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LUFC Villas-Boas gives Leeds credit

Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas gave Leeds credit after seeing his side dumped out of the FA Cup at Elland Road.

Boas felt that Leeds got into his sides face, not allowing them to play their normal game, limiting the visitors to few clear-cut chances.

Boas, speaking on the Tottenham official website said, 'We always had to chase the game at 1-0 and then 2-0 made it even more difficult.

'The players did extremely well to come back into the game at 2-1, but we couldn`t create as many opportunities as we normally do.

'That was down to Leeds and how they set up, they got into our faces and made it difficult for us, so credit for them for being so competitive.

'We didn`t have a lot of space, maybe more in the first half and less in the second because they gained inspiration from going 2-0 up."


Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Michael Brown was the main instigator in the Leeds midfield as he chased and harried all afternoon.

Rodolph Austin, Paul Green and Luke Varney also chased everything in the Leeds midfield and young full backs Sam Byram and Aidy White gave flying wingers Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon little opportunity.

Lee Peltier and Tom Lees were thrown together at the centre of defence in the third round replay at Birmingham recently and the pair are quickly growing in confidence, especially Peltier, who has had a tough start to his Leeds career since arriving from Leicester City in the summer.

Peltier has come in for some criticism playing at left back but he has looked more assured in the centre of defence and his last ditch tackle of Jonathan Obika in the final minute of the game, epitomised his performance.

El Hadji Diouf seems to revel in these games and he once again instigated everything that was good about Leeds performance.

With Luciano Becchio left out of the side, the pressure was on Ross McCormack to lead the attack and he didn`t disappoint as he never gave the Tottenham defence time to settle and he gave Jan Vertonghen a very difficult afternoon.

Leeds boss Neil Warnock will now hope that his side can take this performance into their league games with top of the table Cardiff City next up for Leeds on Saturday.


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Date:Sunday January 27 2013

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