Villas-Boas defends call to let Lloris play on

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas defended his decision to

allow Hugo Lloris to stay on the pitch during a Premier League game

on Sunday despite the goalkeeper being knocked unconscious in a

collision.

Lloris’ head collided with the knee of Everton striker Romelu

Lukaku in the 77th minute of Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Goodison Park,

leaving the France captain flat out on the ground.

After lengthy treatment, a groggy Lloris was helped toward the

sideline but declined medical advice to be substituted and decided

to play on.

”Hugo still doesn’t recall everything about the incident,”

Villas-Boas said. ”It was a very difficult moment for us and I am

happy he is well.

”I made the call to keep him on the pitch because of the signs

he was giving.”

Some critics have argued Lloris wasn’t in the right frame of

mind to make a call on whether he should have continued, but

Villas-Boas said the goalkeeper’s performance in the remainder of

the match justified the decision.

”He was determined to continue and looked concentrated, driven

and focused enough for me not to make the call to replace him,”

Villas-Boas said. ”The saves he did after the incident proved that

right.”