Bottlers No More, but AVB Needs New Blood

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Byline: DARREN LEWIS d.lewis@trinitymirror.com

FOR a while this season, they were in danger of being the bottlers.

By the end of last month they had conceded an eye-catching 13 goals in the last 15 minutes of their matches.

Had they not done so, they would have gone into this month second in the Premier League and with a chance of chasing down Manchester United.

What a way, however, to put that right. In Fergie time, outdoing the masters of the mentality that it is never over until it is over.

United have never lost a match this season in which they have opened the scoring. And when Robin van Persie netted on 25 minutes, they looked certain to pull away and seal another victory.

But Spurs stayed at it. Battering away with Jermain Defoe, Gareth Bale and Clint Dempsey all bombarding the United rearguard.

Frustration crept in during the last half hour with Sir Alex Ferguson able to bring on Wayne Rooney but Andre Villas-Boas having nothing in terms of reinforcements up front.

Spurs surely cannot continue that way if they are serious about breaking into the top four again. …