Villa boss finds defensive faults


Alex McLeish blamed 'calamitous' defending after his side lost 2-0 to Tottenham at White Heart Lane on Monday.

The Villa boss took heart from his sides good spells early on, and believed if his team used the ball better the game could have been different.

Mcleish also made a point that both of Emmanual Adebayor's first-half goals should have been prevented if his players tackled more effectively.

"We started very bright and positive and then it's almost like we waited to lose a goal before we started getting going again," said the Scot.

“The goals we lost were calamitous – we’ve got to defend better than that. Spurs were gifted two goals and the second one was a circus.

"I just felt ball retention was a big thing. Guys I see make it stick in training every day - it just didn't happen tonight. They are better than that.

Despite fielding two full-backs on the right flank, McLeish's side struggled to combat Gareth Bale, and the Welsh winger breezed past both Alan Hutton and Carlos Cuellar on numerous occasions, playing a part in both goals.

The manager's cautious approach has come under scrutiny, but he stuck by his decision and was quick to put an end to criticism of his right-back.

"I still think that was the right thing to do, but when you lose goals the way we lose goals then it doesn’t give you much of a chance anyway.

“Maybe Alan wasn’t exactly the ideal man there because he’s more of a defender coming onto the ball as opposed to being ahead of it.

“But we thought that he could cope and that him and Carlos could thwart the two attacking left sided Spurs players. I didn’t think Hutton did too badly and Carlos, in fact, did quite well.”

Villa will look to put things right as they travel to Premier League new-boys Swansea on Sunday.

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