Dembele complains about White Hart Lane pitch

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Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has complained about the size of the White Hart Lane pitch after Spurs struggled to break down Hull City.

The Belgian international thinks the small pitch is partly to blame for Tottenham's difficulty in front of goal after they were forced to rely on another penalty to get the three points on Sunday.

A late Roberto Soldado spot-kick salvaged a 1-0 win for Spurs, and Dembele believes the narrow White Hart Lane pitch makes it difficult - even when Andre Villas-Boas picks two wingers.

"It's not easy for us," Dembele said in the London Evening Standard. "We know that some teams are going to come here and make a block, and we don't have a big pitch so it's even more difficult.

"A small pitch makes it harder. If we have more space, it's easier for us, but we have to find a way. The manager will speak to us as well, because we always have a bit of difficult with these kinds of teams."

Tottenham toiled to beat Swansea as well as Hull City, while they had similar troubles last year at home to West Brom and Norwich.

For a team gunning for a top four spot, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas will want to improve his team's performances against these mid-table Premier League clubs.

As for the White Hart Lane pitch, the report claims its dimensions are 100 metres long by 67 metres wide. Last season, Spurs had the second smallest pitch in the Premier League - only West Ham's at Upton Park was smaller.

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