Dempsey has been immense – AVB

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Clint Dempsey may not be everyone’s favourite Tottenham player, but the American’s performance against Stoke meant that he was singled out for praise by Andre Villas-Boas.

Dempsey came back into the starting eleven for the clash at the Britannia and played a crucial role. He got us back into the game with a superb, instinctive shot from distance and then played a great ball across goal to Emmanuel Adebayor for our second to ensure that all three points went back to N17.

The confidence and belief which AVB has in his players is fantastic. Our Champions League dreams are still alive and we will fight until the end.

Villas Boas told the press after the match: “He (Dempsey) has been absolutely immense this season with his assisting and his goalscoring and he has sometimes not got the credit he deserves.

“He is a hard worker and a very complete athlete and he had an amazing game. It was an extremely good individual performance.

“We came back from difficult circumstances because part of Stoke’s strength is their delivery at set-plays and the delivery (for the goal) was absolutely amazing.

“But we managed to control the other ones and the circumstances turned for us. I am extremely happy for the team in the way we were patient in the game, we kept the ball moving and eventually we got the breakthrough.”

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