Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has challenged his forces to consolidate on a 2-0 win at Aston Villa after surviving the laboriously frenetic match.

Tottenham secured victory courtesy of goals from in-form winger Andros Townsend and summer signing Roberto Soldado.

The North London side had earlier lost 3-0 at home to West Ham United before the international break.

Villas-Boas was however satisfied with the response from his players, with the result leaving Spurs in 5th position and three points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal.

AVB told Sky: “It was difficult in the first minutes, It was very unpredictable because Villa kept putting some very long balls in behind us, so they kept stretching us.

“We had to put our act together and I think we did after the 20th minute. We got hold of the ball and started creating things.

“In the second half, we were really, really good. After we reached 2-0, we could have gone on to score more.

“After the setback, particularly at home, we have to respond and I think we did it in a good fashion to keep ourselves in touch with the top.

“I think we deserved the result. We want to build on from here and continue to gather the most amount of points as possible.”

Villas Boas also adulated the brilliance of Townsend, who came into the game after an impressive performances for England against Montenegro and Poland with a goal to put the icing on the cake and later signed a new contract.

The Spurs boss added: “I think he’s done what he has been doing excellently,” said Villas-Boas of Townsend. “He takes the team forward, and he has the ability to drive and jump the man whenever he has the ball.

“He is always a threat and teams have started to be more aware of his strengths. He started not really well, but improved during the game.”

Soldado secured the win with his first Premier League goal in open play and Villas-Boas was pleased with the display of his summer signing from Valencia.

“It was a great performance. He was making the most out of his chances his and this is the reason why we bought him.”

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