Date: 22nd September 2014 at 11:43am
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Head coach Alan Irvine has said he was very happy following the outstanding victory at White Hart Lane yesterday and he feels it was nothing less than the boys deserved for their efforts over the 90 minutes.

The winner came in the 74th minute from James Morrison and it was our first three points of the season and Alan Irvine’s first win in the Premier League since taking the club on during the summer.

Speaking to wba.co.uk following the victory, the gaffer explained.

‘I think we were good value for the win. We knew we had to work hard, to keep our structure and our organisation which we did, but we knew we could not be passive against a team of this quality because they will eventually pick you off. I thought we produced football of quality when we had the opportunity and I’m being asked if I’m relieved and I suppose there is an element of that.’

Irvine goes on to say though that any feelings of being relieved, and definitely overshadowed by his prime emotion at full time which was ‘pleasure’ for everybody at the club, staff, players and the fans because he knows in some ways this victory has been a long time coming.

The gaffer was also quick to point out that whilst we only won by one, he felt their keeper Hugo Lloris pulled off a number of fantastic saves in the game, especially keeping out efforts by Carig Gardner and Saido Berahino so he feels we would’ve been good value for an increased margin, acknowledging as well that a potential debut goal for Joleon Lescott was unwittingly thwarted by Craig Dawson.

‘We were comfortable and had a good shape about when we were in possession. We had no need to be negative and we kept two strikers up top throughout. This is a Spurs side of great quality and the concentration levels of the players has to be total – which they were. But it has already been said in the dressing room – that’s the standard. That’s the level we have set ourselves and the level we must maintain.’

As for the omittance of Jonas Olsson following his last performance, Irvine admitted it wasn’t an easy conversation but they did have a chat about the errors he had been making, and with options available he thought it best to take him out of the firing line and allow him to freshen up so to speak, because the errors he has been making are certainly uncharacteristic for him.

‘I had some big decisions to make and I had to look people in the eye to tell them why I was making those decisions. That’s not easy but it’s part of my job. Jonas will remain a very important member of our squad. I have a lot of respect for Jonas, he’s a top professional and a very good player.’

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