Tottenham boss praises 'fantastic' supporters

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Andre Villas-Boas has thanked the Tottenham fans, saying they were crucial in his side's progression to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.

Spurs needed a penalty shoot-out to knock out fellow Premier league side Hull City after the game had ended 2-2 in extra-time.

Villas-Boas had criticised his own supporters at the weekend after the narrow one-goal win at home against Hull in the Premier League but he was clearly impressed with their efforts last night.

The Portuguese manager told reporters: "It was a great, entertaining game and the supporters were absolutely fantastic.

"It was a great atmosphere and it was great for the team to feel that empathy with the supporters.

"To see their response after we suffered a setback was very pleasant, they can make that difference for us."

Spurs' 8-7 victory in the penalty shoot-out came after Brad Friedel saved from Ahmed Elmohamady and it was their first win of that kind since 1994.

And the former Chelsea manager admitted his side had not prepared for the game to go the whole way.

"We haven't practised them for three or four months!" he added. "We practised and practised penalties for the Basel game last year, but we didn't this time," 

Tottenham's reward for their penalty triumph is a quarter-final encounter, at home against West Ham United.

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