Eric Dier has admitted he was ‘disappointed’, ‘frustrated’ and ‘annoyed’ at one point during Tottenham’s 5-0 demolition of Everton on Monday night.
Spurs secured a comfortable three points against the struggling Toffees to maintain their position in the race for a top four finish.
Antonio Conte’s men raced into two-goal lead within 20 minutes courtesy of a Michael Keane own goal and a Heung-min Son strike, before Harry Kane added to make it 3-0 before half-time.
Sergio Reguilon, coming on for the injured Ryan Sessegnon at the break, then scored with his first touch of the game moments after the restart while Kane converted Tottenham’s fifth in deadly fashion.
But the England captain’s double came shortly before a moment which frustrated Dier, who put in another assured display as Spurs narrowed the gap to fourth-placed Arsenal to three points.
The 28-year-old could have scored the fifth goal himself when he got on the end of a Kane cross, but saw his headed effort flick beyond Jordan Pickford and onto the crossbar.
Dier told the club’s media: “People keep on bringing it up [the effort off the crossbar]. No, I’ve got to score. It was disappointing. Harry’s cross was a bit too high.
“It’s something I really want to improve on, I want more goals. I’m very frustrated. It was very annoying not to score.”
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He may have been joking slightly, but that will have frustrated Dier a little considering he doesn’t score many from defence. It shows there is competitiveness and hunger, though, which is very a good sign with the run-in approaching.
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