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Villas-Boas' woes mount

2012-09-01 18:20
Andre Villas-Boas (File)

London - Andre Villas-Boas was still searching for his first win as Tottenham Hotspur manager after a 1-1 draw at home to Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Portuguese boss, after several fine saves by Spurs keeper Brad Friedel kept the game goalless, saw his side take the lead when Mousa Dembele, signed from Fulham this week, scored on his club debut in the 68th minute.

But, as happened in their draw with West Brom, Spurs conceded a late equaliser when Robert Snodgrass scored from close range five minutes from time at White Hart Lane.

And Villas-Boas's day got worse when substitute Tom Huddlestone, only on for seven minutes, was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Jonny Howson.

This result will only increase the pressure on Villas-Boas, sacked by Chelsea last season before Spurs' London rivals won the Champions League, to prove he can succeed in England.

Swansea missed the chance to go top of the Premier League after a 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland.

They fell behind when Sunderland's 12 million striker Steven Fletcher seized on a loose backpass from Swans defender Ashley Williams to put the visitors 1-0 up in the 40th minute.

But Swansea were level before half-time when Wayne Routledge scored from inside the box after a Nathan Dyer flick-on.

And yet there was still time ahead of he interval for Scotland forward Fletcher to restore Sunderland's lead when, in the sixth minute of injury time, he got on the end of a Seb Larsson free-kick.

Swansea though made it 2-2 when the in-form Michu headed in a cross from Jonathan de Guzman for his fourth goal this season in the 66th minute.

But five minutes later the Swans were down to 10 men when defender Chico was sent off for a wild challenge on Louis Saha.

West Brom's impressive start to the season continued with a 2-0 win over fellow high-flyers Everton.

Shane Long gave the Baggies a 65th-minute lead before Gareth McAuley sealed victory eight minutes from time.

Andy Carroll made an immediate impact at West Ham as the Liverpool reject inspired his new club to a 3-0 win over Fulham at Upton Park.

But the England striker's debut was marred by a hamstring injury that Hammers boss Sam Allardyce reckoned would rule him out of next week's World Cup qualifier away to Moldova.

"I think almost definitely that he is out of the England squad but we will just have to pray that it is not too severe," said Allardyce. "It looks like a hamstring which is obviously the most disappointing thing from today."

The 23-year-old Carroll took less than 60 seconds to impress with a flick in the build-up to Kevin Nolan's opener and, after Winston Reid increased the Hammers' lead, he caused panic in the Fulham defence before Matt Taylor made it 3-0.

Carroll's exit from Anfield came just 18 months after Liverpool paid 35 million -- a record for a British player -- to sign him from Newcastle.

Wigan and Stoke shared the points in a 2-2 draw.

Shaun Maloney's penalty put Wigan 1-0 up in the fifth minute after Robert Huth handled in the box.

But Stoke equalised through a penalty of their own five minutes before half time when Jon Walters scored after a Maynor Figueroa handball.

However, four minutes into the second half Wigan were back in front when, striker Franco di Santo scored.

Stoke though made it 2-2 when Peter Crouch headed in Walters's cross 14 minutes from time.

Reigning champions Manchester City are at home to Queens Park Rangers in Saturday's late kick-off Premier League match.

Sunday sees newcomers Southampton at home to Manchester United, Liverpool play Arsenal and Newcastle face Aston Villa.

Chelsea, thrashed 4-1 by Atletico Madrid in the European Super Cup final on Friday, are not in Premier League action this weekend.

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