boas. "It was an important gesture for the supporters, so I have no problem with what the players did."

Villas-Boas believes his Spurs squad have the strength in depth to challenge in the Europa League and push for the top-four finish in the Premier League that he insists will be a priority for this season.

"Winning at Southampton was important for the belief of the squad who are embracing the Europa League," he said. "We got back from Slovenia on Friday morning and still performed well here and took advantage of the other games being played in the Premier League this weekend.

"It was great to get the three points and it's an important win because Southampton, in the position they are in, can always threaten.

"Our ambition is to push for the fourth position in the league and wins like this are important in that respect. We have to take advantage of games against Southampton and Wigan before we face important tests against Manchester City and Arsenal."

The shirt exchange may have gone down well with boss Villas-Boas, but it sparked a heated exchange between two Tottenham fans as they scuffled over Brad Friedel's yellow goalkeeping jersey. In the end, an uneasy peace broke out as one supporter gave up in the tug-of-war over the prized yellow jersey.

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