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Is the win over United the turning point for season?

It was a historic win against Manchester United and after the 1-1 draw with Panathinaikos; Spurs return to domestic duties once again, welcoming Aston Villa to White Hart Lane. However, was it the 3-2 win that has completely changed the North Londoners season? Matt Walsh looks into it…

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Three goals in two minutes, Andre Villas-Boas fist pumping and Sir Alex Ferguson moaning about injury time. That is Premier League brilliance. But can Tottenham Hotspur finally kick-start their season after their historic win over Manchester United at Old Trafford?

The media had been sniping at poor Andre all summer long and by early September the media were suggesting that his job was on the line after only three games.

The morning of the United game didn’t bring happiness for Spurs fans either, with ‘reports’ of a growing mutiny against Villas-Boas was suggested by The Sun’s football reporter Paul Jiggins, it sure did look that way when the final whistle blew at Old Trafford.

Spurs have travelled to the Madjeski Stadium and grabbed three points, also beating QPR, unconvincingly I may add, and a 3-2 win at Old Trafford for the first time in 23 years, that’s a long standing record, so long I can say I wasn’t even born the last time we went to Old Trafford and came out with a win.

Away from home we have looked very impressive, even when we lost against Newcastle United we dominated possession and most of the chances, and at Reading we were pure class, but against a poorly organised defence and midfield, where Mousa Dembele, Sandro and Gylfi Sigurdsson ran the show.

We would all be forgiven if we thought Manchester United would pose us a real threat in midfield, but we were wrong, very wrong. In the first half, we came out of the blocks a lot quicker than Manchester United, and we had to, otherwise if we had let Paul Scholes dictate the tempo, then the result might have been different.

But Sandro and Dembele stepped up to the plate and this was shown in our second goal, Sandro robbing the ball off Robin van Persie, giving it to Dembele who set Gareth Bale free to glide past old-timer Rio Ferdinand with ease.

Now, we are all probably still revelling in the United result, but it’s time to focus on our home form, as for the first time I think any Spurs fan can say we don’t need to worry too much about our away form, as our best performances have come away from home.

Promising performances from new signings Jan Vertonghen and Dembele have gave inkling to what Villas-Boas is trying to build at White Hart Lane.

Displays against West Brom, Norwich and QPR were simply not good enough, but we were still getting points on the board. This weekend versus Aston Villa is the opportunity for the fans to get behind the team at White Hart Lane, because the majority of what has been missing is some of the fans commitment to Andre and the team, while I appreciate fans have paid good money to watch Spurs play at White Hart Lane, it does the players no favours if you boo them off the pitch. 

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