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Andre Villas-Boas gives his view on controversial Tottenham Hotspur penalty against Hull City
12:04pm Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
Andre Villas-Boas believes Spurs are getting more penalties this season as a result of the chances they are creating but agreed yesterday’s match-winning spot-kick against Hull City was harsh.
Tottenham were awarded their third penalty of the season – compared to none in the previous campaign – when Jan Vertonghen’s cross struck the arm of Ahmed Elmohamady from close range and Roberto Saldado duly converted to seal the 1-0 win.
The decision infuriated Tigers boss Steve Bruce but his opposite number said: “Jan struck the ball really well and it collides with Elmohamady – the problem is it came off his feet into his hand. It’s always difficult but it stops the ball getting into the box in a situation where we have four men in the box to finish that action.
“It’s a difficult decision for the ref. If he didn’t give it, it would probably be okay but it stopped the ball going forward so it could have gone either way.”
Commenting on his side’s increased number of penalties, Villas-Boas said: “I think it’s a consequence of the amount of opportunities we create. Last season we had no penalties out of six or seven (claims), a couple of them were absolutely decisive like against Sunderland on the last day of the season when there was a clear penalty on (Gareth) Bale and that could have changed the way the league finished.
“We’ve been given some lucky penalties, it was a difficult decision for the ref and it will look harsh on Steve for sure but it fell our way this time.”
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