AVB - Pressure is normal

Villas-Boas praises Friedel following Norwich draw

Andre Villas-Boas: Disappointed with Tottenham's start to the season

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Andre Villas-Boas admitted it was disappointing to see Tottenham's winless start to the season continue following the draw with Norwich, but insisted he was not feeling the strain.

The White Hart Lane faithful booed at the final whistle after Spurs had been held 1-1 by the Canaries, with Mousa Dembele's debut goal cancelled out by Robert Snodgrass.

Villas-Boas felt his players had produced a decent display in the second half after starting the game slowly, but had few complaints about the result after being impressed by Norwich's spirit.

"I think in the first half we weren't so sharp. In the second half we improved a lot, were more creative, and fought hard to score the goal we deserved," he told Sky Sports.

"But in the end we suffered again on a set-play and it is obviously a disappointing start for everyone, but you also have to give credit to Norwich."

Spurs have now picked up just two points from their opening three games, but Villas-Boas says he is not too worried about the pressure.

He said: "I think it is normal. You just have to wait for it to happen (an upturn in form) and it normally comes with hard work."

'The place is his'

Villas-Boas unhappy with set plays

Brad Friedel was Tottenham's star man with a series of fine saves on his 307th consecutive start in the Premier League.

France international Hugo Lloris was signed on deadline day to provide Villas-Boas with another option between the posts, but the new man has been warned he faces a fight to dislodge the American as No.1.

"It was an amazing game. He saved us a couple of times from going 1-0 down, so he was outstanding," said Villas-Boas.

"Obviously the competition increases for him but the place is his because he is a tremendous goalkeeper and he deserves that spot."