Tottenham Hotspur failed to bounce back from their humiliation in the Champions League when Bayern Munich put seven past them on their own turf.
Following the 7-2 humbling in North London, Mauricio Pochettino and his players had the opportunity to put things right when they travelled to Brighton just four days later.
Unfortunately, the Spurs faithful had to witness another toothless performance from the players who crashed to a 3-0 defeat on the south coast.
Pochettino decided to give Eric Dier his first top flight start and the England international struggled to impress.
Former Spurs defender Alan Hutton has leapt to the defence of the 25-year-old by claiming it is unfair to single out Dier’s efforts.
Hutton believes it was an almost impossible task for Dier to come in and try and turn around the poor run of form which Spurs have been experiencing in recent weeks.
Dier struggled with illness last season which saw him sidelined with both tonsilitis and appendicitis.
Hutton told Football Insider: “He came in and I kind of feel for him a little.
“Because he’s not played a lot, Spurs are really struggling let’s face it, 10 goals in two games, so to come in there…it’s like what are you suppose to do? To come in after not playing for such a long time, to be expected to fix everything is pretty much impossible.
“He did have a poor game but I don’t think they can really just put it down to him.”
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