Davies: Victory over Everton can be a turning point for Spurs at White Hart Lane
07:45 01 December 2014
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Ben Davies hopes yesterday’s home win over Everton will be a turning point for Tottenham’s players and their supporters at White Hart Lane.
Spurs had lost four of their previous five Premier Leagues games at home, resulting in a difficult atmosphere and criticism from Emmanuel Adebayor, who stated that “it might be better to play away” and avoid the boo boys in the stands in north London.
The Lilywhites appeared to be in trouble again against Everton on Sunday as they fell behind to Kevin Mirallas’ opening strike.
However, a noticeably improved work-rate and intensity helped Spurs to fight back and the crowd responded, roaring their side on as first-half goals from Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado secured a valuable 2-1 victory.
“The home games are the ones where you’ve got to pick up your points and we haven’t been doing that up until now,” said Davies. “Hopefully this is a turning point and we can really kick on from here.
“The atmosphere was superb. I think the fans have been looking for us to perform similarly to that all season.
“We didn’t have too much of the ball but every player on the field showed a big fighting spirit and the will to want to do well for the team, and I think just showing that really got the crowd behind us.
“Maybe coming up against a good passing side like Everton, it forced us to up our game. We pressed when we needed to and we also sat back and took the pressure when we had to, like you have to in games, and maybe we haven’t done that so well in previous games - but it paid off for us this time.
“We just had a good feeling of togetherness. We were all 100 per cent focused on what we needed to do. The effort, the work-rate together, I think that’s what took us over the line.”
Soldado’s winning goal was his first for nine games and Davies added: “Everyone was delighted for him.
“He’s been working his socks off for the team, he’s been working really hard and he’s such a good guy as well. We’re all very pleased to see him get his name on the scoresheet.”
Having waited until last weekend’s trip to Hull for his first Premier League start for Tottenham, summer signing Davies has now started the last two top-flight fixtures, staking his claim for a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s first-choice XI in the absence of the injured Danny Rose.
“Every time I get the chance that’s all I can do, and two victories in a week is good for me,” said the Welshman.
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