Brad Friedel will remain Tottenham
Hotspur's first-choice goalkeeper despite the arrival of French
international Hugo Lloris on transfer deadline day, manager
Andre Villas-Boas said on Saturday.
The performance of Friedel was a rare bright spot for Spurs
during a 1-1 draw at home to Norwich City, with boos heard among
a frustrated White Hart Lane crowd at the final whistle.
"It was an amazing game," the Spurs manager told Sky Sports.
"He saved us a couple of times from going 1-0 down, so he was
"Obviously the competition increases for him but the place
is his, because he is a tremendous goalkeeper and he deserves
Villas-Boas was determined to accentuate the positives after
the draw with the Canaries, which left the Londoners still
searching for their first Premier League win after three
"I think in the first half we weren't so sharp," the
"In the second half we improved a lot, were more creative,
and fought hard to score the goal we deserved.
"But in the end we suffered again on a set-play and it is
obviously a disappointing start for everyone, but you also have
to give credit to Norwich.
"I think it is normal. You just have to wait for it [an
upturn in form] to happen and it normally comes with hard work."
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