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Quietly, Tottenham Hotspur are now right back in the mix

Tottenham were booed off at White Hart Lane after trailing QPR yesterday, but bounced back to win 2-1.

How crucial could that second half fightback be to Tottenham?

Whatever happens at Old Trafford next weekend, Andre Villas-Boas can sleep easy on the back of two successive league wins, and is just one point behind reigning champions City in the Premier League. It sounds quite straightforward doesn't it? 

It hasn't been, it has been a tricky start to his Premier League rebirth with Tottenham after his aborted start with Chelsea last year, but the wins ease any pressure that might have been accumulating.

It should be noted that Tottenham's poor start to the season really wasn't AVB's fault. It should be Daniel Levy who takes the blame, effectively sacrificing a good start to the season in favour of holding out for the highest possible price for Luka Modric, meaning the club could not complete signings of their own until he was sold.

But Tottenham had an 'easy' start to the season compared to their rivals, opener against Newcastle aside, and should have been looking at games against Norwich, West Brom, Reading and QPR as winnable, targeting 12 points out of 12, especially with three at home.

After a loss at St James Park, they contrived to draw at home to Norwich and West Brom, conceding late goals, leaving their fans frustrated. They got back on track against Reading last week, but failure to win at home for a third successive league game would not have gone down well at White Hart Lane.

The locals were becoming restless, as they say, with a portion of the crowd booing the side off at half-time as they went into the break 1-0 down against QPR.

So their second half fightback was certainly welcomed, with a Faurlin own goal followed up two minutes later by the imperious Jermain Defoe to bag the winner.

For Spurs, a loss or even a draw would have been unbearably frustrating, the third consecutive dropped set of points at home in a match they should have won, but they got the job done and can start looking upwards.

After a slow start, Spurs are up to eighth in the table, on eight points, just one below champions Manchester City. City are unbeaten and have won two and drawn three, and it should give Tottenham confidence that they have made it into the top half unlike Liverpool who still inhabit the depths of the relegation zone.

Had the result stood at half-time, Spurs would have been stuck in 12th, just three points above Liverpool, and going into the tough away tie at Old Trafford last week, their confidence would have taken a big hit.

Another club Spurs are just one point behind, are rivals Arsenal, who have nine points, and who narrowly edged them into the all-important third place last year. They are truly back in the mix and can hope the early season jitters are out of the way.

They can now head into the Old Trafford clash full of confidence, after the important 45 minutes which kept their season going forward with upwards momentum. If AVB can get a win there- their first in the league for 23 years, who knows what he can go onto achieve?

How important was that second half turnaround yesterday? Is the pressure now off AVB?

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