Tottenham Hotspur gave Manchester United a taste of their own medicine on Sunday afternoon as they scored a last-minute equaliser against the Red Devils in an enthralling 1-1 draw.
Snow fell heavily in North London, but the game went ahead and Andre Villas-Boas was clearly delighted with the way his men performed. Robin van Persie gave the Red Devils the lead in the first half, but Clint Dempsey’s 93rd minute strike ensured the points were shared at White Hart Lane.
Spurs have taken four points off United this season, something that not many teams do and in truth, they might feel as though they should have won this encounter. Scoring so late will mean it feels like a victory and it was the least that they deserved.
Aaron Lennon and Dempsey were particularly impressive and if Gareth Bale had of decent performance, then the home side could have won. It was a frustrating afternoon for the Welshman and he will be disappointed with the way he played.
Villas-Boas said: “We dominated the whole game, played well and deserved to win to be fair. We had 60 per cent possession against United, 15 shots against four and should have won. Champions like United have to go through moments like this but I think we deserved this last-minute goal.
“We set our targets high, we wanted to win. We understood you are not going to go two or three up but we managed to get at least a point and a deserved point.”
For so long, it looked as though it was going to be a performance of champions from Sir Alex Ferguson’s men as they had fought so hard for 90 minutes, but this result shows you just how strong Tottenham are this season.
In years gone by, they might have crumbled against United when the first goal went in, but all it seemed to do is spur them on. With Everton drawing a lot of games and Arsenal struggling to pick up points, it is tough to look past Villas-Boas’ men securing fourth spot this campaign, especially if they can put in performances like this on a weekly basis.
It is FA Cup weekend on Saturday and Sunday and Spurs make a tough trip to Leeds United.
After that, it is Norwich City away and the Portuguese boss will be confident that his side can claim all three points in Norfolk.
Right now, things are looking very good at Tottenham Hotspur.