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Tottenham's AVB rues - We could be first in the league

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas suggests his side could be sitting at the top of the Premier League table if things had gone their way so far this season.

Spurs lost 2-1 at Everton on Sunday as Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic scored two goals in two minutes at the death following Clint Dempsey's second-half opener to see them remain fifth.

But Villas-Boas feels it could be a completely different story if Tottenham hadn't have conceded so many late goals this campaign.

"It was a disappointing result bearing in mind we were leading taking the game into the last minute," he said.

"It has been quite an adventure in the Premier League this season; if we count the number of results that have been going for us before the last minutes we would be first.

"There are so many different reasons. It is not really easy to explain because a couple of them come from different situations.

"It is something we are aware of, which is why we speak about it openly, and it is something we have to improve, seeing off games.

"It is not a mental thing, it is the nature of the game because it was our best period for quite some time in the second half.

"You kind of knew as soon as the kick-off went for the 1-1 they (Everton) would go and have a go and they certainly did.

"It is a difficult blow to take."

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