Villas-Boas defends Spurs formation

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Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has defended his single striker formation despite Tottenham's second half revival against QPR on Sunday.

The Portuguese coach has favoured a 4-2-3-1 set-up, with Jermain Defoe up front supported by Gylfi Sigurdsson behind.

But Spurs left the field to a chorus of boos on Sunday, after they had fallen behind to QPR. Villas-Boas was looking for his first win at White Hart Lane after a series of uninspiring draws, and switched formation at half-time to a more attacking set-up.

But the former-Chelsea boss disputes the idea that Tottenham's second half transformation can be credited to an abandonment of the lone striker formation, and pointed out that Spurs looked strong against Lazio in the 4-2-3-1.

"Against Lazio we played with Clint Dempsey off Jermain Defoe and he got into these forward positions," said Villas-Boas.

"It was almost like a 4-4-2 formation. What made a difference against QPR was that in the second half they didn't find the gaps that they found in the first half.

"We were much shorter as a team and that gave us a little bit more of the ball. It was not out of the fact that we had two strikers.

"It was out of the fact that we were more compact defensively."

But Villas-Boas admitted his first-half plan didn't work, and his changes at half time were needed - and they did the trick.

The Portuguese boss brought on Steven Caulker, shifted the excellent Jan Vertonghen to left-back and moved Gareth Bale further forward.

The shuffle had the desired result, as Spurs turned around a 1-0 half-time deficit to beat QPR 2-1.

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