Dele Alli has admitted that Tottenham Hotspur were guilty of taking Wolves for granted in the recent Premier League match which saw them fall to a surprise 3-1 defeat and miss the opportunity to close the gap on Liverpool.
Spurs came into the match at Wembley in fine form having recently put six goals past Everton and five more beyond Bournemouth.
The game started well when Harry Kane’s stunning left footed strike gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side the lead, only for their hard work to fall apart in the second half.
The display after the break was tired and lethargic which saw the Spurs lose possession 109 times vs. Wolves through misplaced passes and dispossessions.
The Premier League newcomers were by far the better side in the second half and hit Spurs with three late goals.
Dele admits that those types of results are unacceptable if Spurs have ambitions of wanting to challenge for top honours.
He told the News & Star: “I don’t think he needed to say too much, to be honest. As players we were disappointed.
“We had been in great form before that and maybe we got a little bit carried away with ourselves.
“They’re a fantastic team and maybe we just thought we would win the game (against Wolves).
“But you can’t do that if you want to win things and be a top, top team.
“You have to be clinical and ruthless in every game and you can’t afford to take your foot off the gas and we all had a look at ourselves after and we know we can’t let that happen.”
However, with the festive fixture period being as busy as it is, it gave Spurs the opportunity to put right their defeat with a victory against Cardiff City.
“With the games coming so quickly, it’s a good thing when you lose a game to have a game a few days after because all you want to do is get back out there and make things right,” he added.
“You can’t afford to dwell on it or let it knock your confidence because that’s when things can take a turn for the worse.
“You’ve got to turn over quickly and make sure you’re switched on for the next game.”
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