Andre Villas-Boas waits for first Tottenham win after Norwich draw

Updated: 02 September 2012 00:05 IST

Tottenham Hotspur were still waiting for a win under new manager Andre Villas-Boas after Robert Snodgrass netted a late but deserved Norwich equaliser in a 1-1 Premier League draw on Saturday.

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Tottenham Hotspur were still waiting for a win under new manager Andre Villas-Boas after Robert Snodgrass netted a late but deserved Norwich equaliser in a 1-1 Premier League draw on Saturday.

Mousa Dembele marked his Tottenham debut following his £15 million move from London rivals Fulham, by coming off the bench to delight the home fans with the opening goal at White Hart Lane but the Canaries fought back.

But Spurs ended the match down to 10 men after substitute Tom Huddlestone was sent off.

Tottenham had been busy in the run-up to Friday's transfer deadline, recruiting United States forward Clint Dempsey from Fulham, plus France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris but neither had signed in time to feature.

But they were unable to recruit Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho, and with Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart having departed, Tottenham appear significantly short of sufficient quality for a title challenge.

New Norwich manager Chris Hughton had also began the afternoon in search of a first league win following an opening day defeat and a draw the following week.

Hughton spent 23 years at Tottenham, first as a player and then as a coach, and included Sebastien Bassong, a summer signing from White Hart Lane, in his starting line-up, along with Javier Garrido, a more recent Canaries addition.

Norwich who came close to opening the scoring in the eighth minute when defender Russell Martin saw his header from Snodgrass's free-kick tipped on to the bar by goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

Friedel showed his quality again with a fine save to keep out Snodgrass's far post header from Anthony Pilkington's cross.

There was a scramble for the rebound and Tottenham were relieved when referee Mark Halsey allowed play to continue seconds later after William Gallas appeared to shove Simeon Jackson in the area.

The half-time whistle was greeted by boos from the home fans and it was no surprise that Dembele replaced Sandro for the second half.

Norwich went close again when Snodgrass curled a free-kick just over the bar after William Gallas had fouled Jackson before providing a cross that Grant Holt headed just wide.

Totenham's Gareth Bale was only just off target from distance before Emmanuel Adebayor replaced Gylfi Sigurdsson in the 56th minute.

Bassong fouled Jermain Defoe on the edge of the box but the Spurs striker's free-kick was deflected behind and it wasn't long before Friedel had to pull off a superb save to deny Pilkington from close range on the right of the box.

Dembele opened the scoring in the 68th minute with a low shot through a forest of legs and beyond the reach of Norwich keeper John Ruddy after the Belgian had shown quick feet and an ability to turn to set himself up on the edge of the area.

Steve Morison, the Norwich substitute, felt he had been fouled in the box by Jan Vertonghen, but a free-kick was given the other way.

But Norwich did not give up and the reward of an equaliser was theirs in the 85th minute when the impressive Snodgrass swivelled to fire past Friedel.

And the away fans had something else to cheer in stoppage time when Huddlestone was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Jonny Howson.

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