Dele admits Spurs got carried away with themselves

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Dom Le Roy

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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  1. Excuses, excuses….Spurs didn’t really play in the 2nd half against Wolves. EVERY player knows that ANY game is NOT safe at 1-0. For what Spurs pays these players….this should have been really obvious.

  2. Yes – the players all say the right things, about being clinical, not taking opponents for granted etc., but season after season it’s not what they DO! You can’t win titles by losing games from winning positions in the way we’ve already done against Wolves and Arsenal, and we’re still don’t have a genuine winners’ mentality, even in the fifth year of the Pochettino ‘project’, and it’s hard to see how we’ll get one if many of the fans don’t believe that trophies really matter – it’s a ready-made excuse for failure that the club and players will happily grasp if the eleven year drought continues.

  3. You are right, Cheshunt (I was raised in Potters Bar although born in Tottenham)…not far from you. Well, I live in Florida now.

    We didn’t really play in the second half against Arsenhole either.

    When we had projects at work, we had to prove milestones. The only milestone (from the player perspective) I can see is that they have improved (quite a lot, actually)…just not totally consistent. Then again, Shitty lost 3 out of 4 games recently, didn’t they?


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