Ex-Arsenal star slams 'slow paced' Tottenham

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Former Arsenal forward Quincy Owusu-Abeyie was left perplexed at the tempo of Tottenham's Europa League performance against Panathinaikos, following last night's 1-1 draw at the Olympic Stadium.

The 26-year-old Ghana international moved to Greece initially on a one-year loan deal from Malaga in 2011, before putting pen to paper on a permanent three-year contract with the Super League side in the summer.

Quincy started his career in north London, with Spurs' local rivals Arsenal, but after three seasons with the Gunners, was deemed not good enough by Arsene Wenger, who sold him to Spartak Moscow in 2006.

The striker has also taken in spells at Birmingham, Cardiff City and Portsmouth, and even had a trial at Tottenham in 2009 - the team he faced in Europe last night.

Spurs took the lead through Michael Dawson's first-half header, but Spanish striker Toche levelled with 13 minutes remaining.

Andre Villas-Boas admitted in the aftermath of the match that his players had under-performed, but backed them to bounce back and qualify from their group.

"We'll take it as one point gained I think," Quincy reflected. "We expected it to be a difficult game and we knew we would have to work hard as a team against Tottenham, as they are a great side.

"They have a team full of pace so it is difficult to explain why the tempo was slow today. Perhaps they wanted to play a slower-paced game and this worked to our advantage in the second half.

"We are happy with the point, it's a relief to get off the mark."

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