Andre Villas-Boas confident Spurs will stop conceding late goals

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Boss Andre Villas-Boas is confident Tottenham will put an end to their habit of conceding late goals.

Spurs have conceded 13 goals in the last 15 minutes of their 24 games this season and had their games finished at 80 minutes, they would be top of the table.

The latest lapse was last weekend when Everton's Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic struck in the final two minutes to give the Toffees a 2-1 win.

Villas-Boas, whose side dropped to fifth after the Everton defeat, is frustrated by the problem, but insists it will be resolved.

"I went through a similar situation before and it goes away through time, through practice, through experience," Villas-Boas said.

"We don't want to carry this further and I think we all recognise that. In these last moments of a game a lot of things are happening to us, and we want to shut it out.

"We have to incentivise the players on the positives, recognising there is things we can do better, but trying to revert what is a negative statistic.

"We want to avoid suffering so many goals. It's very difficult to fall low in terms of goals conceded.

"We want to improve the goal difference because it's decisive in the league. It's something we recognise and want to correct."