21 December 2012 03:59
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is hopeul his side can keep their run of excellent form at home going strong.
His Spurs side entertain Stoke on Saturday, looking to extend their winning run at White Hart Lane to six matches.
But they will not have it all their own way against Tony Pulis’ side, who are unbeaten in their past seven matches in all competitions.
“Hopefully (our home form) will continue,” Villas-Boas said.
“It’s always difficult in the Premier League as you know. Stoke won’t be easy. You saw how persistent and patient we had to be to get the winning goal against Swansea.
“It’ll be important for us to keep on winning. But Stoke are on a magnificent run too, home and away, so (they are) not an easy team to beat.”
Former Spurs striker Pater Crouch has been dropped to the bench for Stoke’s last two games, but Villas-Boas knows exactly what type of threat the towering front man possesses.
“Recently (there’s been) a change,” he said. “But it doesn’t mean Tony can’t use that factor – he played here and knows the stadium well and knows these players well – to use it against us.
“So it’s a decision that Tony has to take. But it’s a player that we respect as a goal-scorer.”
Spurs are level on points with third-placed Chelsea and could break into the top three with victory.