Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas insists Brad Friedel still has a big part to play this season despite dropping the American for Sunday's 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

Villas-Boas made the shock decision to drop Friedel and hand Hugo Lloris his Barclays Premier League debut, thus ending the 41-year-old's record of 310 consecutive top-flight starts.

But when asked if Lloris was now his number one, the manager replied: "No. We spoke among the staff this week about it and we thought it was logical to let Hugo come into a Premier League game because he can't just play in the Europa League. Brad obviously was disappointed with the decision but accepted it like the good professional he is."

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