Lloris stuck on the sidelines as AVB says he's sticking with Friedel after classy display in QPR win
09:15 GMT, 24 September 2012
Andre Villas-Boas says veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel is still his No 1 after a vintage performance against Queens Park Rangers.
The Tottenham manager managed to get his first home win at White Hart Lane thanks to a second half comeback against the Hoops.
Had Friedel not been in such brilliant form, it could have been a different story.
Benched Hugo Lloris will have to get used to playing second fiddle
Tottenham's second half performance was a marked improvement, as they eventually ran out deserved 2-1 winners.
But the 41-year-old rescued Spurs with two brilliant first half saves from Clint Hill and Junior Hoilett to prevent QPR running away with the game.
Hugo Lloris, after an accomplished debut against Lazio on Thursday, was dropped for the Premier League fixture, and is yet to appear in domestic competition under Villas-Boas since his 8million arrival from Lyon in summer.
After the match, the Portuguese coach lauded the American goalkeeper, and said that it may take more than just one dud game for him to consider dropping Friedel.
‘We have made Hugo alert that whenever Brad has a bad game we won’t (drop him). These things have to be taken very carefully,’ Villas-Boas said.
The No 1: Brad Friedel is Spurs' first choice goalkeeper
‘We don’t doubt Hugo’s dimension and talent but at the moment we are paying respect to a player who is performing very well.’
‘At the right time we will think about it or not and Hugo is an extremely good professional.
‘He wants to come back into the team but he is competing for the jersey and he will get his chance very soon.’