Villas-Boas unconcerned by Tottenham goal tally

Despite failing to break down Everton at Goodison Park and not yet breaking double figures in the Premier League, the Portuguese sees no reason to worry about his front line
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas played down suggestions that his side are struggling in front of goal after Sunday's 0-0 draw at Everton.

Spurs missed the chance to go second in the Premier League with a victory at Goodison Park despite controlling the first half. Roberto Soldado was off target with an early header, while Sandro, Lewis Holtby and Kyle Walker all called Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard into action.

It means that the White Hart Lane outfit have scored just nine goals in 10 Premier League games but Villas-Boas pointed to their record in all competitions.

"It's not very dramatic," he insisted to the media. "We are on 28 goals this season in 16 official games – the second highest total for the club. I can't be too worried about that.

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"The chances are coming, it's just a question of sometimes you lose your way. We are the team that creates more opportunities, more shots."

Chances certainly did come the visitors' way before the break but the Portuguese was content to take a point as Everton grew into the game after the interval.

"I think think, in the end, it was a fair result," he argued. "The only moment Everton had a good go at us was in the last 25-30 minutes of the second half.

"We had very, very good game. We could have probably been a little bit more clinical in the first half. Had we gone ahead at that time the result could have been different. For all the emotion in the game – the chance for both teams to go second – we did extremely well."

Both sides saw appeals for a penalty waved away, with Everton boss Roberto Martinez frustrated, but Villas-Boas backed referee Kevin Friend's decisions.

Jan Vertonghen appeared to have been clipped by Seamus Coleman in the first half and the two later swapped roles in the second but play continued on both occasions.

"[They were] difficult decisions for the ref," Villas-Boas added. "I think Jan gets under Coleman's body, so, at minimum contact, he goes down. I think the referee made a good decision. Having seen it, there is very minimum contact."