Andre Villas-Boas has refused to criticise Hugo Lloris for his part in Norwich’s winning goal against Tottenham last night.

Lloris has found game time hard to come by since his £12 million summer switch from Lyon, and has started just one Premier League game.

Tottenham appeared to be cruising to victory against Norwich last night after Gareth Bale put them ahead in the second half in the Capital One 4th Round clash, but a Jan Vertonghen own goal and a late strike from Simeon Jackson moved the Canaries into the quarter-finals.

Lloris spilled Alex Tetty’s header in the build-up to Jackson’s winner, prompting some to somewhat harshly criticise the Frenchman, and Villas-Boas insists the 25-year-old was not at fault for the winning goal.

He said: "He did extremely well in the game. He had a good solid performance. It is difficult for goalkeepers in situations like these.'

Spurs had the chance to take the game into extra time late on after Kyle Walker won a penalty for the visitors, only for Clint Dempsey to see his effort from 12 yards saved by Mark Bunn.

Villas-Boas admitted to feeling frustrated having seen his side dominate for much of the game, and says Spurs need to learn from their mistakes ahead of their weekend clash against Wigan at White Hart Lane.

“It is obviously difficult but the further you train these situations sometimes the worse it becomes,” he said.

“You cannot match the emotion and concentration players face during the game. We obviously have to do better and try to improve things for the next game.

“It’s a pity to see the game slip from our hands. We had a good performance.”

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