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Is failing home support costing teams?

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas came out after his side's 1-0 defeat of Hull City, criticising his own fans by saying: "We played in a difficult atmosphere with almost no support."

In all honesty the Portuguese manager has a point, his side did look laboured in what should have been a comfortable victory over Hull City. Despite his team's efforts they could only muster a single goal victory, courtesy of Roberto Soldado's penalty.

"We looked like the away team," continued the 36 year-old. "We have a wonderful set of fans but they can do better. We don't need the negativity of today."

The former Porto manager's words reveal some honest home truths. Home support is wailing in the Premier League, and as a result teams like Spurs are suffering because of it.

Just this season alone, seven teams so far have had more success accumulating points away from their home support -  including the likes of Arsenal, who were beaten on the opening day of the season by Aston Villa, who are also one of the lucky seven.

Fulham, who previously have been notorious for their toothless travels, are also enjoying more success away from Craven Cottage. But perhaps the most surprising is Manchester United, who previously had a reputation for winning everything at Old Trafford.

Swansea, West Ham, and with Tottenham breaking even on points completes the list, but has the aforementioned manager's point regarding home support the cause of this?

It comes as no surprise giving the transformation of football crowds in the last 20 years. In hindsight crowds have improved with violence and hooliganism minimal in the English game, compared to the past.

But the new look support are more subdued, and not like the roaring fans you can still find rallying the team.

My point is that the roaring cry from the fans can have such a big impact on a team at home, almost like a battle cry from a warrior sending troops into battle. In some clubs such as Portsmouth the home fans have even been given a shirt number, in recognition of their contribution.

It gives the team something that can't be replaced. Allowing the side to build momentum and feel the atmosphere of the match, it is that atmosphere in that precise moment which is the reason why football is adored so much.

For teams like Tottenham, Manchester Utd and Arsenal, it's a known that in order to be successful you need to be a force on your home patch, which is bolstered with a strong home support.

With all three of these big clubs looking to win silverware, their home form is something which will need to be addressed quickly, with or without the backing from the home crowd.


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